Updated: 06/21/2017 by Computer Hope

PhotocopierA Photocopier (also known as copy machine or copier) was first introduced by Xerox in 1959. It is a machine that produces paper copies of text documents, photos, or illustrations. Most modern photocopiers use a technology called xerography, a method that uses electrostatic charges on a light-sensitive photoreceptor to attract and lay down toner to paper. Heat, pressure or both are then used to meld the toner onto the paper creating a visible image.

Note: Copiers can use Ink Jet technology too but xerography is standard for businesses due to its reduced cost.

Tip: Users in a small office or home that do not have a photocopier or cannot afford a photocopier can use a scanner or all in one printer to make copies of documents.

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