Xerox 9400

September 1977: The Xerox 9400 duplicating system offered automatic document feeding and collating, reduction and double-sided copies, with the speed of two copies in a second.

This Xerox 9400 has a 50-bin sorter.

Did you know? The design name of the Xerox 9400 was Amethyst

Copy speed (per minute)120. First copy after 8 seconds.
Paper trayMain tray: 2500 sheets
Auxiliary tray: 550 sheets
Output tray capacity350 sheets
Staple function
Reduction/zoom98%, 74% or 65% reduction
Document handlerAutomatic document handler with 200 sheets capacity
Dimension and weight
Overall length (with 50-bin sorter)350 (cm) / 138 (inches)
Width182 (cm) / 72 (inches)
Height148 (cm) / 58 (inches)
Weight1383 (K grams) / 3050 (Lbs)
Floor space requirements4 x 3 (meters) / 15 x 9 (feet)

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robin carlier
robin carlier
July 19, 2021 2:41 am

I vividly recall memorizing the 27 page 9400 demo script using my ironing board as a prop. I have the original copy of the script. I joined Xerox in 1976 and left in 1985 to be part of the start-up phase of the Federal Express Zapmail program.

October 13, 2020 5:27 pm

70s 80s 90s at refurbishing center. 914s, 660,s 3100s, 4000, 8000, 9200 and 9400. 20 years and NO pension. NAFTA.

Joe Swaja
Joe Swaja
August 2, 2020 10:30 am

Lloyd, I recall you being assigned to the 9200 program, at the time I was the Field Engineering manager and Norm Schott worked for me

Joe Swaja
Joe Swaja
June 18, 2019 3:02 am

The code name for the 9200 was Ardri. The Group Program Manager was Jim Mackenzie, one of the best managers ever in Xerox. Jim being a Scot selected the code name which is Scottish for King. The 9200 was the predecessor to the 9400.

Reply to  Joe Swaja
July 31, 2020 3:55 pm

Joe, your name is familiar. Were you an engineer in Rochester ? I was in the 9200 field test in Chicago in 1973. Worked for Norm Schott.

Jim Lee
Jim Lee
May 11, 2018 8:17 pm

Sorry, I forgot to include the picture I was talking about. Here it is.

Reply to  Jim Lee
October 31, 2018 4:57 pm

Those were the days necktie and white shirt elbow deep in tonor.

Jim Lee
Jim Lee
May 11, 2018 8:15 pm

I would like to clarify something pertaining to my first comment on here. I fully realize that there were many Tech specialists in the Southern CA. area, so, I do not know why a Tech in Los Angeles, doing an “install” at 20th Century-Fox studios would have his call forwarded to a Tech Specialist in Milwaukee, WI. I never could figure that one out, but it did happen! Here’s an on-line picture I found a few years ago of a XEROX 9400 in an office with two Techs and a man waiting to make copies. I don’t remember where I… Read more »

Jim Lee
Jim Lee
May 7, 2018 8:58 pm

From what I remember, the Xerox 9400 had the Black Face Panel for the controls and that the Xerox 9500 had the Gray Face Panel. My Xerox Tech was a Tech specialist who received a forwarded call from another Tech in Los Angeles (I ran the Copy Center for a Bank in Milwaukee, WI). It was the Tech who was setting up a Xerox 9400 on a set for “9 to 5” at 20th Century-Fox Studios. That was in 1979, the movie came out in 1980. Many of the knobs and dials on that 9400 were Pasted-on. The recording engineers… Read more »

Gayle Moore
February 2, 2018 9:35 pm

Does anyone have any idea of the noise rating for this machine. I worked one for five and a half years straight. They were really noisy. I am trying to get compensation for hearing aides. Thank you

Reply to  Gayle Moore
July 31, 2020 3:58 pm

Oh yeah, I worked at Xerox as tech rep for 31 years. I have tinnitus very bad.

August 31, 2017 4:16 am

I had a full territory of 9500 and 9900 machines, in Saint Louis at Southwestern Bell Telephone. Every telephone repairman (person) in the SWBT organization got something off of my machines, whether a service manual, service update, or release on the new technology of Fiber Optic cabling.
9500’s were everywhere. US Army, Scott Air Force Base, GM plant where they built Corvettes and trucks, Anheuser-Busch, commercial print plants. It was the industry standard for many years, and the one to beat.

February 14, 2016 4:44 pm

This machine was the main method of information distribution for the entire Federal Government for quite awhile… As a Federal Branch tech, I took service calls on these machines coming from the Pentagon, the CIA, the State Department, the Defense Mapping Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Pax River Naval Research Center, NIH, USUHS, the National Bureau of Standards, and just about every medium to large print shop in the metro D.C area. Xerox must have made an unbelievably enormous amount of money from that product – and spent an almost equally unbelievable amount maintaining them, because I also remember the… Read more »

Robert Wells
Robert Wells
Reply to  Anakai
November 10, 2017 1:51 pm

Did you ever work with Doug Bowman. He was our field service engineer in the 1973 to 1976 time frame at one the @@ agency you mentioned.

Reply to  Robert Wells
May 10, 2019 5:04 pm

That was just a year before my time.

January 31, 2016 8:27 pm

It was featured in the movie 9 to 5 with Jane Fonda in a funny scene

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