March 1984: Xerox 9900 duplicator with computerized programming, that enhanced productivity for central reproduction offices or commercial printers.
The design name of the Xerox 9900 was Excaliber
|Copy speed (per minute)||120|
|Paper tray||Two trays provide a 3050-sheet paper supply. When one runs out, the 9900 automatically starts feeding from the other tray|
|Output tray capacity||n/a|
|Reduction/zoom||Use any of five pre-set reproduction ratios (three of which you can set), or vary reproduction anywhere between 61.5% and 102%.|
|Document handler||Automatic document handler with 100 sheets capacity|
|Dimension and weight|
|Depth||188 (cm) / 74 (inches)|
|Width/lenght||330 (cm) / 130 (inches)|
|Height||213 (cm) / 48 (inches)|
|Weight||1383 (K grams) / 3050 (Lbs)|
|Floor space requirements||4 x 3 (meters) / 14 x 10 (feet)|
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I am Jerry Bowman and I was in a pre-launch alpha test in Webster, NY back in the winter of 1983 for about a month or so. I happened to be CSER for the 9000 product line in Orange County, CA. and we had a customer in Orange County who had agreed to be a beta site for Excalibur (which became the 9900). I learned a lot by working to ensure that the service documentation was able to help the CSE’s be able to fix the problems that came up in the alpha test. After each service call I had… Read more »
I sold quite a few of these in the Toronto market back in the late 80’s. They were a rare sale in those days. The 1075 and later 1090 were a more common sale, and the quick print market was still fixed on the 9500, so walking into the office and writing an 9900 order on the board always got some attention.
Ah, the 9900. Beastly in it’s footprint and weight, but as X did well then, a marked improvement over the 9500. Vertical sorter, swing away stapler that worked and was loaded with staple sticks. I can remember so many good times figuring that thing out. One call in particular, jams in duplex tray. Specialist and another SCSE worked on it for hours… I met them to go to lunch. Whats up fellas? Jams in duplex, we can’t figure it out… I grabbed a hammer,smacked the side of the duplex tray frame, and blew the now loose cloud of dust and… Read more »
Memory Lane! I was a high volume ‘Tech Rep’ in Boston for 25 years…got out in 2000 just in time to go to higher tech EMC, but I loved working on those beasts!! Those were fondly remembered days…
The one that got away 🙁 I wanted to work on one SO bad but I was either at a shop not big enough to warrant the volume or I came along about 5 years too late. As recently as about ’93 I was still searching for a job where I could run one. Ran out of time and ended up on 5090s. I still have the brochure and look at it like a kid looked at the Sears catalog in the 60s.
My favorite of the entire 9000 series! That sorter / finisher was amazing. The OIM! (Operator Interface Module, or CRT) That was so futuristic back when personal computers were only just starting to hit big. I could watch it run for hours (and sometimes did, waiting to catch an intermittent jam). And the timing of the document feeder when running duplex jobs, dividing into sets of 7, so by the time the 7th Side 1 was through, the first Side 2 was already in the chute! This is the only product design name I remember hearing about before the product… Read more »
I have a mainframe for one if there’s an interest, I’ll send a picture.
I joined Xerox as a PST working on 1045’s and was promoted to FST a year later. I remember going to Leesburg for training on this and the other centralized products (9400 & 9500). I loved working at Xerox back then (1984 – 1996).
Of all the machines I serviced during my Xerox career I enjoyed working on this one the most. If my memory is correct Mellon Bank downtown Pgh had one and ran 1 million copies a month. month in month out.
I have a feeling that the guy in the photograph is Dan Rosenburg one of the Human Factors Engineers based in Rochester NY
I loved this machine. Was ACT trained under the threat of scratching the belt during pumicing and cleaning would lead to job termination. Lol I never damaged one, hated cleaning those croutons tho! Looked forward to the 5090 and those organic disposable belts!!!