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Xerox 5046

From the Xerox Products Guide 1988-89:

The mid-volume 5046 has the best of both worlds: the range of automatic features found on high-volume copiers, and the ease of use associated with low-volume, desktop copiers. The console controls are laid out in simple, logical groupings, and the graphic and text displays guide the user through complex jobs. At 35 copies per minute, the 5046 provides consistent copy quality and high productivity over the long haul, while engaging special features such as auto reduce/enlarge, auto contrast, auto paper select, auto duplex, second side margin shift, stapling and sorting.

The 5046 offers a choice of document handlers, including Automatic and Recirculating. Activate the mixed originals function and the 5046 will take a stack of mixed size originals and create size for size copies automatically. The split-scan mode allows you to copy books 81/2 x II" or smaller, single-sided or two-sided. The four paper trays, with a 1,900-sheet capacity, are located in front for easy access and reloading. The "works in a drawer" paper module pulls out at waist level, ensuring jam clearance is quick and easy. Copier downtime is reduced because customers can quickly and easily change the dry ink cartridge, and the modular print cartridge is replaceable in minutes by a Xerox Service Representative.




Copy speed (per minute)35 (A4) 17 (all other size copies)
Paper trayTray 1: 550 sheets
Tray 2: 250 sheets
Tray 3: 550 sheets
Tray 4: 550 sheets
Output tray capacityn/a
Finisher/sorter10-bins sorter
Staple functionStapling capacity of 30 copies in each set
Reduction/zoomZoom from 64% to 155% in 1% steps
Document handlerAutomatic Document Feeder
Dimension and weight
Depth69 (cm) / 27.1 (inches)
Width148 (cm) / 57.7 (inches)
Height112 (cm) / 43.8 (inches)
Weight180 (K grams) / 396.9 (Lbs)
Floor space requirements2 x 2 (meters) / 6.9 x 6.9 (feet)

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John DeCoster
John DeCoster
August 31, 2023 9:58 pm

Truly one of the worst machines I ever serviced. But I got to go to Leesburg for a couple weeks and that was a lot of fun, I miss that training center. But we were lucky to get 25k between service calls in spite of the additional field training and retrofit kits. I got to know my customers too well, lol. Good times back then.

Paul G
Paul G
August 18, 2022 4:05 pm

I had very large accounts that had entire fleets of the 5046. Initially, the machine was a complete dog, from belt tracking errors to jams, fuser self-destruction to noise and flashing displays showing a problem in every part of the machine. I came very close to quitting my job because of the emotional storm coming from my accounts. We incorporated a dedicated team to the product, along with the upgrades developed, and actually became fond of the thing. I wouldn’t want to go through that trial again, though…

John W
John W
August 8, 2022 10:39 pm

Hey Friends,

Anyone know much of the Xerox 5034 Model? Is there a hard drive and if so where is it located?

Rob Will
Rob Will
Reply to  John W
August 28, 2022 4:49 am

No there’s not an HD in that box.

Ron Bird
Ron Bird
August 3, 2022 7:12 pm

This product was code named ‘Hannibal’ and was proposed in model form by an American design company called ‘RichardsonSmith’. RichardsonSmith merged with Fitch Associated in 1989 and became FitchRS. (not to be confused with the current architectural design group also called Richardson Smith) The concept was given to the Xerox Europe Engineering Group based at Welwyn Garden City who were told to; ‘make it work’….. I had very little to do with the product but I did design the control panel and produced the artwork for its printing. I still have one of my design proposals and the artwork that… Read more »

Paul Jansz
Paul Jansz
Reply to  Ron Bird
February 28, 2024 6:32 pm

Oh yes, major problem child. My role in SSBU was only in the photoconductor supplies. First question I asked was why the photoconductor was being put through a curve radius half the minimum size specified for the material, and matters only got worse from there. Had the joy of going to the ‘Robot Factory’ in OKC and meeting the unforgettable Tom Timmons; he is the only man I ever met reputedly vomitted on by a Hippo. Only Xerox could bring you such experiences: I have been out in Southern Africa in the game parks, and not one person out there… Read more »

Paul Hanson
Paul Hanson
December 14, 2021 1:36 am

I remember the launch of these. I was a salesman in Toronto. They demonstrated beautifully. Much better image density than the 1040 or 1045/48. Sadly the launch was severely bungled and we had to replace the initial deliveries with 1050’s because we couldn’t get them to work. Product was withdrawn for a period.

Ian Smith
Ian Smith
July 22, 2021 9:08 pm

I designed the Xerox 5046 print cartridge engine body and cover along with others at Welwyn Garden City, Herts UK

Rob Will
Rob Will
Reply to  Ian Smith
August 28, 2022 4:52 am

We called that box the ‘Shitty-forty-fix-me’ because it was such a piece of crap. Thank goodness we were able to dissuade many customers from getting them, much to the sales’ forces dismay.

Steve Rumble
Steve Rumble
Reply to  Ian Smith
February 3, 2024 3:59 pm

I was supervisor on the Hannibal producción line at Welwyn Garden City

May 26, 2020 12:40 pm

Oh man those were a challenge, but made me a very good technican. Pulling out that center belt module just to replace a small plastic finger used to steer the photo receptor belt took hours. Later the new Nextel radios would set off the stapler in the finisher and make the machine twitch all over. Later in the early 90’s the printer team in El Segundo turned the 5046 into a really great printer. I could only get 25K runs out of the copier, but over 500K between service calls was not uncommon with the printer version. It was so… Read more »

Rich Fagan
Rich Fagan
Reply to  Jim
February 24, 2021 3:01 am

Yep, the 4235. Take care of that fuser and it ran good. Had 4 at a payroll company that ran 24 hours.

Gilbert Gonzalez
Gilbert Gonzalez
January 15, 2020 6:46 am

Oh man, yes I was one of those who had re training at least 3 times. The retrofits that came out helped, but still had problems. The back cover had to be left open to keep the vibration from contacting the main boards causing problems. The fuser required a lot of maintence, donor roll, wick, fuser and pressure rollers, along a few bags of idler and drive rollers. The new silicon red nudgier rollers worked great on the paper feeders. We were able to order photoreceptor belts with cleaning kits to rebuild the copy cartridge.

December 10, 2019 7:51 pm

When the 5046 first hit the market it was a disaster. The first units built were assembled in a new plant. The workers were not trained to a high enough standard and many were re-built (practically re-manufactured) in the field. I recall a large law firm purchasing the units and not being able to utilize them for 3 or 4 months while Xerox took forever to deliver the re-build kits. When they finally repaired them, they worked great! But the customer never bought another Xerox. The rebuild included new boards, a couple new timing parts, and new harnesses along with… Read more »

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