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)n/a
Paper trayn/a
Output tray capacityn/a
Staple functionn/a
Document handlern/a
Dimension and weight
Depth60 (cm) / 23.6 (inches)
Width114 (cm) / 44.9 (inches)
Height104 (cm) / 41 (inches)
Weight150 (K grams) / 309 (Lbs)
Floor space requirements2 x 2 (meters) / 6.6 x 6.6 (feet)

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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

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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