Xerox 5090

From the Xerox Products Guide 1988-89:

Simply the premier duplicating system. Making 135 copies per minute with on-line permanent binding or stitching, and featuring a Touch Control Screen, the 5090 sets the new standard for productivity, copy quality and ease of use.

The copy quality is comparable to metal-plate master work done on offset duplicators. You can use a broad range of originals, from text to colored line art, halftones, even photos. Books from 15 to 125 pages can be bound with thermal adhesive binding. And 2 to 70 pages can be single- or dual-stitched at the touch of a button. With a 20Mb computer, the 5090 adds yet another level of electronic diagnostics and self adjustment to key functions, thus maximizing performance and uptime. While one job is running, you can set up another (programming, loading, unloading, running)-up to 36 jobs at a time. And at any time you can find out exactly what job is in progress. The full-color Touch Control Screen helps you make full use of all the 5090's many features. All pertinent information is right in front of you-in text or displayed in graphics and icons. Of course, the versatile 5090 easily integrates an extensive list of time-saving features, such as automatic duplexing, cover and tab insertion, document handling, tab imaging, and front and back cover insertion.

Copy speed (per minute)n/a
Paper trayn/a
Output tray capacityn/a
Staple functionn/a
Document handlern/a
Dimension and weight
Depth104 (cm) / 41 (inches)
Width370 (cm) / 145.8 (inches)
Height155 (cm) / 66.1 (inches)
Weight1076 (K grams) / 2373 (Lbs)
Floor space requirements5 x 3 (meters) / 16.4 x 9.8 (feet)

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June 26, 2021 8:37 pm

My previous comment on this had my email spelled incorrectly. Please correct it to this one. Thanks!

June 26, 2021 8:21 pm

When this machine became available, the only way to get them delivered was to sell enough in one territory to afford training for techs. I had to sell 5 to get them open. My territory included Large Print Shops, Hospitals, High Tech Manufacturing, and Large Legal Offices. I worked hard for about 6 weeks and landed 5 all at one time. Still took weeks for delivery, wait time for service training and shipping, but I had one of the largest sales in the region for many years. Several went to Kinkos, 2 to independent print shops, and another to a… Read more »

Dale Pfeiler
Dale Pfeiler
February 12, 2021 9:39 pm

Does anyone know how I can find the noise level outputs of the Xerox 5090 copier duplicator with the recirculating document feeder?

Bryan Middleton
Bryan Middleton
Reply to  Dale Pfeiler
March 22, 2021 12:50 pm

Somebody made a field recording in 1996 of the 5090:

Patrick OConnor
Patrick OConnor
November 11, 2020 5:15 am

Oh, the CLUNK of that feeder. What kind of wattage must that have pulled? I was amazed when it was running to it’s potential and it would double flash to save wear and tear on collating. It was ironic at the time, given that 9000 series did basically no damage to the originals and was built 20 years earlier.

Reply to  Patrick OConnor
April 11, 2021 6:13 pm

The clunk of the ADF was the document transport clamping the original on the glass. That transport had vacuum on it, the document was always managed by the transport. Up, move document, clamp, flash document, up, move document back to either inversion or direct to load tray. Fairly complex in design, but simple in operation and worked very well.

Patrick O'Connor
Patrick O'Connor
Reply to  CarboNation
April 11, 2021 7:31 pm

Yeah, it was fascinating for sure; I just always worried that the force was going to shatter the platen!

Ron Gardner
Ron Gardner
October 15, 2020 11:41 pm

I was a Xerox CSA in Midtown Manhattan – the only walking district in the country – from 90-92, working on these babies. Some of our territories were in a single building. These were fun to work on. Good times.

Mark Faust
Mark Faust
October 5, 2020 6:57 pm

I worked for a Kinko’s in 1992/93. We had one of these and it was fantastic. So fast, could do so many cool things like binding collated copies and it hardly ever broke down. However, there was one night I had an issue with it. The plastic guide out of tray 2 warped, which caused paper jams. We really needed the 5090 that night, so I macguyver’d it until the Xerox tech showed up. I had rubber bands bending the plastic guide back into alignment, but they got in the way of shutting the doors. The 5090 wouldn’t run with… Read more »

Patrick OConnor
Patrick OConnor
Reply to  Mark Faust
November 11, 2020 5:16 am

The techs never quite understood the urgency of our deadlines, did they?

Dwight Mckenzie
Dwight Mckenzie
April 1, 2020 1:45 pm

I remember working as a System tech in Webster NY. I was responsible for running Carbon-less paper test and testing the dicortrons for impurities from gasses given off from the paper and also preventive maintenance time intervals.. I wish I had pictures but the only thing i might still have was a floppy disk that i wrote a program for the instructions for running the paper, what trays to organize the paper and tabs if any by just selecting the desired outcome and quantity of prints. Was not able to patent that but did get a nice reward and recognition.… Read more »

Andy Francis
Andy Francis
Reply to  Dwight Mckenzie
November 29, 2020 1:23 am

I completely forgot about storing programs on the floppy’s!

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