From the Xerox Annual Report 1979:
The 2080 printer, developed by Fuji Xerox for worldwide distribu'tion, creates prints from engineering drawings in a variety of sizes ... Using a zoom-lens optical system, the 2080 makes prints ranging from less than half the size of the original drawing to nearly 50 percent larger ... Large drawings can be reduced for convenient handling; detailed drawings can be enlarged for easy revision.
It accepts originals up to 36" wide, in any length, and produces copies of any length up to 24" wide, a third more than previous Xerox equipment. A major feature of the 2080 is the zoom optical system that enlarges-the first xerographic machine to do this-as well as reduces. Copy sizes ranging from 141% to 45% of the original can simply be dialed in with a wheel calibrated in single percentage points. With technical input from Rank Xerox and the United States, the machine was developed by Fuji Xerox and is manufactured in Japan for worldwide marketing. It is as successful overseas as in North America, where orders have exceeded all estimates.
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I got trained to this “engineering product” and was the only one in city. The machine had digital and analog boards in the control system. The user could adjust the zoom by turning a multi-turn potentiometer. I remember that I was given a logic pen and a digital Beckman multimeter in the beginning of the training course. The company also gave me salary raise due to the importance of this type of machine. The course lenght was three or four weeks. The machine arrived in several boxes and getting everything together and adjusted took several work days. Copy paper was… Read more »
We used one of these for years back in the day.
Did anyone have them catch on fire if the paper jammed?
Ours literally used to burn paper if it jammed
Never had a fire with the 2080, but it was a regular occurrence with it’s predecessor, the 1860. We used the 1860 in Webster in the department that developed all of the Xerox service and training manuals. We were amazed at the difference in quality when we got the 2080. Also, no more fires.
37 years ago today, I was hired to run the 2080. I preferred this over running the blueline machine 🙂
I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time feeding stuff into these and taking prints out of them. Thanks for adding this!!!