Happy Birthday: The photocopier Turns 80!.

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Date: Thursday October 18, 2018 01:40:35 pm
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    Happy Birthday: The photocopier Turns 80
    On October 22, 1938, and thus some 80 years ago, Chester F. Carlson produced the first photocopy in New York – and until today his invention has become indispensable in everyday life.
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    Despite digitization, the internet, USB sticks and the cloud, it often still requires a paper copy – be it for authorities, the bachelor thesis at the university or in the office. For example, according to the Digital Office Index 2018 – a representative survey of 1106 companies with 20 or more employees from the digital association Bitkom, seven out of ten companies (68 percent) estimate that at least half of their office and administrative processes continue to be paper-based. Six percent of them even use 100 percent paper. Almost no company completely relinquishes paper.
    "In the 15th century, the invention of printing was a milestone. But it took almost another 500 years to achieve a copy by simply pressing a button, "says Bitkom CEO Dr. Ing. Bernhard Rohleder. "Today, digitalization has blurred the two technologies of printing and copying: virtually every copier today can print – and vice versa. The photocopier is a digital multifunction device 80 years after its invention. Whether printing, scanning and sending directly by e-mail or even copying – the all-in-one devices kitten today many media breaks. "
    However, digitization does not lead to less paper consumption everywhere: although every third company (33 percent) prints less today than it did a year ago. In the large corporations, it is just under half (49 percent), which renounced increasingly printouts. But 46 percent of companies also claim that they continue to print the same amount as they did a year ago, with 19 percent even using paper.
    By the time Chester F. Carlson's principle of electrophotography, later named after the Greek word for "dry writing" xerography, found its way into the first office copier, another two decades passed. The US company Haloid, from 1961 Xerox, finally brought in 1959 the first automatic dry copier on the market.
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