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photocopier

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A photocopier is an electronic machine that makes copies of images and documents.

Photocopiers were once single-function devices. Now, enterprise-grade photocopiers are usually networked and perform multiple functions. They are available in desktop or free-standing models. For home and small business use, photocopying is often bundled with scanning, printing and faxing capabilities in a multifunction peripheral (MFP) device.

Most photocopiers use xerography, a duplication technology based on electrostatic charges. The technology was developed by Xerox. For many years, photocopying was known informally as “xeroxing.”

See a simple video demonstration of how photocopying works:

This was last updated in March 2014

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