Now lets talk about assembling copiers. Copiers are the easiest things in the world to assemble if you have a good bit of mechanical aptitude, like to solve jigsaw puzzles and read the instructions. Remember before you do anything talk to your manager find out what copier you need to assemble and what options are included… For example you might need to setup a copier that does 30 page a minute with a document feeder and a finisher with fax card installed as well as a print/scan card. So before you do anything get the details on what you are going to be assembling. There is usually an assembly guide in the package but on the off-chance there isn’t then you can usually download one from the manufacturers service site or in some cases, you find this in the manual. Use the assembly guide to walk you through the process, experience and inexperienced tech alike should use the guide. That said and done your next step is to assemble all the components, the copier and all the optional parts. Now that you have everything assembled, its time to write down the part name, part description and serial number. This will spare you a lot of headaches later on. After doing that, I usually take a quick bathroom break to wash my hands and clean up a bit. Depending on the shop, you could get very dirty and some copiers are colored cream to white so dirty hands might actually work against you. That done… Your next step is to unpack. I usually take apart the boxes containing the copier frame and the box that contains the stand. At this point, I usually need the help of a second tech to set the copier on its stand. After which, I bolt down the copier frame to the stand if that is possible. I then install the document feeder. At this point, I remove all tape and test the copier. Why? Why not just keep going…??? You need to verify that the main body works before you start adding stuff to it. Attachments such as finishers and document feeders and such are nice but if you assemble everything all at once without testing the main frame then when you test at the end you really won’t know where the problem is if there is a problem. Or it may take you quite a bit longer to find it… After verifying that the trays work, the copier can do all its functions, I then add all the options that are specified. Keep in mind, each option has an assembly guide that you need to walk through. I test again and verify that all is ok. If not then I troubleshoot until it is ok. Once all is well, then I update the firmware to the latest and greatest, set the dates, add in any settings that the customer requested, give the copier a good cleaning and then send my manager an email. Two things to note 1) a copier can ship with a defective drum or board or other part and 2) there are times when copier does not assemble as expected. Don’t depend on these points because these failures are rare and far between. Test and double test and triple test before you fall back to these points. The issue may not be the copier but your lack of experience or experience assembling the copier the wrong way.

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