A Printer-Duplicator, also known as a digital
, is
a printing technology designed for high-volume print jobs (20 copies or
more). Printer-Duplicators can provide a reliable and cost efficient
alternative to toner-based copiers or offset printing equipment.

The Printer-Duplicator begins by digitally scanning the
original and
then transferring it to a master template through a thermal imaging
process. Then the master is automatically wrapped around a print
cylinder, where the ink is drawn through the perforations in the master
creating the print.

Printer-Duplicators are known for very high speed in
comparison to
other printing methods. They are able to produce anywhere from 60 to
180 prints per minute, while maintaining a per page cost that can be as
low as 1/3 of a cent. They are also considered very reliable because
they do not use heat or copier components, such as toner.

The first true digital duplicator was developed and
introduced by
Riso Kagaku Corporation in August 1986. Because of the environmental
friendliness of these devices, the are recognized as Energy Star compliant by the
U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency

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