Xerox Corp. revealed the latest research developments taking place within its labs at The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), which develops two to three patents each week and over 130 inventions per year.
Nearly a dozen scientists and executives were on hand last week during a tour of the Mississauga-based R&D facility to discuss the latest advancements in toner, ink, paper, photoreceptors and imaging software.
CTO Sophie Vandebroek provided an overview of Xerox’s R&D strategy, which focuses on information explosion, mass customization and sustainability. (For the one-on-one interview with Vandebroek, watch our video.)
Xerox has advanced the life of photoreceptors by 50 per cent with the development of a polymer composite that acts as a protective chemical armor against surface wear and scratches. The new photoreceptors, which were implemented into the 4112 and 4127 monochrome copier/printer models this summer, can achieve about one million prints and 33 per cent fewer replacement cartridges.
The ultimate goal is to develop photoreceptors that will last the entire life of the machine, said Giuseppa DiPaola-Baranyi, laboratory manager for Materials Integration at the XRCC. This involves leveraging expertise in smart materials design and nanotechnology to design molecules for next-generation photoreceptors with self-healing capabilities, she explained.
“For example, when you scratch your hand and you heal, that’s a biological process. We’re looking at how we do that analogy for photoreceptors. How do we use smart materials design, how do we use nanotechnology to give us life-of-the-machine components that can repair themselves so that any damage is oblivious to the rest of the systems,” DiPaola-Baranyi.