I am not sure where you are right now as you read this blog but I am in Texas and it is Hot and Humid!! Basic conditions for a summer in Texas. So why are we talking about the weather? Well your Xerox printer or multifunction device can be affected by environmental conditions. Most of the Xerox products include specifications for operating temperature and relative humidity. These specifications can be found for your machine in the knowledgebase for your machine. Search on environmental specifications or humidity or temperature.

Here are the average values for operational conditions.

Temperature

  • Operating temperature: 10 – 32°C (50 – 90°F)
  • Optimum temperature: 15 – 28°C (59 – 82°F)

Relative Humidity

  • Minimum – Maximum humidity range: 15 – 85% relative humidity at 28°C (82°F)
  • Optimal humidity range: 20 – 70% relative humidity at 28°C (82°F)

NOTE: Under extreme environmental conditions, such as 10°C and 85% relative humidity, printing defects can occur due to condensation inside the printer.

Elevation

  • For optimum performance, use the printer at elevations below 2500 m (8200 ft.).
  • Elevation limits will vary by machine so please check the environmental specifications for your specific machine if elevation is an issue for your printer.

Operating your machine outside of these ranges can cause issues with your print quality and could harm the machine rendering it nonfunctional, for instance, if condensation collects inside the machine.

Also be aware that your paper or media can be affected by high humidity. Storing your paper in an area that is not temperature or humidity controlled to specifications could cause jams or multi-feeds and image quality issues. You could see splotching, toner flaking off, and other printing issues. The range for storing paper and other media for optimal print quality is 10-28°C (50-83°F) and 15-85% relative humidity.

So as the temperatures and humidity rise be aware that your machine may react to the environmental conditions. For you folks in the areas that get and stay really cold in the winter months please take note of the lows for reference this winter. Now I am going to change my Facebook status to in a relationship with my air conditioner and have a drink of water in honor of Willis Carrier. Stay cool out there!!