Xerox 6050A
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A Wide Format Solution
Raising Image Quality for Speed-Conscious CAD Users
Wide Format
Stacking Up Advantages
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
Upgrade Strategies
Extended Product Description
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At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Raising Image Quality for Speed-Conscious CAD Users
Raising Image Quality for Speed-Conscious CAD Users
The Xerox 6050A Wide Format Solution takes productivity to a new high for hard-working
CAD departments and other businesses whose profits depend on having technical documents
available at need. From immediate check prints to high volume collated sets, customers can
count on outstanding 600 dpi images printed at speeds up to 9 Ds per minute.
The 6050A monochrome printer combines the reliable 6050 print engine, proven in the field,
with the Xerox FreeFlow Accxes Print Server as its native built-in controller. FreeFlow
Accxes is the industry gold standard for wide format document throughput, user productivity
and investment protection.
Xerox 6050A vs. 6030/50
FreeFlow Native
connects via
native BPS
7 Ds, field
to 9 Ds
6030: 6 Ds
6050: 9 Ds
2 or 4 rolls,
6030: 2 rolls
factory installs 6050: 4 rolls
Wide Format 60xx Scanner
Scan System, factory install
OR Wide
field upgr.
Format Scan
System field
Performance that matters
The 6050A excels in every dimension that matters, not just one or two. Whether it is easy-toread output that reduces errors, end-to-end speed for every application or features like hot
folders that increase productivity, the 6050A delivers everything customers tell us they want.
ƒ Premier Image Quality — print: 600 x 600 dpi, copy: 400 x 600 dpi, scan: 600 x 600 dpi;
Updated algorithms tightly couple the Wide Format Scan System and 6050A printer.
ƒ High Speed — field upgrade from 7 Ds to 9 Ds; native FreeFlow Accxes firmware is the
top RIP in class: 3 to 30X vs. competition. As noted in the sidebar and detailed on page 5,
Release 12.5 includes significant enhancements.
ƒ High Productivity — automatic features, proven client tools, field upgradeable options,
regular enhancements, often at no added cost, unlike others in the market.
ƒ Outstanding Reliability — solid field record, superb Xerox support.
ƒ Impressive TCO — operating costs equal to or lower than any in class.
Configurations that adapt
The Xerox 6050A can be configured as a printer only or combined with the Wide Format
Scan System for concurrent copy, print and scan capability. Every component is field
upgradeable or redeployable except media drawers, which are factory installs. Customers can
choose a single two-roll drawer for departmental convenience or two two-roll drawers for full
on-line media flexibility or high volume unattended operation.
Xerox 6050A, 6050 Similarities
Print width up to 36 inches
Lowest TCO in its class
World class customer support
Total Satisfaction Guarantee
FreeFlow Accxes 12.5 Highlights
ƒ Fully supports 6050A as well as 6204,
510, 60xx and 721 solutions
ƒ Removable Hard Drive option for ultra
high security environments
ƒ New DGN support
ƒ Enhanced scanning including 600 dpi,
color PDF and more
ƒ InstantAccxes (hot folders)
Figure 1. Configure the Xerox 6050A to support the document performance, business productivity and
investment protection your customers require
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Xerox 6050A — No bottlenecks
CAD productivity: must haves
ƒ Well-designed time-savers such as
automatic rotation, automatic media
mismatch correction and more
ƒ Print from applications via Windows,
PostScript, or HDI drivers
ƒ Convenient client software for scanning
images, collating sets, and managing
printer operations
ƒ More data formats processed faster than
any other printer in class.
ƒ Fast check prints (A-size: 23 seconds)
Business productivity: cost edge
ƒ Low operating costs
ƒ Unattended operations
ƒ Field upgrades at time of need
ƒ Full job accounting
Security productivity: added value
ƒ Optional removable hard disk drive
ƒ Image overwrite for confidentiality
ƒ Operating system that impedes hackers
and repels viruses or Trojan Horses.
Raising Image Quality for Speed-Conscious CAD Users
When choosing CAD printers, buyers focus first on easy integration with work processes.
This is not surprising since engineering document processing bottlenecks have implications
far beyond the obvious. Whatever the industry, these bottlenecks cast costly ripples measured
in terms of lost sales, late product releases, inefficient installations, unhappy customers, poor
emergency response and/or costly engineering changes.
Xerox 6050A: Fits Your Customer’s Process
Given competitive pressures, it is critical to continually shorten development cycles — for
example by printing checkprints or a controlled number of collated review sets on demand. As
projects are completed, the pressure shifts to efficient production cycles. Depending on the
industry, this can mean disseminating large quantities of collated sets fast — engineering
change notices, bid sets, and/or ongoing work orders, plus others noted below. The 6050A
excels at meeting the ad hoc needs of busy design departments and is just as strong in high
volume collated set production.
Smart companies also know that operating costs and upgrade flexibility differ substantially
among CAD printers. As business needs fluctuate, these factors can be significant, especially
if the firm has multiple printers.
With the Xerox 6050A you have a great overall story to tell, one that appeals equally to the
serious economic buyer, the operating manager in charge of peak loads, and the professional
under pressure to produce. When compared with other choices, productivity features are
without peer, quality is at the very highest levels, operating costs are at the very lowest levels,
and Xerox service is a major plus. You also have specific value to offer different
ƒ Engineering or design groups/departments — Focus on fast, accurate image processing,
automatic image placement, and powerful client software.
ƒ Production departments — Emphasize outstanding image quality, unattended operations,
fast, automatic collated sets, extensive Job Accounting, security and remote administration.
Utilities & Telecommunications
Plan sets
Bills of material
Installation orders
Construction work orders
Manufacturing work orders
Emergency maint. drawings
Maintenance work orders
Bid sets
Engineering change notices
Facility layouts
Figure 2. Typical, industry-specific collated sets that drive profits and costs
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Raising Image Quality for Speed-Conscious CAD Users
Wide Format Solution
Xerox 6050A: Solution characteristics
6050A configurations
The Xerox 6050A comes in four primary configurations, as shown below. While the optional
Wide Format Scan System can be added later, the roll configuration is factory install only.
Xerox 6050A Printer (2 roll)
Xerox 6050A Printer (4 roll)
Xerox 6050A Copier/Printer (2 or 4 roll; optional Scan-to-Net)
Upgrade costly inkjet solutions
Upgrade aging LED solutions
Upgrade aging multifunction solutions
6050A Printer
ƒ 7 Ds per minute standard, 9 Ds with Feature Key
ƒ Exceptional image quality:
- 600 x 600 dpi print resolution using ink-efficient
mono-component toner
- 400 dpi native scan resolution with interpolation up to
600 x 600 dpi
ƒ Smooth, uniform grayscales and solids
ƒ Engine speed of 4.1 ips, FPOT 19 sec., FCOT 32 sec.
ƒ Job Recall and Sample Print Features
ƒ Print Job Interrupt with automatic restart
ƒ Output size up to 36 inches by 49 feet1, rear exit
ƒ 2 or 4 media rolls plus optional multi-sheet feeder
ƒ Catch tray included (100 prints)
ƒ GFI Folder Support
Wide Format Scan System
ƒ Enhanced 600 x 600 dpi scanning (with FreeFlow Accxes 12.5)
ƒ Scan speeds of 2 ips, field upgradeable to 4 ips (copying) or up to
8 ips (scanning)
ƒ Fast batch scanning for same-size images; production scanning
for standard sizes
ƒ Auto width detection and centering, no dedicated PC for scanning
ƒ Automatically adjusts speed based on image size/type, up to 2X
faster for A/B sizes
ƒ Job Recall and Sample Copy features
ƒ Flexible placement: up to 25 feet from printer, any angle
ƒ Thick document support up to 0.5 inches
ƒ Max. documents width: 38 inches (36 inches image area); max
length: 49 feet (copies) 1 100 feet (scans)
ƒ Field upgradeable to full color scanning (adds ability to save to
JPEG files and Color PDF)
FreeFlow Accxes Controller (see page 5 for new 12.5 features)
ƒ High security: built-in firewall, limited Ethernet ports,
ƒ Real-time OS for top concurrency
Image Overwrite and Removable Hard Drive options
ƒ Automatic media-mismatch options
ƒ Automatic file recognition for HP-GL/2, TIFF, CALS
ƒ Optimum image placement and rotation, automatically
and more; options for Adobe PostScript 3 / EPS / PDF
ƒ Field upgrades: Optional formats, Scan-to-Net/Print, Image
V1.6, as well as Extended CAD (DWF, DGN) and
Overwrite, Account Data Tracking, Removable Hard Drive
Extended Raster (JPEG 2000, PNG, BMP) formats
Redeploying components
Customers cannot upgrade an existing 6050 printer to a 6050A, and the 60XX Scanner is not
supported. However, customers can redeploy the Wide Format Scan System and/or FreeFlow
Accxes controller (YKE, YKEN or FRX).
1 Copy lengths of up to 49 ft. are supported with no image quality defects. Copies of up to 80 ft. will work.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Stacking Up Advantages
Stacking Up Advantages
Xerox 6050A
7 Ds
upgr. to
9 Ds
6 Ds OR 9 5 Ds, 7
Ds, or 10
Ds field
4.1 ips
4.1 ips
4.5 ips
600 x
600 x
400 x
Controller FreeFlow BPS plus FreeFlow
Accxes FreeFlow Accxes
install OR
field upgr.
The Xerox 6050A is the optimum choice for mid-volume CAD customers who need the very
highest productivity levels but also full 600 dpi image quality. Companies that will reap the
greatest value from the 6050A tend to be those who regularly collate engineering document
sets in order to run their core business — discrete manufacturing, the full range of AEC firms,
utilities, transportation and telecommunications. Here is how 6050A advantages stack up:
Image Quality — The 6050A produces outstanding prints, copies and scans, using updated
algorithms that tightly couple the Wide Format Scan System and 6050A printer to optimize
appearance. In addition the 6050A supports 600 x 600 dpi scanning, a new scan feature.
Full Native Speed — FreeFlow Accxes connects directly to the 6050A, similar to the 6204
with FreeFlow Accxes. Compared to the 6050, this results in throughput improvements that
are particularly great for collated sets. You can also increase speed at any time with the new
ability to field-upgrade from 7 to 9 Ds.
High Productivity — The 6050A has all the productivity features of FreeFlow Accxes,
including new ones with release 12.5, the first release to support this new solution. For over
ten years, Xerox Wide Format has regularly enhanced FreeFlow Access for all customers
under maintenance, often at no increased cost. Your customers can count on Auto Centering
and Size Detection, auto media roll selection, media mismatch features and the flexibility of
rapid, customer installable upgrades via Feature Key-enabled options.
Design for reliability — Reliability is the essential foundation for productivity; the 6030/6050
print engine that underpins the 6050A is a proven performer. With its tightly integrated
connection to the equally proven FreeFlow Accxes controller, the 6050A sets a new
benchmark for mid-volume Wide Format solutions.
Total solution — The 6050A offers full multifunctionality and easy upgrades.
Impressive TCO — The 6050A’s operating costs are at the very lowest levels in its class, due
to unique and highly efficient mono-component toner plus aggressive equipment and
maintenance pricing. The 6050A is also highly scalable. Customers can manage their costs
better and protect their investments.
Outstanding throughput — Native FreeFlow Accxes; fully compatible with other FreeFlow
Accxes solutions.
Application versatility — True Adobe PostScript and Microsoft-certified drivers, as well as
AutoCAD HDI; the greatest number of format choices, including DGN; optional scanner that
can support full color and field-upgrades via movable feature keys.
At a Glance
Stacking Up Advantages
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
FreeFlow Accxes
The heart of every Xerox Wide Format mono solution, FreeFlow Accxes is a major reason
these solutions win prestigious awards, most recently the Bertl Excellence award for the 6204.
The 6050A continues this tradition of a great printer combined with a great controller.
ƒ New value with v12.5:
- Support for 6050A: First and foremost, FreeFlow Accxes 12.5 fully supports the new
6050A, as well as every other current Xerox Wide Format monochrome solution.
- DGN Support: Xerox regularly adds optional formats to the impressive array that
FreeFlow Accxes automatically recognizes. The new support for DGN1, native format of
MicroStation, .is of particular interest to the construction industry.
- Scanning improvements: You can now scan to file with a resolution of up to 600 x 600
dpi and maximum speeds of up to eight ips. Note that higher resolution is an excellent
interpolation, since the Wide Format Scan System has a native dpi of 400 dpi.
- Image quality enhancements: A new scaling algorithm produces significantly better
copies and prints – particularly noticeable in half-size sets that include halftones. It is also
effective when creating scan preview images.
- PDF improvements: In addition to improving overall scan to PDF throughput, Release
12.5 enables color PDF scans and upgrades the base PDF format to PDF/A-1b. This ISO
standard specification simplifies long term document storage, search, and retrieval.
Performance Users Value
ƒ Ten years of continuous improvement
- Four major platforms moving from 1x
to 18X performance
- Thirteen major firmware releases,
each adding new capabilities while
maintaining earlier ones
ƒ User downloadable releases, that keep
printers operating at latest levels, usually
at no added cost
ƒ PJL interface that allows customer to
add special processing routines, easily
and securely
ƒ Entire operating system developed
expressly to support the needs of wide
format technical document applications
ƒ Tight physical and software integration
with specific printers as below
FreeFlow Accxes Controller
(back of 6060A printer)
- InstantAccxes: Up to ten “hot folders”, can be created to boost productivity, especially
among collaborating groups. Once initialized, you can drag and drop one or more
documents to any of them for instant printing as a job with preset print characteristics.2
ƒ Greatest throughput in market: Comprehensive concurrency means that FreeFlow
Accxes drives devices at rated speeds with full overlap of image processing, printing
scanning, copying, access to Web Pages and retrieval of scans.
ƒ Greatest operational productivity in market
- Automatically rotates images and handles any media mismatch conditions.
- Fastest, most accurate RIP on market, typically from 3 to 30X faster than other RIPs.
- Flexible client or Web-based software for creating sets with mixed sizes and formats,
scanning files, remotely administering printers and updating controller firmware.
ƒ Built-in security at many levels
- Linux-based operating system is inherently secure from hackers and viruses.
- FreeFlow Accxes has no external user interface.
- Extra options: Image Overwrite means that image content remains in controller memory
only as long as needed to print it; Removable Hard Drive enhances physical security.
ƒ Feature Key based Updates: Downloadable Feature Keys enable option, usually with no
service call required. Once purchased, users can move them from one controller to another.
1 Initial release is limited to self-contained DGN files that do not call external references.
2 See the Extended Product Description, page 22 for more detail and sample screen shots.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Stacking Up Advantages
Performance Considerations
For many customers, choosing a Wide Format Solution is primarily selecting the one(s) with
the right rated speed, and then weighing total operating costs. However there are other
considerations that may make a real performance difference depending on the customer’s
workload and processes. For example, the 6050A and the 6050 with FreeFlow Accxes option
have the same controller and rated speed, but because of the way the controllers are
integrated, the 6050A is often, although not always, significantly faster. Check Table 1 below
to see how this might relate to your customer’s documents. Also check Table 2 to remind
yourself of other factors that make a performance difference.
Performance is Relative
All Wide Format Solutions with FreeFlow
Access offer the same ease of use,
automatic productivity features and
powerful Client Tools. Similarly, each
solution embodies Xerox Wide Format’s
proven commitment to scalability, often via
customer downloadable Feature Keys.
This concept, which Xerox pioneered and
remains as the industry leader, allows
customers to upgrade systems on demand
and/or redeploy components such as the
Wide Format Scan System or FreeFlow
Accxes controller.
Table 1. Performance considerations; FreeFlow Accxes
Predominant Workload
6050A (vs. 6050 with FreeFlow Accxes)
Single page
* Complex images have many different
elements and/or large raster areas.
Simple image, one copy
Slightly faster
Simple image, multiple copies
Speed difference is negligible
Complex image*, one copy
Significantly faster, as much as 5X
Complex image, multiple copies
Speed advantage lessens as number of copies increases
Collated sets
Single set
Significantly faster, particularly if images are also complex
Multiple copies of same set
Significantly faster, typically between 2X and 3X
Special features (e.g., reverse collation)
Increases speed advantage of above items noticeably
Table 2. Performance considerations: other factors
Wide Format Solutions
6030 6050 510
Engine Speed
ips 2.1
Ds/min. 4 or 5
5, 7 or 10
7 or 9
# Rolls
1, 2*, or 3*
2 or 4*
1 or 2
Scan Speed
(if equipped)
600 x 1200
400 dpi
600 dpi
*Factory install; all other choices field upgradeable
With two rolls, customer can automatically produce any four sizes without changing
media (or have two sizes in two different media, such as draft and presentation).
With three rolls, customers can produce all sizes in any given series or have multiple
media types on line. With four rolls customers can produce multiple sizes and have
different media on line.
If copying and scanning have equal weight (most likely case), similar scan and print
speeds make sense. If scanning is more critical, customers can opt for higher scan
speed. If both volumes are very low, low speeds make sense. FreeFlow Accxes
enables customers to move Scan Speed Feature Keys from one solution to another.
2 ips — 8 ips
Image Quality 600 dpi
Engine speed differences can matter if most jobs are one or two prints. Otherwise,
the main driver will be the rated number of prints per minute.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
Xerox Wide Format is very well positioned in the mid-volume wide format LED
monochrome document solutions market. Customers increasingly favor suppliers that offer
not only great speed and image quality, but also exceptional attention to user productivity,
low operating costs and superior investment protection. Across the board, Xerox ranks at or
near the top in every measure of customer-perceived value. Moreover, no competitor can
compare with Xerox’s worldwide customer service.
In 2005, Xerox was #1 in shipments and
revenue in the mid-range monochrome
space in North America and Europe.
Source: InfoTrends
Major suppliers
The breadth and depth of Xerox’s expertise in engineering/technical applications and
workflows, which spans nearly sixty years, is a prime competitive differentiator.
Within the wide format mid-volume LED monochrome market, Xerox, Océ and to a lesser
extent, KIP, are the suppliers with the broadest strategic interest. All three offer a complete
portfolio from low volume workgroup solutions through high volume production ones.
Two other suppliers, Ricoh and Kyocera-Mita have less market presence and a smaller range
of wide format solutions. (Each has a stronger tradition in the narrow format arena.) While
both have mid-volume offerings, they focus more strongly in the lower volume arena, due in
large part to the nature of their dealer channels.
Face-off competitors
The main face-off for the 6050A is the Océ TDS 700. Launched in late 2006, the TDS 700 is
a mid-range offering (9 Ds) with many options that may appeal to companies looking to
transition from aging digital and analog equipment. A few companies may choose the
TDS 600, a 7 D solution, which has been on the market for some time.
You will also regularly encounter the KIP 5000. Launched in the summer of 2006, this
modular mid-range solution (8 Ds) has a single footprint, a stylish user interface and a very
attractive price.
Competitive Links
The Ricoh 480W, launched October 2005, is also a lower-price solution that may appeal to
companies that have Ricoh narrow format solutions. Unlike Xerox, Océ and KIP, Ricoh does
not offer a full range of wide format solutions; at 8 Ds, the Ricoh 480W is their fastest printer.
Finally, you may occasionally encounter Kyocera Mita solutions, for example the 4850w, a 8
6 D solution.
Highlights of these solutions and comments on the respective vendor strategies follow,
including typical claims and possible Xerox responses. There is also a comparison table of
competitive offerings on pages 20–21.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
Océ TDS 700
Part of a full line of wide format monochrome and color solutions, the Océ TDS700 features
a new print head and several speed upgrades compared to the TDS 600. While the platforms
are similar, service reps require additional training to be certified on the TDS 700.
ƒ Controller: Embedded Océ Power Logic
with Windows XP
ƒ Max. width: 36 in.
ƒ Long plot: 49 ft.
ƒ Printer resolution: 600 x 1200 dpi
ƒ Printer speed: 8.5 Ds/min.
ƒ Media rolls: 2 std., 4 or 6 opt.
ƒ Scanner resolution: 600 dpi
ƒ Scanner speed: 3.3 ips (B/W line art),
2.8 ips (gray & color)
ƒ Max. original thickness: 0.12 in.
Océ claims:
Xerox responds:
The TDS 700 is unmatched for
unattended operations. With four
media rolls and three cut sheet
cassettes, businesses can print up to
10,000 sq. ft. with no need to
replenish media.
There is more to unattended operation than on-line media. For example,
FreeFlow Accxes automatically resolves media mismatches without
stopping. The 6050A also has four on-line rolls, more than enough for most
needs. Rolls can be changed without stopping the printer. For cut sheets,
the 6050A has an optional multiple sheet insert, again usually sufficient,
considering that cut sheet media costs more.
Océ offers a safe investment, with
cost effective upgrades to make sure
they keep delivering the performance
and value to build your business.
Xerox consistently maximizes customer investment in large ways and small.
Its total product line is second to none. Details matter too. Xerox regularly
provides updates that improve the performance of installed solutions, often
without cost. For example, most installed Wide Format Scan Systems can
now have 600 dpi resolution at no cost. With Océ, you need a new printer,
scanner or controller to get the latest enhancements.
Océ is committed to productivity and
part of that means having a printer
that is ready to use. With patented
Radiant Fusing technology, the
printer is ready for use instantly so
you get prints faster.
The Xerox 6050A’s warm-up requirement is less than 3 minutes, even at
a cold start. Considering how relatively seldom this occurs, it’s far more
important to have a printer that processes images fast, without slowing
other printer operations. FreeFlow Accxes RIPs images from 3 to 30X faster
than competitors and its concurrency is benchmark — full overlap of
printing, copying, scanning and administrative operations.
Our formal relationships with even
major CAD vendors is extra
insurance that your images will
always process accurately — even
with new software releases.
Xerox also has working relationships with major CAD vendors. In fact,
FreeFlow Accxes Printer Drivers are included on the AutoDesk Software
CD. More important, Xerox testing is intense. All printer drivers are
independently certified or tested for exact conformance to demanding test
suites. Most important, the FreeFlow Accxes controller processes even the
most complex images accurately and fast.
The TDS 700 is highly configurable,
customers can protect their
investments by adding media rolls
and a scanner at time of need, not at
original purchase.
With the 6050A customers can also add scanning support at time of need,
although they cannot add media. On the other hand, the scope of available
field upgrades is far greater and usually of more value — for example
increasing printer speed form 7 Ds to 9 Ds without a service call. With Océ,
you need a new printer to increase printer speed and there is no removable
hard drive for the built-in Power Logic controller.
Océ Strategy Comments
In most cases, Océ will be using its direct sales force to address mid volume opportunities.
Rarely if ever will they be the low price solution. Therefore, expect Océ to focus hard on the
total business value they bring, in terms of improving productivity, profits and workflows. In
addition to their own software, they have formal partnerships with every major CAD vendor
as well as every major EDMS supplier and continually improve their automated linkages
among these offerings. This strategy is easy to counter, given the strength of FreeFlow
Accxes and Xerox’s longstanding working relationships with PLP and ImageSite as well as
consistent Xerox award-winning support.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
KIP 5000
The KIP 5000, which is based on the KIP5000 printer, is configured modularly with a KIP
scanner and many software options that are all field upgradeable. The most powerful solution
is for high production mono printing plus mono and color scanning and copying.
KIP claims:
Xerox responds:
Outstanding scanning
technology with speeds
ranging from 2 to 12 ips.
KIP only attains its highest speeds at 200dpi. At 400 dpi, the speeds are 2 to 6 ips.
Also you need to swap out the scanner to upgrade speeds. The Wide Format Scan
System scans at rated speeds from 2 ips to 8 ips. Moreover, customers can field
upgrade speeds, with a Feature Key that can even be moved from one Wide
Format Scan System to another. Finally, the KIP scanner is a simple repackaging of
a model designed to operate much slower than the WFSS, which is inherently fast.
As a result, customers can have problems if their scan volumes are heavy.
Easy network printing from
your desktop or powerful
Web Printing using your
browser from anywhere with
an Internet connection.
The 6050A supports network printing better than any other manufacturer because
of its fast processing speeds and top concurrency. With respect to Web Printing,
customers can define up to ten “hot folders”. If you place files in these folders from
anywhere in the world, the job prints immediately according to predefined
parameters, for example reverse collation.
Controller: Embedded PC
Max. width: 36 in.
Long plot: xx ft.
Printer resolution: 600 dpi
Printer speed: 8 Ds/min.
Media rolls: 2 std., 4 opt.
Scanner resolution: xxx dpi
Scanner speed: up to 9.6 ips (mono), up
to 3.4 ips (color)
ƒ Max. original thickness: 0.xx in.
Image quality is outstanding, The 6050A prints and scans at 600 dpi — the ideal solutions for speed-conscious
with 600 dpi printing and 400 CAD users who also need the very highest quality.
dpi scanning.
Includes Windows, HDI and
PostScript Drivers as
These drivers are also standard with the 6050A, although actual printing of
PostScript/PDF files requires an option. The big difference is that each 6050A
driver is certified, either by the format owner or via definitive commercial test suites.
KIP uses a PostScript clone and does not formally certify their other drivers.
Real-time image viewing.
Depending on the type of document being scanned, this feature can be problematic
since there is no way to delete the view after scanning is complete and no way to
turn this feature off where sensitive documents might be scanned.
HDP Plus delivers excellent
image quality.
Image quality is visibly better with the 6050A, especially fine lines and photos.
100% Toner Usage saves
In fact, true 100% toner usage is very difficult to maintain. While more feasible in
high-volume solutions, there is a great tendency for toner to accumulate in low to
mid-volume printers. Over time, the minute toner residue tends to deteriorate print
quality, requiring a service call and probably costing more dollars in terms of lost
productivity than was saved in toner.
In contrast, the 6050A uses a highly efficient toning process along with a toner
waste bottle to minimize costs while protecting image quality and reliability.
KIP Strategy Comments
KIP sells exclusively through dealers, with a particular focus on lower volume solutions such
as the KIP 3000. Nevertheless, you will certainly encounter them in mid-volume situations
where they are likely to be the low price solution. For example, they include DWF processing
and PowerScript software (for PostScript 1, 2 or 3 files as well as PDF), at no charge.
Depending on the customers and their particular files, this can be a plus. Since service is
provided by many dealers across the nation, it may be spotty in some regions.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
Ricoh Aficio 480W
The Aficio 480W is a low-cost, all-digital wide format copier or multi-functional solution (no
printer only configuration).
Ricoh claims:
ƒ Controller: Embedded or standalone
Windows 2000 or newer
ƒ Max. width: 36 in.
ƒ Long plot: 49 ft.
ƒ Printer resolution: 600 dpi
ƒ Printer speed: 8 Ds/min.
ƒ Media rolls: 2 std., 4 opt.
ƒ Scanner resolution: 150–1200 dpi
ƒ Scanner speed: 3.93 ips
ƒ Max. original thickness: 0.3 in.
Xerox responds:
Compact single footprint with output The Ricoh footprint is deceptive, since practical operations require much
returned to the front.
more space. Service is from the rear, so access is required for that purpose,
as well as to remove jams. For printing, the required PC server must sit on
a table close to the unit. Also, catch tray design is poor; after just a few
prints, they overflow on the floor and/or block user input panels, making an
extra table almost essential.
In fact, you have to figure that a front tray for a mid-volume solution is
usually a poor idea if you value productivity. It causes frequent congestion
in front of the scanner as people who want to retrieve prints bump elbows
with someone working on a big scan or copy job.
Full multifunctionality, including
automatic processing of CGM files
and many more formats plus rich
scan-to-file options.
The 6050A offers full multifunctionality with the highest concurrency of
operation in the market, and thus the greatest potential throughput per
minute. FreeFlow Accxes also automatically processes CGM files and many
more besides — faster than any other wide format RIP in its class. Finally,
unlike the Aficio 480W, the 6050A is available as a printer only, for the
growing number of customers who work solely with digital files.
Designed for ease of use, even by
office professionals. The similarity
between Ricoh office and wide
format solutions helped them win a
Bertl Innovation award in 2006.
Ease of use is of course partly in the eye of the beholder. In most cases, the
office professionals that may use narrow format Ricoh solutions simply do
not use wide format technical document printers, We have over 60 years of
experience learning what both engineering/design professional and
reprographics support staff want and expect. Whether it is changing paper
or printing files, the 6050A is built for real productivity.
600 dpi printing and 1200 dpi
Scans at 1200 dpi may be a good marketing claim, but hardly useful for
wide format needs — the files would be gigantic. The 6050A prints and
scans at 600 dpi. In addition, the 6050A mono-component toner produces
exceptionally smooth solids and grayscales, and lowers costs. In contrast,
the 480W uses toner and developer, which cost more and require a service
call to add developer. The 6050A has is a visible quality advantage.
Ricoh Strategy Comments
Ricoh sells products under several brands (Lanier, Savin, Gestetner, and Nashuatec). While
they do have wide format solutions, they are stronger in narrow format markets.
Whatever the brand, they generally use dealer channels, only some of which actively pursue
mid-volume opportunities. Ricoh is also likely to pursue a low price solution approach.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Navigating the Competitive Landscape
Kyocera Mita 4850W
The 4850W, announced in 2000, is Kyocera’s highest speed wide format solution. At 600 dpi,
and two paper rolls (third roll optional), it is intended to support point-of-need environments.
KM claims:
Xerox responds:
People friendly, reliable, low TCO
While Kyocera claims this, the TCO tracker they highlight on their website
doesn’t even cover wide format products. The Xerox 6050A has a proven
tradition of high productivity, high reliability and low costs.
Nothing is more people-friendly than a solution that is designed exactly for
user needs, in this case, engineers and design professionals.
Copy at 7 Ds print at 6 Ds per minute The lowest speed model 6050A prints and copies at 7 Ds per minute.
Upgrading to 9 Ds per minute is simply a matter of placing an order and
performing a software download, not even a service call required.
Collated sets are easy
Yes, but they can be quite limited in the number of copies per set,
particularly if you choose Kyocera-Mita’s own CADMaster controller. With
standard memory this can be as few as eight, although the number does
expand with extra memory.
Controller: CADMaster, embedded
Max. width: 36 in.
Long plot: 20 ft.
Printer resolution: 600 dpi
Printer speed: 6 Ds/min.
Media rolls: 2 std., 3 opt.
Scanner resolution: 600 dpi
Scanner speed: xxx ips 7 Ds/min.
Max. original thickness: 0.0073 in.
Of course you can choose the Ratio controller, which Ricoh products use.
However, that negates many of the ease of use claims.
Kyocera Mita Strategy Comments
Kyocera Mita does not compete aggressively in the mid-volume wide format arena, in part
because the 4850W is their fastest offering and in part because they only sell through dealers.
If you do compete with Kyocera Mita dealers, they will almost certainly focus on low price as
well as ease of use. The company supports its brand by actively promoting the ease of use of
their narrow format solutions on TV and in other advertising venues.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Upgrade Strategies
Upgrade Strategies
Mid-volume wide format LED or laser monochrome solutions are a mature market, although
a very strong one for Xerox Wide Format. As the move to color inkjets gains strength, most
new sales will come from replacing older equipment, whether Xerox or competitive.
Customers will typically replace systems at the end of a lease or when moving to decentralize
(more common) or centralize (less common) some business operations.
Key industries
ƒ Manufacturing
ƒ Utilities
ƒ Government
ƒ Transportation
ƒ Telecom
ƒ Geophysical
ƒ Electronics
ƒ Educations
ƒ Energy
ƒ Print for pay
Key environments
In a broad sense, therefore the 6050A targets two replacement markets: older mid-range
products and replacements resulting from decentralization or other organizational change.
Where are these customers?
Opportunities are likely to exist within the key industries listed in the sidebar. While many
solutions will be departmental, others may be in ERDs or print-for pay.
ƒ Centralized/Departmental CAD
ƒ Engineering Reprographic Departments
ƒ Engineering Document Management
Systems (EDMS)
Typical Applications
Architectural product rendering
Mechanical/electrical drawings
Schematics, all types
GIS mapping
Engineering change notices
Technical illustration
Bid sets
Work orders
Facilities drawings
Property maps
Product specifications
Disaster response
This section highlights how the 6050A can meet customer needs in four specific high
potential situations, each of which may exist in your territory. Also generally be on the alert
for companies that are reorganizing.
ƒ Legacy 88xx solutions that are at end of life
ƒ Existing 510 customers who want greater image quality
ƒ Older Océ 9400, TDS 400, 9600/9700 and/or, TDS 600 solutions
ƒ Other older competitive solutions, e.g., KIP Starprint 2000 or 6000
Which Xerox alternative?
When evaluating how best to address a customer’s wide format needs, make sure to:
ƒ Uncover all the functions that are needed, including how color is used
ƒ Identify workflow fit and gaps
ƒ Estimate impact of gaps and the effort required to close them
Depending on what you discover, you may recommend the 6050A, 510 or 6204 with Accxes
or possibly a 60xx or 6204 with the Basic Print Server — for example, if space conservation
is paramount and the customer does not already have a FreeFlow Accxes solution.
NA & Europe WF Laser/LED Printer/Copiers, Mid-range
Kyocera Mita
Source: InfoTrends CAP Ventures
Technical Documents Breakdown
Solids Models
construction plans
engineering renderings
Figure 3. Technical document volume continues to grow but the number of installed mid-volume
laser/LED printers is remaining the same as volume migrates to fast, color inkjets
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Upgrade Strategies
Focus on customers with legacy 88xx solutions
Xerox 8825/8830/8850 solutions are true workhorses, many of them in active use for close to
ten years. However, with service costs increasing, these customers are increasingly open to a
cost-effective upgrade strategy. The 6050A is a natural.
ƒ The 6050A will rapidly return their investment in terms of lower operating costs alone
ƒ Overall image quality is far better.
ƒ FreeFlow Accxes performs in the same manner to which they are accustomed — but much
faster and with more options that might interest them. Examples include InstantAccxes
Folders and additional format support such as DGN and DWF.
ƒ Scanning to Color PDF, as well as faster scanning throughput, may appeal to companies
that are building specialized archives and/or expanding on-line viewing options.
ƒ Print speeds are highly comparable to what they currently have.
ƒ Finally, the very long lives of their current solutions is testimony to how well Xerox Wide
Format delivers on the promise of reliable investment protection.
In these changing times, many companies with legacy solutions will also be concerned with
data security — a factor to consider when upgrading. For these firms in particular, focus on
the intrinsic security features of the 6050A, for example, the FreeFlow Accxes operating
system, optional Image Overwrite and the Removable Hard Drive.
Table 3. Xerox 6050A vs. legacy 88xx solutions
Xerox 6050A
Print resolution
Xerox 8825
Xerox 8830
Xerox 8850
600 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
Printer speed
7 or 9 Ds
7 Ds
7 Ds
10 Ds
Long plot, max.
49 ft.
Print: 80 ft.
Copy: 100 ft.
Print: 80 ft.
Copy: 100 ft.
Print: 80 ft.
Copy: 100 ft.
Media rolls
2 or 4
1 or 2
Scanner resolution
600 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
Scanner speed
2-8 ips
2 to 4 ips, depending on scanner used
Original thickness, max.
0.5 in.
0.059 in. or 0.5 in., depending on scanner used
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Upgrade Strategies
Consider Xerox 510 customers who want greater image quality
The 510 has proven itself as the most scalable offering in the Xerox Wide Format portfolio,
arguably the most scalable offering on the market. However, its image quality, while very
acceptable for most applications is 400 dpi and the underpinning technology is more costly to
operate than many newer wide format solutions.
If customers express a direct interest in improving image quality, or decide to review other
alternatives as a part of general fleet planning, the 6050A presents a solid upgrade strategy
that is far superior to any competitive alternative they may investigate.
ƒ At 600 dpi, overall image quality is noticeably improved
ƒ Operating costs (consumables and maintenance) are lower
ƒ FreeFlow Accxes speeds are comparable to the 510 and much faster than competitive RIPs
ƒ No learning curve for copying or scanning, since Wide Format Scan System is the same
ƒ Printer speeds are faster, comparable or slightly slower depending on the 510 model
Table 4. Xerox 6050A vs. Xerox 510
Xerox 6050A
Print resolution
600 dpi
400 dpi
Printer speed
7 or 9 Ds
5, 7 or 10 Ds
Long plot, max.
49 ft.
Media rolls
2 or 4
Print: 80 ft.
Copy: 100 ft.
1, 2, or 3
Scanner resolution
600 dpi
400 dpi
Scanner speed
2 - 8 ips
2- 8 ips
0.5 in.
0.5 in.
Original thickness, max.
Xerox 510
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Upgrade Strategies
Focus on older Océ 9400, TDS 400, 9600/9700 and/or TDS 600 solutions
The 6050A represents an excellent opportunity to upgrade customers who have older Océ
solutions, such as the 9400, 9600, TDS 400, and TDS 600. Not only are they all 400 dpi
solutions, but they also lack the advantage of the superior throughput of the FreeFlow Accxes
Print Server.
Xerox is the only company in the market that can go head to head with Océ in terms of
presenting an overall strategy for every aspect of document management. In many cases, the
customer does not actually contract for added services, but their availability as an ingredient
in the customer’s own future planning can tip a decision.
Given the mature nature of the mid-volume wide format monochrome market, one can’t ignore
the opportunity the 6050A presents for displaced Océ solutions, perhaps with concerted team
efforts. The following are some areas where various Océ products may be lacking in practice:
ƒ Windows-based controller is more susceptible to security breaches than FreeFlow Accxes
ƒ Media loading on any older 9400 is very awkward, as one of the rolls must be loaded from
below, forcing you to get on your hands and knees.
ƒ Toner is added to a charge of developer, which eventually degrades and requires
replacement by a technician. Océ charges for this service. (The mono-component Xerox
6050A also uses just one-quarter the toner of the TDS 400 for equivalent coverage.)
ƒ No A-size copying and printing on the 9400 and TDS 400.
ƒ Users cannot just walk up to the TDS400 (or the 9400), enter a document and receive a
correct copy, unless they are lucky enough to align the document to the right, enter the
document in the correct orientation, and pick the right roll in the printer.
ƒ No auto size detection, auto image rotation, auto centering or auto roll selection.
On the positive side, emphasize the overall advantages of choosing Xerox as your wide
format supplier. These advantages are detailed on the next page since they deserve particular
emphasis when working to penetrate any competitive environment, Océ or others.
Table 5. Xerox 6050A vs legacy Océ solutions
Xerox 6050A
Océ TDS 400
Océ 9600
Print resolution
600 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
Printer speed
7 or 9 Ds
8 Ds
Long plot, max.
49 ft.
49 ft.
49 ft.
Media rolls
2 or 4
1 or 2
Up to 6
Scanner resolution
600 dpi
200 dpi
400 x 200 dpi
Scanner speed
4.7 ips
2 ips
3.8 ips
Original thickness, max.
0.5 in.
0.04 in.
0.04 in.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Upgrade Strategies
Focus on other older competitive solutions, e.g., KIP
The Xerox 6050A also provides an excellent opportunity for seeking out installations of older
competitive equipment that is not Océ, for example the KIP 2000 and 6000 series.
Many of these will be coming off lease shortly, making these installations, relatively “low
hanging fruit.”
In contrast to most customers with Océ installations, wide format competitors such as KIP are
more likely to have a one-off installation or to be part of an eclectic fleet.
In either case, it is critical to emphasize not only the specific value of the 6050A but
compelling value of an ongoing relationship. Xerox offers unparalleled advantages to help
ensure that every investment in document solutions increases future profits, lowers current
costs or both. These include:
ƒ Full product lines that are adaptable to specific needs (production and departmental; color
and monochrome; printing, copying, and scanning; graphic arts and technical)
ƒ Proven technology and committed research
ƒ Deep expertise in the unique needs of different industries
ƒ Strong partnerships with complementary suppliers
ƒ Financing options
ƒ Tested supplies and media
ƒ Talented professional services
Most important, Xerox has the premier service organization in the industry, ensuring top
reliability to customers worldwide and the best trained sales channels, ensuring that solutions
not only match present requirements but anticipate future ones.
Table 6. Xerox 6050A vs. legacy KIP solutions
Xerox 6050A
KIP Starprint 2000
Print resolution
600 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
Printer speed
7 or 9 Ds
Long plot, max.
49 ft.
200 ft.
100 ft.
Media rolls
2 or 4
1, 2, or 3
2 or 4
Scanner resolution
600 dpi
400 dpi
400 dpi
Scanner speed
4.7 ips
2–9.6 ips
2–9.6 ips
0.5 in.
0.004 in.
0.004 in.
Original thickness, max.
KIP Starprint 6000
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Xerox 6050A printer specifications
Xerox 6050A
FreeFlow Accxes, attached
Print width, max.
36 in.
Plot length, max.
49 ft.
600 dpi
7 or 9 Ds/min.
Warm-up time
<3 min.
Media width, max
36 in.
Media types
Bond, vellum, film
Media rolls
2 or 4 rolls, factory install
Cut sheet feeder
Optional multi-sheet feeder
100–600 dpi
4.7 ips
Scan width
36 in.
Scan length
8.3 in.–49 ft.
Original thickness
0.5 in.
Print drivers
Windows: XP/2000/Server 2003/Vista
AutoCAD: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Adobe PostScript 3: Windows XP/2000/2003/Vista
Print file formats
Standard: HP-GL/2, HP-RTL, TIFF 6.1 (including LZW), CALS 1&2, CalComp
906/907/951/PCI, FileNET, NIRS, CGM, VCGL, VRF, Versatec Data Standards, Xerox
Emulation 150, C4, JPEG
Optional: Adobe PostScript 3, PDF (1.6), DWF, BMP, JPEG 2000, PNG, PICT, DGN
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Wide Format Scan System specifications
Scan speed
2 ips (std); 4 or 7.3 ips (opt)
400 x 600 dpi
Input document size
Minimum: 4.5 in. x 5.5 in.
Maximum: 42 in. x 100 ft.
Max. scan width
36 in.
Max. document thickness
0.5 in.
Imaging system
Halftone (grayscale)
8-bit, 256 levels of gray
Color scanning
Optional (24 bit)
Document feed
Center — but can be fed to either left or right with automatic width
detection enabled
Document width detection
Either of two modes:
ƒ Auto width — detects actual document width (+/- 1mm) with
document pre-scan
ƒ Productivity width — detects to nearest standard size (ANSI,
ARCH, or ISO) without document pre-scan
Document catch tray capacity (optional)
100 sheets
Dimensions (W x D x H)
53 in. x 55 in. x 45 in., including document catch tray
145 lbs., including stand
Power requirements
US: 100–120 VAC, 60 Hz, 6 amps
Int’l: 200–240 VAC, 50 Hz, 3 amps
Power consumption
Standby: 130 W, max.
Running: 200 W, max.
Environment (operating)
50°–95° F
10%–80% RH, non-condensing
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
FreeFlow Accxes Print Server specifications
Custom Dell PC; 2.66 GHz (min.) Celeron Processor; 1 GB RAM (std.); 80
GB HDD (min.)
Operating System
ƒ 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet (RJ45 connector)
ƒ RS-232C serial (diagnostics only)
ƒ IEEE1394 (scanner only)
Network protocol
TCP/IP (including lpr/lpd, FTP, TFTP, HTTP, and telnet)
Input data formats (printing)
ƒ Standard:
- C4
- FileNET
- CalComp 906/907/951/PCI
- TIFF 6.0
- CALS 1 and 2
- CCITT (G4, G3 1D, G3 2D, Packbits, RLE, Seed Row, and Adaptive)
- CGM (Level 1 with ATA ext.)
- Versatec Data Standards (VRF, ordered vector, blocked raster,
compacted raster)
ƒ Optional:
- Adobe: Postscript 3, PDF v1.6
- AutoCAD: DWF
Output data formats (scan-to-file)
User applications
ƒ Printer drivers:
- Windows (GDI) (XP/Server 2003/Vista)
- Adobe PostScript (PS), Level 3 (Windows XP/Vista)
- AutoCAD (HDI) (AutoCAD 2002-2008)
ƒ Accxes Client Tools (Windows XP/Vista, Solaris 2.6–2.10):
- Document Submit (job assembly)
- Document Retrieve (scan retrieval)
- Device Manager (printer management)
- Printer Queue (printer status)
ƒ Account Management Tool (Windows XP/Vista, Solaris 2.6–2.10)
ƒ Web Printer Manager Tool (remote administration)
ƒ InstantAccxes (remote document printing)
Power requirements
110–120VAC, 60 Hz, 3 amps
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Competitive solutions specifications
Xerox 6050A
Ricoh Aficio 480W
KIP 5000
Océ TDS 700
FreeFlow Accxes, attached
Embedded or standalone;
Windows 2000 or newer
PowerPrint Embedded Controller
Océ Power Logic controller with
Windows XP; embedded
Print width, max.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
Plot length, max.
49 ft.
49 ft.
75 ft.
49 ft.
600 dpi
600 dpi
600 dpi
600 x 1200 dpi
7 or 9 Ds/min.
8 Ds/min.
8 Ds/min.
8.5 Ds/min.
Warm-up time
<3 min.
<2 min.
<8 min.
Media width, max
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
Media rolls
2 or 4 rolls, factory install
2 std., 4 opt.
2 std., 4 opt.
2 std., 4 or 6 opt.
Cut sheet feeder
Opt., automatic
Manual, std.; automatic, opt.
Std., manual
Manual and 1 auto cassette, std.;
2–3 auto cassettes, opt.
Mono, std.; color, opt.
Mono, std.; color, opt.
100–600 dpi
150–1200 dpi
200–600 dpi
72–600 dpi
2 ips (std); 4 or 7.3 ips (opt)
3.93 ips
Mono: 3.2–9.6 ips
Color: 1.4–3.4 ips
3.3 ips (B/W line art), 2.8 ips (gray
& color)
Scan width, max.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
Scan length, max.
49 ft.
49 ft.
75 ft.
20 ft.
Original thickness, max.
0.5 in.
0.039 in.
0.004 in.
0.12 in.
Print drivers
Windows: XP/2000/Server
AutoCAD: 2002, 2004, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2008
Adobe PostScript 3: Windows
Windows: NT/2000/XP
Windows: 2000/2003/XP 64-bit
AutoCAD: 2002, 2004, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2008
Windows: 2000/XP/Server 2003/
Terminal Server/Citrix/Metaframe
AutoCAD: 2002, 2004, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2008
Print file formats
Standard: HP-GL/2, HP-RTL,
TIFF 6.1 (incl. LZW), CALS 1&2,
CalComp 906/907/951/PCI,
VRF, Versatec Data Standards,
Xerox Emulation 150, C4, JPEG
Optional: Adobe PostScript 3,
2000, PNG, PICT, DGN
Standard: HP-GL/2, HP-RTL,
TIFF, Calcomp 906/907, WMF,
Optional: Adobe PostScript 3,
Standard: HP-GL/2, HP-RTL,
Calcomp, TIFF 6.0, CALS-I, NIRS,
Optional: Adobe PostScript 3 PDF
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Competitive solutions specifications, cont’d
KM P4850w
KIP 6000
Océ TDS 600
CADMaster, embedded
KIP software with Windows XP;
Océ Power Logic controller with
Windows XP; embedded
Print width, max.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
Plot length, max.
20 ft.
100 ft.
49 ft.
600 dpi
600 dpi
400 dpi
6 Ds/min.
8 Ds/min.
8 Ds/min.
Warm-up time
<10 min.
<8 min.
Media width, max
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
Media rolls
2 std., 3 opt.
2 std., 4 opt.
2 std., 4 opt.
Cut sheet feeder
Std., single sheet
Std., multi-sheet
Mno/Color (depending on
600 dpi
600 dpi
200–400 dpi
3.15 ips
2.0–4.8 ips
3.28 ips
Scan width, max.
36 in.
36 in.
36 in.
Scan length, max.
20 ft.
20 ft.
49 ft.
Original thickness, max.
0.073 in.
0.004 in.
0.04 in.
Print drivers
Windows: Me/NT/2000
AutoCAD: 2000, 2004; 13,/14
KIP Request
AutoCAD: 2002, 2004, 2005,
Windows: 2000/XP
AutoCAD: 2002, 2004, 2005,
2006; 12/13,/14
Adobe PostScript 3: Windows
Print file formats
Standard: HP-GL2, HP-RTL,
TIFF, Calcomp 906/907, PCX,
Optional: PostScript 3, PDF, TIFF
8-bit grey, TIFFColour,
CIT-TG4 (Intergraph)
Standard: HP-GL/2, HP-RTL,
Calcomp 906/907, CALS Group 4,
TIFF Group 4, PCX, Intergraph
CIT/TG4, Versatec Color Graphics
(VCGL), Uncompressed
Grayscale TIFF, TIFF Packbits,
Optional: ATA Complaint CGM,
Adobe PostScript 3 for EPS, PS,
and PDF
Standard: HP-GL/2, HP-RTL,
TIFF 6.0, CALS type 1, NIRS,
EDMICS (C4), Calcomp
Optional: Adobe PostScript 3/PDF
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Extended Product Description
The Xerox 6050A Wide Format Solution is a high-quality printing, copying, and scanning
solution for the mid-volume wide format market. The combination of the 600 dpi Xerox
6050A Printer, high-performance FreeFlow Accxes Printer Server, client applications, and the
Wide Format Scan System provides configurations to meet any of these customer needs:
ƒ Standalone printer
ƒ Walk-up copier
ƒ Printer, copier, and scan-to-file (multifunction)
The Xerox 6050A printer runs at 4.1 ips and produces throughput at 7 Ds per minute, with an
option for 9 Ds per minute. It can print on bond, vellum, and film — roll or cut sheet media
up to 36 inches wide. The standard one-drawer model holds two 500 foot media rolls; an
optional second, lower drawer holds two additional media rolls — for a grand total of 2000
feet of online media. Customers may choose to add an optional cut sheet bypass tray for
printing on specialty stock.
The primary difference between the Xerox 6050A printer and the earlier 6030/6050 printers is
that the 6050A does not contain an embedded controller. The Xerox 6050A uses only the
FreeFlow Accxes Print Server.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Hardware configurations
6050A Printer
1 drawer (2 roll)
6050A Printer
2 drawer (4 rolls)
6050A Copier
1 drawer (2 roll)
6050A Copier
2 drawer (4 roll)
ƒ 1 to 2 drawers (2 to 4 rolls), factory install
ƒ 7 to 9 D’s per minute
ƒ Scan-to-Net1
ƒ Scan-to-Print1
ƒ Color Scan-to-Net1
ƒ 2 to 4 ips copying; 2 to 4 to 8 ips scanning1
ƒ Job Accounting
ƒ Image Overwrite
ƒ Removable hard drive
ƒ Additional file format support:
- Adobe PostScript (PostScript 3/PDF v1.6 interpreter)
- Autodesk DWF
- Raster formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
- Other CAD: MicroStation DGN
1 Requires Wide Format Scan System.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A Printer
Major printer components
Output catch tray
Toner port
Control panel
Power switch (side)
Drawer 1 (rolls 1 & 2)
Drawer 2 (rolls 3 & 4)
FreeFlow Accxes Print Server
(on rear)
Figure 4. Major components of the Xerox 6050A Printer
The major components of the Xerox 6050A Printer are:
ƒ Output catch tray — holds up to 100 D-size sheets
ƒ Printer control panel — to change paper size and type and to set up printer defaults
ƒ Multi-sheet inserter/manual feed tray (MSI) — to print with cut sheet media (optional;
not shown in photo above)
ƒ Drawer 1 — holds media rolls 1 and 2
Note: Customers can NOT upgrade from
a one drawer (2 roll) 6050A printer to a two
drawer (4 roll) printer in the field. Drawers
are factory installed only.
ƒ Drawer 2 — holds media rolls 3 and 4 (factory install only — not field-upgradeable)
ƒ Toner supply port — for replenishing toner
ƒ FreeFlow Accxes Print Server — mounts in a saddle on the rear side of the printer
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Printer control panel
Figure 5. Xerox 6050A Printer control panel
The printer control panel is at the right front side of the printer; it contains an LCD message
display, pushbuttons, and lamps. The pushbutton functions are self-evident. One, however,
deserves a closer look:
ƒ Power Saver — switches the printer into and out of power saver mode. There are two
sequential power saver stages: “Low Power” and “Sleep.” Each reduces power
consumption to a level lower than the preceding stage. Pressing the Power Saver button
places the printer in the first (“Low Power”) mode or “wakes the printer up”.
- Low Power mode — the elapsed idle time before this mode activates can be set between 5
and 60 minutes; default is 30 minutes.
- Sleep mode — the elapsed idle time before this mode activates can be set between 5 and
180 minutes; default is 30 minutes.
There are four menus for making system settings:
ƒ Localization — to set display language and date format.
ƒ System settings — to set TCP/IP address, date/time, and timers for power saver modes.
ƒ Utilities — to generate test prints, read billing meters (both linear and area), and shutdown
or restart the FreeFlow Accxes controller.
ƒ Print Setup — to set the installed media types and series.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Printer media
The Xerox 6050A Printer supports these roll media:
ƒ Bond — up to 500-foot roll
ƒ Vellum — up to 500-foot roll
ƒ Polyester film — 150-foot roll
Rolls can be from 11 to 36 inches wide, including these series: ANSI A–E, Arch A–E, ISO
A4–A0, and the 36 inch architectural series. When loading roll media, the user only needs to
specify the media series (ANSI, Arch, or ISO) and type (bond, vellum, or film) because the
printer automatically detects the installed width. Media series and type may be entered at
either the printer control panel or on the scanner control panel. Users may mix media series
(ANSI, etc.) within a drawer or between drawers. For example, the user can install Archseries media at roll 1, ANSI-series at roll 2, ISO-series, at roll 3, etc. — all at the same time.
Printing or copying on cut sheet media requires the optional multi-sheet inserter/manual feed
tray. Users may insert up to 70 sheets of A- and B-sized media or single sheets of C- through
E-sized media. The printer also supports the standard cut sheet media sizes: ANSI, Arch, and
ISO series. However, the multi-sheet inserter/manual feed tray only accepts bond paper.
The Xerox 6050A Printer will automatically switch to another media drawer containing the
same size media when the roll being used runs out of media. The print job will then continue
with no interruption or operator intervention.
On the Xerox 6050A the operator can replace media in drawer 2 (rolls 3 and 4) while jobs
print from drawer 1. A simple paper path (see below) for both roll feed and manual feed paper
reduces jams.
Figure 6. Xerox 6050A Printer paper paths
The standard output catch tray holds up to 100 D-size sheets of media.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Extended Product Description
Wide Format Solution
Printer specs summary
600 dpi
Print speed
4.1 ips
256 levels
7 Ds/min., std.
(9 Ds/min., opt.)
Media supply
1 drawer / 2 roll — std.
2 drawer / 4 rolls — opt.
Cut sheet tray — opt.
Media support
ƒ Bond, vellum (500 ft. rolls)
ƒ Film (150 ft. rolls)
Cut sheet:
ƒ Bond only
ƒ Up to 70 sheets sized A–B; single sheets sized C–E
Toner yield
23,500 sq. ft. per bottle @ 5% coverage
First print out time (FPOT)
19 sec.
First copy out time (FCOT) with Wide
Format Scan System
32 sec.
Warm-up time (from power on)
< 3 min.
Max. print length / copy length
49.2 ft.
Note: the 6050A will print up to 150 ft. — but quality and accuracy are
only guaranteed up to 49.2 ft.
Auto roll-switching
Automatically switches to second roll of same-size media; requires
“taped-to-core” media rolls
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Wide Format Scan System
The 400 dpi Wide Format Scan System produces images of exceptional quality and is fully
color capable. Customers can upgrade from standard monochrome to full-color scanning via
a software Feature Key, with no need to physically replace the scanner.
The Wide Format Scan System can be field upgraded for rated speed from 2 ips standard to
4 ips copy and up to 4 ips scan or 4 ips copy and up to 8 ips scan (Feature Key options). It
automatically adjusts its actual speed based on document size, type, and resolution. The
scanner processes smaller, lower resolution, monochrome documents at nearly twice the rated
speed (2 ips rated speed, effectively up to 4 ips; 4 ips rated speed, effectively up to 8 ips) and
automatically slows to ensure high quality results for photographs or color images. Depending
on the customer application, the automatic speed changes can substantially increase scanner
Users can set the Wide Format Scan System the following document width detection modes:
ƒ Manual — the user enters the document width at the control panel and feeds documents
into the center of the scanner.
ƒ Autowidth — scanner pre-scans documents to determine the width; users must feed
documents into the center of the scanner.
When using the auto modes, users can
also enter Batch mode to eliminate the
requirement for the pre-scan after the first
scan — if all other documents in the batch
are of the same size and type.
ƒ Autowidth/Autocenter — scanner pre-scans the document to determine the width of the
document; users may feed documents anywhere (left, right, center) on the feed table and
the scanner centers the image. This mode is most useful when users scan non-standard
document widths.
ƒ Productivity — scanner uses width sensors to determine width and users must align
documents within the media guidelines on the feed table. The width sensors eliminate the
need for a pre-scan, thereby increasing higher productivity. When using this feature, users
must first select the media series (ANSI, ARCH, ISO, etc.).
While scanning, the scanner continually adjusts image quality using its unique dynamic
background suppression algorithms. Finally, users can set the scanner so documents exit the
rear to the standard catch tray (100 documents, max.) or so they rewind to the front.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Wide Format Scan System Control Panel
Option Keys
Graphic Display
Numeric Keypad
Figure 7. Wide Format Scan System control panel
The control panel on the Wide Format Scan System contains three major sections:
ƒ Option keys
- Media Selection — Source, Type, and Output Format
- Image Quality — Original Type, Background Suppression, Copy Density
- Reduction / Enlargement — Auto, Manual, Preset
ƒ Graphical display and navigation buttons
- LCD — for displaying menus and information
- Navigation buttons — for moving within menus and making selections from the LCD
ƒ Numeric keypad and special features keys — for entering numeric data and selecting
features such as collation, job templates, etc.
The following sections on making copies and Scan-to-Net describe these in detail.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Making Copies with the Wide Format Scan System
The Wide Format Scan System can be set
to start scanning as soon as the user
inserts a document, without the need to
press the Start button.
Users set all copy options with the pushbuttons on the control panel and the menus on the
graphic display.
Option keys
The Option selection keys are divided into three sections:
ƒ Media Selection
- Source
Auto — printer selects the roll, based on user settings for reduction/enlargement and
media (cannot be used in conjunction with Auto Reduction/Enlargement).
R1-R2-R3-R4 — selects roll 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Sheet — for manual insertion of cut sheet media.
Type — Film, Vellum, or Bond (note: when user selects Auto or Rolls 1–4, these LEDs
indicate the media installed in those locations; when using sheet media, user sets media
type using these buttons).
- Output Format
Manual — to set copy width and length
Preset — to set a standard size (ANSI, ISO, ARCH)
Synchro — to set copies to same length as the original
ƒ Image Quality Type
- Normal — to make copies with the best image quality, including halftones, shadings, and
fine lines. This mode delivers the most “WYSIWYG” output. For instance, if your
original has both pencil and pen on it, the pencil and pen will be different shades of gray
on the resulting copy.
- Line — to make copies with high contrast; particularly effective with line art. (Note: Line
mode should not be used with documents containing halftoned images, as this may cause
them to become too dark.) This mode is also called bi-tonal or “Snap-to-Black” because
copy will have all black output. For instance, pencil and pen marks on the original will
reproduce with a similar tone black line on the copy.
- Photo — to copy documents containing a grayscale or color image.
Requires Scan-to-Net and Color Feature
- Color — for scanning full color documents; NOT available in Copy mode.
- Background Suppression — to make adjustments for documents that contain poor
contrast between the foreground image and the background.
- Copy — to darken or lighten the contrast of the copy with respect to the original.
ƒ Reduction & Enlargement
- Auto — to set the copy size based on the size of the input document and the selected
output media size.
- Manual — to set the copy R/E ratio over a range of 25–400% in 0.1% increments. The
ratio is set using the numeric keypad; the current setting appears on the LCD.
- Preset — to choose from standard (ANSI, ARCH, ISO) and customer-defined sizes.
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Graphical display and navigation keys
Figure 8. Graphical display and navigation keys
The scanner’s graphic display is a 256 x 64 pixel LCD for viewing selection, instructions, and
menus. The navigation keys include six pushbuttons:
ƒ Menu — provides system administration and configuration functions, including:
- System Administration — control passwords and job accounting functions
- Diagnostics — run scanner diagnostics (for service technicians)
- System Information — display system configuration information
- Configuration — set default language, timers, media series, copy and scan options
ƒ Previous — navigate to previous menu option
ƒ Next — navigate to next menu option
ƒ Enter — select option
ƒ Exit — exit submenu and go to the next menu
ƒ Mode — select Copy or Scan modes
Numeric keypad and special features keys
These include:
ƒ Stop — halts scanning immediately
ƒ Start — starts the scanner manually (note: the scanner can be set to automatically scan
documents as they are inserted)
ƒ 0–9, decimal keys — to enter alphanumeric data for menus, job accounting, scan-to-file
directory, and copy quantity
ƒ Clear/Clear All — according to mode:
- Ready mode — pressing once clears the current copy count to one; pressing twice resets
all copy parameters to their defaults
- Menu mode — as a backspace key for numeric entry fields in menus on the LCD
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
ƒ Batch — On/Off. When On, the scanner pre-scans just the first inserted document, it does
not pre-scan subsequent documents. It then scans subsequent documents using this
information. Eliminating the “pre-scan” increases overall copy speed and is useful when
scanning collections of similar documents (size and type). Typically, only used in auto
mode, not needed in productivity mode. Note: Batch mode is not needed if scanner is set
for Productivity mode.
ƒ Transform
- Margins — to set lead, trail, left, and right margins (±8 in.)
- Justification — to position the image on the copy: “x” direction — left, center, right; “y”
direction — top, center, bottom
- Transforms
Mirror —
Invert —
ƒ Sample — prints a sample taken from a point equidistant from the leading and trailing
edge of the original; print is the width of the page by 8.25 in. long.
ƒ Sets Build — creates up to 999 electronically collated sets from a series of documents;
users can choose Forward or Reverse collation, and can elect to generate a checkprint for
each scan.
- Forward — scans documents 1, 2, 3 … then prints 1, 2, 3 … 1, 2, 3 … 1, 2, 3
- Reverse — scans documents 1, 2, 3 … then prints 3, 2, 1 … 3, 2, 1 … 3, 2, 1
ƒ Finisher — sets finisher options such as folding (when equipped)
ƒ Store/Recall
- Last Job — recalls and reuses the settings from the last copy job
- Job Templates — saves the settings from previous jobs in memory as templates (up to 9
templates can be saved)
- Save Default Template — saves settings from the current job as the default template
- Recall Factory Defaults — recalls the factory default settings as the active default
ƒ Printer Interrupt — pauses print jobs so users can run copy jobs immediately. Usually
a maximum of two more pages will print after the user presses the key. The interrupt
continues for 1–99 minutes (set by system administrator) unless the user presses the Printer
Interrupt key again to exit.
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Scan-to-Net with the Wide Format Scan System
Scan-to-Net is an option for creating digital images from hard copy documents, activated by
uploading a Feature Key to the FreeFlow Accxes controller. Using the Wide Format Scan
System, customers can create image files at 75, 100, 200, 300, 400 dpi, or 600 dpi, in these
ƒ TIFF, v6.0 (single page)
ƒ PDF, v1.4 (single page)
New in Accxes v12.5
ƒ Scan-to-Net in PDF v1.4 format. This
complies with the PDF/A format
requirements of ISO 19005 for longterm document archiving.
ƒ PDF file format for Color Scan-to-Net.
ƒ Scan-to-Net at 600 dpi.
ƒ CALS, Type 1
ƒ JPEG (requires Color Scan-to-Net)
Figure 9. Scan-to-Net destinations with Wide Format Scan System
Before scanning, users choose the scan destination and set scan options. When configured
with the Wide Format Scan System, they can create a folder on the controller’s hard drive as a
temporary location for the image files or they can choose to have the image files sent to any
one of up to four FTP servers. A system administrator sets the IP addresses of the four FTP
destinations using Web Printer Manager Tool — users cannot change these addresses.
Note: Users must retrieve images from the folder on the controller’s hard drive within 1 to 24
hours (period determined by a timer, set by the system administrator).
File format
Scan resolution
Figure 10. Wide Format Scan System display in Scan mode
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
After choosing a scan destination, the user sets scan options, such as original type, resolution,
and file format at the Wide Format Scan System control panel. The user may set the following:
ƒ Resolution — 75, 100, 200, 300, 400, or 600 dpi, using the Previous/Next navigation keys
under the graphic display.
ƒ Original Type
When users set the Original Type, they can
choose to generate preview images as
they scan. If Preview is chosen, the
controller generates a JPEG thumbnail
(low resolution, small file size) in addition
to the full-size scan file. This thumbnail is
useful when using the Document Retrieve
Tool to preview scans before retrieving
them (see Accxes Client Tools later in this
chapter). The preview uses the new scaler
and is better in 12.5 than in older versions.
- Normal — best for scanning documents with text, line art, or a mixture of these;
preserves shaded areas well.
- Line — best for originals with high contrast; particularly effective with line drawings and
fine lines: even light pencil is reproduced as a black line. (Note: Line should not be used
with documents containing halftoned images, as this may cause them to become too dark.)
- Photo — best for documents with a grayscale or color image, such as a photograph.
- Color — best for full color documents.
ƒ File format — available types and compression levels depend on settings under Original
Type (above).
File format choices
Normal 1 bit/pixel
1 bit/pixel 1 bit/pixel
1 bit/pixel
1 bit/pixel 1 bit/pixel
8 bits/pixel
Original Type Color
24 bits/pixel
24 bits/pixel
24 bits/pixel
ƒ Packbits
ƒ Normal
ƒ Normal
ƒ Index
ƒ Best IQ
ƒ Best IQ
ƒ Index ED
ƒ Best Compression ƒ Best Compression
ƒ Background Suppression — NOT available when Photo or Color are chosen as the
Original Type.
Wide Format Scan System Specs Summary
400 dpi, native; up 400 x 600 dpi, interpolated
Scan speed
Mono: 2 ips std; opt.: 4 ips copy &up to 4 ips scan or 4 ips copy & up to 7.3 ips scan (100%
Color: 0.5 ips standard
Input document
size (WxL)
Minimum: 4.5 x 5.5 in.
Maximum: 42 in. x 100 ft.
Original thickness 0.5 in. (max.)
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Extended Product Description
Wide Format Solution
FreeFlow Accxes Print Server
FreeFlow Accxes is the wide format industry’s premier controller — the fastest, the most
robust, the most secure, the most flexible. It works with all the monochrome Xerox Wide
Format printers — 510, 721, 6030/6050, 6204, and 6050A — as well as with the Wide
Format Scan System and the 6204 Scanner.
The FreeFlow Accxes platform is a Dell PC, modified for Xerox — it isn’t an “off-the-shelf”
PC and it doesn’t run Windows. Its Linux-based operating system is hidden from all users,
and its keyboard, monitor, and mouse ports are all disabled — all server operations are
conducted through Web Printer Manager Tool, Accxes Client Tools, printer drivers, or a
printer’s or scanner’s control panel. Its 1 GB RAM delivers high performance when RIPing
even the largest files, and the Accxes system architecture ensures full concurrency for all
operations — the ability to RIP files, manage copy and print queues, accept scanner input, and
run all other system operations simultaneously, without any loss of system performance.
The FreeFlow Accxes hardware slides into a saddle on the rear of the 6050A and connects to
a TCP/IP network via a 10/100/1000 Mbps link, suitable for the fastest communications, with
a single IP address. It connects to the 6050A Printer via P193 digital video link — again,
high-speed communication for the utmost productivity. When used with the Wide Format
Scan System, the IEEE-1394 (FireWire) connection delivers high-speed, real-time data
capture, even when scanning full-color documents.
Most competitors define concurrency as
scanning and printing at the same time,
some systems can't even do that.
FreeFlow Accxes supports RIPping,
printing, job spooling, scanning (copying or
scan-to-file), scan retrieval, and remote
web management — all concurrently.
Network adapter Line-out
Serial Video
connector connector
connectors (6)
Figure 11. FreeFlow Accxes Print Server — front and rear views
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
File Format Support
Release v12.5 of the FreeFlow Accxes Print Server introduces support for the Bentley
MicroStation DGN file format. The table below lists all file formats supported by FreeFlow
Accxes v12.5.
Table 7. File formats supported by FreeFlow Accxes, v12.5
New in Accxes v12.5
Standard file formats
Optional file formats (feature key req’d)
ƒ Support for Microstation DGN file
format for printing.
ƒ Adobe: PostScript 3, PDF v1.6
ƒ C4
ƒ AutoCAD: DWF
ƒ FileNET
ƒ Raster: BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG2000
ƒ CalComp 906/907/951/PCI
ƒ Other CAD: MicroStation DGN
ƒ TIFF 6.0
ƒ CALS 1 and 2
ƒ CCITT (G4, G3 1D, G3 2D, Packbits, RLE, Seed
Row, and Adaptive)
ƒ CGM (Level 1 with ATA ext.)
ƒ Versatec Data Standards (VRF, Ordered vector,
blocked raster, compacted raster)
Unlike most competitive controllers that use a Windows-based PC as a platform, FreeFlow
Accxes runs on Linux, so there’s no concern about the viruses, worms, and trojans that plague
Windows-based systems. A built-in firewall blocks intruders from invading the system, and
all except about a half-dozen of the more than 65,000 network ports have been deliberately
blocked — again to keep intruders out. Also, the keyboard, mouse, and monitor ports are
disabled, so no one can use them to maliciously gain access to the controller. There is no more
secure controller offered in the wide format market.
In addition to the built-in security measures described above, FreeFlow Accxes offers Image
Overwrite, enabled by Feature Key, to overwrite data written to the controller’s hard drive
immediately upon completion of a print, copy or scan job. The Image Overwrite feature was
designed to a DOD specification and is such that the system, at any point in its operation, can
be considered secure and all data will be removed no matter what operation the customer is
performing — making it inaccessible to anyone after it has been overwritten.
Lastly, for customers with extreme security needs, FreeFlow Accxes can be outfitted with
removable hard drives. Customers can purchase multiple hard drives for multiple projects or
when they destroy an old one or lock them away for terminated projects. The removable hard
drive kit includes a lock and key — so they’re locked when installed.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Extended Product Description
Wide Format Solution
FreeFlow Accxes Specs Summary
Table 8. FreeFlow Accxes Print Server specifications
Custom Dell PC; 2.66 GHz (min.) Celeron Processor; 1
GB RAM (std.); 80 GB HDD (min.)
Operating System
10/100/1000 BaseT
Printer drivers
Windows: XP/2003 Server/Vista (Microsoft certified)
AutoCAD: 2002/2004/2005/2006/2007/2008
PostScript: XP/Vista (Adobe certified)
Client Software
Accxes Client Tools and Account Management Tools for
Windows XP/2000 and Solaris 2.6–2.10
User Applications
FreeFlow Accxes user applications and software include:
ƒ InstantAccxes — gives users up to 10 monitored (“hot”) folders, each with its own print
defaults; users drag and drop files into a folder for instant printing
ƒ Printer drivers — for printing from AutoCAD and other Windows applications
ƒ Accxes Client Tools:
New in Accxes v12.5
ƒ InstantAccxes — drag and drop files
to “hot folders” on user’s desktops for
quick printing, including collated sets.
- Document Submit — for print job creation and printing
- Document Retrieve — for retrieving scanned documents
- Printer Queue — for checking printer and queue status
- Device Manager — for connecting to Accxes-managed printers and scanners
ƒ Account Management Tool — for managing printing, copying, and scanning data for
FreeFlow Accxes-printers, copiers, and scanners
ƒ Web Printer Manager Tool — for administering a FreeFlow Accxes controller over a
The following sections provide brief descriptions of these applications.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
When using InstantAccxes, collated sets
print in alphanumerical order according to
the file names.
InstantAccxes (new in v12.5 of FreeFlow Accxes) lets an administrator define up to 10
monitored (“hot”) folders on the controller’s hard drive, each with its own set of print
defaults. The hot folders appear as shared drives on the user’s network that they can copy to
their desktop. Users can then drag and drop files into these folders and the printer will process
them according to the folder’s defaults. Folder defaults can include any or all of the
ƒ Number of copies
ƒ Collation
ƒ Media size, type, and source
ƒ Finishing (if connected)
ƒ Rendering: type, halftones, line widths, grayscale, threshold, contrast, lightness
ƒ Transforms: scaling, rotation, mirroring
ƒ Justification: X-Y position
InstantAccxes is administered using the Web Printer Manager Tool (see later section). An
InstantAccxes setup screen appears below.
Figure 12. InstantAccxes screen
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Extended Product Description
Wide Format Solution
Printer Drivers
AutoCAD application
Windows application
(Word, Excel, etc.)
Windows application
(PowerPoint, etc.)
printer driver
Windows GDI
printer driver
Adobe PostScript
printer driver
Xerox 6050A Printer with FreeFlow Accxes
Figure 13. Applications, printer drivers, and the FreeFlow Accxes controller
Printer drivers convert the data displayed in an end-user application (Word, AutoCAD, etc.)
into a format the FreeFlow Accxes controller understands. For example, when you print from
Microsoft Word, the printer driver converts the Word (.doc file) document data shown on the
screen into HP-GL2 — a data format that FreeFlow Accxes can interpret to ensure the printer
renders output exactly as the application displays it. Likewise, when printing from AutoCAD,
the HDI driver converts the displayed AutoCAD data (.dwg file) to HP-GL2 before sending it
over the network to the controller.
The FreeFlow Accxes printer drivers also embed PJL (Program Job Language) code into the
print data stream to tell the controller how to process the print job — e.g., how many copies to
print, how to collate, etc. PJL is an industry standard so skilled customer personnel or Xerox
can build custom interfaces easily.
Customers may download the current FreeFlow Accxes printer drivers for the 6050A at They include:
ƒ GDI (Windows Graphic Display Interface) — for printing from Windows applications.
GDI is Windows certified. Although there are HDI drivers for AutoCAD (see below), users
can always use the GDI drivers for AutoCAD printing.
ƒ HDI (Autodesk Heidi drivers) — for printing from AutoCAD 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006,
2007, and 2008. HDI is an Autodesk standard.1
ƒ PostScript Level 3 (Adobe certified) — for printing from Windows applications. While
the driver is freely available, PostScript processing is an Accxes controller option.
Although there are HDI drivers for AutoCAD (see above), users can also choose the
PostScript drivers for AutoCAD printing.
Note: Earlier AutoCAD releases (r13/14,
2000, etc.) are only supported with the GDI
driver or with older HDI drivers that may
not have all features.
1 FreeFlow Accxes HDI drivers will not be updated with the 6050A model number. Existing FreeFlow Accxes HDI drivers
for the 6030/6050 can, however, be used with the 6050A. Download the FreeFlow Accxes HDI drivers from and use the 6030 or 6050 model number.
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Accxes Client Tools
Document Submit
Figure 14. Document Submit screen
Users often need to assemble and print collated jobs from multiple digital documents.
Document Submit provides this capability. It lets users:
ƒ Add, remove, or re-order documents in a job
ƒ Set print options (e.g., media, scaling, stamps, labels, etc.) — for an entire job and for each
document in a job
ƒ Send jobs to a specific FreeFlow Accxes-controlled printer
ƒ Save, recall, edit, and reprint any job
ƒ View documents in a job with a customer-supplied third-party viewer
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Document Retrieve
Figure 15. Document Retrieve screen
As users scan documents with the Wide Format Scan System, digital image files accumulate
in mailboxes or folders on the FreeFlow Accxes controller. Document Retrieve provides a
tool to retrieve the image files from the controller and store them in a network or local
directory. The user can choose to retrieve files manually or automatically.
Users can also:
ƒ Preview and delete images before or after retrieving them from the controller
ƒ Automatically name retrieved images
ƒ Launch a third-party raster editor (for despeckle/deskew) for retrieved images
ƒ Add retrieved images to a current print job list in Document Submit Tool
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Printer Queue
Figure 16. Printer Queue screen
Before sending print jobs from their workstation to a printer, users may want to check what
media is installed in that printer or whether the printer is online and ready. They may also
want to find out the status of their print jobs. Printer Queue lets users:
ƒ View overall printer status — idle, busy, etc.
ƒ View the status of active and complete jobs
ƒ Cancel or change the priority of jobs
ƒ View the printer’s roll media status — including widths, type, and whether rolls are empty,
low, full, or not loaded
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Device Manager
Figure 17. Device Manager screen
Before using the Document Submit, Document Retrieve, or Printer Queue tools to work with
a FreeFlow Accxes-controlled printer or scanner, users must connect to the controller with
Device Manager. Capabilities include:
ƒ Specify a default device for DST, DRT and Printer Queue operations
ƒ View current controller connections for available scanners and printers
ƒ Add or edit the properties of a printer or scanner association
ƒ Delete a connection to a printer or scanner
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Web Printer Manager Tool (Web PMT)
FreeFlow Accxes v12.5 firmware gave the Web Printer Manager Tool a complete makeover.
The features and functions from previous versions are still available — the look and feel,
however, are completely different. Below are two typical screens from v12.5.
Figure 18. FreeFlow Accxes Web Printer Manager Tool — Job Queue
Figure 19. FreeFlow Accxes Web Printer Manager Tool — Configuration
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
The built-in web server in the FreeFlow Accxes controller makes this tool universally
accessible to everyday users and system administrators via their web browsers.
All users (without password) may:
ƒ View printer status (including media inventory) and the printer queue
ƒ View the printer defaults
ƒ Delete their own print jobs
ƒ Generate test prints showing printer configuration data
System administrators (with password) may:
ƒ Change the priority of or delete any job in the printer queue
ƒ Set up printer defaults
ƒ Save and load pen palettes
ƒ Load stamps
ƒ Upload controller, scanner, and printer firmware updates
At a Glance
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
Extended Product Description
Account Management Tool (AMT)
Figure 20. Account Management Tool showing accounts and users associated with a printer
When enabled with the Job Accounting option, every FreeFlow Accxes controller continually
maintains a log of all activity, including:
ƒ Type and size of media used
ƒ Exact size of image scanned, copied, or printed
ƒ User who performed the job
ƒ Account and directory where the job was saved
ƒ Date and time of each job
Using the Xerox Account Management Tool (AMT), administrators can collect and manage
this job accounting data for multiple FreeFlow Accxes controllers. Key features of the AMT
ƒ Stores up to 9,999 accounts, up to 9,999 users, and up to 999 printers in any combination of
fewer than 10,000 associations (nn users x nn accounts x nn printers = <10,000
associations). For best system performance, we recommend limiting the number of
accounts and the number of users to 1,000 each and the number of printers to 100.
ƒ Imports ASCII-formatted legacy data, using parameters specific to the type of legacy data
being imported.
ƒ Exports job accounting data to an Excel spreadsheet.
At a Glance
Extended Product Description
Xerox 6050A
Wide Format Solution
File Formats: Technical Issues
DWF files
First released with v12.0 of FreeFlow Accxes firmware,. DWG (Design Web Format) files are
supported through the optional “AutoCAD” feature key. Autodesk, Inc. created the DWF file
format to make the sharing, viewing, and printing of design documents easier for users. It
removes the need to share DWG (AutoCAD) source files — an editable file format — much
as Adobe PDF provides users the ability to share documents using the Acrobat Reader
without owning the source applications.
Note that to ensure font availability, we
recommend that customers embed the
fonts into DWF file at creation. Users can
also upload TrueType fonts to the
FreeFlow Accxes controller using the Web
Printer Manager Tool.
A DWF file is an as-plotted view of a DWG file — making it useful for printing. Unlike a
DWG file, however, it does not require any supporting files such as special fonts and x ref
files: “what you see is what prints.”
DWF Creation Considerations
Users can create DWF files directly from AutoCAD and can combine multiple sheets and
multiple DWG files into a single multi-sheet DWF file. Autodesk provides free tools for
creating DWF files from Microsoft Office applications such as Word and also provides free
DWF plug-ins for the following common competitive CAD applications:
Users should check the AutoCAD website
for current versions of these free (and
useful) DWF tools:
ƒ DWF Viewer
ƒ DWF Design Review
ƒ DWG TrueView
ƒ SolidWorks
In addition, there are many third-party utilities for creating and managing DWF files. DWF is
increasing in popularity and there is much discussion in the wide format user community
about the relative merits of DWF vs. PDF, with strong advocates on both sides of the issue.
DGN files
New with v12.5, FreeFlow Accxes firmware supports MicroStation DGN files through the
optional “Other CAD” feature key. Although DGN is not as widely-used as Autodesk’s
DWG, it is nevertheless very common in many large projects, including buildings, DOT
projects (highways and bridges), process plants, and shipbuilding.
Note: DGN files may have external
references. External files are not
supported; DGN files containing external
references will generate an error or
warning page.
Other Raster files
Also first released in v12.1, FreeFlow Accxes firmware supports the following common raster
file formats through the “Raster” feature key.
ƒ BMP — Windows bitmaps; common in office documents
ƒ GIF — Graphic Interchange Format; common in office documents and on web pages
ƒ JPEG2000 — Joint Photographic Experts Group; common digital camera format and also
found on web pages
ƒ PNG — Portable Network Graphics; common in office documents and on web pages
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