IHS Xerox printer conversions
How to upgrade from Old Xerox Laser Printers
In the late 70's and early 80's, Xerox started to sell desktop and floor model laser printers driven by their own printer language, known as Xerox Escape Sequence (XES) but also known by users as UDK code. Since most printers were attached directly to mainframe computers, these XES printer codes were programmed into the software applications that created the pages to be printed on the Xerox printers.
This family of Xerox printers has been at its End of Life and now approaches End of Service. In the early 90s, Xerox offered users some conversion tools, but linked them only to new Xerox printers. Now support is been terminated for this family of printers and converters, as parts become hard to get, technicians are assigned to new responsibilities or retire, and interest for new printers is directed towards Postscript and PCL.
The Xerox printer models that have been or will be End of Serviced shortly are:
IHS Systems Corp. has been a leader since 1993 in providing independent software solutions for replacing aging Xerox printers.
Our conversion solutions enable Xerox users to use new laser printers in place of their old Xerox printers WITHOUT having to rewrite their print applications that use the XES/UDK commands!
The udk2pcl Print Conversion software provides a plug-n-play solution to replace Xerox XES based printers. Print jobs with Xerox Escape Sequence (XES) or User Defined Key (UDK) based print commands are converted by the udk2pcl Print Conversion software, into PCL commands and printed on PCL printers to match the original print job.
The conversion software is available two ways:
1. udk2pcl Print Converter
A LAN based software solution installed on a dedicated user workstation. It translates XES/UDK based print jobs for any number of printers on a network. The udkServe Software License is based upon the speed at which the translated data is outputted to the print queue on the LAN.
Print jobs are sent to the udkServe Workstation via TCP/IP as an independent process and saved in a unique directory for each printer to be supported.
udkServe, running independently, checks the unique file directories for files to convert. If no files are found in a directory, it goes to the next directory specified to check in a command file. When udkServe finds a file in a directory, the print stream is translated by the udk2pcl Print Conversion software to an output file in PCL format including all necessary fonts and forms used by the job. Commands are then executed to route the converted output file to the desired printer's print queue on its print server so that the file will print on the desired printer. This cycle is repeated for each printer supported by udkServe.
Each printer can have its own setup files to control default fonts, margins, tray pulls, forms, duplex, etc. as well as what forms and font libraries to use that may be unique to that printer..
The user is no longer restricted to using dedicated printers to print their applications using XES (Xerox Escape Sequence) print commands. Print jobs can be routed to print on many Xerox printers attached to a LAN2. Save Money Quick payback
A. Protect your investment in printer applications.3. Improved Printer Throughput.
Faster printing means improved productivity.4. Printers can do DOUBLE duty.
Dedicated printers for mainframe print will not be necessary.5. Greater reliability and higher quality output
Less time is lost due to breakdowns, because new laser printers are more reliable. Most of the key parts of the printer are replaced when routine consumables are replaced by the user in just a few minutes.6. More installation flexibility
udk2pcl Print Converters can be used for:
udkServe software can be used for:
The same software, at its core, is used in both solutions. One company supports all the configurations needed.
7. The solution is designed to be plug and play
A. Applications are pre-tested8. Emulations based on experience
Each of the different models of Xerox XES printers implemented the language with small, but undocumented differences. The udk2pcl/udkServe software has been used for over eight years and by 3,000 users. This installed base has enabled many of the undocumented "features" of the way that the XES works on the different model printers to be incorporated into the udk2pcl/udkServe software. The desired printer personality can be selected for all jobs or on a job by job basis.9. Support is built in
In the event an application does not print correctly, a Capture capability is provided, to save the actual print job that is not printing correctly.This Captured file can be sent to us by e-mail to analyze. Rather than a HEX dump, the actual file enables us to test any updates to the software BEFORE we send the release out for use. The Capture software is an important tool to give users quick response and accurate resolution to problems.How our solutions are packaged:
A small PC chassis is used to hold the Parallel Input or 3270 coax boards and provide the udk2pcl conversion software to output PCL files via LPT1 to the printer. No keyboard or monitor is required. One year of limited warranty and support are included. Extended warranty and support is available at 15% of purchase price per year or on a Time & Materials basis.
What we need for a Proof of Concept demo
1. Profile of the Xerox printer to be replaced.
2. The font and form files sent to the printer originally or backup copies of these files stored on the printer's hard disk.
3. The print files used to create forms and save them on the printer's hard disk.
4. Samples of key print applications
5. Description of what paper trays are used.
6. Description of how the Xerox printer is connected to the mainframe computer now, identifying all the components used.
7. Description of the new printer planned and how it will get its print data.
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