How to quickly replace the drum cartridge: Xerox AltaLink B8100s and C8100s

Submitted by Matthew Eberhart on Wed, 11/01/2023 - 16:00


Greetings, and welcome back to the Printing Workshop. With Matthew as your guide in the realm of practical printing solutions. Today, let's delve into a fundamental aspect of copier maintenance—replacing the drum on your Xerox AltaLink 8100 series. In the fast-paced world of business, every moment counts, and a smoothly running copier is at the heart of streamlined operations. Join me as we navigate through this step-by-step process, ensuring your AltaLink 8100 series copier remains a reliable asset in your workplace.

Understanding the Drum Replacement Process

In the hustle and bustle of a modern office, the efficiency of your office equipment can significantly impact productivity. One key component that plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal performance is the drum of your copier. Regular replacement ensures consistent, high-quality prints and extends the life of your copier. Today, we'll demystify the process of drum replacement specifically tailored for the Xerox AltaLink 8100 series.

Now, let's dive into the nuts and bolts of this straightforward yet essential maintenance task that will keep your copier running like a well-oiled machine.

Step 1: Open the Front Door

Our journey begins by opening the front cover of your AltaLink 8100 series copier. This grants us access to the internal components, setting the stage for a seamless drum replacement.

B8100 C8100 Drum Replacement 1

Step 2: Unlock the Waste Toner Transport Assembly

Locate and unlock the waste toner transport assembly. It is right in front once you open the front door. Push the two tabs on each side of the assembly in, pull it straight out, and set it to the side.

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change


Step 3: Unlock the Developer Assembly

Now, let's look at the developer assembly. Lift the latch, marked R1, R2, R3, and R4. Squeeze the orange button on the drum and pull it out, keeping a keen eye on avoiding any contact with the green surface.

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change

Step 4: Extract the Drum

Carefully pull out the drum, let the bottom of the drum rest on your hand.  Then put your thumb against the left-side plastic piece to prevent any unwanted touches on the green surface.

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change

Step 5: Introduce the New Drum

Transition smoothly by introducing the new drum. Now we'll take the new drum, and you'll have a guide at the top, and that guide will match perfectly with the slot on the machine.  You want to guide the drum into that slot very carefully and make sure the bottom is resting easily on the frame of the machine.  Follow the guide to slide it into the designated slot, ensuring a secure fit in the frame of the machine.

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change

Step 6: Lock the Developer Assembly Latch

Once you know you have it installed where it needs to be you'll throw down the latch on the developer assembly to securely lock down the drum. This step sets the stage for a reliable and efficient copier performance.

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change

Step 7: Return the Waste Toner Transport Assembly

Complete the process by sliding the waste toner transport assembly back in, ensuring both sides click in simultaneously. Once it clicks you will relock it into place. This final touch seals the deal for a job well done.

Xerox B8100 C8100 Drum Change


Step 8: Wrapping it Up - Close the Front Cover

Conclude the procedure by closing the front cover. With these simple yet effective steps, your AltaLink 8100 series copier is primed for optimal printing, contributing to a seamless workflow in your workplace.

Conclusion: Elevating Your Workplace Printing Experience

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, efficiency is key. Your copier is a silent yet indispensable partner in this journey, and maintaining its health is paramount. Drum replacement, often overlooked, plays a significant role in ensuring your copier consistently delivers high-quality prints.

By following these steps tailored for the Xerox AltaLink 8100 series, you're not just conducting maintenance: you're investing in the reliability and longevity of your office equipment. Stay tuned for more insights into enhancing your workplace printing experience. Subscribe to our channel for regular updates on optimizing performance across various Xerox products. Your workplace deserves the best, and we're here to ensure you achieve just that.

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