Why Are Printer Space and Electrical Requirements Important?

Submitted by Keith Metzler on Wed, 05/18/2022 - 07:07
Printer Space and Electrical Requirements

There are many things to consider when purchasing a printer.  

Some are obvious, like print volume and cost, and some are more inconspicuous, like space and electrical requirements, which is what we will be covering today.    

As a long-time local print vendor, we’ve seen numerous cases of customers that purchased a printer and thought they had everything in order, only to realize on delivery day that the machine they bought doesn’t fit in their office or doesn’t have the correct electrical outlet.    

Space and electrical capacity are not issues that affect a lot of customers, but it’s one that can lead to multiple consequences, which makes them an essential factor to examine before purchasing a new machine.    

To ensure you are informed on the issue, we’ll be going over what space and electrical requirements are before discussing why they are important to contemplate as you search for your ideal machine. 

What Are Space Requirements?  

A printer’s space requirements, sometimes referred to as space envelope, are the necessary amount of space the machine needs to operate to its full capacity and perform basic functions.   

Space requirements account for the ability to conduct tasks like changing toner cartridges, opening the machine’s paper trays or executing general maintenance jobs.     

A printer’s space requirements are not the same as its actual dimensions. Let’s go over that point in more detail:  

Printer Size vs. Space Requirements    

A printer’s size refers to its exact dimensions and weight, but the machine’s base dimensions are not what you should chiefly consider when deciding whether it will adequately fit into your office.    

This is especially the case if you want to add finishing options that can more than double the size of your machine and simultaneously accentuate your need for more office space.    

For example, here is the base configuration for the AltaLink C8170:    

Diagram, engineering drawing

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Now, here is a visual representation of the AltaLink C8170 with a Business Ready Booklet Finisher: