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Innovations from Xerox Earn 6 Industry Awards

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- Xerox Corporation researchers will receive R&D Magazine's "Top 100" innovation award today in Chicago - one of six recent technology industry awards recognizing the company's research and innovation in color science and advanced document systems and services. Xerox research teams also received awards from the Product Development & Management Association, AMA Association for Sensor Technology, the American Chemical Society, the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, and the annual World Investment Conference at La Baule, France. "Innovation is at the heart of what Xerox does, and it's fantastic news that our R&D teams have won these awards. It is particularly gratifying to be acknowledged with high honors from our industry peers," said Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president, Xerox Innovation Group. Next week Xerox Corporation will be formally named Outstanding Corporate Innovator for 2006 by the Product Development & Management Association, the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. This award is PDMA's highest honor, designed to "recognize organizations demonstrating sustained excellence in the development and profitable commercialization of new products and services." Xerox was cited by PDMA for employing "a very broad range of highly disciplined exploratory and planning processes while still maintaining a creative and risk-taking environment and culture." Vandebroek will accept the award on Xerox's behalf Oct. 23 during the association's annual conference. In June at the La Baule World Investment Conference in France, Xerox was presented an award for the innovative research being conducted at the Xerox Research Centre Europe. Xerox was one of three corporations honored for its investment in technology in Europe. Researchers at XRCE were cited for shaping the document of the future, helping people move freely from paper to digital worlds, and making documents smarter using advanced content analysis and data mining. In addition, a team of researchers from Xerox's Wilson Research Center in Webster, N.Y., won two prestigious awards for their innovation inside a light-emitting diode (LED) spectrophotometer that enables Xerox production color printers to calibrate themselves to ensure every color print comes out exactly the same, every time. Available for Xerox iGen3® Digital Production Press customers, the innovation is included in a specifically tailored solution called Automated Color Calibration, a feature in the Xerox iGen3 FreeFlow DocuSP color server. This innovative software and spectrophotometer automate labor-intensive pre-press activity, providing color adjustments on-demand. The two awards are: * R&D Magazine Top 100: For 44 years, the R&D Magazine Top 100 Awards have recognized the most influential innovations that have reached the marketplace. Today Xerox will accept an R&D Magazine Top 100 award for the LED-based embedded spectrophotometer, marking it as one of the most innovative ideas of the year, according to the magazine. * AMA 2006 Sensor Innovation Award finalist: The AMA Association for Sensor Technology, an industry organization in Germany, also recognized Xerox's LED-based spectrophotometer technology earlier this year. As a finalist for the award, Xerox was singled out as one of "six submissions that clearly stood out against the rest" from entries submitted by research teams across the globe. Finally, a team of researchers from Xerox Research Centre of Canada won two awards for Xerox's patented EA (emulsion aggregation) toner, microparticles of "dry ink" that are fused on paper to form the words and images in a xerographic copy or print. The innovative Xerox process involves a new chemical method for growing the particles instead of physically grinding them, resulting in more uniform particle size and shape for sharper image quality with less toner. EA toner uses an environmentally friendly manufacturing process that consumes an estimated 25 percent less energy than traditional toner. As a result, Xerox is well on the way to saving more than 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity by 2008 - enough power to light more than 24,000 U.S. households for a year - and making strides toward its goal to cut global greenhouse gas emissions. The two awards are: * American Chemical Society Industrial Innovation Award: Presented to Xerox on Oct. 6, this award is given to teams whose creative innovations have contributed to the commercial success of their company and community. EA toner is already being used in more than 20 Xerox products, many of which have won industry awards. * Connecticut Quality Innovation Award: The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership will award Xerox a gold prize for its EA toner process at the organization's 19th annual conference on Oct. 20. Using the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria for performance excellence, the prize is awarded by the CQIAP to organizations that exemplify quality while fostering innovation.