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Handwriting not on the wall for fax machines

Paris – It may have slipped from its golden age into its golden years, but two decades into the internet era the fax machine is still, perhaps surprisingly, holding its place in many offices.

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While it has been reduced to a small player in the rapidly growing world of digital communications, “millions of people still use fax machines daily worldwide and probably will continue to do so in the near future”, said Jonathan Coopersmith, an associate professor at Texas A&M University, who has written a book on the history of the once ubiquitous office machine.

Even more surprising, people and companies continue to buy new fax machines.

“Sales are dropping regularly due to emails, but the market is far from disappearing,” said Nicolas Cintre, deputy director in France for Japanese company Brother, the market leader in fax machines.

Around 20 million fax terminals were sold in 2005, manufacturers estimate, while sales today are on the order of several million.

“The market is holding up. Those who predicted the death of the fax 10 years ago were wrong,” said Cintre.

Part of the reason for the machine’s survival is an attachment among “older generations” who spent most of their careers using it, he said.

“Some habits are hard to break.”

It is considered by some as a tool for older employees reluctant to learn new technologies, but the fact that it embraces handwriting – in particular signatures – has also helped the fax avoid obsolescence.

“Fax machines allow sending signed documents, which are considered as originals, which isn’t the case with email,” said Jean Champagne, head of Sagemcom Canada, the unit of the communications equipment company that markets fax systems.

Coopersmith noted that “in most countries, faxing is concentrated in certain areas such as banking, real estate, legal communications and medicine – where a written signature is necessary.”

Regulations may in fact require faxing in some countries, he added.

Champagne also pointed out that faxes offer advantages in terms of confidentiality and security, another reason why the machines remain popular in the legal and medical fields.

“It is nearly impossible to intercept fax transmissions. Documents cannot be manipulated,” he said.

Big in Japan 

The fax has aged better in some countries than others.

In the United States, fax machines have pretty much disappeared. Xerox, which built the first machine for the general public, stopped selling basic models several years ago.

But in Japan, where they’ve long been an essential feature of homes as well as offices, faxes are still in widespread use. They were even deployed by the authorities in 2011 to disseminate some information during the Fukushima nuclear accident.

“Per capita, the greatest fax use still occurs in Japan, especially among older people who grew up writing by hand, not typing on a keypad,” said Coopersmith.

But it’s not just the elderly – many Japanese users of varying ages favour the fax for allowing them to send off hand-written notes using the thousands of characters in the nation’s language.

“For many people and small businesses, faxing a written note or a form is easier than typing on a computer or smartphone,” added Coopersmith.

Nearly 1.2 million basic fax machines were sold in Japan in 2014, and sales are forecast to dip to 1.1 million this year, according to the association of telecommunications companies.

“The use of fax machines fell with the massive spread of computers and smartphones, but people over 60 who are not familiar with the new technologies prefer the fax,” said Miyuki Nakayama, spokesperson for electronics manufacturer Sharp.

Europe is somewhere in the middle, according to Brother’s Cintre.

In France, some 40 000 basic fax machines were sold in 2013, according to the GfK market research company.

Just the fax, ma’am?

Though sales of simple fax machines are declining, that does not necessarily mean that faxes are disappearing.

Instead, the fax is increasingly being wrapped into “multi-function” or “all-in-one” machines that are gaining popularity in the market. These offer consumers printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing functions.

This is the direction that Brother, Cannon, Epson and HP have taken.

Others are using software to mimic fax functions, essentially sending facsimiles as attachments to emails.

“This sector is booming,” said Sagemcom Canada’s Champagne, who said the “faxware” sector is growing by nearly 20% per year.

So even if fax machines eventually disappear, the fax function will endure in other devices in homes and offices

“Faxing will decline as its older users die but it will not disappear,” said the historian Coopersmith.

“If nothing else, faxing serves as an inexpensive and backup emergency communications system.”

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Unfortunately sending faxes is not free, however, affordable charges do apply and you can set your email to fax, or PC to fax service once you have activated your free fax to email service.

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How does the fax machine work?

  • Alexander Bain patented the first fax design in 1843
  • A fax machine allows you to transmit pieces of paper to another fax machine in the worls instantly
  • A fax is sent from one point to a second point using a standard telephone line

Early fax machines, which were very similar to today\’s fax machines, had a revolving wheel (or drum) which pushed the paper through the machine.

  • There was a small photo sensor with a lens and a light.
  • The photo sensor was attached to an arm and faced the sheet of paper.
  • The arm could move downward over the sheet of paper from one end to the other as the sheet rotated on the drum.

Early fax machines used a simple technique: If the spot of paper that the photo cell was looking at were white, the fax machine would send one tone; if it were black, it would send a different tone. For example, it might have sent an 800-Hertz tone for white and a 1,300-Hertz tone for black.

At the receiving end, there would be a similar rotating-drum mechanism, and some sort of marker to mark on the paper. When the receiving fax machine heard a 1,300-Hertz tone it would apply the pen to the paper, and when it heard an 800-Hertz tone it would take the pen off the paper.

A modern fax machine does not have the rotating drums and is a lot faster, but it uses the same basic mechanics to get the job done:

  • At the sending end, there is some sort of sensor to read the paper. Usually, a modern fax machine also has a paper-feed mechanism so that it is easy to send multi-page faxes.
  • There is some standard way to encode the white and black spots that the fax machine sees on the paper so that they can travel through a phone line.
  • At the receiving end, there is a mechanism that marks the paper with black dots.

A typical fax machine that you find in an office is officially known as a CCITT (ITU-T) Group 3 Facsimile machine. The Group 3 designation tells you four things about the fax machine:

  • It will be able to communicate with any other Group 3 machine.
  • It has a horizontal resolution of 203 pixels per inch (8 pixels/mm).
  • It has three different vertical resolutions:
    • Standard: 98 lines per inch (3.85 lines/mm)
    • Fine: 196 lines per inch (7.7 lines/mm)
    • Super fine (not officially a Group 3 standard, but fairly common): 391 lines per inch (15.4 lines/mm)
  • It can transmit at a maximum data rate of 14,400 bits per second (bps), and will usually fall back to 12,000 bps, 9,600 bps, 7,200 bps, 4,800 bps or 2,400 bps if there is a lot of noise on the line.

To reduce the number of bits that have to be transmitted, Group 3 fax machines use three different compression techniques:

  • Modified Huffman (MH)
  • Modified Read (MR)
  • Modified Modified Read (MMR)


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Paper is one of the most greenhouse gas intensive products we use on a daily

Although some manufacturers claim that there is carbon neutral paper, the fact remains that paper uses an incredible amount of carbon fuels to process the tress into paper, including the use of electricity.

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Making paper uses large amounts of biomass, which ends up in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Fair enough, trees may grow again, but this depletion of the biomass in forests still affects the environment in the short term because old healthy trees in a forest produces more Oxygen than new younger ones replacing them.

Lastly, most of the paper that we use land up in landfills, producing methane gas, a greenhouse gas.

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