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Home : Sharp Corporate Copiers : Specifications : AR-168S
Sharp AR-168S
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AR-168D AR-168D
AR-168S Copier Specifications
(MSRP $1,950.00; mfr. discontinued 2008)
The Sharp AR-168S advanced Digital Imager offers big machine functionality in a small desktop size. The AR-168S offers out-of-the-box performance copying, 600 dpi PC printing, and color PC scanning. And, with advanced features that include electronic sorting, offset stacking, and smart device sharing, the AR-168S is well equipped to deliver the productivity required in today's fast-paced small office environments. With flexible options that include Super G3 faxing, advanced networking, web-based management and more, this Imager can grow to meet your ever-changing business needs. Additionally, the AR-168S uses a cost-efficient conventional supply system (separate toner, developer, and drum), which is more economical than cartridge-based systems and can reduce your total cost of ownership.
PDF AR-168S Brochure PDF AR-168S Users Guide & Owners Operation Manual

Consumable Supplies
Type 3-componet system: toner cartridge, developer and drum
Supply Code: Supply / Yield Add to Cart AR-168NT: Black Toner / 6,500 ($48.96)
Add to Cart AR-152ND: Developer / 25,000 ($24.96)
Add to Cart AR-152DR: Drum / 25,000 ($33.96)
Add to Cart CCLEZ0013QS01: Drum Cln Blade / 25,000+ ($37.66)
AR-152NT: Toner / 6,500 (Replaced by AR-168NT)
Options & Accessories
Model Code: Accessory Add to Cart AR-208ABD: Cabinet Stand ($149.00)
Add to Cart AR-NB2N: Network 10/100 PCL6 Kit ($389.99)
Routine Replacement PartsCheck HERE to find other Genuine Sharp Parts
Sharp Parts
Part Code: Description
Add to Cart CCLEZ0013QS01: Drum Cln Blade / 25,000+ ($37.66)
Add to Cart DUNTW0459RSZZ: Fusing Fuser Heat Unit 120V ($132.66)
Add to Cart NGERH0019QSZ1: Fuser Drive Ratchet Gear ($6.66)
Gear in copier that drives fusing unit
Add to Cart CPLTM0042RS58: Main Drive Unit ($95.66)
Entire drive assembly including motor, solenoids and gears
Add to Cart CHLDZ0010RS52: Transfer Charger (TC) Unit ($37.66)
CHLDZ0010QS51 = CHLDZ0010QS52 = CHLDZ0010RS52
Add to Cart CDRM-0002RS7J: Drum Housing Process Unit ($71.66)
CDRM-0002RS7A replaced by CDRM-0002RS7J
Add to Cart DUNT-0221RS12: Entire Developer DV Unit ($117.66)
DUNT-0221RS11 replaced by DUNT-0221RS12

Sharp AR-168S Details


AR-168S: Digital simplex copier-based desktop MFP

AR-168D: Digital duplex copier-based desktop MFP

Standard Functions

Copy / PC Print / Color (or monochrome) PC Scan

Copy System

Dry electrostatic transfer system


Sheets, bound documents

Original Size (Max)

8 ½” x 14”

Copy size

Min. 5 ½” x 8 ½”, Max. 8 ½” x 14”

Copy Speed

16 copies per minute (8 1/2” x 11”)

Continuous copy

Max. 99 copies

First Copy Out time

9.6 seconds from Ready, 25 seconds from Preheat, 40 seconds from Auto Shut-Off

Warm Up time

0 seconds (when Energy Saver mode is not enabled)

Zoom Range

25% to 400% in 1% increments (with SPF/RSPF 50%-200%)

Fixed Zoom Mode

25%, 50%, 64%, 78%, 100%, 129%, 200%, 400%

Exposure System

Fixed optical source, slit exposure (stationary platen) with automatic exposure

Paper Feed System

Standard: (1) 250-sheet paper cassette with automatic feed

Standard: (1) 50-sheet manual bypass tray

Optional: (1) 250-sheet paper feed unit

Original Feed System

AR-168S: 30-sht. single pass document feeder (SPF) / document glass

AR-168D: 30-sht. reversing single pass document feeder (RSPF) / document glass

SPF / RSPF Feeding

12 originals per minute (letter/100%/simplex), original weight 14 to 24 lb. Bond

Paper Type

Paper Cassettes: 15-21 lb. standard or recycled bond paper

Bypass Tray: up to 50 sheets 14-34 lb. standard or recycled bond paper; post cards/envelopes (#10 Monarch)/OHP film/labels one sheet at a time. 



32 MB (shared)

Copy Resolution

Scan: 600 DPI, output: 600 DPI

Exposure Modes

Photo mode: 600 x 600 DPI, auto exposure: 600 x 300 DPI (manual 5 steps)

Grey Scale

256 gradiations/2 levels

Copy Features

Stream feeding mode (SPF/RSPF), Scan-Once Print-Many, electronic sorting, 2-in-1 copy, offset stacking, auto tray switching, margin shift, manual zoom, variable copy/print memory adjustment, auto shut off, and duplex copy/print (AR-168D only).

Output Tray Capacity

200 sheets (face down)

Offset Stacking

Standard paper shifter (offset stacks sets by 1 inch in output tray

Fusing System

Heat roller

Developer System

Magnetic brush development

Light Source

Tri-color CCD light source (RGB)

Power Requirement

AC 120 V, 60 HZ, 8 Amps

Power Consumption

Max 1000 W, stand-by 80 W/h, auto shut off 8.8 W

Operating Conditions

Temperature: 50 degrees to 86 degrees F, Humidity: 20% to 85%


Ozone: 0.02 mg/m3

Dust: 0.075 mg/m3

Styrene: 0.07 mg/m3


AR-168S: Approx. 50 lbs.

AR-168D: Approx. 70 lbs.


AR-168S: 20.4” (w) x 19.8” (d), x 15.0” (h)

AR-168D: 20.4” (w) x 19.8” (d), x 18.3” (h)


90 days parts only Sharp Commercial




JBIG Speed-Enhanced Printer Function (Standard)


Sharp SPLC host-based controller with JBIG compression

Print Speed

16 pages per minute (letter) with ROPM

First Print time

9.6 seconds (without data transfer time)


600 DPI

Operating System

Windows 95/98/ME, NT4.0, 2000, XP


Print driver, printer status monitor

Rip Once Print Many



Standard: IEEE 1284 (ECP) parallel port, USB 2.0


Shared (default 16 MB for printing)


Offset print, status monitor, N-up printing, fit to page, watermark, center position, duplex printing (AR-168D only).



Color Scanner Function (Standard)


Flat head full color/monochrome scanning system

Scanning Style

Platen/original feeder

Light Source

Tri-color CCD light source (RGB)


Basic: 600 x 1200 DPI *, setting range 50 – 9600 DPI *

Operating System

Windows 98/ME, 2000, XP

Original type


Scanning method

Original cover/SPF/RSPF (AR-M168D)


8 pixels/bit, A/D 16 bit


TWAIN, WIA (Windows XP)


USB 2.0


Sharpdesk 2.7 document management software, Button Manager, Composer

PC Scan Destinations

5 preset PC scan destinations can be configured using Button Manager

File Formats

BMP/JPEG/TIFF (v.4.2 Sharpdesk only)

* Resolution settings higher than 600 x 1200 DPI are interpolated


Status Monitor (Standard)

Operating System

Microsoft Windowsâ 98, ME, XP, Windowsâ 2000

Normal indications

Scanning, copying, and sending

Warning indications

Supplies low

Error indications

Supplies empty, covers open, misfeed, communication



Super G3 Fax kit (Optional)

Modem Speed

Super G3 (up to 33.6 kbps) *

Transmission Time

3 Seconds *

Compression Type


Max. Original Size


Duplex Send/Receive




Memory Receive


Job Memory

Up to 50

Rapid Dials


Speed Dials


Group Dials/Broadcasting

18 destinations

* Based on ITU-T Test Chart #1 in standard resolution, actual transmission speed is based on line conditions

AR-NB2N Network Expansion Kit (Optional)       


10/100 BaseT networking kit with PCL6 printing and network scanning

Standard Memory

64 MB standard, expandable to 272 with 256 MB DIMM

Client PC Requirements

IBM PC/AT compatible (Pentium 3/500 Mhz recommended), Macintosh (available March 04) *

Operating Systems

Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000, Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Mac OS 8.6 – 9.x, 10.1 and higher 1

System Requirements

Minimum operating specifications determined by each operating system, as well as 100 MB available hard disk space (recommended), and monitor resolution 800 x 600 DPI. 10/100baseT Ethernet connection.

Software Requirements

Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, Netscape Navigator 6.0 or higher.

Network Protocols

TCP/IP, IPX/SPX (Netware), NetBEUI, and Ether Talk/AppleTalk (Macintosh –available March 04) *


RJ45 Ethernet


Web-based management through home page, NIC Manager, SCPrint-2000, integrated software installer, Printer Administration Utility (PAU), Sharp Monitor, On-line manual.


Mounting hardware, USB-2.0 cable, and installation guide.


Network Printer Function




Print Speed

16 pages per minute (letter)


600 DPI

Rip Once Print Many



N-up printing, fit to page, auto paper selection, booklet printing, front cover printing, image adjustment, watermarks, duplex printing (AR-M168D) and status monitor.


Network Scanner Function



Up to 600 DPI 2

Operating System

Windows 98/ME, 2000, XP

Original Type


Scanning Method

Original cover/SPF/RSPF (AR-168D only)


Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-Desktop, Scan-to-FTP

Image Format



Sharpdesk Light (Ver. 2.7) document management software, includes OCR and Sharp Composer.  3-user license.

Destination management

Scan destinations managed through web page (web-based management function supports LDAP)

Scanning Size

Letter, Legal

1Macintosh environment for printing only (requires AR-PK1 Postscript option)

2 600 DPI color scanning requires 256 MB memory expansion on AR-NB2N



 Optional Equipment and Supplies


250 sheet paper tray


Super G3 Fax kit


Network Expansion kit


Postscript Level 3 Expansion kit (requires AR-NB2N)


Toner cartridge




Photoconductor (drum)


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