CD/DVD Duplication for Your Business

by VENDIREX on 07/05/2015 - 03:28 pm |

Tag: Document Management

If you’ve ever burned a CD on your computer, copying information from your desktop to a disc, then you have used a process very similar to what is achieved by CD DVD duplication equipment – on a much smaller scale.


A duplicator extracts data from a master disc, and then ‘writes’ it to an empty (blank) disc. If your business requires the production of duplications, there are many systems available. On the other hand, if you choose to outsource this task to a vendor, it’s possible to have larger quantities professionally produced in a very short time.


The product of a DC/DVD replication would be a CD-R or a DVD-R, and the master must also be a CD/DVD-R. The “R” designates that the disc can only be written once; an RW would mean it could be rewritten multiple times. Let’s walk through some of the options in self-publishing, as well as larger production duplications.


Self-Publishing CD/DVDs


The types of equipment available for do-it-yourself disc publishers are auto-duplicators, tower duplicators, publishing systems, Blu-Ray copying systems, printers and USB flash drive copiers. When you receive a response from your quote request, review the various models and their features as well as limitations before purchasing.


Disc publishers require a minimum of time; discs are just loaded into the machine and the rest is done internally. Price varies depending on whether you want a standalone or a machine which can interact with your computer. Towers have multiple trays for simultaneous duplicating. Flash drive copiers can produce up to 15 copies of a USB thumb drive.


Commercial Duplication Services


Commercial duplication facilities are capable of burning hundreds of discs simultaneously, using linked together towers which have multiple trays each. Other unique products available include shaped discs and mini-discs, which are great promotional collateral to use in place of a business card.


Digital Printing Options:


  1. Direct disc transfer - photographic quality is printed directly onto the disc face. This method provides a high quality, scratch and water resistance surface.

  2. Black thermal digital printing - white or silver discs are overlaid with monochrome text and logos, directly onto the disc face. Features fast and less expensive processing.

  3. Digital matte labels - these are simply printed, then applied to the discs. If you want full color photographs, this process is a less expensive alternative to direct disc transfer.


Duplication vs. Replication


Why would you opt for duplication instead of replication?


Advantages of Duplication


  1. fast turnaround of 2-3 business day, even for thousands of units

          *replication turnaround is closer to 2 weeks.

  1. available in digital full color printing, without prepress charge


Disadvantages of Duplication:


  1. cost per unit is higher than replication pricing

  2. DVDs may use up to two layers of information per side

          *replications can have 1 layer for the whole DVD

     3.  duplicate facilities are small with manual assembly, and

typically cannot do insert runs

*replication facilities are capable of insert packaging (into sleeves or cases)



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