it comes to CD manufacturing, there are two choices of production
available; traditional CD Replication or CD-R Duplication.
take a moment to review this information if you are not sure what
type of CD manufacturing you need.
Duplication is most ideal for Low Volume and/or Quick Turn requirements.
Know as CD-R or CD Recordable Disc Duplication and even sometimes
"Ruplication", CD Duplication is the process of duplicating
data onto an existing pre-made disc. This disc is known as
a CD-R, short for Compact Recordable Disc.
Duplication is very similar in theory to duplicating a 3 1/2"
Diskette, Audio Cassette or Video Cassette. In all cases your
are duplicating data onto existing media. Existing media is
the key. Unlike CD Replication, you begin this process with
a pre-made disc that is capable of receiving recorded data.
Without the need of longer machine set-up times or Glass Mastering
delays, CD Duplication is ideal for your quick lead time or
short run requirements.
With no Glass Mastering, the costs for smaller quantity runs
can often be more affordable than with small run Replication
costs. Through our high-tech print machinery, quality 4-color
process printing is available on your CD and Jewel Case inlay
cards. As the printing is done straight from your electronic
files, there are no film costs to worry about.
Replication is most ideal for volume requirements.
CD Replication is the manufacturing process that essentially replicates
or "clones" your original master. A Glass Master is created
from your original master. From the Glass Master a set of "stampers"
are made. The stampers or molds are the blueprint for the replication
process. Stampers are mounted into a High Tech injection mold machine.
In the molding process, a replica of the mold is created in the
form of a 4.75 (120 mm) plastic disc. The formed disc is then coated
with a micro-thin reflective layer of aluminum. The final stage
of the replication process involves the application of a protective
lacquer that is spun onto the disc and then hardened by ultraviolet
(UV) light. The replication process is now complete. All processes
are performed in-line to ensure quality, accuracy and speed from
start to finish.
completed disc is now ready for printing on our automated high-speed
silk-screen printing presses.
Fully integrated computers perform in-line inspections
for full conformance with your original master. This ensures
that the 1000th, 10,000th or 1,000,000th
disc will be an exact replica of your original.
Leading Technology machinery developed for CD Replication are
wonders in themselves. They perform at near perfect reliability
at very high rates of production. This speed with accuracy allows
for great costing.
Multi-station silk-screen printing presses perform
accurate printing on the surface of your disc, also at high
rates of speed with high accuracy.
Along with automated replication, assembly is
done using Automated High speed Jewel Case assembly/overwrap
systems or Autosleevers.