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Please feel free to browse Summation's CD Duplication FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). We are happy to provide this information resource to our web visitors. Do-it-Yourself and save! Call to learn about all of the advantages of duplicating in-house. We have everything you need: Duplication machines, Printing hardware, Packaging systems, blank discs, ink, and disc packaging. If you do have any questions or comments regarding CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Duplication, please do not hesitate to call us toll free at 1-888-340-3738. For for 24/7 assistance, you can request help online by using our handy duplication Information Request Form.


What is a PC Connect Autoloader?
What is a Standalone Autoloader?
What is a Network Recorder?
What is a CD/DVD Tower Duplicator?
What is a Disc Printer?
What type of Disc Packaging Systems are available?
What Audio/Video duplication solutions are available?
What type of Recordable Media is available?
What Disc Printer Supplies are available?
What CD/DVD Packaging Supplies are available?
 
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What is an Automated Duplicator?

Automated Duplicators use a robotic system for moving CD, DVD or Blu-ray recordable media between devices for unattended duplication. A PC Connect Autoloader is a BD, CD or DVD Duplicator that can have, or require, a PC connection for operation. This connection is usually made via a Firewire adapter or USB adapter on a host PC running a Microsoft operating system. Autoloading Disc Printers, letting you print on CD or DVD, are often available as options for PC Connect duplication autoloaders. Check the products specifications to be sure which connection type and operating system is required.

What is it used for?

Low volume to Mid volume CD-DVD duplication, with unattended operation (50-500 CDs per day). Having an autoloading BD, DVD or CD Duplicator connected to a host PC provides more control over the duplication process by utilizing the capabilites of the host and it's operating system. Connection to a PC also allows for the addition of an Autoloading CD-DVD Printer to be added to many duplication machines. Example 1: A user may wish to duplicate a CD, DVD or Blu-ray from data that resides on the host PC. By using a PC Connect Autoloader the user can simply start the duplication job from the host PC without having to burn a "master" CD first. Example 2: A user on the same network as the host PC can simply transfer their data files to the host PC through the network and then use the host PC to start their duplication job. This eliminates the need for each user on the network to have their own CD-R or DVD-R drives.

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What is a Standalone Autoloader?

Autoloaders use an automated system for moving CD, DVD or Blu-ray recordable media between devices for unattended duplication. Standalone Autoloaders are CD or DVD duplication machines that can operate independent of a host PC. Some advantages would included portability, ease of use and unattended operation.

What is it used for?

Low to High volume CD-DVD duplication (50-2500+ CDs per day). Standalone CD-DVD Autoloaders come in a variety of configurations and provide the user with simple operation. Some smaller standalone autoloaders like the Primera Bravo SE are designed to be portable. Other larger, higher output CD/DVD/BD standalone autoloaders like the Rimage 6100N are designed for 24-hour 7-day a week operation for high volume CD-DVD production. Some models can include a disc printer as well.

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What is a Network Recorder?

A PC attached, networked autoloading CD, DVD or Blu-ray duplication & publishing system with powerfull software to provide network wide access to CD/DVD recording and duplication, and allow for customization of data and/or the discs label. Many of our Network Autoloaders features can be integrated in to a companies existing applications using an intuitive Programmers Toolkit.

What is it used for?

Network Attached Low to Mid volume CD/DVD duplication with customization (50-500 CDs per day). Users can take advantage of customization features to automatically create a number of custom CDs or DVDs with customer specific data and matching disc labels. Each disc can be unique or duplicated in larger quantity.

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What is a CD/DVD Tower Duplicator?

A Tower style CD, DVD or Blu-ray duplicator is an array of high speed CD-R or DVD-R drives designed for duplication without the need for a PC connection. They are manual loading and are designed to be easy to use and low cost.

What is it used for?

Low to High volume CD/DVD duplication, manually loaded. (50-2500 CDs per day) A Tower Style duplicator like the Value Tower Series, is ideal when used in a small office environment or when you have a low number of discs to duplicate and you want to make them quickly. The Pro Tower series offers a host of professional features designed for high quality CD-ROM duplication and accurate CD-Audio duplication. Larger Tower Style duplicators like the Super Tower series provide high volume output with 14+ Drives. There are a lot of duplication towers to choose from, so call us for help!

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What is a Disc Printer?

A printer that is capable of printing text and/or graphics directly onto the surface of a CD or DVD disc without a stick-on label.

What printing methods are available? What is the quality of each?

There are three technologies used for Blu-ray, CD, DVD printers:
- Ink-Jet: Similar to paper printing technology but printers are specifically designed to handle CD/DVD media. Pros: Full Color Printing, High Resolution (up to 2400dpi), Average Print Cost $0.15/disc Cons: Ink will smear when in contact with moisture.
- Thermal: Uses heat and pressure to permanantly print to most any brand of blank CD or DVD media. Pros: Permanant printing, Very inexpensive when used for monochrome printing, Average Print Cost $0.25/disc (Color), $0.05/disc (Monochrome). Cons: Low print resolution 600dpi, More expensive than Ink-jet printers
- Thermal Re-Transfer: Photo realistic full color printing using heat and pressure to permanantly print on specially coated CDs or DVDs. Pros: Permanent photo realistic quality printing (160 lpi), Variable Dot Technology Cons: Average Print Cost $0.33/disc

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What type of duplication Packaging Systems are available?

Summation has various automated systems for packaging all your duplicated and printed discs. We have packaging systems that can insert discs in to sleeves and mailers, plastic wrapping systems for jewel cases as well as automated disc label applicators for CDs or DVDs.

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What type of Audio and Video duplication solutions are available?

Summation carries duplication products specifically designed for the audio or video professional. From live direct-to-disc CD Audio recorders to DVD Video recorders Summation can help you find the right solution for on demand or high volume duplication. We cater to religious organizations and offer special discounts.

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What type of Recordable Media is available?

Summation carries the top CD-R and DVD-R brands in the industry such as Mitsui, Taiyo Yuden, Ritek and SKC. We offer a great variety of media including CD-R Silver and Gold Lacquer, Inkjet Printable, Thermal, Everest, Business Card, and more.

What should I be aware of when purchasing Recordable Media?

There are many important factors to consider when purchasing recordable media: is the media rated "certified" or "compatible" for its recording speed?; media recording speeds versus duplication hardware recording speeds; various quality of different printable surfaces; shelf life of various media; brand name quality versus re-branded name quality. Make sure to talk with a Summation expert to get the right CD-R/DVD-R media for your duplication hardware, application, and budget.

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What Disc Printer Supplies are available?

Summation offers an extensive selection supplies at low prices for popular Blu-ray, DVD, CD printer such as the Signature/Signature Pro Series, Bravo, Matisse Gold, Prism, Inscripta, and Everest Autoprinter. We offer a variety of ink cartridges, transfer ribbons, business card kits, printer stands, and more. If you do not see the printer supplies you are looking for, let us know!

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What CD/DVD Packaging Supplies are available?

Summation carries everything your need for packaging your CDs, DVD and Blu-ray discs after duplication. We have standard jewel cases, super Slimline Jewel cases, dual- quad- and mini-jewel cases, Clamshells (Cshells), DVD cases, paper and Tyvek sleeves, business card vinyl sleeves, and mailers. If you do not see the packaging supplies you are looking for, let us know!

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