Replication vs CD Duplication
What Do You Need?
When it comes
to CD manufacturing, there are two choices in the type of production available;
CD replication or CD-R duplication
a moment to review this information if you are not sure what type of CD
manufacturing you need.
for Low Volume and/or Quick Turn requirements.
Know as CD-R or CD recordable disc duplication, 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.
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
for higher 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.
disc is now ready for printing.
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 machines 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 silkscreen printing presses perform accurate
printing on the surface of your disc, also at high rates of speed with
Along with automated replication, assembly is done using
Automated High speed Jewel Case assembly/overwrap systems or Autosleevers.