During this years REPLItech North America, the key words for
companies displaying products was "in-house," as many new, and
some not-so-new products were focused on bringing a company's
complete duplication needs in-house. At this year's REPLItech
North America, the Miami Beach Convention Center buzzed with live
jazz, cocktail lounges, and a putting green. Short run CD-R and
DVD-R duplication solutions seem to have been the underlying theme
of the traditionally replication-focused conference. Many manufacturers
are banking on the hope that companies will choose to forgo outsourcing
to a replication, printing, and packaging company for smaller
projects. Fully automated systems, from burning to printing, were
at the front of more than a few companies' booths.
Primera Technology (http://www.primeratechnology.com) demonstrated
its new Composer Optical Disc Duplicator, an automated unit that
supports jobs of up to 50 discs. The duplicator is available in
CD-R or DVD-R models, and supports automated output to an ink-jet
or thermal printer. Discmatic (http://www.discmatic.com), meanwhile,
was busy showing off their new 50-disc DVD-R duplicator, the DVDiamond
1000. Featuring a Pioneer DVD-R drive as well as Prassi's PrimoDVD
software, the duplicator marks Discmatic's advancement into the
DVD duplication market. Not to be outdone, Rimage Corporation
(http://www.rimage.com) Producer Prostar which sports a 500-disc
capacity, and uses Rimage's Perfect Image Producer software suite.
Other manufacturers exhibiting automated duplication systems include
MediaFORM (http://www.mediaform.com), Microtech (http://www.microtech.com),
T.S. Solutions (http://www.ts-solutions.com), and DixxPli (http://www.dixxpliusa.com).
Once a disc is burned, it needs to be printed, right? This fact
wasn't lost on Primera, who along with its new Composer, also
showed off it new Inscripta Thermal CD Printer, which offers 600
x 300dpi printing. O'Dixion (http://www.odixion.com) was also
busy displaying its new line of ink-jet CD printers, the DigiPrinter
series. There are two versions of the printers, a 720 x 720dpi
model, and a 1440 x 720dpi model.
As increasingly more data is stored on optical discs, the need
to verify that data becomes ever more important. At REPLItech,
as there were several disc verification utilities on display.
Machines to measure the Jitter, BLER, and other errors of an optical
disc were prominently displayed. Advanced Surface Microscopy (http://www.asmicro.com),
Dr. Schenk (http://www.drschenk.com), OMP (http://www.omp.nl),
and Yokogawa (http://www.yokogawa.co.jp) are among those who exhibited
optical disc analyzers and testers.
Business Card and custom shaped CDs also played a prevalent
role in the booths of a few exhibitors at REPLItech. Increasingly,
companies are finding it hip to offer a business card-shaped CD
rather than a traditional 3 1/2-inch by 2-inch piece of cardboard.
Microtech has even added CD-R card printing to its ImageAutomator
series. One of the more interesting machines was Media Shaper
2000's (http://www.mediashaper2000.com) CD and DVD shaping system,
which cuts not only business card CDs, but custom shapes as well.
Of course, REPLItech wouldn't be REPLItech without replication
equipment, and there were plenty of manufacturers showing off
the heavy metal. Toolex (http://www.toolex.com) was busy unveiling
its automated DVD replication system, the Maxliner, while Krauss-Maffei
(http://www.krauss-maffei.de) was exhibiting its Triathlon series
of CD/DVD replicators. Another company with replication equipment
on display, Steag Hamatech (http://www.steag-hamatech.com) presented
its new CD-R manufacturing system at REPLItech.
This year's REPLItech North America featured a nice mixture
of replication and duplication equipment. While the large-scale
optical disc replication equipment still took center stage at
the show, duplication equipment targeted at smaller companies
and in-house production threatened to steal it.