Rimage Corporation changes tack on future business goals

Rimage Corp have made an announcement regarding their plans for the future of the company.  As a partner to Rimage the CD-writer.com blog is not the place to comment on Sherman Blacks palns. I am sure Sherman has the vision and skills necessary to execute a credible platform for the secure distribution of sensitive information.  It sounds a little like CD-writer.com’s own DiscCast project….  Sherman if you want to swap notes then let me know.

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Rimage Corp. is a deer frozen in the headlights of technology change, and Sherman Black is the tough guy brought in to remake the company. But he’s getting plenty of flak.  

The Edina-based firm makes CD and DVD duplicating machines at a time when flash drives and hard disk drives have undercut demand for disks. But when the disk business started declining three years ago, the company stood still.  

“I knew when I joined this company that its disk market was not going to grow,” said Black, an intense 46-year-old executive who was made CEO a year and a half ago to shake things up. “I spent my first year as CEO trying to stop the erosion of the existing business.”  

Black’s new strategy is nothing if not bold. He wants to reduce Rimage’s dependence on disk duplication by starting an online service for the same set of customers. He won’t disclose the cost.  

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Disc Publishers from MFDigital offer unbeatable value at new low prices

MF Digital Scribe PC

When purchasing a system for producing CDs and DVDs it can be very easy to make the wrong purchase decision. For example individuals who are not sufficiently informed might choose to buy an entry level automated disc publisher to produce 1000 discs per day. They think that because it is an automatic device with 100 disc capacity that it will be the fastest way to produce 100 discs. Of course this is not true. The fastest way to quickly and reliably produce large volumes of disc product is via a tower copier and and automated printer.

But what if you consistently have a requirement to produce moderate quantities of discs? Is there a disc publisher or disc producer that crosses the boundaries of the two product areas?  The success of the Primera brand for out of the box disc publishing demonstrates that for many people a single drive automated copy and print solution is the perfect solution, however it does have limitations.

If you require a DVD and CD automated disc publishing platform built to industry leading standards that is capable of easily copying and printing 1000’s of discs per week. Using the latest and fastest asynchronous burning technology and with the lowest possible cost per print, then look no further than the MF Digital Scribe PC. MF Digital machines can evolve with your business. When you buy the standard entry level unit you receive a high quality HP inkjet printer. Later as your business grows you can upgrade this to full colour thermal printing, via the addition of a TEAC P55.

At CD-writer.com Ltd we have used MF Digital machines internally for over 8 years. And we still operate the same machines today as we purchased 8 years ago. Each device with regular maintenance has produced 100’s of 1000’s of discs.

At CD-writer.com we know duplication technology better than any other company pertaining to be in the business. We buy it, we sell it, we use it and we repair it. If it exists we have tested it and if we don’t sell it then there is probably a good reason. 

And there are more good reasons to buy MF Digital. They have just announced new lower prices on there 300 disc capacity, twin drive, inkjet duplicator with built in PC, the Scribe PC. See the Scribe PC 2 Drive Duplicator with PicoJet here.

If you would like more information about MF Digital products and the suitability of their solutions to your operations then please call us to arrange a demo on 020 8293 1010.

MF Digital Launches Cougar 6600 Duplicator.


MF Digital, an industry leader in disc duplicator equipment has announced the release of its latest product – The Asynchronous Cougar 6600.

MFDigital Cougar is a high volume, high speed, industrial standalone production duplicator. With 600 disc capacity and 6 CD / DVD drives, Cougar delivers fast operation with its full Asynchronous mode. By eliminating the need to wait for all drives to load as used in limited technology Synchronous systems, Cougar outperforms most 8 drive synchronous mode competitors.

Cougar has been built on our industrial light-weight cast aluminium chassis. Cougar offers easy to use intuitive front panel keypad operation, high capacity, high speed operation and provides the key ability for the system to be expanded for high volume operational requirements.

MF Digital’s CougarNET command module software allows full control of 1 to 100 Cougar systems– send jobs to any Cougar on the network with as little as two key depressions.

Included is an embedded PC running Windows 7 Pro complimented with a massive 500GB hard drive for massive image storage.

Along with these features are those that you expect from MF Digital such as intelligent spindle select and job relay modes. Designed and manufactured within the USA, supported worldwide with free lifetime software upgrades – Cougar 6600 is the leading solution for high volume production requirements.

MFDigital Cougar 6600 Duplicator is available now.

About MF Digital
MF Digital, headquartered in Farmingdale, NY with a UK based European office, is a division of Formats Unlimited and has been developing optical disc solutions for over a decade. The company’s extensive line of high quality manual and auto-loading duplicators, publishers, Blu-Ray products, disc ripping solutions, and USB/SD duplicators are used throughout the A/V, graphic arts and data/enterprise networking industries. For more info, visit http://www.mfdigital.com/cougar

Epson PP-50 Disc Producer now available as 50 disc capacity

Epson have released a 50 disc capacity version of their best selling disc producer. Supporting operation via a host PC the 50 disc CD DVD Publisher supports the production of discs in batches of up to 50 units per session.

Designed with the everyday consumer in mind, the PP-50 utilises the same ingenuity captured in Epson’s standard PP-100 model while shrinking it to a 50 disc capacity for those CD and DVD projects that demand a smaller output. The user-friendly PP-50 Discproducer boasts hands-free operation for burning and printing thanks to cutting edge AcuGrip™ robotics. With six large yet cost-efficient ink cartridges, you can achieve up to 50 disc prints per hour. Standard and low volume settings allow the Epson Discproducer PP-50 to operate effectively for the utmost reliability. The Discproducer PP-50 continues the Epson tradition of bringing professional publishing straight to your home or office.

Interface USB 2.0 (High-speed)
Publishing speed
(burn and print)
Publishes up to 15 CDs/hour
Publishes up to 8
Print-only speed Speed mode up to 60 discs/hour
Quality mode up
to 40 discs/hour
Print technology Six-color inkjet printer featuring Epson’s
MicroPiezo® technology
Print resolution Speed mode: 1440 x 720 dpi
Quality mode: 1440 x
1440 dpi
Overall dimensions 14.84″ (W) x 18.31″ (D) x 12.76″


Find out more about the Epson PP-50 Disc Producer

With the new high speed Primera 4100 CD printer there is no stopping you

Disc Cost Comparison

Primera Technology looks back to a thirty-three year history of designing and
manufacturing specialty color printers. Over a million disc publishers and
printers have been built and sold in more than 157 countries. Which one you
choose depends upon your specific disc production requirements. Following
overview might help you make your decision: 

Direct-to-Disc Color Inkjet Printing

Primera’s disc publisher and printers utilize the latest in inkjet
technology to produce full-color disc labels at up to 4800 dpi in up to
16.7 million colors
. Color inkjet printing is among the best available
of any competing technology. 

The built-in, high-resolution inkjet printing is powered by Lexmark®,
a world leader in printing technology

Combine this ultra high-resolution printing with Primera’s TuffCoat with
WaterShield™ CDs and DVDs and you’ll get the most professional looking discs.
TuffCoat with WaterShield discs are highly water-, scratch- and
. They also have a gorgeous, high-gloss finish unlike
anything you’ve probably ever seen before. Virtually all other brands of
inkjet-printable optical media are also supported 

printed CDs

General features and advantages of Primera’s Disc Publishers:

Model # of ink carts Speed Bin Capacity
Disc Pblisher SE 1 (CMY) Medium 20
DP-4100 Series 4 (C/M/Y/K) Fast 100
  • Borderless printing (place photos, backgrounds, text and graphics anywhere
    on the disc, including as far into the middle of the disc as you wish)
  • Touchless direct-to-disc printing
  • Stunning 4800 dpi print resolution
  • No ink waste to clean pipelines off air bubbles when replacing ink
  • Award-winning software (PTPublisher) included
  • Compatible with for Mac OS X and Windows
  • Blu-ray models available
  • Two years warranty and free software/firmware updates
  • Many verticals solutions available
  • Just a few possible applications for Primera’s disc publishers include
    videographers, schools and universities, musicians, software companies,
    television and radio stations, worship centers, photographers, filmmakers,
    marketing/PR departments and agencies, government, production and
    post-production houses, medical imaging, hospitals and more.

    Primera CD Sample   DP-4100 Series Disc Publisher SE
    Cost per Disc 0.06 € 0.14 €

    Prints per Cartridge

    C = 1,230 281 – Color
    M = 536  
    Y = 423  
    K = 4,064  
    Primera CD Sample   DP-4100 Series Disc Publisher SE
    Cost per Disc 0.13 € 0.20 €

    Prints per Cartridge

    C = 841 200 – Color
    M = 663  
    Y = 287  
    K = 1,791  
    Primera CD Sample   DP-4100 Series Disc Publisher SE
    Cost per Disc 0.14 € 0.17 €

    Prints per Cartridge

    C = 326 229 – Color
    M = 595  
    Y = 416  
    K = 3,246  
    Primera CD Sample   DP-4100 Series Disc Publisher SE
    Cost per Disc 0.17 € 0.21 €

    Prints per Cartridge

    C = 252 191 – Color
    M = 469  
    Y = 445  
    K = 3,983  
    Primera CD Sample   DP-4100 Series Disc Publisher SE
    Cost per Disc 0.27 € 0.36 €

    Prints per Cartridge

    C = 182 113 – Color
    M = 398  
    Y = 356  
    K = 339  

    Primera CX1200 Digital Label Press

    Printing labels is a necessity for many print houses. In the past, these businesses didn’t have many choices when it came to finding affordable printers that could produce quality work at an efficient speed. Inkjet printers were simply too slow and painstaking to use, while larger label printers were far too expensive and time consuming. Recognizing a need, Primera has stepped in and created the CX1200 Digital Label Press. If you operate a print house and are looking for a way to effectively and efficiently print your own labels, our CX1200 may be just the solution you need.

    Before the CX1200 was introduced, many print houses had few options when it came to printing labels. Often these companies were forced to either outsource their labels or manually print them on inkjet printers. Outsourcing proved to be expensive while inkjet printing was highly inefficient. Companies such as Dacar Digital in Belgium found that they couldn’t keep up with demand as a result of their inability to find a sufficient printer. The time it was taking to fulfill label orders on their inkjet was a big strain on their productivity and was preventing them from expanding into other areas of production.

    Time isn’t the only problem for businesses without the CX1200, as printing labels without our machine can be costly and many times uneconomical. The labor-intensive process means that employees won’t be available to service customers or work on other orders during the printing time. Money is also lost in terms of waste. With other printers it is difficult for a business that only wants a few hundred labels as opposed to several thousands. These businesses are often forced to pay extra for labels they don’t need. Prior to the CX1200, any company that tried to rectify these problems was forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for in-house printers. This just wasn’t a cost-effective solution for many businesses.

    Australia’s Wrapco Company notes that before their purchase of the CX-1200, they were limited in the services they were able to advertise and offer to other clients. If a client approached them with a small run job, they often had to turn down the business. Without the right equipment they couldn’t do the job themselves in-house, and outsourcing just wasn’t economically feasible.

    The Primera CX1200 Digital Label Press opens up a world of opportunity for businesses. Those who own the CX1200 have found that they are able to expand and offer services that they were unable to before. The CX1200 is a cost-effective solution, because it allows print houses to cater to clients who need both small and large jobs. The CX1200’s system makes it easy to print any number of labels on demand – from a few hundred to several thousand. Furthermore, the Primera’s user-friendly software displays the exact price per label. This is a huge asset for businesses who want to monitor their operation costs.

    Along with being cost-effective, the CX1200 is also fast, printing at an amazing 16.25 ft. per minute with the ability to print 1250 ft. at a time. The speed would mean nothing however, if the quality was not top-notch. This label printer produces high-quality labels with a 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution and a 4800 color quality. The excellent quality results in colors that are bright and print that is sharp. In addition, the CX1200 does all this with inks and toners which can be easily monitored through the printer’s software. The software allows the user to check exact levels of the ink, making replacements efficient and economical. This means that your business can use the CX1200 to produce beautiful, quality labels at an affordable price.

    Those in the business world know that time is money. Business owners who utilize larger, more expensive label machines find that most of these machines are complex and require constant overseeing. The CX1200 Digital Label Press is an excellent option for many print houses because it is fast and easy to use. The CX1200 uses software that makes it easy to program a job. Once the system is set, business personnel are free to work on other projects. This allows for ultimate productivity.

    Print houses who don’t utilize the CX1200 are often missing out on the ability to cater to an entire clientele. Many small industries and organizations produce their own products and would like professional labeling, but they often don’t need large-scale orders or have a big budget to accommodate high prices. This is where the CX1200 shines. Designed with such customers in mind, the CX1200 enables a print house to reach out to these customers and offer the ability to fulfill these custom orders with ease. It makes good business sense for everyone involved.

    A further benefit to utilizing the CX1200 is the versatility the machine offers. Business owners are able to use it for so many more options. Australia’s Wrapco purchased the machine so they could produce their gift seals on-site. From there they found that they could use the machine to print all sorts of projects. The CX1200 is compatible with a number of substrates including polyesters and ordinary paper in a variety of finishes. Its versatility is another great benefit and means that the business owner can offer even a greater number of printing services to their clients.

    Primera is a leader in its industry, servicing thousands of companies in over 150 countries. For over 33 years, we have been a leader is manufacturing specialty printing equipment. Along with the CX1200 Digital Label Press, Primera is known for the Bravo-Series CD/DVD/BD duplicators and printers and the LX-Series label printers.

    Primera is based in the United States and also has offices in Europe and Asia Pacific. This international presence means that users around the world can be assured of Primera’s quality and support, and those who buy a Primera CX1200 Digital Label Press will be joining the ranks of the thousands of companies who have purchased over a million printers from Primera.