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At Alpha Duplication, we use two methods of CD manufacturing. CD duplication and CD replication. These two terms are very often mixed up or assumed to be the same process. In fact they describe very different processes which are explained here.
Method 1: CD Duplication
This method of CD manufacturing involves buying in blank CD-Rs (CD Recordables). The CDRs that we source are silver/silver CDRs which means that both the recording and printing side of the disc are silver, the printing side is easily identified by looking at the printed codes in the centre of the disc. The discs are loaded onto spindles which are, in turn, loaded into our screen printing facility or litho printing facility for the printed image to be applied.
Once printed, the next step of this CD manufacturing process sees the CDRs loaded into duplication towers. The duplication towers are units housing a number of optical CD writing drives similar to those used in a desktop PC unit. These drives are all controlled by one central controlling drive. The master CD recording is loaded into this controlling drive and then set up to transfer the data to all of the other duplication tower drives. This allows us to quickly and conveniently produce many copies of the master disc.
The whole process is automated with CDRs being loaded and unloaded from the drives by robot arms, thus CD duplication tends to be the fastest method of producing high quality small to medium batches of CDs. As batches approach or exceed 2000 discs and provided that the deadline for CD manufacturing is not too tight, our second method of CD manufacturing would take precedence.
CD Manufacturing Method 2: CD Replication
CD Replication is an altogether different CD manufacturing method. This process involves manufacturing a “glass master” disc which is essentially a master copy of the disc with data loaded onto it, which can be used as a template for injection moulding many thousands of exact copies. These copies can then be printed using either the screen or litho printing processes.
Due to the complexity of producing the glass master disc and the injection moulding process, CD replication as a CD manufacturing process tends to take longer than CD duplication but will give a cost saving when multiple thousands of copies are required.
During the project planning stage before selecting a CD manufacturing process to use, consideration is first given to project deadlines and overall budget.
If you would like some further technical information on the CD manufacturing process or would like to check whether CD replication is most suited to your project, click here for CD REPLICATION or CD DUPLICATION
If you are at all unsure about which type of CD manufacturing method will be best for your project, why not give a member of the Alpha team a call? We’re a friendly bunch and we have some of the foremost industry specialists on our team who will be more than happy to advise you which CD manufacturing technique is most commonly used for your type of project and whether a certain type of process would be most suitable or more cost effective.
If you would like to receive a quotation for our CD manufacturing service, please call a member of our friendly sales team now on 0800 731 7042 or simply complete the short quotation form on the right hand side of this page and a member of the team will respond as soon as possible.