Disc publishers operate as multipurpose duplicators for optical media like CDs and DVDs. They simultaneously function as a recorder and direct to disc printer for artwork or text. The majority of models available on the market are automated and require little to zero manual operation from the user due to their handy robotic arms.
The robotic loading mechanism loads blank discs and unloads finished discs for you in input and output trays, thus removing the need for a user to be present to manually do this.
The disc production capacity of duplicator hardware can range anywhere from an output of 20 to 200 discs per run. Publishers provide user flexibility in that they can be used in conjunction with a computer operating system like Windows or Mac, or as a standalone unit with its own hard drive. Equipment can also be interfaced with USB 2.0 technology. High burn speeds with disc stability are a forte with publishers, with discs that can be effectively written up to approximately 48x for CD and 24x for DVD.
The final outcome of duplicated CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays heavily relies on the printing variables. A user can adjust the publisher’s settings to different modes in order to reach the quality and saturation of print desired. The color coverage demanded by the artwork as well as the speed of the operating system used will affect a consumer’s publisher selection.
Additionally, the use of thermal or inkjet printing will greatly affect budget and disc appearance. Thermal disc publishers will provide a vivid photographic quality whereas inkjet devices can provide a 4800 dpi resolution. Thermal printing versions will always have a higher price point due to the increase in quality over inkjet in addition to the moving parts required to employ the printing technique.
Nearly every quality manufacturer of disc publishers provide low-end to high-end equipment depending on budget and production requirements so rest assured that you’ll find the right choice for you and your needs.