Microboards PF-Pro Discontinued

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Microboards PF-Pro Discontinued!The Microboards Pring Factory Pro (PF-Pro) has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Current users of the Microboards PF-Pro need not fear!! Techware will be supporting and repairing the PF-Pro for many years.

Ink, spare parts and full support will be available for many years.

The ink will still be produced by HP and is available through our online store. If you have any questions or concerns about the Microboards PF-Pro being discontinued, don’t hesitate to call us: 1.800.295.0083

Custom Printed Flash USB Drives Produced In House

Fast USB Flash printing

When you need USB drives printed fast, you need a vendor that stocks and prints USB flash drives in-house.  We don’t use brokers and we don’t rely on outsiders.  We stock, print and data load in our own facility, with 100% control of your USB  or flash drive project.

When deadlines are tight, don’t trust your project to someone that outsources or brokers your critical project.

Controlling 100% of the production in house means we can color print USB flash drives and load your data extremely fast.  Getting your USB job done Today!  That means your USB are in your hands sooner and most importantly – Done Right!

Just this morning a customer in a pinch was in need of getting 3 different logos printed on 55 USB jump drives each for a total of 165 color prints. This is how it went  down:

Same Day Flash drives

  • 9:35am – customer calls in a panic
  • 9:43am – customer emails artwork for the USB printing
  • 9:55am – Techware starts printing 165 flash drives
  • 10:20am – USB print only project complete
  • 10:25am – Courier called to get the USB sticks into customer’s hand by 11:30am

While competition talks up same day, quick turns or expedited service – we are already done and literally eating their lunch. Total time from customers first phone call to project completion 1 hour and 55 minutes.

When you need quality USB printing fast with our without data loading call the best – Techware Distribution @ 952.944.0083

 

Sony 3.5” 230mb MO Discs – Brand New

3.5” 230mb MO discsJust got in about 350 new EDM-230c magneto optical discs. All brand new and factory sealed. These rewritable discs are very popular in the medical, aviation and telecom fields. Keep Techware in mind for all of your MO discs needs. Nobody stocks or sells more MO disks than Techwaredist.com

Looking for other hard to find magneto-optical media, let us know.

Call us with any questions – (952) 944-0083

Rimage 5300n Disc Duplicator and Everest III Printer Repair

We just completed a repair of a Rimage Professional Series 5300n disc publisher and Everest 3 thermal printer for a local customer. The unit was dropped off yesterday morning and we completed the service today. Our turnaround times are fast, but can vary based on demand.

These 5300n machines are 5 to 8 years old now, but still very solid equipment for making CDs and DVDs.

Typical repairs for the 5300n consist of:

  • Thorough Cleaning
  • CD/DVD Drive Replacement
  • New HDD set
  • Picker adjustment/replacement
  • Front Panel replacement
  • Everest III or 600 printer updates and cleaning

We turned this repair in just 36 hours and the customer is picking up their Rimage duplicator today.

Call us @ (952) 944-0083 x13 if you need help with your Rimage 5100n or 5300n. We have tons of spare parts. If you plan on shipping a Rimage duplicator or printer into Techware for repair please use the original Rimage shipping boxes and inner packing foam.

Keep in mind Rimage moved to California and that Rimage no longer supports the 5300n or Everest III printers. We do, and we are far easier and more enjoyable to work with.

Primera Introduces New Bravo 4200 Series Disc Publishers

Primera has decided to go in an unorthodox direction with the new 4200 disc printer and producers lineup.  Where as the trend had been towards individual ink cartridges to save money on per print prices – Primera has decided to revisit single ink cartridges.

Bravo 4200 features the latest in inkjet printing technology from Funai Electric Company Ltd. Just one ink cartridge needs to be replaced instead of four tanks for CMYK, simplifying operation and on-going maintenance.

It’s an interesting play betting that IT admins and purchasing agents will pick simplicity over cost.  Of course we’ll keep our eyes and ears on the market and respond accordingly.

You can read more about the new printers here: www.finance.yahoo.com/news/primera-introduces-bravo-4200-series-130300908.html

We carry printing supplies from all the major manufacturers including: Epson, Primera, Microboards, Rimage and more. Combined with A grade CD and DVD from CMC, TY and others we are proud to provide rock solid disc publishing solutions to our customers.

One thing is for sure – if you need any type of disc printer or publisher or corresponding supplies –  at http://www.techwaredist.com and http://www.techwarestore.com we’ve got you covered.

Current State of MO Disks – Recertified

Lets talk about the current state of Magneto Optical Disks.  The product category has seen a tumultuous couple of years and now is as good a time as any to reflect.

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Backstory:

For the past 10+ years all Magneto Optical disks have been manufactured by two companies:  Sony & Mitsubishi Chemical (dba Verbatim).  All MO disks made and sold recently regardless of the brand have been OEM from either of those two companies.  Roughly 4-5 years ago Mitsubishi Chemical decided the market was no longer large enough to support and exited the category.  This drove up the price a bit because now Sony was the only manufacturer producing the product.   Roughly 1.5 years ago Sony announced that they too were exiting the category.  This left zero companies producing the much needed optical disks.

The supply dwindled – the price increased as available inventory dried up on a worldwide scale.  In some cases prices have increased 600% on certain capacities!!

Current Situation:

Lots of folks still rely on this media to back up and archive data in the Medical, Aviation, Telecommunication and Defense channels.  Many times they simply cannot update their systems to new archiving media.  Procuring new media for our customers that rely upon MO disks on the open market is frankly way to expensive and more often than not impossible.

With that in mind we decided to begin the process of sourcing and recertifying Magneto Optical Disks.  It makes perfect sense when you think about it.  Here is one of the most rugged, redundant forms of optical media that is capable of hundreds of thousands of read/write cycles that is honestly mostly used once and then stored for legal purposes.

How do we do it?

1.  We source disks from internal customers that have purchased disks from us or other vendors and whose data has exceeded it’s archival life.

2.  We ship/receive the parcels via certified methods with tamper resistant seals and check in each and every disk.

3.  Each disk is collected, categorized and inspected upon receipt for critical defects.

4.  Each categorized Magneto Optical Disk is then inspected by a second digital media expert with over 16 yrs experience, he removes the labels, inspects the ODSM (optical disk shutter mechanism) for functionality and cleans any ink from the disk itself.

5.  The disk is then degassed multiple times using a proprietary process that runs at the SCSI Dos level.

6.  A read/write test is performed to ensure functionality

7.  Magneto Optical Disk is inspected by the third and final person who passes the disk for final assembly.

8.  The MO Disk is packaged in a brand new cardboard sleeve and shrink wrapped.

9.  The Magneto Optical Disk has now been fully recertified and is cataloged/received into our ERP for future sales orders.

 

While these procedures do have costs associated with them and we are unable to provide pre-discontinued pricing, often times the prices of re-certified media are 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of new sealed media.  They are 100% guaranteed to function the same as the new sealed stock.  We also offer a more lenient return policy on this media.

Currently we are only making this re-certfied media available to our current customers but keep your eyes peeled.  It will be making it’s debut on our website www.techwarestore.com and available to the general public shortly.

 Update!

Sony 2.3 re-certified MO Disk are now available for purchase on our website.

Rimage has Moved all Support to California from Minnesota

Support and Repair service for Rimage Everest and Prism printers, Producer III, Producer IV, 5300n, 5400n and AutoPrinters has moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to City of Industry, California. This all took place around the end of April 2016.

Rimage-Moving-To-CaliforniaWhat will this mean for Rimage CD and DVD equipment customers? Hard to know for sure, but here are some educated guesses.

  • Higher Shipping Costs for Customers
  • Longer lead times for repair
  • Less Flexibility
  • Less phone support due to the time change to Pacific time
  • Logistic pains

If you are a corporate client looking for help with your Rimage printers and/or robotic systems, give Techware Distribution a call. Techware has been using, selling and supporting CD, DVD and Blu-ray equipment made by Microboards, Primera and Rimage for over 18 years.

Advantages of using Techware are:

  • Central location in Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Faster turnaround times
  • Lower hourly labor rates
  • Live person to talk to on the phone (no automated phone directories)
  • Spare parts availability
  • Willingness to support older legacy equipment – Amigo, Protégé, Everest II, etc
  • Rapid Repair options
  • Loaner printer options – PrismPlus, Everest III and Everest 600
  • Positive, can do attitude

Call us anytime for help, support, rentals, trade-ins, and demo system purchases – 1-800-295-0083 x-13. Ask for Mike.

Not Happy with Rimage Service and Support?

Here is a quick note our service department received today about a Rimage Producer III 8100 upgrade w/ PrismPlus printer and a Rimage AutoEverest 600 that we fixed yesterday:

“I can’t quit talking about how great your service was, and how great the machines are working now!!!  So glad you came into our lives!!! Thanks for checking in and following up!”

Techware can keep your legacy Rimage equipment running for many years past the date the manufacturer’s support ends. Period.
Give us a try. Start by calling Mike at 952.944.0083 x-13