Tips for putting your Graduation Ceremony on USB Flash Drives

We are seeing a large uptick in customer inquiries about Graduation/Commencement USB projects as COVID-19 has altered the in person celebrations dramatically.

I thought it might be beneficial to some folks that are newly tasked with creating Graduation Video USBs to answer a few common miss-steps in regards to USB production.

When you’re getting ready to produce a USB project here are some key items to keep in mind:

1. Actual Size vs Marketed Size – Actual size is always smaller due to Gigabytes vs Gibibytes

2. Format Concerns: Most drives are preformatted Fat32 which limits continguous file size to under 4GB. ExFat and NTFS allow for larger file sizes but are a bit more limited in their universal adoption.

3, Speed Concerns – Read/Write speeds will be a key factor in projects that run directly from the drive. If you intend to playback 4K footage directly from the drive you may want to invest in USB 3 drives rather than USB 2.

4. Spoilage – 2-4% spoilage of Promotional grade USB flash drive is not unheard of. Buy a few extra so you are not scrambling last minute to fill your gaps at walmart or bestbuy.

These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when your gathering information or starting to think about utilizing flash drives for content delivery.

We stock USB drives in just about all capacities and print and data load for customers all over the world right here in Minneapolis, MN.

We are always available to discuss your next project and of course answer any questions that you might have.

Surgical Masks and Disinfectant Sprayers to fight Corona

Techware Distribution is utilizing its extensive knowledge of Medical Supply Chains to bring COVID-19 fighting supplies to the medical community and general public.

Through our Maxoptix subsidiary that has been serving the medical community for over twenty years we will be distributing supplies to help fight the Corona Virus spread.  FDA and CE certified Disposable surgical masks are available for purchase at www.Maxoptix.com  on our COVID19 Supplies sub page.

1. Non woven face mask.
2. Low breathing resistance with high filtration efficiency.
3. 3 layers of filtration, non-allergic, non-stimulating materials.
4. Conforms to international standards: CE,FDA
5. Ethylene oxide sterilization
6. Size 17.5 x 9.5cm;
7. Sterile Packing: 20pcs/bag

 

We have also teamed with the worldwide  leader in Industrial Electric Sprayers to bring the powerhouse M2 Electric Sprayer from Multi-sprayer Systems, Inc to our customers. 

This powered sprayer features a 2 gallon tank perfect for industrial disinfectant tasks associated with the fight against the Corona Virus.

Techware is committed to supplying the American medical industry and other industries with protective masks, sprayers and other Covid-19 gear.

Rimage Support Contracts

"You guys continue to give excellent support.”Has Rimage told you your Rimage printer or disc publisher is too old to service, or won’t put under a maintenance agreement? Techware can help. We have the expertise and agility to fix your broken 2 – 12 year old Rimage duplicator and printers.  For a full list of the legacy and more current Rimage systems we service give us a call (800) 295-0083 x-13.

We look forward to providing you with an affordable professional alternative to overpriced or inflexible manufacturer support.

Examples of services and parts we offer: Professional cleanings, firmware updates, alignment, and testing. We replace Rimage print heads, burners, grippers, sensors, main boards, power supplies, just to name a few. Advance swaps and onsite swaps are an option to for critical situations.

Keep your critical disc production infrastructure running longer with a professionally supported maintenance contract that works for your business.

Give us a call today!

(800) 295-0083 x-13

(952) 944-0083 x -13

Is your Rimage Printer “End of Life?”

 

Have you been told your Rimage PrismPlus printer and/or duplicator is end of life (EOL) by Rimage?

What does end of life mean?

Maybe your printer/duplicator can’t be fixed, maybe spare parts are no longer available, maybe as a cost cutting measure they’ve eliminated anyone on staff that knows how to repair your Everest printer.

One thing we know for certain –  it means Rimage would like you to throw it away and buy a brand new one from them. They all have one thing in common, every one of the aforementioned excuses steer you towards costly capitol intensive purchases buying new and often unnecessary equipment.   The cost on these Rimage Producer systems are roughly equivalent to shiny new car.

Good thing there is no EOL in the vehicle segment I guess.  We think it’s outrageous to scrap perfectly good disc producers.  That’s why we’ve worked so hard to source replacement parts and train our employees so that we can extend the life of your equipment.

If you need help, then give Techware a call to go over our cost effective Rimage repair options. We fix Everest II, Everest III, Everest 600, PrismPlus, and full systems like the 3400, 5400n, 7100n, 8100n, Amigo, 7200n and 8200n on a daily basis.

 

Have you have been told by the manufacturer that they want to ensure you an excellent end user experience and then deny you any help at all with your current Rimage printer? Give us a shot and call 952-944-0083 or mike@techwaredist.com

Our goal is to show you real customer service and savings, period. After all, these Rimage machines are designed and made to run for 10 or more years. Let us help you with that.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Techware Fixes Rimage Gripper Mechanisms

Rimage System with Gripper Issue Fixed!Having issues with your Rimage Prism Autoprinter or 7100n/8100n failing to pick discs or dropping discs regularly?

Is your Rimage system’s problem getting worse? We can help.

Gripping issues can result from alignment being off with the printer or the input/output bin. The ribbon cable wearing out or being damaged can also cause issues. Ultimately the vast majority of Rimage picker issues are caused by the picking mechanism itself.

Techware specializes in repairing Rimage printers and hardware including pickers and grippers. Just recently a longtime customer sent us 5 bad grippers. We fixed all 5 and saved this customer over $2000 over the cost of new Rimage grippers ($700 each). Oftentimes grippers can be refurbished and keep right on humming along in production for years to come.  Sometimes they need to be replaced – we’ve got the experience to help you make that decision.

Rimage Gripper Parts

We can also help you out with spare CD/DVD and Blu-ray burners. Power supplies, main boards, print heads, and embedded PC modules. Almost all Rimage models ranging from the 2000i, 3400/5400n, 6100/7100n/8100n to the newer 72oon/8200n systems.

Keep your Rimage printers running longer, with less capital expenditure by calling us today.

Call (952) 944-0083 or email mike@techwaredist.com today.

Your Rimage Printer Help is Here!

Is your Rimage printer having issues? We can help!!Every day we get calls from customers looking for help with their Rimage disc publishers. Today we fielded a call from a customer with multiple Rimage thermal disc printers and duplicators that needed some attention. Their Prism Plus printers were only printing on half of the DVD surface and they needed the disc detect strip replaced.  They were also running into heat roller thermostat issues with an Everest II.  Finally their auto-loader and a 7100n CD duplicator needed a new flex cable and picker mechanism to correct disc picking issues from the input and output bins.

Mike, our dedicated Rimage service manager, listened to their needs and determined that they could benefit from some Rimage technical support,  potentially some repair services and that it might be a good idea to explore some cost effective  equipment upgrade options.

Mike has over 15 years helping our customers keep their operations up and their costs down utilizing certified pre-owned Rimage equipment. The customer was thrilled that they found an alternative Rimage system and printer support option.

Having similar Rimage issues? Give us a call and ask for Mike (952) 944-0083.

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