New Primera 4100 series printers

We at Techware are excited to be the first to announce the latest CD / DVD / Blu-ray printer/duplicator from Primera. It is called the Bravo 4100 and it features 4 separate C, M, Y and K ink cartridges. We have been testing the 4100 series in our Bloomington office over the past month and have been blown away with the speed of the printer and the efficient use of ink.
Primera 4100 Series

Bravo 4100 AutoPrinter: 100-disc capacity for print-only;
US$1995 (part# 63504)

Bravo 4101 Disc Publisher: 100-disc capacity + (1) CD/DVD drive;
US$2995 (part# 63500)

Bravo 4102 Disc Publisher: 100-disc capacity + (2) CD/DVD drives;
US$3295 (part# 63502)

New features include:

  • 300% faster robotics – the fastest in their class
  • Print speed of just 6 seconds per disc
  • Individual CMYK ink cartridges for lower cost per disc
  • Seventh-generation picking mechanism for the ultimate in reliability
  • Internal blue LED lighting – full brightness while printing, pulses when low on ink or blank discs, blinks on/off when job is complete or an error is detected
  • Fastest, latest-generation CD/DVD drives
  • FREE built-in apps: PTRip™, PTBackup™ and PTProtect™
  • Optional Blu-ray Disc™ drives (4101 and 4102)

The Bravo 4100 Series will be shipping soon, preorders are now being taken. Call Techware @ 800-295-0083 for more information or to schedule a demo.

The Optical Media Industry Reflections: 2010

With the start of 2011, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the events of the past year in the disc duplication / replication world. 2010 was a year of ups and downs, and the CD / DVD duplication industry was no exception.

The troubled economy took its toll on the duplication industry with equipment manufacturer Verity Systems and packaging giant NexPak both going out of business. To be honest there needed to be some consolidation on the equipment manufacturing side and we expect weaker manufacturers to fall by the wayside in 2011.

On the media side, Taiyo Yuden cut back its production of CD-R, DVD±R and BD-R media from a current level of 110 million units/month to 65 million units/month. They also decreased inventory by roughly 40% and cut their staff nearly in half. Additionally, Taiyo Yuden also officially became JVC Advanced Media here in the United States. This move was made so TY could leverage the stronger JVC brand name in their marketing efforts here in the states. The only changes were in the box design and part numbers, the superior quality of the discs remains unchanged.

This year saw some major changes from Primera, who retired their famous Bravo II disc publisher in favor of the new Bravo Pro Xi and Xi2 line of automated disc publishers and printers. The new automated duplicators feature a larger capacity and faster robotics for better all around performance. The Bravo Pro Xi can also be outfitted with a Blu-ray disc burner, which was not available in the Bravo II duplicator.

Rimage 5400n

The world’s premier disc publishing equipment manufacturer Rimage was very busy this past year! They launched their new professional line of disc duplicators and printers, the 5400n and 3400 disc publishers. These new systems are based around the new Everest 400 thermal disc printer that is embedded with the robotics for an all-in-one system. Each of these machines boasts a huge 100-disc capacity and is available with your choice of CD / DVD burners and /or optional Blu-ray burners. The Rimage 5300n and 5100n disc publishers were quietly replaced by these two new units this past summer. As a side note, Techware has very attractive purchase and rental deals on a demo Rimage 5300n, 5100n and the latest 5400n unit.

On the supplies side, Rimage stopped selling the 1000-print transfer ribbons in 2010 for the Everest 600 (part# 2000491), Everest III and II (part# 203384-001) printers. These were both replaced by 500-print count ribbons. part number 2001469 for the Everest 400/600 printers and part number 203474-001 for the Everest III/II/I printers.

After such a tumultuous year, you might be wondering what the future holds for the optical disc industry. Our guess is that the need for Blu-ray duplication will grow in 2011. The CD and DVD industries have hit maturity, but the market for high-definition content is still on the rise. New technologies such as Blu-ray 3D and BD-XL will drive growth and sales in the duplication and data storage niches this year.

With prices on Blu-ray media and equipment rapidly decreasing, there will be an increasing number of people will be making the switch to Blu-ray this year. We will also see some exciting new products from Primera Technology (the 4100 series of Bravo duplicators/printers) as well as from the other top manufacturers Microboards and Rimage in 2011.

That is all for now. Please check back often as the DVD / CD / Blu-ray duplicator experts here at Techware will be regularly blogging about disc printing, duplication, replication, new equipment, supplies, repair, cost saving operating tips and more in 2011.

Top 6 Ways to Wreck Your Thermal CD, DVD Printer

Here are some bad situations that we have encountered with customers over the years in regards to poor usage of their disc duplicating and printing equipment. Hopefully you can learn from their mistakes.

We are presenting this information in a satirical  format. Please review our correct tips and tricks on care of your CD printer and duplicators.

1. Set up your Rimage Everest 600, III, or II printer in a dust filled location and on the floor. Warehouses and other dusty areas are good places to get dirt and dust build up on the fans, printhead and other electronic sensors, which will lead to premature failures and downtime. Also choose a room that has no environmental control with regards to temperature and humidity levels.


Primeras announces all new Bravo Pro Xi-Series – Less expensive than before!

The new Xi models are touted as being faster, and more feature packed.

The new printers are the:

*BravoPro Xi AutoPrinter:* 100-disc capacity for print-only applications; US$1995 (MSRP).

*BravoPro Xi Disc Publisher:* 100-disc capacity and _one_ high-speed CD/DVD drive; US$2995 (MSRP).

* BravoPro Xi2 Disc Publisher:* 100-disc capacity and _two_ high-speed CD/DVD drives; US$3295 (MSRP).

You can find out more about the new Xi-Series Disc Publisher at and watch a video of the new features at

Nice to see Primera step up with faster models, more features all at a lower price point than the models they replaced.

Call us today to learn about the benefits of these all new printers and how we can help your organization save time and resources utilizing Primera disc publishers.

The Techware Turbos are playoff champions.


The Techware Turbos recently emerged as playoff champions in the Edina Monday Doubleheader Men’s Softball League at VanValkenburg Park…Finding a sponsor for the softball team was never a problem because Gabrik is president of Techware, an Edina-based company that duplicates CD’s and DVD’s. Nelson is vice-president….

via MN SUN

Pioneer Introduces new DVD Burner for Netbooks


Recognizing the growing popularity of netbook and notebook products, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announces a new slim portable DVD/CD writer, the DVR-XD09, that features the industry’s most compact design to date.

The new DVR-XD09 weighs approximately eight ounces and has an overall size that is slightly larger than a music CD case.

This new drive is targeted specifically towards the subset of computer users that have adopted the smaller more portable netbook style of computing that eschews traditional optical drives and sometimes even spinning magnetic hard drives. The drive connects over USB 2.0 and gives users access to traditional software and entertainment input methods on ever smaller computing devices. It is expected to be available next month.

G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc Article Tools

GE healtcare

Researchers at GE at work to create 500gb optical discs for next generation data storage using holograms.

Published: NY Times online
April 26, 2009

General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs…“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage, ”said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm…Holographic storage has the potential to pack data far more densely than conventional optical technology, used in DVDs and the newer, high-capacity Blu-ray discs”
….When Blu-ray was introduced in late 2006, a 25-gigabyte disc cost nearly $1 a gigabyte, though it is about half that now. G.E. expects that when they are introduced, perhaps in 2011 or 2012, holographic discs using its technology will be less than 10 cents a gigabyte — and fall in the future. More

With medical imaging data sets growing exponentially, look for this technology to first find its way into storage solutions for GEs healthcare line of CT and PET and 3D scanning technology. Eventually this technology could ultimately end up as a successor to blueray and in consumers hands as an affordable way to archive high definition video and personal data. For more information head over to the full article

**techwaredist is not affiliated with GE or GE Healthcare.

Rimage 8100 Systems with PrismPlus Printers

8100_rimage2Has your research led you to the durability, high throughput and indelible printing features of the top of the line Rimage 8100 printer but the sticker price has you a little shell shocked?

Save thousands of dollars on an almost new Rimage Producer 8100 system with a PrismPlus thermal printer. This system was acquired from a company that ran less than 200 discs and still has the original ribbon install at the factory. We have fully tested and updated the firmware on the (4) CD/DVD burners, robotic autoloader and printer.

What is included: Four DVD/CD burners, PrismPlus! printer, HP Server with preloaded Rimage 7.5 software, 3.0 Xeon processor, 2gb Ram, (2) 80gb Raid zero hard drives, all cables, original box, Disc Watch light, 300 Taiyo Yuden silver CD-r, at least a 30 day parts and labor depot warranty. FOB Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Extended warranty and on-site warranty options are available. Call Techware for more details on this great Rimage 8100 deal – (800) 295-0083.

Get more information by visiting this Rimage 8100 link.

Used CD / DVD Duplicators and Printers – Save $$ on Used Rimage, Microboards, and Primera.

With the economy slowing, it is important now more than ever to get great value with your next DVD / CD duplicator and/or printer. One way to accomplish this is to seek out gently used, reliable equipment from a trustworthy vendor. And is just that.
You will save money on used Microboards Print Factory Pro and Print Factory 1 printers as well as used CD / DVD Duplication Towers. In addition, we have highly reliable and robust used Rimage printers and duplicators in stock. Models like: Everest III autoprinter, Everest 600 autoprinter, 6100N with Everest, Amigo II, Protege II and 8100 with PrismPlus. Primera systems too.
In addition to moving up to a better system for your money, you will get a system that will not only meet your production needs today, but one that can grow with future volume increases. If your production does out-grow your purchase from Techware, you can trade it in for a bigger or better system. And you will get a solid parts and labor warranty with the option to use our professional post warranty repair services, at a discount, for the life of your system.
Contact a friendly Techware representative at 800-295-0083, or email us for more information.