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

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.

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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.

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

Taiyo Yuden To Discontinue Manufacturing of CD / DVD Recordable Media

Tokyo, June 11, 2015 — TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. (“the Company”) announces that it will discontinue the recording disc media business by the end of 2015. History, details we have uncovered, and a few rumors regarding the future.

Taiyo Yuden (JVC) has been the market leader for optical recording media driven by leading edge products such as CD-R, DVD-R, BD-R etc. and critical market solutions since the development of the CD-R disc in 1988. Taiyo Yuden (TY / JVC) has promoted optical recording media as one of its core businesses ever since. Despite increasingly fierce competition from less expensive overseas manufacturers in China, India and Taiwan, JVC has continued to provide the market with highest quality disc products and has received high acclaim from countless users for offering reliable Japanese made optical recording media.

TY Discontinued copyIndeed TY was the last manufacturer to produce discs in a highly developed country (United States, Japan, UK, Germany, etc) where labor rates and overhead are much higher than on mainland Asia and the India subcontinent. TY follows in the footsteps of Mitsui, Kodak, TDK and many others that had manufactured in the US and Japan, but existed in the early to mid 2000s.

Rumors are that the Taiyo Yuden and JVC brands will exist beyond 2015 with the manufacturing lines, manufacturing techniques and industry “know how” moving to China or Taiwan in some sort of partnership or asset sale. Only time will tell.

What we do know is that the Taiyo Yuden CD-r and DVD-r media will be available in the market place well into 2016. Probably the entire year as large discs distributors have already placed huge orders for product to be manufactured in November/December and delivered here in the US in Jan/Feb 2016. Most likely lasting until the end of 2016.

Let us know if you have any questions or contacts.

Techware Disc Duplication is committed to supplying our customers with high quality CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs that can be counted on for excellent playback and burning compatibility for years to come.

Recordable Blu-ray Discs Not Playable on Xbox One

Did you know that BD-R discs (recordable or duplicated Blu-ray discs) will not function in Microsoft’s Xbox One systems.

This means home movies, or duplicated BD discs can’t be played back on the Xbox one. This has been an issue since the launch of the Xbox One and has yet to be resolved.

As of today, only pressed or replicated Blu-ray discs work on the Xbox One. Replication requires a minimum order of 1000 discs per title and expensive upfront set-up charges – pretty much reserved for Hollywood movies only.

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We found a few forums and blogs on the web stating Microsoft is working on this issue and will have a future update to correct this problem. We will continue to monitor this issue.

Sony’s Playstation 4 as well as the majority of Blu-ray players do play recordable Blu-ray media.

Techware distribution will continue to support BD-R duplication as well as offering all customers the option of a dual-disc recording package which features both a Blu-ray and a DVD for maximum playback compatibilities.

Contact Techware for any of your Blu-ray disc duplication needs. We regularly duplicate and professionally print BD-R projects for independent movie directors, studios, Kickstarter/Crowdfunding campaigns, and religious organizations.

Call us today for details – 1-800-294-0083

New MO Disks Are Getting Rare!

Sony is shutting down their magneto optical plant in Japan. And finding nice, new, pristine MO discs is a challenge.

Techware has many 3rd party sources for most of the popular capacities of MO media – 2.3gb r/w, 2.6gb r/w, 4.1gb rewritable, 9.1gb r/w and others. Prices have been on the rise the past 3-4 months – no doubt.

osaka-mo-mr-miyagiHere is an example of some hard to find discs – Osaka brand. Never heard of this brand before. These discs might be from the 90s? Wasn’t Mr. Miyagi from Osaka? Upon inspection these are actually Mitsubishi made discs. Great quality, and made in Japan prior to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. No radiation….

Proof that Techware is your best source for magneto optical discs. We are working hard to find product for you.

Call us or email us with any of your needs.

Survey: CDs & Radio Still Rule in the Car

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Car CD PlayerA recent survey by Lpsos North America shows that in the car, Americans prefer radio to CDs or streaming services. The survey showed that in an in-car environment, 84% of Americans use AM/FM radio and 64% still use a CD player, keeping an average of 10.5 CDs in their vehicle. While consumers do seem averse to purchasing new CDs (68% say they have not purchased any new CDs in the last year), only 22% of those who aren’t buying new CDs say it’s because they are replacing the discs with digital streaming services. Most either don’t want any new CDs (27%) or find CDs to be too much money (23%).

Check out our CD, DVD and Blu-ray pricing. You would be surprised how affordable it is.

News Source: Ipsos

Still Running a CD Duplicator or DVD Printer on Windows XP?
No Problem.

Windows XP still works fine with your printer, if you know how to protect yourself.I’m writing this post to address the issue of running a piece of hardware, specifically a Rimage printer or disc publisher, that will not work with newer versions of Windows like 7 or 8. Typically these are printers like the Everest II, Everest III or PrismPlus. Or older embedded systems like 5100n, 5300n, 6100n, 7100n and 8100n.

Of course equipment manufacturers are using the end of XP support as a gold ticket to sell you new, expensive equipment. This can be frustrating and very costly if your current systems are performing just fine as-is.

Here’s how to keep using Windows XP while keeping your PC safe:

  1. Stop using Internet Explorer 8 – switch to the latest Mozilla Firefox or Chrome browser.
  2. Purchase a current Anti-Virus subscription from one of the big players – Most of these companies have guaranteed support through 2016.
  3. Stop using Outlook Express for your email.
  4. Upgrade from Office XP or Office 2003 – neither are supported anymore.
  5. Remove Insecure Software and applications like Java and Flash(if you don’t need any more).
  6. Disconnect the XP PC from your Network if you can. If not make sure your XP PC(s) do not have administrator rights. Only use a limited account for these XP systems.
  7. Run XP on a virtual machine (but, if an application needs direct access to a piece of hardware, it may not work).

Have any questions about running disc duplicators or printers on XP? Contact us at 952-944-0083 x-22. Ask for Kevin.

Sawatdee To Open a Thai Restaurant in Eden Prairie

Sawatdee will be opening a new location in the southwest suburbs soon.

It looks like the new location may be in the spot that was formally occupied by D. Brian’s across the packing lot from Southwest Transit Station in EP.

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This spot is a popular corner in Eden Prairie for other restaurants. Namely Chipotle, Noodles, Dickey’s, Caribou, Culvers, Santorini and Ruby Tuesday.

padthainewGreat news for lovers of Thai food. Other nearby Thai establishments are Na’s in Chanhassen, and the Bloomington location of Sawatdee.

Many of us at Techware are looking forward to the shorter drive to enjoy some #4 spice Pad Thai, Massaman Curry and fresh spring rolls on a regular basis. Visit their home page for more information. “Thai it, you’ll like it!”

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