It appears that Imation is getting into the duplicator business. Earlier today, the company announced the D20 Disc Publisher. Aimed at SMBs and workgroups, the D20 can make up to 20 copies at once and offers full-color, direct-to-disc printing.

Imation Corp (NYSE: IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, today brings a complete solution for optical disc publishing to workgroups and the small- and medium-business (SMB) market. The Imation D20 Disc Publisher is an all-in-one CD and DVD publishing system that automates the copying of up to 20 discs at once, and is optimized for full-color, direct-to-disc printing using Imation Inkjet Printable Media with AquaGuard(TM) surface. An expert in delivering optical media technologies engineered for the demands of business, Imation delivers its D20 Disc Publisher to users seeking an affordable way to professionally finish CD and DVD media. The Imation D20 Disc Publisher is ideal for duplication of marketing and sales materials, music, video, catalogs and more.
Judging by the picture, the D20 is based on the Bravo SE from Primera. The D20 is available now for a suggested retail price of $1495. More information is available on Imation's website. Add a comment
Microboard has announced that they've started shipping their new Blu-ray duplicator, the CopyWriter Blu-Ray. Here's part of their press release:
The first Multi-Drive Blu-Ray system with both duplication and recording functionality began shipping today from Microboards Technology, LLC. Called CopyWriter Blu-Ray, the system will be used for recording and duplicating stored multimedia and data content.

CopyWriter Blu-Ray systems can be used in a standalone mode for duplication, or can be connected to a PC or Mac via a USB 2.0 connection for accessing one of the Blu-Ray drives.

Besides traditional large data storage applications and video footage archival, Microboards Blu-Ray towers have garnered the interest of a wide range of industries, from video game developers to medical imaging and patient records.
As you can imagine, Microboards' new duplicator is not cheap. If you want to go all out and get the ten-recorder system, expect to pay nearly $20,000 for it. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Aleratec has announced their third generation LightScribe DVD/CD publishing system, the 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS. When connected to a PC, this new duplicator is able to copy or label two discs at once.
Aleratec, a leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" USB, DVD/CD duplicating, and DVD/CD publishing solutions, today announced its third generation LightScribe Personal Publishing system, the new Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS. When connected to a PC via USB 2.0, the Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS is a 1:2 DVD/CD Duplicator, that enables small and medium businesses to simply, conveniently and affordably burn or LightScribe label 2 CDs or DVDs at once. The new system will be available at 300 Best Buy for Business retail locations nationwide as well as www.BestBuy.com and www.aleratec.com.
The 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS is available now for an estimated retail price of $299. More information can be found on Alera's website. Add a comment
Primera announced their new Bravo SE Disc Publisher this morning. According to their press release, the Bravo SE is the "world's most affordable, automated CD/DVD duplication and printing system.
Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of automated CD/DVD disc publishing equipment, today announced its Bravo SE Disc Publisher.

Instead of copying discs one at a time and then printing and sticking labels, Bravo SE automates the entire burning and printing process. An advanced, sixth-generation robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in Pioneer DVR-111 DVD±R/CD-R recorder. After recording, each CD or DVD is individually inkjet printed direct-to-disc in full-color at up to 4800 dpi resolution. Up to 20 discs per job can be produced automatically and hands-free.
The Bravo SE is available now for a suggested retail price of $1495. More information can be found on Primera's website. Add a comment
Primera has announced that they've started shipping the world's first Blu-ray Disc duplication system, the Bravo XR-Blu. Here's part of their press release:
Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of automated CD/DVD disc publishing equipment, today announced that it has begun shipments of the Bravo XR-Blu Disc Publisher.

Bravo XR-Blu is the world's first automated burn and print device to support new high-capacity Blu-ray Disc recorders and media. Shipping of the unit coincides with announcements this week from other Blu-ray Disc content and equipment providers such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Electronics and Samsung Electronics.

Along with its built-in robotics and full-color direct-to-disc inkjet printing, the Bravo XR-Blu incorporates Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.'s new BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder. Blu-ray enabled recording software based on technology from Sonic Solutions , the leader in Digital Media Software, is included to provide a complete and professional Blu-ray Disc publishing solution. Recordable BD-R printable-surface media for the XR-Blu is being provided by TDK Electronics Corporation.
The Bravo XR-Blu is available now for a suggested retail price of $5295. More information can be found on Primera's website. Add a comment
Aleratec sent out a press release this morning, announcing the first Expandable LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System. The 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX normally functions as a 1:1 DVD/CD duplicator. However, it can also be connected to your PC and be used as a 1:2 DVD/CD duplicator or to print two LightScribe labels at once.

Aleratec, developer and manufacturer of advanced USB, DVD/CD duplicating, recording, and digital imaging solutions is excited to announce today another "Only from Aleratec" product, the first Expandable LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System. The 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX is a stand alone 1:1 DVD/CD Duplicator; when connected to your PC via USB 2.0, it becomes a 1:2 DVD/CD Duplicator, a 2 drive external DVD/CD recorder, and with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology it can laser burn silkscreen quality labels on 2 discs at once. This exciting new disc publisher can be easily expanded to a DVD/CD publishing system with double this capacity. Since the "Only from Aleratec" Software Suite included supports simultaneous use of up to 4 drives, the 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX is easily expanded to a desktop publishing system capable of double capacity by simply plugging in another unit to your PC. Now you have a 1:4 DVD/CD duplicator, a 4 drive DVD/CD recorder, a 4 drive direct to disc labeler, and two stand alone duplicators when you need them.
The 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX is available now for an estimated street price of $549. More information can be found on Aleratec's website. Add a comment
Aleratec has announced that a new version of Droppix Label Maker is available for owners of their 1:4 DVD/CD Tower Publisher LS. This new version of the software has the ability to insert fields in any text area and automatically import CD-Audio information.
Aleratec, developer and manufacturer of advanced USB, DVD/CD duplicating, recording, and digital imaging solutions announced today the addition of powerful new features for the 1:4 DVD/CD Tower Publisher LS. Aleratec is offering a very significant upgrade to Droppix Label Maker including the ability to insert fields in any text area, the ability to automatically retrieve information (artist, track names, etc.) from audio CD and album art from the internet. The Publishing Tower supports up to 4 simultaneous DVD/CD Copies, Recordings, or produces up to 4 Silk Screen Quality LightScribe labeled discs. The 1:4 DVD/CD Tower Publisher LS is a DVD/CD duplicator with LightScribe technology that simultaneously Laser burns custom labels directly on DVD/CD discs making it the first LightScribe desktop production disc publishing system. You can create your own custom labels, with text and graphics, using the unique Aleratec Disc Publishing Software Suite, powered by Droppix, included FREE! with purchase.

"Offering this significant Droppix Label Maker upgrade enhances the utility of LightScribe direct to disc labeling technology and gives our Prosumer users more of what they have been asking for and there will be no increase in price. Also, there is a free download of the upgrade for customers that have already purchased their 1:4 DVD/CD Tower Publisher LS," stated Perry Solomon, President and CEO. "The 1:4 DVD/CD Tower Publisher LS with the new Droppix Label Maker upgrade provides exciting new features like the ability to retrieve album art directly from the internet. It has more label templates, the ability to create and store custom templates, improved personalization and serialization features and much more and it's only from Aleratec."
If you'd like to read more about this Droppix Label Maker upgrade, Aleratec's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Disc Makers has announced a new CD/DVD duplicator called the Pico. What makes the Pico special is that it can also be used to rip up to 25 CD's at a time.
With the new enhanced Riptastic software loaded into the Pico, users simply stack up to 25 of their favorite CDs, click to start the process, and the system will automatically covert CDs to MP3 files or any other file type of your choice. The user-friendly software even looks up artist, album, and track titles automatically.

The Pico doubles as the world's smallest automated DVD/CD duplicator and allows any small business owner, musician, filmmaker, teacher, or salesperson to duplicate (burn) up to 25 copies at a time for projects or presentations.
The Pico is available now for $699. If you'd like to rip your audio CD's using the duplicator, the Riptastic software is an additional $99. More information can be found here. Add a comment