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Automated Printer

Automated disc printers-also known as autoprinters- perform automatic load and print on CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs without the intervention of a user. In most auto disc printers, a disc printer and a robotic loading mechanism are combined together. They provide the visual presentation of the disc without human interaction or any outsourcing. These disc devices are a print-only operation; no burner drives are included in comparison with publisher and duplicator.

Auto disc printers can be made small enough to fit on a desktop and have the capacity to handle short-run volumes at a disc input of approximately 50 to 300 pieces per session. Auto printers for professionals are built larger, can take up a few square feet, weigh more than 100 pounds and operate at a disc input of 300 to 1,000 or more discs per run.

Depending on your system settings print speeds can be changed, however most printers generally take between 30 and 120 seconds per full-coverage print.

CD, DVD and Blu-ray autoprinters operate through a computer with a parallel or USB connection.

The printer's robotics is made of a picking arm to move the disc from input to output functions. The user only needs to stack the discs in the input bin and upload them when the printing is done. The robotic arm of the transporting mechanism rotates through the use of belt drives or screws. This technology however, is always evolving for faster performance.

CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays are softly picked up from the robotic arm's gripper hub feature which grasps the center hole of the disc. A disc release button allows control over the function of the gripper by determining its lock and release moments. A sensor built on or near the robotic arm will confirm correct alignment properties to ensure printing within the designated disc area. These moving parts work together to prevent imbalanced printing, double feeding of discs and other errors that may occur with the printing process or physical properties of the discs.

Aside from the mechanics, the actual print technology may vary for each automatic machine. In the consumer market, Inkjet and thermal printing are introduced among leading manufacturers. Inkjet is a high resolution, well-worth option that prints vivid color and sharp text on discs. Thermal autoprinters are choice for unmatched color consistency of media requiring full disc, photographic quality.

Manual Printer

Manual disc printers are designed to carry through low to mid-volume of direct disc printing with assisting operator. Manual printers manage a single CD, DVD or Blu-ray for input. These printers take more time since the discs need to be loaded and unloaded every time from the printer's disc tray. They tend to be compact, portable and light-weight devices.
Manual disc printers require a computer and USB connection to work. Inkjet and thermal are two main types of manual printers. Simply, inkjet performs high-resolution printing in cost effective way and thermal printing uses film ribbons to render images and text onto surface of a disc. Manual printers need operator's labor to load and unload discs.

Inkjet Printing

Inkjet printing is a print method that can render photographic-quality images and text using microscopic drops of ink. The ink is sprayed from tiny nozzles by applying heat or electrical charge as well as pressure. Inkjet printing has been improved and developed for consumer and commercial printing purposes.
If a user chooses inkjet printing method, one must use discs with a surface compatible to the ink, otherwise smearing and smudging may occur. CD, DVD and Blu-ray discss with printable surfaces will benefit from the high quality of inkjet printing.
Inkjet CD, DVD or Blu-ray printing is intended for both consumer and commercial purposes. An at-home consumer will pay a few hundred dollars for an inkjet printer that serves smaller session of disc printing.
Inkjet printers need a shorter warm-up time than other printing technologies. Printing one disc may take up to four to five minutes, so this method suits for smaller orders of printed discs. If time is short or deadlines are approaching, other printing methods may be better suited. Moreover, color matching can be a challenge with inkjet because of its absence of Pantone color palette.
There are two types of inkjet technologies: continuous inkjet (CIJ) and drop-on-demand (DOD). Drop-on-demand also has two different methods. Both types of DOD methods are more commonly used than CIJ technology.
For continuous inkjet (CIJ), a continuous stream of ink is supplied to the printer's head unit by a pump and piezoelectric nozzle cycle. A gutter near the medium's surface gets extra ink droplets and returns the rest of ink to a waste ink tank.
Like its name suggests, drop-on-demand uses less ink than its CIJ counterpart by spraying only the necessary amount onto the disc at hand. Fewer parts are also required to force the ink through the printer system and on to the disc's surface.
The two methods of drop-on-demand include thermal and piezoelectric processes. Thermal drop-on-demand heats a resistor, a conductive part. The increase of heat makes air bubble, which in turn, pushes the ink forward and out of the nozzle opening.
The piezoelectric method of drop-on-demand uses expanding crystals and electrical currents to drive the ink toward the nozzle's opening to release it drop by drop. The composition of crystals produces an electrical field when they are charged. This accounts for the crystal enlargement.

DPI- Dots Per Inch

Printers print by putting ink or toner onto paper. Inkjets have nozzles that spray small drops of ink, while laser printers melt dots of toner against the paper. The more dots you can squeeze into a square inch, the sharper the resulting image will be. So, the most common printer spec shows dots per inch, or dpi.

Ink & Toner

The DPI numbers can be trumped by the use of different inks. Because laser printers use toner to print, it wont bleed into the paper and give a sharper looking result than inkjet when it is print for black-and-white document.

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