At Sunrise, we pride ourselves in our extensive line of quality injection molded products. They are great for media packaging such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and even USB drives. While the latter explanation of our stock program makes sense to just about everyone, I would hope the majority of shoppers were like me when I first heard the term- “What in the world is injection molding?” I had no other explanation of how CD and DVD cases were made, but I still wasn’t quite sure what the big deal was with this method. Injection molding is exactly how it sounds: Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mold. Material most commonly being thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. The beauty of this manufacturing process is that you can choose items that are either made from virgin material or recycled materials. So now that you have a little background information about injection molding, browse our online store to see all the products we have to offer.
Digipaks are becoming a popular option for CD/DVD packaging. They are an attractive and unique way to showcase products and artwork. People all over the world are switching to digipaks because of the versatility they offer. Digipaks can be customized to fit any type of design. They also have many benefits that make digipaks a great option for media packaging. Digipaks are not your ordinary packaging for CDs and DVDs and are being used by many for a variety of different things.
8 Benefits of Digipaks:
1. Two Products in One: Fuses parts of a jewel case and cardboard together.
2. Eco-friendly: They are made from recycled materials and use less plastic than traditional jewel cases.
3. Quality: Digipaks are made from high quality materials and are less resistance to breaking or cracking.
4. Display Capabilities: Images are easier to print on digipaks and graphics can be put anywhere. They can be UV coated or matte finished; both providing the digipak with a luxury finish.
5. Multi-disc options: Digipaks are not limited to only holding one disc. They can be made to hold as many discs as your project requires.
6. Customization: Digipaks are classified by the number of panels. A panel being a one sided square that is apart of the digipak. They can have as little as 2 and as many as 8 panels. They can be customized by adding pockets, folds, and booklets. They have various places for printing options as well. There are many possibilities and options available.
7. Marketing Included: Since digipaks have the ability to contain more graphic display, marketing efforts are lengthened. The marketing message that is to be delivered can be done on the digipak, increasing the message’s reach.
8. Creativity Has no Boundaries: Digipaks are a fun way to express a creative side. They have to ability to showcase anything that comes to mind. Whether you use only black and white or the colors of the rainbow, a multitude of graphics or just a few, a digipak will portray the idea you have and give it life.
The other day, I had the opportunity to visit local CD/DVD replicator and duplicator, Next Generation Media. We walked through the plant and saw the whole process in which your CDs/DVDs are copied and mass-produced. It was very interesting seeing the discs being created and to see all of the machines going at once. They do both replication and duplication, and since many people do not know that there is a difference between replication and duplication, so I will try to briefly explain it.
When you duplicate a disc, you “burn” the data from your master disc or hard drive onto pre-manufactured recordable CDR or DVD-R discs. If you only need a small number of discs copied or just a few at a time, this will be your quickest and least expensive option. You can still make the disc look just as good as a replicated disc with high-quality printing, design, and packaging.
Replication is much different than duplication. When you replicate a disc, there is a manufacturing process involved. Each CD or DVD is injection-molded from polycarbonate pellets and shaped into a disc. They are then physically stamped with the data. They go through the whole process of premastering, mastering, electroplating, injection molding, metallization, spin coating, printing, and advanced quality control. These discs are more durable and are of higher quality than duplicated discs, but they are very expensive if you only want a small number of discs. This is because it takes time to set-up the machines, so there is a high initial fixed cost. But if you are doing a larger project (more than 500 copies), replication may be the best option for you.
I personally enjoyed watching the machine that did the four color printing on the discs. It was a quick way to vamp up the look of the disc for brand recognition, as well as give it a professional style. Now that you can decide on duplication or replication for your next project, don’t forget about all of your CD/DVD packaging options!
It can be a great expense for libraries to be able to offer a wide range of CDs and DVDs in their media collections. This is especially true when theft and damage are taken into consideration. Libraries want to be able to provide these resources to the public, but cannot afford to keep replacing the stolen or damaged discs. Can anything be done to prevent these problems? We had a few ideas that could reduce these losses:
First, invest in premium quality CD/DVD cases. These cases are durable, and not only will the cases last longer, but they will also protect your discs. Strong hubs prevent the discs from falling out, and the quick-release button allows for easy removal without breaking the disc. Media collections get an extensive amount of use and that requires packaging that will last.
Premium quality cases can help prevent damage, but how can libraries prevent theft? There needs to be a higher amount of security. A number of different companies offer electromagnetic security tape. If this is placed on more costly items, theft can be reduced. 3M also offers a product called radio frequency identification (RFID) solution. This software verifies that the discs and cases match up when returned to libraries. This will make managing the growing media collections more efficient. Libraries will not have to worry about getting the wrong disc or receiving an empty case.
By investing in premium quality CD/DVD cases and security, damage and theft to libraries’ media collections can be significantly reduced. Then libraries could add more options to their selection, rather than having to replace the old ones.