Copy Master Robotic Duplicators

The primary function of an autoloader is for continuous unsupervised operation with the ability to run overnight. If you want to ensure proper operation and the ability to duplicate the greatest number of discs in the shortest amount of time, it's best to separate the printing and duplication functions. Adding a printer to the autoloader will negatively affect the autoloaders ability due to the following reasons:

  • Ink/Ribbon Limitations: All printers require some form of ink or thermal ribbon to function. Ink and Ribbon are finite commodities that run out after a certain number of prints. On average, the maximum lifespan for a single ink cartridge or thermal ribbon transfer is approximately 500 discs. If you're using the 1000 disc Copy Master PRO, the most you can hope for is to finish half the job leaving 500 discs to be completed. Say you typically only run quantities of 200 discs. After two runs, you only have enough ink/ribbon for 100 discs, but you need to run 200 discs overnight ?it's not possible as the autoloader will stop after 100 discs due to the printer running out of ink/ribbon. Where, if the autoloader ran without a printer, at least the duplication asp ct can be finished when needed.
  • PC connection: Printers require a PC connection in order to operate while the autoloader is a completely stand alone unit. A PC operated device is typically not as reliable as a standalone unit dedicated to a single function. The PC could freeze in the middle of the job and halt the entire process whereas a standalone unit does not rely on a PC to function. Any errors or glitches generated by the PC will negatively affect the printer and make reliable overnight operation near impossible.
  • Time and Expense: The duplication process is generally slower than the printing process. It takes approximately 6 minutes to duplicate a full DVD while a typical inkjet printer takes approximately 30 seconds to print on a disc. If you separate the two processes, you can print during regular operating hours and duplicate after hours using a Copy Master series autoloader. This will save time by conserving the number of man hours needed to produce the final count of duplicated discs. In contrast, buying two separate units will save you money as well. Not only is the Copy Master series autoloader more cost effective than other units on the market, but it allows you to add a separate printer at a lower cost than a combined printer duplicator unit. Not to mention th at if one of the components needs to be returned for repair, you still have the other to perform half of the job when needed.

The standalone autoloader is dedicated to just one thing, duplication. An autoloader that is connected to a PC is just one of the functions the computer offers. Not only does this tie up your PC, limiting your ability to perform other functions, but will be more complicated to operate. The Standalone autoloader can be operated by simple 1 button operations instead of requiring complicated software to install. Again, when you're connected to a PC, any time the computer freezes or has a glitch, the duplicator will generate an error and limit your production and quality capabilities.

The Copy Master series autoloaders are designed to use the widest variety of blank media on the market. You should be sure to inspect the media to ensure the discs are not stuck together; otherwise you should be able to use most forms of media to duplicate on. Of course, the better the quality of the media, the better the duplication quality and performance. Though this autoloader is designed to produce high quality duplicates even with average grade media to further save money by reducing your expense. It is advised to separate the media before loading into the spindles to reduce the risk of disc sticking together.

The Copy Master serious autoloader is designed to run continuously overnight without any problem. However, please make sure the unit is placed in the proper environment to ensure the best results and proper function. The ideal environment is one with a moderate temperature and minimal dust. It is advised to separate the media before loading into the spindles to reduce the risk of disc sticking together.

The Copy Master series autoloaders were designed for just such an occasion. When your job requires that you create duplications of two or more different masters, you can use the specially designed Multi-Master Recognition Technology (MMRT). This function allows the autoloader to determine when a new master disc has been loaded and will copy the appropriate blank discs with the appropriate master disc. The MMRT provides the operator an increased capability allowing them to concentrate on other pressing matters instead of the need to reload the autoloader every time they wish to copy a new master.

An example of how the MMRT works is if the operator wishes to copy 3 successive titles with master AA requiring 20 copies, master BB requiring 40 copies, and master CC requiring 60 copies. Simply set the autoloader to Multi-Master mode then begin filling the spindles. First load the 60 blank media necessary for job CC then load on top, master disc CC. Next, place the 40 blank media necessary for job BB on top of the existing stack for job CC, then load master disc BB on top. Lastly, load the 20 blank media necessary for job AA on top of the existing stack for job BB, then load master disc AA on top. Start the duplication process and the autoloader will automatically recognize when a master disc is loaded into a drive. That master will then be loaded into the reserve hard drive partition. All subsequent blank media following it will be duplicated with that data/video. The process repeats every time it comes to a new master.

The Copy Master series autoloaders use an industrial vacuum pump system to pick up the discs instead of the cheaper center hole picking system used by many autoloaders on the market. The reason we use the more expensive vacuum system is for reliability. All media manufacturers, Industrial Replication and Duplication facilities use the vacuum method to pick discs. Those companies need to handles thousands to millions of discs constantly without complication and have found that the vacuum method is the most reliable method.

Yes, it can duplicate multiple masters in succession without requiring any human interaction. The Copy Master series autoloader features Multi-Master Recognition Technology (MMRT). Traditionally, autoloaders can only handle one duplication job at a time and additional manpower is needed to load a new duplication job (ex. Load new master disc, insert more blank discs, etc.) Now, with this totally revolutionized new multi-master recognition technology, the Copy Master series can handle multiple duplication jobs per run by itself.

Yes, the autoloader works much the same as the manual towers and will not count failed duplication in the auto-counter nor place them in the completed bins. Instead the robotic arm will discard any failed discs.

No, this unit does not require a computer connection and can duplicate with one push of a button.

Please review the following chart:

DVD±R CD-R
*Based on 2.5GB disc at 16x Duplication speed *Based on 300MB disc at 40x Duplication speed
Number of DVD Drives 1 hr. 10 hrs. 20 hrs. Number of CD Drives 1 hr. 10 hrs. 20 hrs.
3 Drives 36 Discs 360 Discs 720 Discs 3 Drives 54 Discs 540 Discs 1080 Discs
4 Drives 48 Discs 480 Discs 960 Discs 4 Drives 64 Discs 640 Discs 1280 Discs
6 Drives 60 Discs 600 Discs 1200 Discs 6 Drives 78 Discs 780 Discs 1560 Discs
7 Drives 63 Discs 630 Discs 1260 Discs 7 Drives 84 Discs 840 Discs 1680 Discs
8 Drives 64 Discs 640 Discs 1280 Discs 8 Drives 88 Discs 880 Discs 1760 Discs
Note: 3 drives is only available for Copy Master lite™ in 100 Disc Capacity.
4, 6, 7, & 8 drives are only available for Copy Master PRO™ in 500 or 1000 Disc Capacity.

The answer depends on a couple of factors pertaining to time and/or money. For small to medium quantities and if time and manual labor is not a factor the manual tower would be a better solution. For larger quantities or time and manpower is limited the autoloader would be a wiser investment.

Tower duplicators are best when you have the manpower/time available to continually load and unload each drive as the load cycle is finished. Towers can perform faster per hour than an automated unit due to the time needed for the robotic mechanism to load and unload each drive in the final throughput. But that is subjective based on the quickness of the person(s) loading and unloading the manual tower drives.

Automated duplicators allow for unattended duplication. Once a system is loaded (with up to 1000 discs) the machine can be left alone to duplicate while you are busy doing other tasks or left to run overnight requiring far less human interaction than a manual tower.

Manual tower duplicators are less expensive to purchase compared to most automated systems. If cost is a prohibitive factor then a manual tower is a better solution.

Automated equipment can cost more initially, but since the autoloader can run continuously day and night without any dedicated manpower, you can increase production and lower expenses. The bottom-line is that, for larger quantities, autoloaders costs are often lower in the long run.

This question all depends on the amount of production you have. The Copy Master lite is geared toward medium to mild heavy users who do not have the time or the manpower to dedicate to a large manual tower. With the Copy Master lite's ability to operate continuously overnight without any human interaction, you can run larger quantities of duplications compared to manual towers. The Copy Master lite is the affordable alternative to a larger autoloader and is far more efficient than a manual tower duplicator. For those looking for greater convenience and that industrial reliability, the Copy Master lite is your solution. The Copy Master PRO is geared toward more industrial use with larger volume needs. The Copy Master PRO offers all of the same benefits as the Copy Master lite with significantly more media capacity and more recording drives. When you have greater quantities up to 500 to 1000 discs at a time, the Copy Master PRO is the solution for you. With its ability to run continuously overnight, it will drastically increase your production and lower your manpower hours. When you need volume, you need the Copy Master PRO.

An autoloader is a more proficient means of duplicating a large quantity of CD's, DVD's or Blu-ray discs. This is especially true for those companies that have minimal staff available or would like to run duplications continuously overnight, unsupervised. An autoloader will greatly increase your production capabilities and reduce your need for additional staff to do menial work such as loading and unloading a manual tower. With an autoloader, your staff can concentrate on more pressing matters and make better use of their time. This way your company will not only save money through efficiency, but also increase profits with faster production and turn around.