Apr 03

Disc Replication Explained

What is disc replication?

Simply put, it’s a way of stamping data on to a disc rather than burning which is called duplication.

To replicate a disc your master is taken and a glass master is created. From this glass master a set of stampers are made. High tech injection moulds are then used to making exact clones from the stamper. A coat of reflective aluminium foil is then applied along with a protective lacquer and this is sealed with UV light. From here the discs are taken for either silk screen or litho printing – a wide range of packaging options are then available. The most common forms of packaging used are printed card wallets or PVC wallets which are machine packed.

It is a professional production process and the way that retail products would be produced.

The process takes place in a factory and takes between 7 -10 days at most plants.

Disc Replication

Disc Replication

Which is best, replication or duplication?

If you need more than 500 copies of a CD or 1000 copies of a DVD then replication will be the best option as it’s more cost effective. Occasionally we offer a mix of the two processes if some discs are needed earlier.  We can help advise you on what is the best for your specific requirements.

Disc Replication

Disc Replication

Why is there a minimum run for replication?

The initial set up for producing the glass master and formatting the machinery is expensive. Once configured the production costs for each unit is low and therefore unit costs come down significantly with higher volume runs, unlike duplication. If you do need less than 500 units but specifically want replication then we can help, but the unit costs will be quite high.

If you would like any help or advice on which production method would best suit your needs please contact one of our experienced Account Managers on 01264 335118 or email info@handisc.co.uk.

Thank you

Handisc Team