2Print - Optical Media UV Digital Printer
Back in the early eighties, when the optical disc was first introduced, it was considered a giant leap forward for audio storage and reproduction. For many years this new format was produced solely by the major record companies in clean-room environments, with both operators and support staff dressed ready for the next mission to the moon!
In the early days, the job run quantity of discs, produced for each album, was very large with single runs being in the tens of thousands. Today, with the advent of the internet and just-in-time production infra-structures, those run quantities per job, have become much smaller with multiple simultaneous job runs being the norm in all companies, large and small; thus making the printing process a serious bottleneck to production and above all very costly.
Tapematic began research in 2002, and immediately gained vast experience with the UV inkjet process and general know-how. In 2005, when technology allowed acceptable print quality, Tapematic produced the world's first optical disc printer and called it the “2Print”.
With a foundation of thirty years in building machinery for tape loading, Tapematic went about producing a practical machine, and one that allowed customers to simply print discs without complication or altering the method established process. The simple inclusion of an in-line white flood station, standard spindles, and a deliberate offset print quality, has endorsed the 2Print as being the accepted method to digitally print a disc, being adopted by large and small producers alike.
The advantages of digital printing are obvious, giving the concept immediate success with many tens of units being sold within the first year of its launch.
Today, 2Print is offered in two versions; the 4S and 6S, the 4S being a 4 colour plus white machine, while the 6S is 6 colour plus white. In addition to the fast turnaround and job change time of 20 seconds, the inkjet printing process does not produce any twisting, distortion or unbalance of the disc; with there being no contact with the disc during printing, (with the amount of ink laid down being under 10 microns), thus making it perfect for printing onto Blu Ray, and indeed any type of optical media.
For entry into the world of high output digital printing, 2Print 4S is a four-color UV printer, equipped with an inline silk-screen module to apply the white flood. It guarantees high-quality print, 20-second job changeover time and cost per disc below 0.01 Euro cents, with full automation, serialisation and an output of up to 1800 disc per hour.
Our top of the line industrial digital printer, 2Print 6S, is a six-colour UV printer equipped with inline silk-screen module to apply the white flood. It guarantees an amazingly impressive 6 colour high-quality print, 20 second job changeover time and cost per disc below 0.01 Euro cents, with full automation, serialisation and an output of up to 1800 disc per hour.