TapematicCD Printer

Tapematic history

Tapematic has for well over three decades been at the very top of our industry when it comes to leadership in the manufacturing of machinery to produce the final product. From audio through video to optical disc and everything in between we have pioneered with not only innovative ideas, but have put these ideas into practice in a functional, robust and operator friendly machine.

Magnetic Storage Media

The Philips audiocassette when launched was the world’s first truly portable media for audio reproduction. It was not intended to be a replacement for the vinyl record, but its size, ease of use and the fact that you could record on it, very quickly made it a mass media product requiring an automated production process to allow vast quantities to be produced with minimum personnel. The major downside to any existing machinery was the ‘wasted’ downtime when changing the tape reel/spool or ‘pancake’. When Tapematic introduced a revolutionary dual supply pancake machine, which totally eliminated the any change-over time, resulted in an overnight success. The technology used in the audio field was passed to the video sector, making the VHS video loader yet another number one world-wide. During these twenty odd years of ‘tape’, Tapematic worked along side major tape producers such as BASF, AGFA, TDK to produce specialised and proprietary machinery for the loading of memory backup cartridges and professional cassettes for video cam recorders. Over a twenty year period we designed and built around fifty different models for various products, from the micro cassette for voice recorders to the maxi Beta cam for outside broadcast cam recorders. Another invention which Tapematic launched onto the market was the static master for the duplication of audiocassettes. The traditional method used until that time was to run an endless loop of tape round and round at high speed 32 and 64 times faster than real time. This was not a very good solution as there are to many downsides associated with mechanical handling of the tape. To have the ‘music’ in a bank of memory chips and play it back at 160 times real speed was at that time a marvel within our industry considering the technology available at the time.

Optical disc equipment

When we started to manufacture machinery in this sector, all of the manufacturers at that time where what is ‘integrators’ meaning they purchased item and devices and mounted them together using even manipulators purchased as a final product and integrated all these items into a long process line. Tapematic was the first equipment manufacturer to design, manufacture and assemble a complete machine using in-house metallizers, lacquer dosing units and spin bowls all housed within a single cabinet.

Digital Printing

Our concept of using a digital printer for optical discs goes back many years and stems from the general issues surrounding printing when the quantity of discs for any single title drops below 1000. And they certainly were dropping due to the ever increasing back catalogue which meant that the volume for any individual title was small and with the introduction of the America’s ‘Just In Time’ where warehouses no longer existed. Printing small quantities at a time with conventional printers such as off-set and silk screen will in a production environment cause a bottleneck, but more importantly the cost per disc escalates out of control. The solution in theory was there, print using a digital process, but in practice this dream was still a long way off because the technology required was still not quiet there. Nevertheless Tapematic knew that with its thirty plus years of experience in product handling, and a history of producing innovative and revolutionary machinery we would be able to make a printer and work together with suppliers to develop a machine that would allow large and small companies to benefit from the world of digital printing. By 2005 we had a working machine and by 2006 it was marketed, in less than a year 30 2Prints have been sold and has become yet another industry standard.