Primera Bravo 4100 CD/DVD Publisher Speed Test
This week, we’ve talked about the features and benefits of the new Bravo 4100 Series disc publishers. We’ve put them against the competition to see how they stack up. Now, it’s time to take a look at the real-world performance of these machines. How long does it take to actually get a job done? We’re going to analyze the data and give you an idea of what to expect from the new Primera units.
As I mentioned in the previous article, the Bravo 4100 autoprinter and publisher models are extremely fast. Printing a full color disc in six seconds is impressive, but how does that help you? Well, it means that you can save a lot of time when printing jobs. The big question is, how much time?
A thermal CD/DVD printer such as a TEAC P-55 takes an average of 2 minutes to print a entire disc. Printing 100 discs would take at least 200 minutes, or about 3 hours and 20 minutes. That doesn’t include the time it takes to load and unload the discs, or any time spent changing the ribbon or transfer roll.
With a machine like the Bravo 4100, the six-second print time means that the whole operation moves a lot faster. Six seconds is equal to one-tenth of a minute, so printing 100 discs would take about 10 minutes. Please note that this figure includes printing time only, not the time necessary for the robotics to pick, transport, and unload the discs. It also does not account for discs which also need to be burned.
Of course, most people looking at purchasing a high-end disc publisher are planning on printing more than just a hundred discs. In order to calculate throughput, they need to know how many discs a machine can produce per hour. Statistics published by Primera Technology indicate that an average machine from a competitor can print 30 discs per hour. A machine from another competitor can print 67 discs per hour.
When looking at the Bravo 4102 publisher, the manufacturer rates its output at 150 discs per hour. When you factor in burn time for recording CD or DVD discs, the number of finished discs will be less than 150. However, if you’re only using the Bravo to print and are making copies with a tower duplicator, then it is not an issue.
Still, 150 discs per hour is an extremely impressive figure. The Bravo 4100 is absolutely the fastest thing with an inkjet print head attached. If The only thing you have to ask yourself is: how much is your time worth?