How Long Does a DVD Burner Last?

By · Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

DVD Burner DuplicatorWhen buying a new Accutower DVD/CD duplicator, customers often ask us what the expected lifespan of the machine will be. To answer that question, we need to talk about a concept that is frequently used in rating machinery called the duty cycle.

The duty cycle is a measurement of how much time a machine spends in operation divided by the total amount of time in a specific period. To illustrate what I am talking about, let me give you an example using a common piece of construction equipment: a front-end loader.

Let’s say a construction company buys a new front-end loader and plans to use it eight hours per day, five days per week. Given that there are about 720 hours in an average month, the machine would be operational for approximately 160 of those hours (8 hours per day * 5 days per week * 4 weeks in a month = 160 hours/month). Now, we simply divide the operational time by the total time to get the duty cycle! Therefore, 160/720 = 0.22, or 22%.

A duty cycle of 0% means that the machine is not running at all, while a duty cycle of 100% means the machine is running continuously throughout the entire period of time during which it is being measured. A duty cycle of 22% is pretty low, compared to other companies who might run their equipment at 70-90% duty cycles.

So what does this have to do with CD duplicators? Just like construction equipment, the lifespan of a CD/DVD duplication tower can be affected by the duty cycle (or, how much the machine is used). The amount of time the machine spends recording discs (per day, week, month, or year) will affect how long it lasts.

Let’s say for example that two different customers purchase two identical machines on the same date. Customer A records approximately 40 discs per month copying sermons for his church. Customer B records approximately 1,200 discs per month producing copies of wedding videos for his clients.

After one year, Customer A will have copied just 480 discs while Customer B will have copied 14,400 discs! Wow! What a difference.  With his much higher duty cycle, Customer B is putting a lot more mileage on his machine per month than Customer A.

Duplicator towers with heavy duty cycles will have a shorter lifespan than those which are on a lighter duty cycle. A heavily-used DVD duplicator may last anywhere from 1 to 3 years, while a machine that is used less often can last 5 years or more! We have plenty of customers out there who have been using our Accutower duplicators for six or more years and still have them running today!

So if you have been thinking about buying a duplicator tower, remember that the life of the machine does depend on how hard you use it. In general, most folks can count on their machines lasting a couple of years or more with normal use.

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