I got into the CD duplication business in 1998 because it seemed like something fun. It started as a hobby and a way to convert my DAT tapes to a media that I could listen to in my car. Before I knew it we were fully occupied with everything from duplicating CDs and DVDs to printing and then wrapping. As a small time operator without the budget for wrapping machines that cost upwards of $50,000.00, we like many others, looked for a solution that was less expensive and easier to maintain. Understanding that manual labor would be involved in order to bring the price point down on the machinery we began our journey.
At the time our options were a variety of shrink wrap machines and a couple of choices for manual over wrapping. The over wrapping machines were pretty clumsy, unreliable and the consumables were expensive. So we picked shrink wrapping as our solution. Spent over $3,000.00 for a semi-auto unit and have honestly never liked the machine. We still use it for certain ultra thin projects like eco sleeves but there have been more curse words uttered at this particular piece of gear than anything else we have ever owned. In addition to our own distaste for this method our customers also didn't like it. Most of them wanted the more professional looking folded corner of an over wrap method. So we moved on to over wrapping.
After sorting through the existing products out there that met this criteria of low price, low cost consumables and somewhat efficient use we developed our own product. We have been manufacturing Xopax machines now for over two years and couldn't be happier. The product has been incredibly reliable and we use it daily in our CD and DVD duplication business. Not only are our duplication customers happy with their retail ready disc packages but we've sold hundreds of these to companies all over the world to wrap not only CD and DVD products but a myriad of other products as well. We also built a tear strip option which made our customers even happier.
It's somewhat ironic to me that one of the most difficult segments of our optical disc production facility isn't the technical aspects of making quality discs but the plastic wrap that we finish it with. We work hard to make it look perfect and then they pull the tear strip, peel away the plastic film and... throw it away!
Here are some YouTube links that relate to this topic:
CD Jewel Box Overwrapper
CD Slimline Jewel Box Wrapping Machine
Tear Strip Accessory