This partnership enables all Singulus Mastering?s products to utilize DiscTag components.
The DiscTag Enabled workflow uses a unique marker on each layer as a key to retrieve a "Gold Reference" HCRC value and XML metadata from a network location and enable automatic physical testing with HCRC logical verification. The XML metadata contains customer, catalog, format type, and job report information for each application that touches the title. HCRC values provide verification of the replica against the original source data without the need for the original source to be present, while additionally reporting individual miscompare errors by sector and radius location.
There are several possible applications for the DiscTag Enabled workflow in the replication chain, including:
- Automatic Verification ? stamper & replica verifiers can retrieve the DiscTag marker to automatically populate the user interface and start verification with no operator intervention or data entry errors
- Automatic Layer Matching ? stamper & replica verifiers can retrieve the DiscTag marker on each layer to ensure that both layers belong together
- Job Histories/Audit Trails ? plant personnel can lookup job history reports using either the DiscTag from a replica or a host of other parameters, including Customer Name, Catalog ID, Cut Number and Date Range. Reports from each DiscTag Enabled application in the chain are added to the job history reports, so customers can easily pinpoint production issues for a specific title.
Ruud Broers, Product Manager for Singulus Mastering, says, "By making our products DiscTag Enabled, we feel that we provide our customers with an important product that will result in a higher yield due to less errors and easier manufacturing and quality control. In addition to the DMS and AM line of products, also the CrystalLine mastering system for 3rd Generation Optical Disc formats, will become DiscTag enabled."