Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom reported these items from Replitech North America, held June 8-10 in San Francisco.
IRMA ready to test anti-piracy program
The International Recording Media Association has selected two optical-media manufacturing plants as pilot sites to test an anti-piracy certification and compliance program this year.
Sony Disc Manufacturing and Cinram Inc. operate the plants in, respectively, Terre Haute, Ind., and Huntsville, Ala.
Princeton, N.J.-based IRMA has identified standards and procedures to reduce inadvertent replication of pirated materials on compact discs, digital versatile discs and read-only-memory CDs. Director Howard Schwartz said IRMA will introduce the complete program in early 2000.
The effort, which began in October, will attack domestic piracy but can't address Asian practices.
GE Plastics software for material analysis
GE Plastics demonstrated a software-based productivity tool intended to help its customers increase disc productivity and use of new materials and formats.
The proprietary software defines operating limits and process settings based on statistical predictions from a few runs of compact discs or digital versatile discs.
The tool is useful for material analysis and for processing technology and equipment, said John Kaminsky, technical manager with GE Plastics' global media programs in Pittsfield, Mass. Benefits include reduced cycle time, improved production yield and faster evaluation of new materials or formats.
Engineers at GE Plastics and parent General Electric Co.'s corporate research and development center in Schenectady, N.Y., developed the software.