[Videolib] Re: Disc-Go-Pod (David Wright)

James Scholtz (jimscholtz@sdln.net)
Mon, 26 Jul 2004 23:12:52 -0400

At 09:08 PM 7/15/2004 +0000, you wrote:
>I would love to have a copy of the article for our upcoming links section
>on our website -assuming it wouldn't infringe on any rights. I also
>wanted to correct a couple of comments in the disc repair references I
>have recently seen.

Hi David, I'm sure that you can have/get a copy of the article from LJ -
Just call Ann Kim (866) 436-0727 and ask her for a copy - she may even be
able to e-mail you a copy rather than via snail mail. I signed a copyright
release so I'm not at liberty to provide you with a copy for web
publication - you'll have to ask for permission. I can, however, send you
a hard copy of the entire magazine - just let me know and give me an
address to send it. Also, regarding your comments below - the Eco Sr. was
advertised at PLA at $6995 (only an empty shell was there - no components
yet.) Actually, I have considered an article comparing outsourcing with
purchase of a repair unit, but at the time, there were not very many
outsourcers and also, there are lots of different variables in
comparing/evaluating outsourcing vs. purchase (comparing machine prices and
features plus performance is much easier). I might just do that - and your
the first person I'd get in touch with. Thanks. Jim S.

>The ECO Sr and Azura One Touch Pro models are not $3,000 to $4,000. The
>initial cost of these automated multiple repair units is $15,000 to
>$16,000. I know both RTI and Azura continue to indicate that pricing on
>these units will increase shortly. This doesn't include the ongoing cost
>of maintenance and supplies. While the single discs machines are indeed
>much less expensive, the ongoing supplies and labor costs make these
>machines more expensive in the long run! Obviously, you have to be
>repairing a large number of discs to justify the cost of the automated
>Also, I was curious if you have considered writing an article evaluating
>the idea of outsourcing and vendors for disc repair service. We seem to
>service a significant number of accounts that send us 50 to 100 discs a
>year. The cost of the machines, time commitments and training necessary,
>coupled with the potential for inexperienced operator error leading to
>lost discs seems to warrant consideration of this alternative.
>I understand your comment regarding the frustration with the media itself.
> I have often thought that societies acceptance of a seemingly improved
>media format has led to our prosperity when in reality it seems that it
>has end up costing society more to adapt this medium.
>However, we have tested our pro machines to determine the potential number
>of successful repair. Depending on how badly we have repeatedly scratched
>them, they are capable of being repaired 7 to 15 times before the discs
>seems to weaken to the point of required replacement. There are indeed
>some discs that have been bent (wrecking the foil layer), gouged
>(penetrating the foil) dropped (cracking edges or hubs) or simply run over
>(before you laugh, I have a picture of one with actual tire tracks on the
>disc!) that are not repairable. Still, we have in excess of a 98% success
>rate on over 40,000 discs repaired year-to-date. I do believe there is
>substantial improvement in the flat-on-flat, fully automated machines
>versus the single disc "rounding" machines on the market.
>Clearly the medium is going to be around for the forseeable future and I
>think it is beneficial to all libraries to consider how they will deal
>with this issue from a maintenance cost standpoint. I stand by my
>previous claim that for most outsourcing is the most beneficial solution.
>Look forward to your response (after tennis that is!).
>David Wright
>Videolib mailing list

James C. Scholtz, Director
Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut St.
Yankton, SD 57078