Multimedia

Modern Technology Aids the Rise in Vinyl Record Sales

11 October 2017

When was the last time you listened to a vinyl record? Do you own or even remember vinyl records? You may be surprised to learn that while CD sales are down 20 percent and digital downloads are down 19 percent, vinyl sales have actually increased by 2 percent in the first six months of 2017 following a 25-year high in 2016. Sales of vinyl albums rose from 6.22 million to 6.36 million units, thanks in part to 39,000 copies of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It seems that people still crave that classic vinyl sound.

While vinyl records have been around since the late 1800s, that doesn't mean that the equipment used to produce them is out-of-date. Viryl Technologies has altered the traditional manufacturing press and has designed and manufactured new disc pressing equipment using modern technology. The result is the WarmTone Record Press.

Records are produced using a three-step process.

  1. Lacquer masters are cut with a lathe.
  2. The masters are then sent to be electro-formed into a nickel-based stamper that is used for pressing.
  3. The record is pressed by extruding PVC under high pressure.

The WarmTone addresses the pressing step of the process. The machine is a modern, fully-automated machine capable of pressing a record in less than 30 seconds. In addition to faster cycle times, the press is also highly reliable and produces less waste. A touchscreen interface is used to control the machine and sensors provide real-time status updates and analytics to a remote computer or smartphone.

Visit Viryl Technologies for additional information at http://www.viryltech.com

To contact the author of this article, email ken.thayer@ieeeglobalspec.com


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