Canadian company Viryl Technologies is launching a new “global” pressing plant called PhonoHive.
Thanks to this brand new system, record labels can submit orders online and then select the quantities, location, and shipping dates required.
“One lacquer will be cut, and from the mother as many stampers as necessary will be made and shipped to the production plants to ensure quality,” Viryl Technologies told The Vinyl Factory. “Test pressings will be completed at PhonoHive HQ and once approved the job will be distributed to plants for production.
The new technology is made possible because all of the company’s WarmTone pressing machines are connected via “the cloud“.
“On a WarmTone or LiteTone when test pressings are produced, operators save the settings on their machine for that TP, which allows them to re-upload the settings once approved for production. This is a true representation of the test pressing that has been approved. These TP approval settings will be uploaded to each machine involved in global production to ensure consistent quality.”
PhonoHive promises to cut down on shipping costs, saving 15% on orders.
Right now, the new system has been “granted capacity for incoming orders at a set turnaround time of 6-8 weeks.”
Watch a short video explaining the new scheme below.