High resolution. Your industrial CD printer must be able to print professional-quality images fast. Among the best printers in the market are those with at least 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution, and more than 16 million colors. It should likewise have the latest in color layering technology that allows for better-quality printing and faster drying times.
Cheaper ‘thermal transfer’ brands are also available. Their resolutions are lower then picture-quality printers, but they are just as good and productive when used properly. Go for simpler two-color printers with at least 610 x 305 dpi resolution if you are on a budget. They usually stretch your dollar to the maximum, because their color ribbons can do as many as 700 prints before replacement is necessary.
Best of all, thermal printers print directly on the disc surface, so the images become permanent and resistant to fading or smearing.
Security and control features. Many industrial printers are now enabled to print serializes discs with the latest ‘auto incrementing’ alphanumeric strings that you determine. Less expensive versions can print bar codes, which are just as effective.
Expandability and connectivity. Choose an industrial CD printer that you can later equip with more CD burners, in case you have to step up production in the future. It should be compatible with different CD printing software and have expandable character, font and language database. Your industrial CD printer must likewise be easily linkable to any computer using USB.