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Rimage names data security and compliance innovator Christopher Rence as President and CEO
Rence, who has held leadership positions at Accenture, FICO, Digital River and EQ Holdings, covers future plans to deliver new solutions to address hybrid data management landscape
Minneapolis—Oct. 27, 2020 — Rimage, a global leader in on-demand digital publishing, has named Christopher Rence president and CEO. With deep expertise in governance and compliance, business continuity and disaster recovery, cloud architecture computing and sustainability, Rence has more than 25 years of experience leading global security and technology transformation for Accenture, FICO, Digital River and EQ Holdings.
“Christopher has a proven track record of successfully creating and executing transformation initiatives. His experience rebuilding technology roadmaps into relevant and highly competitive distribution models is impressive,” said Rick Green, CEO of EQ Holdings, which owns Rimage. “One of Christopher’s greatest strengths is his ability to reimagine technologies, identifying new opportunities that accelerate meaningful innovation and business growth. As Rimage evolves to meet its customers’ needs in the cloud-enabled environment, Christopher will bring operational practicality to Rimage’s tradition of continuous innovation.”
“I’m proud of the out-of-the-box thinking that is emblematic of Rimage’s industry leadership in on-demand publishing,” said Rence. “Despite the obvious challenges of the current business landscape, Rimage is poised to build on our current capabilities with fresh new proprietary solutions to meet growing global demand in new markets. I’m also inspired by Rimage’s meaningful work helping to solve some of society’s most intractable problems. For example, Rimage’s systems have been used by the FBI in the fight against human trafficking and child pornography.”
Rence’s first priority leading the global organization is advancing the Rimage Portfolio, which is designed to address the evolving enterprise data volume and management needs of organizations that require on-premise storage and on-demand publishing solutions for mission-critical applications. Enabled by Rimage’s innovation in robotics, software, and engineering, Rimage’s automation systems can be tailored to any volume and workflow requirements. In addition to Rimage’s CD and DVD™ disc publishing systems, the portfolio will soon include three new solutions:
Maestro: The world’s first digital USB automation platform, Maestro is engineered for continuous performance using industrial grade robotics, direct-to-USB printing and professional recording technologies. Maestro meets the world’s most challenging USB publishing demands for all memory sizes.
Evidence Disc Systems (EDS): Developed for law enforcement, EDS is the industry’s highest-performing, most reliable solution for automatically processing evidence. This platform will provide a springboard for greater data distribution through open access to new markets and technology.
2450: The Rimage 2450 system is a high-performance, front-office solution for automated patient CD/DVD production. With 2450, medical imaging workflow is a fully automated and intelligent in-house robotic solution with a low long-term cost of ownership.
As the range of options for cloud deployments continues to grow and more companies move to a hybrid data management model, the presence and availability of prior generation technology declines. Rimage has a strong history of evolving with technology to support customers’ needs. These new Rimage Portfolio offerings help organizations that continue to rely on removable storage in their data management strategy.
Rimage’s best-in-class solutions enable society’s critical industries like healthcare, government, and law enforcement and more than 22,000 Rimage workflow-integrated systems support businesses throughout the world, including day-to-day disc publishers and organizations that duplicate and print a variety of media as mission-critical components of their daily operations. Rimage systems are used widely throughout the world to effectively archive, protect, and distribute digital information.
About Rimage With over 40 years of innovation, Rimage delivers on-premise, enterprise solutions for archival, compliance and on-demand publishing. As the global leader in on-demand digital publishing, Rimage is a pioneer and innovator in CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc and USB publishing. Over 22,000 Rimage workflow-integrated systems support businesses throughout the world, including day-to-day disc publishers and organizations that duplicate and print a variety of media as critical components of their daily operations. Throughout its history, the company has provided best-in-class workflow-integrated solutions that serve a variety of markets and applications. In July 2014, the company became part of the Equus Holdings portfolio.
Rimage Celebrates 40 years of Service
From its 1978 start, Rimage has been a pioneer and innovator in developing and manufacturing systems for digital data distribution and archiving. From floppy discs of yesterday to today’s optical discs with soaring capacity and unmatched reliability, Rimage has provided best-in-class workflow-integrated solutions that serve a variety of markets and applications. Along the way, Rimage pioneered the professional direct-to-disc printing technology widely used today, with the highest standards for full-color printing on optical media.
By combining engineering expertise in robotics and digital media with software that provides the powerful brain behind automated disc creation, Rimage has led the industry for 40 years. Today, over 22,000 Rimage workflow-integrated systems support businesses throughout the world, including day-to-day disc publishers and organizations that duplicate and print a variety of media as mission-critical components of their daily operations. This 40th anniversary marks Rimage’s continued commitment to being the leading provider of on-demand digital publishing solutions and services.
“The legacy of Rimage has been created through decades of dedicated employees, trusted partners and committed customers,” notes Chris Heim, Rimage CEO. “Our 40th anniversary is an exciting and honorable milestone for everyone that has been part of this amazing company. The legacy continues, with a number of leading-edge development projects that will guide us into the future. Congratulations to our entire team.”
Rimage® Announces Newest Generation in the Producer Series – Producer™ V
Rimage Producer V systems provide a new, high-quality option for large-volume disc publishing
Rimage Corporation, a global leader in optical media publishing, announced today that it has added a new generation to the Producer™ series – the Rimage Producer V disc publishing system. The Producer series is the most powerful line of disc publishing systems from Rimage, engineered for 24×7 performance. With industrial grade robotics, direct-to-disc printing and professional recording technologies, Producer V meets the world’s most challenging disc publishing demands for CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs™. Producer V systems are shipping now and are available globally through Rimage partners and system integrators.
Rimage is also introducing the new Everest® Encore™ printer for Producer V systems, which offers permanent vibrant color with thermal retransfer printing. The Everest Encore printer features removable retransfer and print ribbon carriages for convenience.
Chris Heim, CEO of Rimage, explains, “During the past two years, we have revamped our entire lineup of disc publishing systems. The launch of our new Producer V system and Everest Encore printer marks the pinnacle of this journey. The Producer V includes several innovations including SSD startup, HDD cache, increased processing speed, filtered positive airflow, and front-removeable hard drives. Our customers rely on Rimage to provide mission-critical functionality and high-quality standards. From our entry-level Allegro™ to our mid-market Catalyst™ and our flagship Producer V, we have a system for every budget, print style and publishing capacity.”
Rimage Producer V is a best-in-class system that combines rugged durability and your choice of thermal disc printer: either the new Everest Encore or the Prism III™. This offers an ideal package to customers who require both the highest performance and high volumes. Additional features include:
Industrial grade robotic components throughout the entire system
Filtered positive airflow for optimal performance in all conditions
Four quick-release front-swappable recorders and front-facing hard drive bays for improved usability
400-disc carousel and external bin that supports four different simultaneous media types
Lockable door, digital status display, lighter frame, sleek design
Rimage Software Suite 9.4 for the latest features in automating all aspects of disc publishing
Choice of Producer V 8300N, which contains an embedded PC, and Producer V 8300, which requires an external PC
Rimage Europe GmbH Celebrates 25 Years of Business
September 2017 marked the 25th anniversary for Rimage Europe GmbH, the largest dedicated manufacturer of disc publishing systems in Europe and worldwide.
Rimage Europe GmbH has grown from a small local company to an internationally recognized supplier of disc publishing systems and consumables. The anniversary of our European location in Dietzenbach marks our continued commitment to being the leading provider of on-demand digital publishing solutions and services. In September 2017, we invited our partners to spend time with us celebrating our anniversary and getting a sneak preview of the “Rimage future.”
Managing Director, Frank Rotermund stated, “We have achieved this milestone through hard work and the dedication of our entire organization. For the last 25 years Rimage has dedicated itself to providing our customers with highest quality in products and services.”
Rimage® Announces New Product Line – Allegro Series
Rimage Corporation, a global leader in disc publishing systems, announced today that it is expanding its product line with the new Rimage Allegro™ series of disc publishing systems. The Allegro series features high-quality color inkjet printing in a compact, desktop system, ideal for small offices and medical facilities. Allegro 20 features one recorder and one bin that holds up to 20 discs, and Allegro 100 has two recorders and two bins that hold up to 100 total discs. Pre-orders for Allegro systems are accepted as of November 1, and systems will be available in early December. The Allegro series will be available globally through Rimage partners and system integrators.
All Rimage Allegro systems come complete with industry-leading Rimage software, creating a high-quality, cost-effective solution for low to moderate volumes of disc production. Rimage Software Suite (RSS) – refined over decades – provides robust and dynamic features for the entire range of Rimage disc publishing systems, from Allegro to the powerful Producer systems used 24×7 in the most demanding production environments.
Chris Heim, CEO of Rimage, explains, “This announcement reflects the ongoing commitment that Rimage is making to on-demand digital publishing. Allegro is a high-quality system with full color inkjet printing, creating an affordable entry point into the proven line of Rimage disc publishing systems. Demand is strong in the medical market for DICOM image distribution, where Allegro is a perfect fit. As well, many small businesses and remote corporate offices will find Allegro optimal for their needs.”
Rimage® Announces New Product Line – Catalyst Series
Rimage Catalyst™ systems provide a new, high-quality option for medium-volume disc publishing
Minneapolis, MN – February 1, 2016 – Rimage Corporation, a global leader in optical media publishing, announced today that it is expanding its product line with the new Rimage Catalyst™ series of disc publishing systems. Catalyst is a re-engineered system tailored to customers that need industrial-grade durability, interchangeable printers, and compact size for medium-volume production needs. The series includes Catalyst 6000N, which contains an embedded PC, and Catalyst 6000, which requires an external PC. Catalyst systems will begin shipping in mid-February and will be available globally through Rimage partners and system integrators.
Chris Heim, CEO of Rimage, explains, “Catalyst, as its name implies, is designed to be a change-agent for our market. We analyzed everything – customer feedback, market trends, service logs, printing preferences, component durability, and usage patterns. Starting from the ground up, we engineered a new system that incorporates our most durable components, interchangeable printers, air filtration innovations, new usability features, and a small-footprint frame. Catalyst is a best-in-class system that is unlike anything else in the market.”
Rimage Catalyst is the perfect hybrid of the rugged durability of Producer, with the features of a Professional system. This offers an ideal package to customers who require the highest performance but do not have the high volume requirements or budget to justify a Producer system. Features include:
Ruggedized Producer™ series robotic components throughout the entire system
Best-in-class printing with interchangeable Everest® 600 and Prism III™ thermal disc printers
New positive-pressure air filtration system for dust control
Quick-release recorders and front-facing hard drive bays for improved usability
150-disc carousel and external bin that supports three different simultaneous media types
Lockable door, digital status readout, compact frame, sleek design
Rimage Software Suite 9.1 for the latest features in automating all aspects of disc publishing
“This announcement reflects the ongoing commitment that Rimage is making to on-demand digital publishing. Catalyst is a fully-featured system with proven, high-quality components, optimized to serve a wide range of markets including medical, manufacturing-on-demand, sales and marketing, finance, sports and entertainment, education, and more,” said Craig Conti, VP of product management. “We are excited to add Catalyst to our proven line of disc publishing systems.”
Rimage Acquires Technology from CustomCD
In September 2015, Rimage purchased technology from privately-held CustomCD, the world’s leading provider of turnkey and SaaS solutions that enable fulfillment of fully-personalized on-demand media products. Capabilities include end-to-end solutions for various vertical industries, such as download software and games, online photo and video services, hosted email providers, employee development and training, music, movies, and entertainment.
Supported digital media formats include optical media, USB drives, SD cards, and HDD drives. Capabilities include a wide variety of packaging formats including disc mailers, jewel cases, DVD cases, library cases, and more. Complete back-end production and order fulfillment is provided with capabilities such as custom printing, packaging, shipping, and credit card processing. The company has developed a fully-featured Application Program Interface (API) as well as an online portal.
To complement its line of high-performance disc publishing systems, Rimage intends to rebrand these capabilities as Rimage Fulfillment Services (RFS) and expand market penetration into additional markets and regions. Today, operations are located in Portland, Oregon and serve worldwide customers. To meet regional business demand, Rimage plans to introduce a facility in Germany to support European operations. RFS is a great addition to the Rimage product line as customers continue to seek low cost alternatives for providing their digital content to end users.
Rimage Announces Alan Chang as New Vice President of Asia-Pacific Region
In July 2015, Alan Chang joined Rimage as our vice president, Asia-Pacific region. The creation of this new key leadership role with local presence demonstrates Rimage’s commitment to expand our growth strategies in the region.
“Alan brings significant leadership experience with technology companies,” said Chris Heim, CEO of Rimage. “He will be a great addition to the team and will play a key role in driving our broader Asia-Pacific strategy including business development, market planning and supply chain management.”
Chang has more than 25 years of experience in business development and operations including work for companies such as Hewlett Packard®, Compaq®, Apple Computer®, ViewSonic®, Sun Microsystems® and LeadTek Research®. Chang has led operational teams and developed revenue growth strategies throughout the Asia-Pacific region including Taiwan, China, Korea, India, Singapore and Japan.
Rimage adds California facility
In June 2015, Rimage added a new facility in California, which handles consumables including CDs, DVDs, ribbons, ink, and media kits and final assembly and shipping of Professional™ systems. The California facility jointly serves Rimage and its sister companies within the Equus Holdings portfolio.
Rimage Celebrates 10 Years of Service with Anniversary of Tokyo Location
In May 2015, Rimage celebrated 10 years of delivering innovative, local solutions within the Japanese market. In the decade since establishing operations at our Tokyo location, Rimage Japan has gained significant market share within the healthcare imaging, financial, law enforcement, and media and entertainment applications throughout Japan. The anniversary of our Tokyo location marks our continued commitment to being the leading provider of in country on-demand digital publishing solutions and services.
In 2005, Rimage Japan was created to serve the growing medical industry in Japan with optical disc publishing systems, imaging workflow software and image viewers as the health care industry in Japan transitioned from film to digital DICOM image distribution of patient records. Today Rimage Japan is the leader in supporting the medical industry, as well as a variety of commercial and enterprise applications, with a wide range of products that utilize CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs™ to effectively archive, protect, and distribute digital information.
“Ten years ago we saw the opportunity for Rimage to become a full solution provider to the changing healthcare industry in Japan,” said Chris Heim, CEO of Rimage. “Today we’re able to deliver a full range of solutions serving a wide variety of markets with an in-country team approach including sales, channel partners, fulfillment, service and support, and custom integrators. On this ten-year anniversary of the opening of our Tokyo office, we recognize the contributions of our entire team and believe Rimage Japan is well-positioned for continued growth.”
Rimage Software Suite 9.0 Adds New Features
RSS 9.0, released in March 2015, introduced a new installer for the software and a new QuickDisc Client setup. An updated QuickDisc user interface makes it easier for experienced users to use the software while still being intuitive to use for a novice. With this release, Network Publisher capabilities are provided directly within the Rimage Software Suite. Both the Rimage System Manager application and the WebRSM version were updated, and Rimage Production Server has a new PDF printing engine. Rimage Image Server, the software that takes your data and creates an image that can be recorded to optical disc, also has new capabilities.
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