Our guide to Microfiche, Microfilm and Aperture Card Scanning and Conversion
Our guide to microfilm and microfiche scanning details the processes, the advantages and how we can help, all in an easy-to-follow PDF. Download it here.
Microfiche Scanning | Microfilm Scanning Services
Microfiche scanning and Microfilm scanning is a vital process for businesses, organisations and individuals alike. Film media including microfiche and microfilm, as well as more well known media including film negatives are now increasingly more difficult to access and view in the digital age.
At Pearl Scan, we pride ourselves in offering high quality microfilm and microfiche scanning services as well as offering solutions for aperture card, film negatives and slides, and have offered this service for the last decade updating our equipment on a yearly basis.
With our ISO 9001:2000 accreditation we ensure that all of your data is kept confidential, safe and secure and that all of our conversion projects are completed to the very best quality.
With the microfiche and microfilm scanning process, all of these documents are converted into digital files which can be stored on CDs, DVDs, on your local network or even securely online for easy access from any location.
- Advantages of microfilm and microfiche conversion
- Why Digitisation
- How it works
- Other Services
Main Advantages of Microfilm and Microfiche Scanning
Storing documents away on microfiche or microfilm is now an outdated method of data archiving. These films can easily be lost or damaged and finding one file from a film or fiche slide is not an easy task. There are plenty of advantages to microfilm and microfiche conversion but here are a list of some of the main ones:
- Save on costs and time spent on recovering and storing files
- No more time wasted searching through film reels and microfiche slides to find one particular file
- Documents and records can be kept safe and backed up electronically many times in lots of different locations
- Access any filmed document instantly without leaving your desk
- Create more office space by removing any boxes of film reels and drawers of microfiche slides
- Historic public records could even be uploaded online for the public to view which saves time on retrieving records at the office
Your first thought when you went searching for a solution to gain access to the contents of your film was probably to get a machine or a reader on which to view them, however it is not the best choice when it comes to convenience and flexibility as well as cost.
The price of a microfiche or microfilm reader or microfilm printer often far outweighs its actual usage due to the time spent on using it. By outsourcing the microfilm and microfiche for scanning and conversion, you would receive a CD, DVD or Flash drive with all documents available in either PDF, Word, TIFF, JPEG or any other digital file type that you prefer.
Once the images are scanned, the quality will be as high as the originals with all specific document details captured. These images are usually scanned in greyscale mode in high resolution depending on the quality needed. In the case of 35mm microfiche and microfilm, they often contain large format drawings or newspapers but output would be to the same size as when they were originally transfered onto the film itself so there will be no loss in quality or size.
Once the files are indexed and organised electronically it is easier to locate any specific document you are looking for. On top of this digital files are more flexible than ever and you will be able to print from them, copy them, email them to colleagues and even edit them.
Microfilm and microfiche conversion is a much better choice to buying or even renting a microfiche or microfilm reader. It's better value, gives lasting results and saves time and space.
How the Microfiche Scanning Process Works
Microfiche and microfilms are sent to our offices via courier or Royal Mail Special Delivery or we can arrange for them to be picked up by our secure courier if you wish. Upon delivery to our head scanning bureau where our experienced microfilm and microfiche scanning staff use top quality microfilm and microfiche scanners while carefully checking the quality of each individually scanned document after conversion.
Once the microfiche and microfilms have been scanned, the digital files are converted to whichever electronic format you prefer. They are later enhanced and each document is indexed to your specific requirements. This way you can quickly locate any required documents easily.
Other Scanning and Conversion Services
Aperture Card Scanning & Slide Scanning
Aperture card scanning is a similar service we provide. These cards will often hold images on like engineering drawings, plans or detailed diagrams. They are quite similar to the microfiche storage method and contain images on each card. Once these images are electronically converted they are usually saved in TIFF or PDF format.
Our slide scanning and photograph scanning services use a similar process by converting slides which contain photographs or documents. This ensures the data is kept safely in one place instead of keeping a large collection of small individual slides or photographs. This can be time consuming to sort and search through. Slide scanning and photograph scanning also offers the ability to create slide shows and movies using the scanned images.
Our data protection agreements ensure that all files scanned are always kept highly confidential with our strict security policies in place.
Our scanning bureau staff have over 30 years of combined experience in the industry so all of your documents will always be in professional hands.
All of our scanning services are carefully audited by a third party to ensure we are doing our very best to look after your data. And as signified with our ISO 9001:2000 accreditation we have one of the most professional services that can be offered in our field.