Microfiche Scanning Services | UK based Film Conversion
Microfiche scanning has become a necessity these days for organisations and individuals alike. Microfiche were esentially the way we stored documents long before we had digital files and electronic archiving, so it makes sense now, what with dwindling support for microfiche and microfiche readers, that we would convert our microfiche to digital files so we can access them.
What is Microfiche Scanning?
Microfiche scanning is a way of extracting the data contained on microfiche images and converting them to digital files which can be read on computers, tablets and smart phones. When microfiche is scanned it is run through a specialist scanner which is operated by hand to capture a digital image of what is on the microfiche itself. This image is then converted to a familiar digital format such as PDF, TIFF or JPEG depending upon preferences.
What are Microfiche and why were they used?
Microfiche slides are a document storage format which were very popular decades ago. This is because it was easier to store these documents on a microfiche rather than keep them stored away as paper documents.
A Microfiche is a 105 x 148 mm film holding many small images of singular archived documents. It is better known as a 16mm microfiche, a jacketed 16mm microfiche or a COM fiche. Microfiche either hold a maximum of around 60 or 270 images per slide. This will depend on what type/size of microfiche you have. There are also 35mm microfiche which contain images that are double in size and typically hold large format drawings, broadsheet newspapers and other large items. There are usually upwwards of six of these per sleeve. If you'd like to know more about the types of microfiche, take a look at our PDF here.
Now that we are moving into the digital age it is becoming more beneficial to have these archived files available electronically. Microfiche scanning ensures that these can be securely backed up electronically, multiple times and accessed instantly. This is a difficult to manage process with microfiche slides.
Digitising your businesses fiche makes good sense. It gives extra peace of mind that your valuable documents can be stored in a compact and easily accessible way.
Check out our guide to Microfiche Scanning
Our guide to microfiche and microfilm scanning details the processes, the plus points and how we can help, all in one PDF. Download it here.
- Why choose to digitise
- Types of Microfiche and Microfilm
- More Information
Microfiche Reader vs Converting: Why Conversion is the superior choice
Although a Microfiche Reader might make sense initially, they can be quite heavy, cumbersome machines and also very expensive. Even second-hand machines can cost around £3000.
That's why it makes more sense to take up a scanning and conversion service. Not only is it a great investment for your organisation, it's also more productive as multiple members of staff will be able to view the scanned Microfiche files digitally from their individual computers. One Microfiche Reader can only allow one member of staff use at one time. So not only is scanning a space saver, it's also an incredible cost saver in both staff hours and finances in comparison to the purchase of one Microfiche Reader.
And by using Pearl Scan for your scanning you can also have our exclusive search software so you'll be able to search and get quick results.
How will digitising my fiche help me?
- With microfiche scanning multiple file backups can be made and one CD can hold many fiche images. This offers peace of mind that the data is all securely backed up
- Locate any document simply using a text search rather than searching through each fiche to find that one page
- Archived scanned documents can be stored on a network so that relevant staff can access electronic files at any time
- Documents can be distributed easier electronically via e-mail or online hosting eliminating the need to print, post or fax them which saves on costs
- OCR (Optical Character Recognition) conversion also makes any fiche documents fully text editable and text searchable
OCR conversion for Microfiche Scanning
When the fiche are scanned in they can be scanned and converted regularly as flat images or they can be scanned in much more detail using OCR scanning. This can read and convert any text on the images. Once converted this text can be used by anyone afterwards as a reference. The document then becomes text searchable so that any keyword can be found quickly throughout the documents' pages.
This adds further convenient access to the data and is especially useful if you need to use the documents for editing purpose in Microsoft Word or Excel.
Microfiche Scanning and Indexing
As well as the fiche/microfilm scanning process we also provide specific document indexing. The scanned files can be indexed to your exact specification or laid out just as the original fiche/microfilms. Here are some examples of how documents are often indexed:
- Reference Number
- Drawing Number / Plan Name
- Client Name
Free Document search, View, Print and e-mail Software!
To make any fiche or microfilm conversion process easy for document retrieval, we can include our FREE file search software as a part of the microfiche scanner service.
This user friendly software is available on CD. It is designed for non-technical users and will start up as soon as you insert the disk. By typing in any file name in the search box it will instantly display any requested document on your screen. From this you can email, print and distribute any document. Previously this was a long winded process when held on the slides which is another benefit of microfiche scanning.
We also offer Microfilming Services!
If you wish to have your documents archived onto a microfilm or to a jacketed microfiche we can supply the required services and convert
For information on an electronic document management system which manages your electronically stored documents click here.
Call Pearl Scan on 0161 832 7991 for more information on our services and latest offers, or get yourself a FREE online microfiche scanning quote.