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Aperture card scanning service

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Aperture Card Scanning Service 

Aperture cards are another drawing archiving medium similar to the microfiche which have been used by many companies to store their technical drawings and plans mainly by engineering, civil architects and manufacturing companies. The aperture card normally holds a 35mm microfilm frame as one drawing. Aperture card scanning provides disaster recovery as well as electronic archive of the legacy drawings and documents.

Aperture card scanning process

Digitise aperture cards

Firstly the images from the aperture cards are scanned in and viewed on-screen. These are checked by our quality control department to ensure the final scanned images are as clear as possible and any image enhancement work is done to bring out the highest possible quality from the aperture card image so it will be suitable for both viewing on-screen and for printing to scale afterwards.

Once this scanning stage is complete, the scanned images from the cards are converted into whichever format you require such as TIFF, PDF or JPEG. The aperture cards are then indexed exactly as required by the client.

Aperture card files are often indexed by:

  • Drawing reference number
  • Title of drawing
  • Client name
  • Date

Now that we have moved into a digital age it makes more sense to have all drawings available electronically for ease of access and secure backup. That's where Aperture card scanning comes in. By scanning and digitising aperture cards into a usable, convenient electronic format such as TIFF, PDF, JPEG or any other preferred electronic file type as this offers many advantages.Aperture cards are often stored away in files or drawers and gather up over time as more drawings are archived this way. They are similar to microfilm and microfiche they are not the most convenient method of storage and finding the one aperture card you require among these is not always straight forward! The scanned images are written to CD and any of the images contained on the disk can be copied to a computer, a network and printed or viewed in any manner they prefer. We can also provide a user friendly image viewer software which holds all of the scanned images, includes text searchable features and a simple, user friendly interface.

Aperture Card Scanning and Conversion Benefits

  • No more searching through stacks of aperture cards to find that one technical drawing.
  • Documents kept on the aperture cards are safely backed up electronically.
  • Files can be put on the local network to make them accessible to relevant departments and associated staff.
  • These documents can be accessed off-site securely online and also emailed, printed or copied if required.
  • Damage to any cards will mean an electronic copy is still available.

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Why choose us

  • Experience >

    We have over a decade of experience providing scanning services for some of the most reputable companies in the UK including blue chip companies and organisations as well as small businesses and private individuals. Some of our past clients have included NHS, local government, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, Aviva, BBC, Sky, Metropolitan Police, Environment Agency and many more.
  • Scalability >

    We have the infrastructure to support small-to-large, quick-to-long term scanning projects and with a capacity to scan 10 million images per month. This scalability provides a great deal of flexibility with the services we offer meaning we can tailor all of our services to suit the needs of each client and we will always try our best to accommodate any request.
  • Audited >

    We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.
  • Accreditations >

    We hold a number of ISO accreditations including ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 27001 (Information Management System) and EMS 14001 (Environment Management System) and Data Protection 1998. We are also a member of the Information and Records Management Society as well as being supporters of Investors in People and a member of The Skills Pledge.
  • Innovation >

    Our scanning bureau is fully equipped with state-of-the-art dedicated scanning hardware catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service for your scanning and digital conversion cycle. We upgrade our scanners to keep in line with the latest scanning technology and ensure we are providing the best possible scanning service at all times.
  • Security >

    We operate from a custom built scanning bureau focussed on security, safety, confidentiality and scalability. The main building is monitored by Red Care security systems and has 24 hours internal and external CCTV. We are more than happy for you to come and visit our premises so we can show you how safe your documents are with us.
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