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Go Digital With Your Aperture Cards

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Do you have aperture cards that are difficult to access? Would you like to be able to access the drawings on them at the click of a button and even edit them? We think it's time you go digital and get your aperture cards scanned.

It can be expensive to keep aperture cards in storage and time consuming to search through them all for the drawing you need. With CAD software amongst other technology, it is becoming increasingly easy for architects to create their new designs in digital format.

Benefits of Going Digitalaperture-card-scanning

It is easier to access digital records as they can be searched by name, date or other details and found in seconds as opposed to searching through piles of aperture cards.

Once a drawing is in digital format, it is easy to edit and make changes to whenever you need to without having to create a new aperture card.

Rather than having to share the aperture card in its only hard copy, you can send a digital copy via email, USB or through an online platform.

Digital drawings are safer than stored aperture cards. They are protected from the loss, theft and damage risks that come with hard copy storage.

Why outsource your aperture card scanning?

The two main reasons you should outsource your aperture card scanning services is due to cost and time. If you attempt to scan your aperture cards in-house, you will need to purchase an aperture card scanner and also hire someone to do the scanning for you. These costs will run up and if this person isn't particularly experienced in this field of scanning, they may take a considerable amount of time to complete the scanning and digitisation. There will also be more room for error.

By outsourcing a company to complete your scanning for you, you will also get a range of options for your scanning solutions including which medium you would like your digital copies provided in such as TIFF, PDF and JPEG. You can also choose from CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP, Halogen or our Pearl Cloud hosted portal to receive your digital copies on.

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer aperture card scanning services tailored to your needs. We have the facilities to handle both small and large scale projects. We can even show you our aperture card scanning process.

If you've been convinced to go digital with your aperture cards and would like to request a quote or if you would like some more information on our Aperture Card Scanning services, get in touch today.

Three Reasons You Should Scan Your Microfiche

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Microfiche scanning is one of the many services we offer here at Pearl Scan. Here are some of the reasons you should get your microfiche scanned today.

1.The age of the microfiche readers is gone, do it now before you can no longer do it

If you read our previous blog, "Microfiche Readers Become a Thing of The Past", you will know that in today's fast moving technological society, Microfiche Readers have been lost to the scrap heap. In a similar way to the loss of the VCR, without a reader, microfiche are becoming redundant too. I'd say that is as good a reason as any to get the important microfiche you have stored away scanned and digitally stored as soon as possible.

2. Secure your files and documents for the future

If microfiche are not stored correctly, they can be lost, damaged or stolen and if those files and documents are not backed up, they will be lost forever. By scanning and converting your microfiche to digital and storing them in a digital document management system, you will safeguard those files from any fate that would befall its hard copy.

3. Save money and time with digital storage

Once a microfiche has been scanned and its digital copy stored into a digital storage system, with the helpful indexing, you can save time searching through boxes of microfiche with access to your files and documents with just a quick search by title, date, name or contents. You will also save money on storage facilities as the microfiche can be destroyed once a digital system has been set up and you are happy with it.

Future-proof your document storage by scanning stored microfiche to digital format with our Microfiche and Microfilm Scanning Services. We provide microfilm and microfiche scanning London, Manchester, Birminham and across the rest of the UK. Get in touch today to get a quote or for more information about how our services can help you.

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Microfiche Readers Become a Thing of the Past

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Microfiche readers become a thing of the's time to let go.


It's been the case since the origins of the microfiche that you need to seek out a microfiche reader to view it on. It makes sense, after all, you used to need a camera to put the film inside. But, like the regular film camera, it has been surpassed by digital. So, why should you still be looking around for a cumbersome machine just so you can view some microfiche on it? Incidentally the cost of a microfiche scanner can be between £2000 and £10000+ which is by no means a small fee, especially if you have under 100 of the films to view.

Think about it worth the cost of thousands of pounds for a microfiche reader?

The simple, and complete answer is, no. Companies like ourselves can scan your microfiche for a relatively low cost which we can then convert into digital images, indexed or names, however you wish. This is better than the standard microfiche reader for many different reasons:

  • Cost...

The cost of scanning and converting microfiche to a digital format using our microfiche scanning services will usually cost significantly less than the cost of a microfiche reader. Because we can complete the scanning and conversion very quickly, we can charge a lot less than you might expect, depending on the condition of the microfiche. Additionally, if you submit a large amount of microfiche, the cost will be lower because you're submitting them in bulk. Give us a call today or fill out the below form to get a free estimate.

  • Flexibility...

Another problem with the microfiche viewer is that it doesn't offer the ability to do contemporary tasks such as editing the original document, emailing or sharing. When you have your microfiche converted, they come to you as a fully usable PDF digital file which can be manipulated and exchanged as much as you want.

  • Space saving...

As you're reading this, I don't know how far you've got on your quest for a microfiche reader but you should know that they are pretty big. In fact, even the most modern of designs can be absolute beasts which take up a lot of room in an office. Converted microfiche are as big as a general high quality PDF is and the only room its taking is an extremely small piece of your hard drive or CD.

  • Easy access...

If you're planning on using a microfiche reader in the office, you will find that only one person can use it at a time. If you find that more than one person needs to use the viewer at once, then someone is going to be left to wait which could waste valuable time. With microfiche conversion as many people as you like can have digitised microfiche files open at once as long as they are stored on a network which all people in your office can access. You can also take the microfiche images wherever you go on a laptop, CD or memory stick.

The fact is that microfiche were originally made to save space and make the files easier to access but, like the typewriter, their time has passed. Now digital media has taken its place, it makes sense that the files should also be converted that way rather than needlessly buying an obsolete microfiche reader.

If you want to know more about our microfiche conversion services, or would like to make an order, please give us a call.

So, drop the Microfiche Reader and let us digitise your microfiche!

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Document Scanning by Pearl Scan

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For more information feel free to give us a call: 
Nationwide: 0845 22 55 923         London: 0207 183 1885
Manchester: 0161 832 7991         Birmingham: 0121 285 1900


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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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