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CAD Conversion for Files Stored on Aperture Cards

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Still storing your drawings on aperture cards? Need a more flexible and accessible solution? Look no further than scanning and CAD conversion.

Technology for design has moved forwards massively over the last decade or so giving architects, engineers and designers a wide range of ways to bring their work to life. One such advance has been the development of Computer Aided Design (CAD) softwares to help people work digitally and more efficiently with drawings and plans.

Not everyone has jumped on board the digital train though with a number of these files being stored on aperture cards instead. What's wrong with that I hear you ask. Well, aperture cards do reduce the size of drawings and the amount of office space they use up, that much is true. But as far as efficiency and costs go, aperture cards are very far behind the times. All aperture cards do is store files in a static form. They can't be shared or edited without creating a new version of the drawing. Some might say that storing drawings in this way is counterproductive.

So What Can Be Done?

You might think that your drawings are now stuck on aperture cards forever but don't worry, there is a solution. These files can easily be updated and brought into the digital age by being scanned to digital format and then converted into CAD drawings.

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Scanning aperture cards alone brings a wide range of cost saving, space saving and efficiency boosting benefits but, if you convert them to CAD drawings as well, you;

  • can store drawings in a more flexible, digital form.
  • will be able to see more realistic, 3D representations of plans and designs.
  • will be able to edit drawings digitally, in real time, without creating a new design.
  • can apply CAD conversion to both new and old designs.
  • open up a range of new possibilities.

Aperture Card Scanning and CAD Conversion Services

You can outsource aperture card digitisation and CAD drafting to us here at Pearl Scan. We provide completely bespoke services which you can tailor to suit your specific needs. We will scan your aperture cards using our top quality, super fast scanners. Once they have been converted to digital format, our highly experienced CAD drafters will manually draft your drawings to ensure a perfect service. We provide CAD drafting London, CAD drafting Manchester and CAD drafting across the rest of the UK as well as nationwide aperture card scanning services. If you would like some more information about these services, don't hesitate to give us a call or request a quote today.

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Increase Accessibility of Files Stored on Microfiche

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Microfiche have been used for space saving document storage for years but one thing they don't offer is a great deal of accessibility. Here we'll look in greater depth at the problem and present a solution.

Problems with Microfiche

Before the world turned digital and found ways to make everything instantly accessible, microfiche were the preferred format for storing large numbers or sized files in a more compact way. By doing this however, most companies created a big accessibility problem for themselves.

To view files stored on microfiche, you must first find the specific microfiche containing the file you need, then you need to load it into a microfiche reader (assuming you've got the right file!) before you can view the information. As for sharing the files, the original would need to be sent to the relevant person while editing is impossible without creating a new file. So what can be done to make files on microfiche more accessible?

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Digitising your microfiche to be stored electronically in a digital document management system is the perfect solution to be able to easily access your files. And don't worry, it isn't as complicated as it sounds. You can outsource the job to specialist microfiche scanning companies who will scan and convert the files for you. Once you have digital versions of the documents you once stored on microfiche, you can begin to experience the improved access you can have to your files. Unlike microfiche, digital documents can be accessed at the click of a button and, depending on where you store them (shared network, cloud system, USB), you will be able to view, edit and share files from almost anywhere at any time.

Other Benefits

Increased accessibility isn't the only benefit that microfiche scanning can bring either. It can also bring costs savings (from expensive equipment, maintenance and storage costs), space savings (with digital files only occupying virtual space) and better security (with file encryption and password protection). With these attractive benefits, it's not hard to see why so many companies have already taken the step towards digital file management by having their microfiche scanned.

Scanning Microfiche For You

Here at Pearl Scan, we can digitise your microfiche using our superfast microfiche scanner for a cost effective solution for your important files and documents. We can scan 16mm microfiche, 35mm microfiche, COM microfiche and COMBI microfiche to a range of formats including PDF, TIFF and JPEG. Your digital documents will then be delivered to you on USB, CD, DVD, secure FTP or using our cloud service, Pearl Cloud. For large bulk projects, we can also provide our specially designed file retrieval software, Halogen to help you manage your files quickly and easily. We have lots of information about scanning microfiche and other services on our website so check it out or give us a call for your free, no obligation quote.

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Why Should I Digitise My Documents?

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Making the step towards digital document management can often be a big decision and one that needs to be carefully considered. So, here's some extra reasons why going digital is the best solution whether you store files on microfiche, microfilm, aperture cards or just paper.

To Save Moneytime and money savings

Storing files in hard copy wastes costs in a range of ways you might not even have realised. From extortionate off-site storage costs to expensive equipment needed for the likes of microfiche, microfilm and aperture cards.

To Increase Productivity

Viewing, sharing and editing documents can be a time consuming process with files stored in the methods mentioned above. By scanning and converting them to digital formats, you can send files via email, shared networks or over the cloud as well as edit them in real time and view them instantly.

To Access Files Easier

A great deal of time is wasted retrieving files stored in hard copy, not to mention the extra time wasted with viewing microfilm, microfiche and aperture cards just to find the document you need. With digital and fully indexed files, you can find them in seconds with simple text searches of titles or even contents.

To Free Up Space

If you store a large amount of documents and files on storage methods in filing cabinets overrunning the office, you could free up a lot of valuable space by converting those files to digital. This space can then be used more efficiently or rented out for extra revenue.

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Digital files can be encrypted and password protected offering a whole lot more document security than hard copy files which are susceptible to loss and even theft. Even with the highest level of security, digital documents will always be safer than those stored in filing cabinets or off-site storage.

For More Flexible Documents

Digital files can be accessed at any time, anywhere that has access to where the documents are stored (internet, shared network etc). This means flexible working can be a real possibility for you as opposed to being stuck in the office because that's the only place you can access the information you need.

To Preserve Important Documents

Important documents can be damaged or lost if stored on paper, microfiche, microfilm or aperture cards but, by digitising these files, you can ensure they won't be damaged and you can back them up to ensure that even if they are lost, the information can be recovered.

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Here at Pearl Scan, we can aid your transition to digital with our completely bespoke scanning services. We offer microfiche scanning, microfilm scanning and aperture card scanning as well as standard document scanning for businesses in Manchester, London and across the UK. We handle the entire scanning project from collection to scanning and OCR processing then delivering your digital documents to you via USB, CD, DVD, secure FTP, email or through our online cloud platform Pearl Cloud. To aid future management of your digital documents, we can also provide our open source, document retrieval software, Halogen. For more information about the services we provide or for a free, no obligation quote, get in touch today.

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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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