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Let’s Get Technical With Aperture Card Scanning

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Do you still store your technical drawings on aperture cards? You need to go digital and open up a world of possibilities.

Aperture cards were once a great solution to storing numerous technical drawings in one place. With the introduction of newer and more efficient technology however, they are now pretty much obsolete. There's a much newer solution in town and it's taking the world of drawing storage by storm!
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What is Aperture Card Scanning?

Aperture card scanning is the process of digitising your aperture cards and converting the contents (whether that's technical drawings or maps) to the required format so they can be stored digitally rather than in hard copy format.


Why Should I Scan My Aperture Cards?

Storing technical drawings on aperture cards is no longer the most efficient solution for a number of reasons;

  • They cannot be edited easily. In fact, for edits to be made, a whole new drawing would need to be created.
  • The only way to share them is to send the card itself to the recipient and they can only be viewed one at a time.
  • It can be difficult the find the drawing you want particularly if you store a number of aperture cards.
  • Drawings can be damaged as aperture cards are made of flimsy and delicate material.
  • You will also leave your drawings open to potential theft.

The digital world holds a certain sense of superiority over previous analogue forms. Remember when TVs only had analogue channels or when books could only be read on paper pages. The digital age has changed the way life works bringing more exciting technology and efficiency and the world of document storage is no different.

By digitising your aperture cards, you can save space, money and time as well as increase the flexibility of your drawings with the ability to view, edit and share your work quickly and easily. With digital drawings you also safeguard your drawing against loss, theft and damage.

Pearl Scan's Aperture Card Scanning Servicescan aperture card

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a fully bespoke yet affordable aperture card scanning service to digitise the technical drawings held on aperture cards. Our service is fully accredited and undergoes strict quality checks throughout the process to ensure your drawings are of the highest quality. You can benefit from all of the advantages mentioned above and more with OCR processing or your files, file encryption, document management software provided and hosting through our online cloud platform, Pearl Cloud. For more information on the aperture card scanning service we offer, browse our website and blogs or get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote for the digitisation of your technical drawings.

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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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