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Microform Scanning

Microfilm is slow to access, can only be used by one person at a time and are often stored in a single location. Digitising microfilm presents all the options and advantages you would expect from digitised paper records, and you get to keep the ultimate backups as well.  We can work with one frame right through to several million frames and in most file types of images in black and white as well as greyscale format.

We offer three best of breed scanners that provide high volume processing of images from roll film, microfiche, aperture cards and other modes. It’s not just the scanner that delivers the optimal quality: our expert staff can produce quality images from a wide range of source material and are unsurpassed in scanning poor quality microfilms.

We offer a wide range of microfilm scanning services that includes all digital formats:

  • Bi-tonal (black and white) and grayscale scanning of 16mm and 35mm microfilm
  • Bi-tonal and grayscale  scanning of microfiche including COM, and jacketed fiche
  • Bi-tonal and grayscale  scanning of single and double chip aperture cards including automatic reading of Hollerith (punched code) data, and
  • Step and repeat scanning of 35mm and 16mm microfilm, aperture cards and microfiche.

The benefits of digitisation include:

  • Images can be tailored for quick delivery over the Internet or as larger, print-quality files
  • Faster retrieval of information
  • Multiple points of access
  • Improved response time to customer enquiries
  • Minimize security risk around microfilm records
  • Prevent loss of data with IT support via backup
  • Save on unproductive storage within valuable commercial office space
  • Location of misfiled records
  • Collection-wide searching (especially if combined with full document OCR)