Microfiche and microfilm are relatively older technologies of data storage. Even now, many companies and government organizations store large amounts of information on microfilm rolls or microfiche cards. Information stored on these rolls or cards are not easily accessible and cannot be shared between employees working within the organization. Another drawback of this storage medium is that the equipment (known as a Microfilm or Microfiche Reader) used to retrieve data from these rolls is very often either unavailable or damaged. This makes data access practically impossible. Nowadays numerous companies resort to microfiche-microfilm scanning to get rid of the clutter that microfiche-microfilm documents make.
Microfiche-microfilm scanning involves converting microfiche/microfilms to digital images. Documents converted into digital files can be stored on CDs, DVDs, on your local network or even online for easy access from any location. You can access these digital files at the click of a mouse from your computer.
In microfilm scanning service, generally these types of microfilms (photographic films) can be scanned: rolls, microfiche COM, 16mm-full plate, x-rays, photo negatives and more. Usually microfilms come in 16 mm or 35 mm reels. In microfiche scanning service, all types of microfiche can be scanned including COM fiche, step and repeat fiche cards, jacketed fiche, 35 mm jackets, duplicated fiche, rewritable microfiche (AB Dick and Microx), and more. Most types of microfiche can be scanned at the rate of up to 100 frames per minute.
Files stored in microfiche/microfilms can be converted into editable digital formats such as Excel, Microsoft Word, TIFF, JPEG, CSV format, PDF or any other format of your choice. Once the microfilm/microfiche scanning process is over, a specific file indexing is applied to the scanned images so as to identify them more easily. The files are indexed by specific fields on the document such as title, reference number or description.
Advantages of Microfiche-Microfilm Scanning
- Scanned microfilm/microfiche documents can be accessible on your computer instantly using a text search
- Saves your office space by removing any boxes of film reels and drawers of microfiche slides
- No need of a microfilm/fiche reader which are not easy to get, expensive, heavy and difficult to operate
- Saves your valuable time
- Store Up to 15,000 images on a single CD, or up to 200,000 Images on a DVD.
- Images can be printed, faxed, or e-mailed.
- More users can access images at the same time over a network.
- Greater search capabilities and complete document portability
Hiring a Microfiche-Microfilm Scanning Service Provider
There's a lot of demand for service providers who can offer microfilm/ microfiche scanning. It is highly recommended that you opt for an onsite scanning, as microfiche/microfilms are very delicate and vulnerable. It is a wise decision to outsource microfilm/microfiche scanning service. It eliminates a lot of operating expenses. Outsourcing can also avoid hiring additional employees.