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A Microfiche Machine to Scan Your Microfiche

Those 4 x 6 cards with tiny images embedded inside, that you need a light viewer or microfiche machine to read them… Those are called microfiche cards. And the reason you need a clumsy viewer to see anything is that the images on the microfiche are too small to see them without lots of magnification. Many people run into a dead end with this issue and don’t know what to do about it. They need to view the information but don’t want to have to buy an outdated viewer to do this.

Use a Microfiche Machine to Scan Microfiche Cards

There is a much better solution for you. It is called microfiche scanning and for this you need access to a microfiche machine that scans the images. A microfiche machine scans the images and creates a separate file for each image. If you try to scan the entire card as one image with a microfiche machine, the images would be unreadable because of poor resolution. A Paper scanner for example, makes a 1 to 1 scan of the original, but a microfiche machine can make a 1 to 24 scan. The microfiche machine actually magnifies the image before saving it.

A microfiche machine is very expensive, up to $55,000 for a high end microfiche machine. We have a microfiche machine that we can use to transfer your files. For a handful of microfiche to thousands of microfiche  cards, you can make use of our microfiche machine to digitize your microfiche cards. You can create pdf files or jpeg files with the right microfiche machine and you will be able to view all your images on your PC. CONTACT US

Your Microfiche Scanning Company

Is hard to believe that so many companies still use microfiche cards for archiving. In our scanning company we transfer thousands of microfiche to digital formats all the time. But like with other document systems, microfiche archival is still widely used. Is good to know that a scanning company can transfer your microfiche to pdf, jpeg, or tiff images, and this is not very expensive if you find the right scanning company. We have helped hundred of companies and individuals that decided to transfer their archived data.

Scanning Company That Services All Your Imaging Needs

The scanning company yous select to scan your microfiche cards will help you choose from the many options available for you digital scanning system. We help out customers from the very early stages of their microfiche conversion project. We believe that planning is extremely valuable for the scanning company and for the customer. Therefore, we take the time to test and inform customers at the very early stages. For example, our scanning company provides free test scanning for every project. This process gives a customer good feedback and assures that the communication good between the customer and the scanning company.

Experience and reliability are also good qualification of an efficient scanning company. You want to feel the work is guaranteed. Make sure that you can speak to your scanning company representative and the project manager. When you have a question or concern, getting quick response from your scanning company is essential. In addition, the scanning company should commit to future services to further update your imaging system.

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Let Records Scanning Experts Digitize Your Microfiche

Microfiche cards can be very time consuming to work with. That is one reason I recommend records scanning. Records scanning, in general, will convert your microfiche cards into a digital storage and retrieval system. Records scanning can create PDF or Jpeg files. These types of digital files are commonly used in the industry and can be of great value to end users. The time that is required to operate a microfiche archival system is considerable in the present time. Before Records scanning, options were limited and microfiche systems were acceptable everywhere. Today, records scanning allows systems to be much more reliable and efficient.

Microfiche To Digital WIth Record Scanning

Taking the time to investigate and become knowledgeable in this area is also easy. You can contact a records scanning expert for all kinds of information, without any commitment. A good records scanning service company can also do testing for free. You should be able to get samples of your microfiche images for free. This a very important part of any records scanning project and can answer many question for you. You should like to see what the end product will look like and make sure that it will serve its purpose correctly, before you start the real records scanning production run.

The fact is, with the technology available today, you should not have to used microfiche cards as your only available choice. Records scanning has been the answer to thousands of organizations and individuals with microfiche cards. The efforts needed from your side are very small but the gains can be significant. Let the exerts at records scanning do the the work for you.

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What is Computer Output Microfilm (COM fiche)?

Computer Output Microfilm is a system that converts stored data directly to microfilm or microfiche. I know around ten people who used to sell Bell & Howell Computer Output Microfilm systems as far back as the 1960s to the 1980s. It almost seems to be a prerequisite for sales people in the micrographics industry from that era.

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Computer Output Microfilm systems are still used today, mostly by organizations who need to store payroll, accounting, insurance, inventory, or employee data. Yet because most of these organizations have outputted the Computer Output Microfilm to microfiche, they have to manually search for a record and use a reader printer to save out a particular file.

A more feasible option is to convert Computer Output Microfilm to digital image via Generation Imaging’s microfiche scanning services. Generation Imaging specializes in microfiche to PDF, TIFF, or JPEG conversions.

Using high quality/high production microfiche scanners, we convert the COM microfiche to digital. Generation Imaging provides this COM fiche scanning service to end users as well as other service bureau’s. Clients can choose from Adobe PDF format, Group 4 TIFF (tagged image file format), or greyscale JPEGs. PDFs and TIFFs can be wrapped in a multi-page file. Generation Imaging offers an optional OCR (optical character recognition) image processing and other indexing services (by folder or filename).

The end result of this entire process is a digital image which you could easily search the file containing records by name, account number, date, and/or social security number. Obviously this saves time and efficiency. CONTACT US

Benefits of Microfiche Scanning

Converting analog media to digital image (i.e. microfiche scanning) has many benefits. Here are three obvious microfiche scanning benefits:

Immediate retrieval of your documents on your computer. I mean, seriously, you can have a little contest with your co-worker to see who can bring up a fiche document the fastest; you just use your mouse and she has to go digging through filing cabinets and use a microfiche viewer/reader. Microfiche scanning allows this quick retrieval.
No more losing fiche – No longer will you be worried about your documents getting lost due to a misplaced fiche or small frame falling off. As someone who has working with microfiche for three decades I can attest to how one must pay close attention to where one leaves a microfiche card. With microfiche scanning, all of the images will be saved and you can make unlimited backups and copies, so you will never lose a card again.
Quick response to resolving issues. Imagine if you work at an insurance company or school and someone is requesting their records. In some cases your organization has been forced to give a 5-day turnaround time because someone has to find the fiche and use an old, faulty reader printer to print out on paper or create an image. With microfiche scanning all you would have to do is…use your mouse and keyboard to type the fiche ID or use your eyes to find a folder. Which method is more efficient?

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OLD School is not FAST

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