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Microfiche Scanning: Which Scanning Company is Good?

Microfiche Scanning Services

We scan microfiche into digital images and convert all different types: 16mm and 35mm jacketed microfiche- both original and duplicates, step and repeat microfiche, rewritable microfiche, and COM. Our microfiche conversion company delivers fast turnaround times at a low cost.
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Microfiche Scanning Equipment

We use NextScan microfiche scanners to digitize microfiche. These microfiche machines are high-production, high-quality scanners. These are not inexpensive microfiche scanners. Because they are much faster than a microfiche scanner you may see at a library or clerk’s office, we can offer low costs at the image or microfiche card level, when compared to you actually going out and buying a microfiche scanner.

Microfiche Experience 

With decades years of experience dating back to the 1980s, we have seen all the different types of issues and solutions relating to microfiche digital conversions. We have created a quality insurance production workflow specially for microfiche scanning. Our production, management, and customer service team have years of experience focused solely in the microfiche scanning industry.

Microfiche Indexing Services

Once the microfiche imaging is complete, we have optional microfiche services for you to consider, depending on your needs (not our needs). We can index the scanned images by keying the title bars or matching to an existing database. We can also OCR the images to generate text searchable PDF files.

Microfiche Scanning Cost Variations

In today’s global digital marketplace, anyone could set up a website or advertise microfiche scanning services without even having the microfiche scanners to back up their promises. Others do have the microfiche machines, but treat is as a part-time job or hobby, working out of their home or storage unit, and may have inferior quality scanners.

You ought to be suspicious if a microfiche scanning price is too high. This may indicate that the project is being subcontracted to another vendor or someone is making a commission. Conversely, you ought to be suspicious of a price that is too low. This may indicate that the person is a hobbyist or sending it to India for scanning.

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A Microfiche Machine to Scan Your Microfiche

How to Read 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. 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

Microfiche Reader Printers

Your company, organization, or government office may use a microfiche reader printer which enables you to save and print one image at a time. The problems with this are twofold:

1) the reader printers break down and no longer supported easily;

2) it takes internal time and labor to search specific images.

Converting Microfiche to PDF

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 48 scan. The microfiche machine actually magnifies the image before saving it.

A microfiche machine is very expensive, usually up to $60,000 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, we can make use of our microfiche machine to digitize your microfiche cards. We 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

What is a Microfiche Scanning Company?

Not All Microfiche Scanning Companies are the Same

Is hard to believe that so many companies or governments still use microfiche cards for archiving. In our microfiche scanning company we transfer thousands of microfiche to digital formats all the time. It is good to know that a microfiche 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 microfiche scanning company you 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 microfiche scanning company. You want to feel the work is guaranteed. Make sure that you can speak to your microfiche scanning company representative and the project manager. When you have a question or concern, getting quick response from your microfiche scanning company is essential.

Most micrographics companies sell hardware, software, or perform paper document scanning or microfilm services, or even sell microfiche scanners. It is rare to find a company which focuses on microfiche conversion specifically. CONTACT US

How to Digitize Microfiche to PDF

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Microfiche cards can be very time consuming to work with. That is one reason we recommend microfiche scanning. Microfiche conversion, in general, will convert your microfiche cards into a digital storage and retrieval system. Converting microfiche 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 microfiche scanning, options were limited and microfiche standards were varied. Today, scanning microfiche allows is 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 microfiche scanning expert for all kinds of information, without any commitment. A good microfiche 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 microfiche conversion project and can answer many questions for you. You should see what the end product will look like and make sure that it will serve its purpose correctly, before you start the real microfiche digitization production run.

The fact is, with the technology available today, you should not have to use microfiche cards manually as your only available choice. Microfiche scanning has been the answer to thousands of organizations and individuals with microfiche cards. The efforts needed from your side is very small but the gains can be significant. Let the experts at Generation Imaging do the work for you. CONTACT US

What is Computer Output Microfilm (COM fiche)?

What is Computer Output Microfilm (COM)?

Computer Output Microfilm (COM) 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 salespeople in the micrographics industry from that era.

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COM recorder

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.

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Old diagram of COM creation (microfilm)

 

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.

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COM Fiche

Definitions of COM

1. Computer Output Microfilm: microfilm containing data, which is created by a recorder from computer generated electrical signals.
2. Computer Output Microfilmer: a recorder which converts data from a computer into language and records it on microfilm.
3. Computer Output Microfilming: a method of converting data from a computer into language onto microfilm.

You can substitute “microfilm” with “microfiche“.

Do you have microfiche to convert to pdf or digital image?

If so, please contact us today for a free microfiche scanning quote. Let us digitize microfiche for you. Generation Imaging has wholesale scanning prices, and is run by a specialized experienced team. With over 30 years of experience, we have seen all types  of microfiche. We have top notch customer service and a quick turnaround. CONTACT US