Real Microfiche Company vs Fake Microfiche Company
There are some so-called microfiche scanning companies online which advertise microfiche conversion services but really pay someone else to do it or just collect your information and sell it. A real microfiche scanning company has a few traits which you could test and check yourself.
Listed as business in Google Maps
You may have noticed that when you search for local auto mechanics, restaurants, or other places that businesses near you, Google will list the companies with their addresses and telephone numbers and show them on the map. A legitimate microfiche scanning company is held to the same standards: the business is verified by Google, meaning it is a real brick-and-mortar business.
E-Mail address with business domain names
A customer service representative getting back to you using a Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or weird looking domain name in their email address is very suspicious. The e-mail domain name should somewhat match the company name.
A microfiche scanning company ought to have testimonials or references and be willing to share them with a potential client. Having these shows experience and capabilities.
There is no reason not to get a response by phone or e-mail over a 24-hour period. If you are waiting a long time for a response- especially for a microfiche scanning quote– it is possible the person is trying to get pricing as they do not have microfiche scanners themselves and subcontract the work.
The Problem with Oversized Microfiche
Some 35mm and even 16mm microfiche jackets are oversized. They sometimes are called wide format microfiche or large format microfiche. Oversized microfiche have an abnormally wide length. These rare, large microfiche jackets are too big for the standard glass platens that come with microfiche scanners. In other words, they cannot be scanned using normal equipment.
The good news is that some microfiche scanners offer large format microfiche adapters as add-on equipment. At Generation Imaging we have these wide format glass platens which enable us to scan oversized microfiche. These special oversized glass platens can also scan aperture cards and weird microfiche such ultrafiche and minifiche sizes.
Scanning microfiche requires the proper equipment and quality control procedures to make sure all of the images are captured. Since microfiche is different, making sure that you capture every image is critical. The benefit of converting microfiche into an electronic format centers around the ability to extract information off the fiche and then make it instantly available via searches within a document management system. It also provides protection against the media degrading over time.
Brief History of Microfiche Degradation
Microfiche created before the 1930s were created on nitrate film, which poses high risks since it is flammable. In the 1940s to 1980s, microfiche were usually printed on a cellulose acetate base, which is prone to tears, vinegar syndrome, and redox blemishes. Vinegar syndrome is caused by chemical decay and produces buckling and shrinking, embrittlement, and bubbling. Redox blemishes are yellow, orange or red spots caused by oxidative attacks, and due to bad storage conditions. These issues can make microfiche unreadable and valuable information is lost forever
Generation Imaging can scan all sizes and formats, including jacketed fiche, computer output microfiche (COM fiche), 105mm microfiche, step-and-repeat microfiche. CONTACT US
Facts About Microfiche Scanning
Billions of paper documents have been converted to some type of microfiche so far, and a microfiche scanning company converts fiche to image, with the number of digital conversions are growing every year. Yet so many people do not know much about microfiche scanning.
Why do so many organizations transfer microfiche to digital image?
This process has served many industries well for various reasons. For one, it serves to protect the fiche from loss or damage. It also helps to store large quantities of data in an organized fashion, as opposed to archaic paper filing systems or microfiche drawers.
Organizations around the world have taken advantage of technology and have converted microfiche to digital images. The advantages of eliminating storage cost, instant retrieval of information, ability to transfer data anywhere have made it easy for such organizations to make this microfiche conversion decision.
What types of file formats do microfiche scanners create?
Microfiche scanners output TIFF, JPEG, PDF, and their many variations are created, such as Group IV, bi-tonal, LZW greyscale, uncompressed images, PDF/A, JPEG 2000, and more.
Should I Buy a Microfiche Scanner or Outsource Microfiche Scanning?
A microfiche scanner may cost tens of thousands of dollars or a cheap microfiche scanner may only cost $12,000, but consider the cost of labor, maintenance, software licensing, office space, and learning a new trade.
Outsourcing microfiche scanning could be priced by the image or card, and depending on the volume is usually much cheaper (and definitely easier) than buying or even leasing a microfiche scanner. CONTACT US