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 They need to view the information but don’t want to have to buy an outdated viewer to do this.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
When should one convert microfiche to digital images, such as PDFs, TIFFs, or JPGs? How about right now! Just recently the Mt. Vernon Clerk and Recorder office has suffered extensive water damage, and their microfiche machine no longer works. Generation Imaging (G.I. Partners) has received numerous inquires from many government entities, school systems, and insurance companies that were using reader printers or Canon scanners which broke down.
If they don’t convert microfiche before an accident or mechanical failure, they would be unable to service the public or digitize the data. The huge advantage of using a microfiche scanning service bureau is that a company like Generation Imaging can convert microfiche to digital images much more quick than a slow reader printer or Canon scanner.
G.I. uses NextScan high speed microfiche scanners to convert microfiche to PDF, TIFF, or JPG, at various DPI, bi-tonal (black and white) or grayscale. Images can be converted through OCR (proprietary software) or indexed by directory or at the filename level. In other words, G.I. can create an image retrieval format for you to match your existing organization or create an entire new way to organize your images.
The key to avoiding disasters and getting involved in the tricky business of disaster recovery is to be proactive. The first step is to convert microfiche to digital. You may be surprised just how affordable the cost of microfiche scanning is with Generation Imaging.
The benefits of digitizing fiche are numerous: increased productivity, easy file transfers via e-mail, internet, FTP, networks, and printing; and the ability to copy images quickly.
Governments, private organizations, and individuals (researchers, veterans, genealogists, hobbyists) that have fiche should convert microfiche to digital images as soon as possible. CONTACT US