A microfilm scanner is a device that is used for reading microform documents. Microform documents include microfilm, flat film, microfiche, ultra fiche and aperture cards. Using cassettes or open reels, microfilm is used by a wide variety of enterprises to store many documents in a small space. Microfilm and scanners have become increasingly important in the storage of archived newspapers as well as development of films. A scanner is used in viewing and projecting to magnify microfilm images to readable sizes.
A high quality scanner offers two forward and two reverse speeds and uses high quality precision crafted motors, automatic opening glass platen, rotary control switch, film loading at desk level, zoom lens with magnification ranging from 18X through 42X, 24" x 24" screen for a large clear image. Purchasing a microfilm scanner with these features will ensure a versatile reader for all libraries and research institutions.
Quality microfilm scanners come with a wide variety of accessories to improve usability including: writing pad holders, choice of foot switches: uni-directional or bi-directional, automatic blip retrieval using blip chip controllers, adjustable height table with modesty panel and more.
Not all microfilm scanners are created equal and it is important to choose a reader that is manufactured by a company with a commitment to quality, service and value.
Read more about the increasing importance of microfilm scanners in part 2 of this blog post or for more information about our microfilm scanners, contact MES Hybrid Document Systems