Scanning microfiche can preserve your information, protecting it from things such as eventual decay and lost data. Save your data today or you will wish you had later on.
When you think about microfilm or microfiche, you may not think of a modern method of keeping and storing information. But, more companies and industries that you likely consider still have information stored on microfiche to this day. Problematically as this material ages it begins to decay and ruin the images and information within it, which is why so many industries are now considering microfiche scanning as a method to save documentation.
Although microfiche and microfilm were once the dominant tools used to store files, their usage rate has since been eclipsed; first by floppy discs, then CDs/DVDs, hard drives and now the cloud. Unlike the floppy disc, however, microfiche and microfilm are still used to this very day by many organizations, including your own. But will they continue to be used as reliable storage mediums? Let's take a look at their future:
For years, microfiche technology has allowed organizations like yours to easily store its data in high volumes without taking up the same amount of space as a full sheet of paper. That being said, microfiche has been usurped by a more effective technology: the computer. Here are some reasons why you should have your microfiche images professionally converted to digital files.
Well it's finally happened. Canon Canada, the long-time microfilm industry leader, has announced the discontinuation of their microfilm toner cartridges and so ends a significant era in microfilm history.
Before you make a purchase, it’s important to carefully evaluate microfiche scanners. Although pricing can be affordable and options many, you still need to think about your usage and the reasons for your purchase. However, before delving into purchasing criteria, you should understand the basics of microfiche and microfiche scanners.
The conversion process begins when paper documents are converted to microfiche. In years past, millions of conversions took place and microfiche was a standard document form in libraries and more.
Let’s pretend and step into the shoes of one of our clients. You work in a large division of the Ontario Government and you need to make prints from microfilm. The only piece of equipment you have is a very old, very worn out, microfilm reader printer. Why not just have the machine fixed you ask? That would be a good idea, have our skilled technicians out to service the microfilm reader printer bring it back up to working condition. We could, but unfortunately toner for this machine is no longer available. The only option you are authorized to pursue, is taking the film to a different location to make the prints and not without a charge. $0.25/print and on average a file size of 400+ pages this adds up quickly. Not to mention the security threat of leaving the roll of film or prints left behind.
This is where MES Hybrid Document Systems stepped in. Working together we were able to determine the MES ViewScan would be the best replacement microfilm scanner for the client. With its new technology the ViewScan is a compact, fully intergraded roll film and microfiche viewer/scanner that digitally captures images and instantly projects them on a PC Monitor. Now up and running the client is able to produce prints or even email the images to all the required parties, without ever having the worry of the film leaving the office.