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.
If your business needs a microfilm scanner, you have many choices available. But it’s important to pick the scanner that best meets your needs, while also providing the best value for your money. Since trying to figure out exactly which machine is right for you may be confusing, here are some things to look for:
Compatibility: You don’t want to have to buy several different machines, but you also don’t want to run into compatibility issues. Look for a machine that can read and save files from different types of formats: microfilm, microfiche and aperture cards, among others.
The UScan Microfilm Scanner's many capabilities and whisper-quiet sound, make it an ideal choice for quiet environments. Those are just some of the reasons why the UScan Microfilm Scanner is an ideal choice for hospitals.
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.
In part 1 of this blog post we discussed the uses and increasing importance of microfilm scanners. In this blog post we will discuss the features and specifications of a high quality microfilm scanner. It is important to choose a scanner that offers the following features:
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.