Best of both worlds

Editorial Type: Technology Focus Date: 2018-07-01 Views: 1,111 Tags: Document, Bureau, Scanning, Records Management, e-ImageData PDF Version:
James Westoby, President, e-ImageData, explains how applying emerging technologies to microfilm solutions can deliver efficiency and cost benefits

Microfilm is an ancient document storage medium that is still relevant today. Microfilm has long been trusted as a low cost, reliable, and secure method of document storage across all sectors of the world's societies. And, now, with the proliferation of computer technology speeding our use of data, microfilm scanners have become a true partner in the advancing capabilities of the records management enterprise.

For several decades microfilm scanners have been an essential tool for retrieving and digitising stored documents. Technological strides have enabled replacing yesterday's large, slow, and weighty machines with today's small, light, speedy, and efficient multi-purpose scanners.

Today's microfilm scanners are also recognised as being environmentally friendly, both cutting back on paper waste and providing energy efficiency. Most leading scanners today are Energy Star certified.

Until recently, however, customers needed to purchase two pieces of equipment to accomplish the full range of scanner capability. One scanner was needed for on-demand reading, printing, and scanning and an additional scanner was needed for conversion scanning when converting microfilm to digital formats.

Conversion scanners are generally large, expensive, high-speed microfilm-to-digital conversion machines. Years of documents can be safely converted in just a few days, leading to greater business efficiency and eliminating the chance of lost or misplaced information.

Most on-demand scanners are smaller, lighter, less expensive microform (film, fiche, roll film, cartridge film, micro opaques, aperture cards, micro cards) devices. They allow the user to view-on-screen, print, and scan to other devices documents made efficiently available by a variety of on-board tools. The user can easily choose the desired image, alter it to obtain the best image quality for viewing, and print it or scan it for later use. On-demand scanning offers quick retrieval and sharing of documents.

With new and innovative technology emerging in the micrographics industry, the single device combination of a desktop on-demand scanner and a conversion scanner is now being introduced. This type of scanner is the only microfilm solution that combines the features and benefits of both an on-demand reader/printer/scanner with the capability to do high-speed conversion right at your desktop. The conversion of confidential and highly sensitive information now can be handled on-site by your own staff, at your convenience.

The opportunity to enjoy two scanners in one device is revolutionary and will not only greatly aid the users but will save on the budget and offer an excellent return on investment.
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