New Economy; New Rules: Discounted Microfilm Scanning, Microfiche Scanning, Aperture Card Scanning, and Imaging Services

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Is Your Microfilm or Microfiche Reader Printer Broken?

The Problem of Obsolete Technology

Many organizations have been contacting Generation Imaging recently about replacing, fixing, or finding an alternative solution to their broken microfiche or microfilm reader printers. There is a level of panic because without a microfilm or microfiche reader, the organizations are unable to service clients or perform their daily tasks.

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Microfilm reader printers have been great machines for many decades, and have helped many government agencies, libraries, researchers, and businesses, however in the 21st century they are archaic because new technology has taken their place.

Panic Attack

However there is a sense of urgency now because many of the original companies no longer support, maintain, or have the parts to fix these old reader printers. Or, of they do, the cost is too high. This is the main reason why organizations are having major issues and are reconsidering their current methods of using reader printers.

What Are Some Common Reader Printers?

Microfilm and microfiche reader printers are designed to view and print microforms. They have self-contained print engines that use dry toner and plain copy paper while others send the data to output on laser printers.

Popular microfilm or microfiche reader printers are made by Canon, Alos, Micro-Image,  or Minolta.

What Are Microfiche or Microfilm Readers Used For?

Organizations use microfiche or microfilm reader printers to find account numbers or documents which are currently stored on microform. A person must first find the microform, which may or may not be organized by a policy number or alphabetically, walk over to the reader printer, fast forward the roll film (or place the microfiche on the glass platen) and find the specific documents. Frames can be saved individually (one at a time) as a digital image, and be printed, faxed, or emailed.

Many insurance companies, government agencies, schools, financial institutions, and other organizations must deal with requests for records on a daily basis. Others just occasionally have a need to provide this service but must comply with these requests in a timely manner. It can be awfully embarrassing if these “pulls” are not satisfied, and in some cases there may be legal ramifications.

The Alternative to Microfilm Readers

Microfilm scanning (or microfiche scanning, the generic term is microform scanning) bypasses this entire reader printer method. An organization’s entire collection can be converted to digital image all in one shot. It it is much faster for Generation Imaging to scan an entire roll film collection in a short period of time and to give every image on every roll (or microfiche). The entire collection can be indexed or named by the specific fields and data needed to pull up an account.

Price of Microfilm Printer vs Microfilm Scanning Cost

The low cost of a microfilm conversion or microfiche scanning project may surprise you- well, at least the price from Generation Imaging (we can’t vouch for other microfilm scanning companies). Feel free to contact a Generation Imaging representative by phone, email, or office to request a free scanning conversion quote.

Then it’s time to calculate the cost of getting a new reader printer ($3200-$6000), fixing it,getting a used reader printer with no warranty, buying into a maintenance plan, and the current cost and time it takes employees to perform the task of pulling requested accounts.

Is It Time to Change Your Workflow?

Now even if your calculations show that the cost is around the same, you must consider “going forward” would you rather continue to deal with a machine prone to breaking down with the inconvenience of having someone manually look for an image, or have a fully digital and searchable collection that allows the request to be instantly made available?

What is Generation Imaging?

Generation Imaging is a microfilm scanning service bureau located in South Florida. Unlike some other microfilm scanning companies, G.I. Partners (Generation Imaging) does not subcontract projects to any other scanning company or use any overseas indexing service.

Generation Imaging was founded by Damian Hospital and Dan Gandul. Both men have decades of microform experience, and have worked together on all kinds of media, software, scanners, and have written numerous technical information, manuals, guides, bids, and standard operating procedures.

How to Contact Generation Imaging

Damian Hospital or Dan Gandul can be contacted directly via phone, email, or scheduled office appointment. All of the contact information is on this website. Most clients or potential clients use email to make initial contact, but any method is OK. Dan and Damian will work with you to get the necessary information to perform your scanning project.

Generation Imaging will not bait and switch your scanning quote. There are no setup fees (hidden or otherwise), and no pushy (or otherwise) sales pitches. There is no need to be shy or skeptical, contact Generation Imaging for a free microfilm or microfiche scanning quote today. CONTACT US

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Microfiche+Microfilm Scanning Services: Happy New Year 2013

Happy 2013 from Generation Imaging. This South Florida microfilm scanning company continues to grow in machinery, staff, and projects. Damian Hospital and Dan Gandul are doing great and are still taking care of existing clients and new customers with the same zest and zeal.

Generation Imaging has experts in the microfilm scanning industry and provide digital images from analogue media, which allows faster retrieval and the ability for you to make unlimited backups on your network, computers, DVDs, CDs, external hard drives or other storage media.

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New Economy, New Rules (Low Costs)

Generation Imaging offers low cost microfilm and microfiche scanning services because G.I. goes not use subcontractors or send your film overseas. G.I. will work closely with you to make sure your format, naming, scanning resolution, and other file requirements are met.

Don’t be shy; do not hesitate to contact Generation Imaging for any micrographics service inquiries, including color slide scanning, aperture card conversion, paper document digitization, photo scanning, indexing images, searchable OCR PDF/TEXT, and other image processing.

Generation Imaging has doubled its production and processing output, which means G.I. can continue to offer low prices and meet your deadline.

Welcome, Anthony DeCarvalho

[Update] Additionally, Generation Imaging welcomes aboard Anthony DeCarvalho in 2013.  Anthony DeCarvalho has experience dating back to the mid-1990s to this century. DeCarvalho has worked as a scanner operator, supervisor, and manager. His technical skill is superior, as his dedication to quality and production.

Anthony DeCarvalho now assumes a role he has been familiar with for years at Lorien Technologies: he is now managing 3rd shift for Generation Imaging. This makes sure that Generation Imaging will strive to complete large projects even more efficiently.

Expanding Year After Year

Generation Imaging has the fastest growing client list in the industry and has glowing testimonials from real and satisfied clients. There would be more testimonials, but the bulk of Generation Imaging’s customers are other scanning service bureaus who subcontract work or middle-men or middle-women who resell or subcontract microfilm and microfiche projects. In other words, many of Generation Imaging’s clients must maintain confidentiality and anonymity.

Give Trust and Get Trust

Generation Imaging’s founders believe in and practice trust. G.I. will not “go after” a project if you request for a quote. For example, if you are a reseller or another scanning service bureau and tell us that you are trying to get a project from a specific library, Generation Imaging will not attempt to bypass you and steal your lead.

If you don’t want to take our word for it, you can read the testimonials or check G.I.’s reputation online.  G.I. will gladly sign a confidentiality agreement (nondisclosure contract) if you or your corporation does not want to take our word. G.I. won’t take it personally- we work for you, not against you.

Generation Imaging hopes you have a healthy and prosperous new year. CONTACT US

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Converting School Records to PDF

Scanning School Records is Our Speciality

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Generation Imaging is your one-stop provider for converting school records, including permanent record cards. We have helped numerous schools and school districts by scanning their records to PDF, JPEG, or TIFF.  The benefits are threefold: 1) disaster recovery; 2) space; and 3) instant retrieval.

Most schools keep their student records and personnel records  under lock and key, however they have no backup or contingency plan for a disaster. Sending the permanent records to Generation can solve that problem. Digitizing the records will allow the school to have electronic copies which can be loaded unto multiple computers, server, CD, or DVD.

 

There’s no question that an older school, college, or university can easily run out of room, especially with paper records. Even microfilmed school records cost space. However, converting records to digital eliminates the need to dedicate rooms for storage.

The third major benefit of converting school records to digital images is instant retrieval: no more hunting and searching through draws or using microfilm viewers. With digital school records, the images can be named by student, teacher, SSN, policy number, or other field. Once the school has the converted records, the files can be e-mailed and printed easily.

School, universities, and colleges have different methods of storing their permanent record cards. The media could be paper documents, manila envelopes, microfiche, or microfilm.

Although the end result is the same, the actual processes to convert documents to image, microfiche to image, or microfiche to image various and use different scanners. CONTACT US

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Generation Imaging Is The Complete Microfilm Scanning Service Provider

A recent search for Microfilm Scanning Services suggests that many people are looking for some sort of microfilm to digital conversion but may be getting confused with the various naming conventions. It is easy to get lost in the lingo. The difference between microfilm to digital conversion and microfilm conversion to digital, as well as other expressions, all relate to the more general term of microfilm scanning services. However, a microfilm scanning service provider like Generation Imaging can provide many other services that all fall under the umbrella. Microfilm scanning services can also include many other microfilm conversion to digital such as 16mm microfilm to digital conversion, 35mm microfilm conversion to digital and many other microfilm types.Generation Imaging Is The Complete Microfilm Scanning Service Provider

An organization or individual searching for a microfilm scanning service does not need to be an expert in this matter, and should do the best in finding one. Finding a true microfilm scanning service provider helps eliminate some frustrations down the line. As an example, I have talked to customers that needed a microfilm to digital conversion. After further clarification, the customer actually needed a company that had various types of digital microfilm scanners. In this case, the customer identified the source as one type of microfilm when in fact, he had various types that required different microfilm to digital conversion methods. Generation Imaging is a true microfilm scanning service provider equipped with the proper digital microfilm scanners to support all of the customers need.

Microfilm scanning services in today’s age go much further than the traditional microfilm to digital conversion. There are many other things to consider before and after the microfilm conversion to a digital formats. In most instances, the end user is only interested in the end result. For example, John from the genealogical society, wants to transfer his microfilm records to digital so that he can provide all the records online to many interested users. He contacts a microfilm scanning service provider for the solution. Although he has a clear goal, the microfilm scanning service company should provide guidance to keep John out of trouble. A successful microfilm scanning service company should find out how John will be searching for the information and offer solutions like OCR (optical character recognition ), or some other type if indexing format. Also, the microfilm scanning service providers needs to be able to perform microfilm to digital conversion on all of the different types of microfilm that John has in storage so that his image library may be complete. To support this, the microfilm scanning service provider needs to be equipped with digital microfilm scanners for 16mm microfilm, 35mm microfilm, and many other microfilm types.

In addition to indexing and OCR, a microfilm scanning service company should be able to perform data processing to achieve the ultimate goal. After the microfilm to digital conversion is complete, and the data has been indexed according to specifications, the final product may required that the images get wrapped into multi-page pdf files, or some other file structure. The microfilm scanning service providers should be able to handle all of the necessary steps to achieve the best possible results that our current technology offers. Check the services at Generation Imaging for your microfilm conversion needs.

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2012 Microfilm Scanning Update

Microfilm scanning has been transferring microfilm documents to digital images for many years and chances are that we have all benefited from the benefits in one way or another. After all, microfilm scanning has been used to convert microfilms from libraries, banks, hospitals and many other common organizations.

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