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Your One-Stop Microfiche Scanning Services Solution

High Quality Microfiche Scanning Services

Generation Imaging is a microfiche scanning company located in South Florida. It has serviced hundreds of clients, including imaging resellers, financial institutions, schools, insurance companies, colleges, engineers, homeowners associations, government agencies, researchers, military veterans, libraries, and many others.

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Does Your Microfiche Reader Need Repair?

As we march on into the 21st century, there are still remnants of an analog tech industry: you, your institution or your office may still be using microfiche on a daily basis, for an occasional request, or just as an archive. Part of the archaic method is to use a reader printer to read or print individual images.

That process can best be described as a band-aid and the general mentality is that it’s less expensive compared to digitizing the entire microfiche collection. However, a true cost benefit analysis must be considered before disregarding a microfiche conversion possibility.

Those microfiche readers were not built to last, and more and more users are reporting a lack of technical support, a need for spare parts, upgrades, or replacements. All of these searches may come up short in today’s economic times and advanced technological leaps.

What is Microfiche Scanning?

Microfiche scanning is the act of converting microfiche to digital images. Your entire fiche card or collection can be transferred to an output media such as CD, DVD, or external hard drive, or uploaded to a server, PCs, or internet. The benefits of converting an analogue media to digital media are numerous.

The resulting images can be in any image format; some common ones are TIFF, PDF, or JPEG. The frames of a microfiche may be outputted as individual files (called “single page”) or wrapped up into one file containing a fiche or name (called “multi-page”).

Microfiche Scanner Price vs Microfiche Scanning Price

Microfiche scanning is a specialized skill, and requires the correct equipment, experienced management, trained employees, a rigid set of procedures, the proper network configuration, parts and maintenance, insurance, office space, and many other factors. Microfiche scanning is a niche industry and although it is logical to presume that it would be cheaper to buy a microfiche scanner than to subcontract scanning services, that is actually not true in most cases.

A new high-quality, high-production microfiche scanner can run around $55,000 each depending on the make and model. Consider a mandatory maintenance plan and labor as well. A used microfiche scanner is slightly cheaper, of course, but understand that most are sold “as is” with no warranty or guarantees after a 30-day period (if that).

Generation Imaging offers very low microfiche scanning prices. Depending on how many microfiche cards in your collection it could a small flat rate fee for a small project or a tiny charge per image on large volume microfiche projects. Generation Imaging provides professional experience: microfiche scanning is both an art and science, and G.I. Partners has the high-end equipment, expert employees, and workflow procedure all ready right now.

The Benefits of Microfiche Scanning Conversion

Subcontracting the microfiche conversion to Generation Imaging is a relatively quick and painless process. Here are some benefits.

Microfiche to digital image saves space.
Microfiche scanning saves the time and labor of searching through file cabinets or using reader printers.
A microfiche conversion will save money for you in the long run.
Having a digital copy allows unlimited duplication, copying, emailing, uploading, and sharing.
With a microfiche’s images in your possession, you know have two copies: an analog and a digital; you can use the originals as an emergency backup if you wish.

The Different Types of Microfiche

The term microfiche can apply to various types of media. The basic characteristic that links microfiche is that they contain frames on a flat plastic sheet (as opposed to a spool of film, color slide, paper document, or cut-out cardboard aperture card). Here is a brief description of the different types of microfiche:

16mm jackets: These were originally contained on roll film strips and have been cut down and inserted into open jacket sleeves. May contain anywhere from 1 to 90 frames, although there are always exceptions to any rule regarding generalizing microfiche properties.

16mm duplicate jackets: These no longer contain the open sleeves; copies of jackets. May be black, blue, purple, or other colors depending on the duplication process.

35mm jackets: Usually very large frames (like blueprints or drawings), containing around 1-6 frames.

35mm duplicate jackets: A copy of a jacket with no open sleeves.

COM fiche: Computer generated microfiche, theoretically with perfectly aligned rows and columns. Usually packed with 208-270 images, unless some columns are not full.

Duplicated COM fiche: Same as COM fiche, but usually blue, purple, or another color. One issue that may arise is that the duplication method was wrong, so the COM fiche becomes skewed (crooked) or out of focus (rare).

Rewritable microfiche: Sometimes referred to as AB Dick or Microx, these are generally very light, and may look like duped jackets, but are evenly spaced, and contain “blank” frames.

Step and repeat microfiche: “Step-and-repeat” fiche were created with a special camera (also called 105mm film). They are more straight and even than jacket fiche, but have a varied image count, usually 60-300 images. They mostly contain manuals from Yahama, Suzuki, Ford, GM, Harley, Kawasaki, lab notebooks, books, etc.

Ultrafiche: These are like “super COM fiche” or “giant step-and-repeat” microfiche. There may be up to 500 very tiny frames on ultrafiche.

How To Start Your Microfiche Conversion

Please contact a representative from Generation Imaging today for a free, no-obligation microfiche scanning price quote. CONTACT US

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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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Genealogy Microfiche Scanning: Small Volume Microfiche Digitizing

Many microfilm scanning service bureaus overcharge ($250) for converting a few microfiche cards to digital image (PDF or TIFF). But let’s say you are a genealogy researcher, mechanic trying to read motorcycle parts microfiche,  or a small engineering firm that has a handful of microfiche to be digitized? What to do when you get turned down or get up-charged for microfiche scanning. That’s where Generation Imaging comes into play.

You may have come to the right place to scan your microfiche. We specialize in servicing the microfiche industry by scanning your small volume microfiche projects as well as the high volume variety.

Many people have contacted us to scan one roll of microfilm or a couple of microfiche cards. Microfilm service providers often decline you if you only have 1 or 2 microfiche cards to scan. Scanning service bureaus do not like to stop production to scan a hand full of microfiche cards or a few aperture cards. Contact us for any size job of microfilm or microfiche and we shall accommodate your needs.

We value all of our clients equally and have always promise to provide the same level of service even if you have two microfiche cards to scan. We recognize that for each customer, their needs are just as essential as the next one, regardless of the size of the scanning job. Additionally, we make sure priorities and commitments to you are met so your project will be completed on time. Small scanning jobs are not as profitable as large scanning jobs but we make sure that this fact does not interfere with job priority.

Customer satisfaction is always our number one concern. This is the reason why you can always count with us to digitize one microfiche card at a fair flat rate price. In addition to scanning your small microfiche collection, we can also index the images for you. Big or small, any microfiche conversion job you may have can be done with us.

A small microfiche conversion job of just a few microfiche cards may need to be processed in a very short quantity of time. We have been able to deliver small microfiche conversion projects very promptly. We also take care of the security of the data we deliver, and we have never lost or damaged any microfiche. Therefore, you don’t have to worry.

Contact Generation Imaging next time you have a need to scan a microfiche card. Your project will be returned in a very short time- generally a business week. Customer satisfaction drives us to commitment and this means your microfiche conversion project is significant to us. CONTACT US

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