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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

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Microfiche and Microfilm Scanning Services

Why Choose Generation Imaging for a Microfilm or Microfiche Conversion?

Generation Imaging believes our microfilm scanning company stands out from the crowd. We know how frustrating it could be to search for the right microfiche or microfilm scanning services company. The main reasons to use Generation Imaging for your digital conversion:

  • Wholesale scanning prices: Price is the #1 concern about microfiche and microfilm digitization services. Generation Imaging does not mark up prices, subcontract, or overcharge.
  • Dedicated and experienced team. With over 30 years of experience, we have seen all types of microfiche and microfilm, from standard jackets to combo fiche to ultrafiche, we seen them all.
  • We have top notch customer service and a quick turnaround. We are not a faceless organization or corporate conglomerate. We have had no shipping mishaps. We realize you may prefer a local microfiche scanning company, but we bet we could outperform them on quality and price.
  • Specialized. Unlike other scanning bureaus which sell microfilm scanners, microfiche supplies, electronic document management software, or cloud-based hosting, we  focus and specialize in the niche of document, microfilm, microfiche, aperture card, and slide scanning. This scan conversion is the most important part of the project.

Benefits of Digital Imaging

Scanned images take up less storage space than physical media
Converted files are easy to retrieve and transfer
Files can be duplicated easily 
The risk of loss and damage drops considerably 
Eliminates the need to fix reader printers or viewers
Subcontracting scanning cost is usually than buying a new scanner

Generation Imaging specializes in the following scanning services:

Microfilm Scanning

Microfilm scanning is the process which converts 16mm or 35mm roll film into digital images. Roll film types include simplex, duplex, cartridges, thin film, thick film, duo, positive, and negative. These files can be TIFF, PDF, or JPEG.

Microfilm Scanning Services For Todays Needs

 Microfiche Scanning

Microfiche scanning is the act of converting 16mm or 35mm jacket fiche, combo microfiche, COM fiche, step-and-repeat microfiche, ultrafiche, and rewritable fiche to digital image.microfiche conversion

 Aperture Card Scanning

Aperture card scanning converts apertures to image and reads Hollerith code to name the files.florida aperture card scanning

Slide Scanning

Slide scanning preserves your memories stored on KODAK or other old slides into color images. We create full color JPEGS.

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 Florida Document Scanning

Document scanning is the process of converting paper into digital images. We can help your office records if you are in doctor office, medical office, lawfirm, building department, school, and more.

Generation Imaging’s address is:

Generation Imaging
1071 W 50TH PLACE
HIALEAH, FL 33012

We provide all of your microfilm, microfiche, aperture card, color slides, and paper document digitization needs.

So please think of us us when you come across that media.

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Converting Microfiche to PDF

Converting microfiche to PDF is most easily accomplished via a microfiche scanner. There are many different types of microfiche scanners made by various manufacturers and distributed by different resellers. Each type of microfiche machine has different quality settings. Using a flatbed scanner or photo camera is out of the question.

Buying a microfiche scanner may also be out of the question depending on your budget and technical experience. The best way to complete your microfiche to pdf project- regardless if you have one or one hundred thousand- is to have a microfiche to pdf company perform that service for you.

Damian Hospital and Dan Gandul, co-founders of Generation Imaging, have scanned thousands of microfiche to PDF jobs in these last few decades and have seen all types of fiche and variations. Your project would be in good hands.

The microfiche to PDF cost has been on the way down since 2006, due to many factors, including the increased speed of microfiche scanners, increased competition of those companies that use these services, and the trend of outsources microfiche to PDF overseas.

As wholesalers, Generation Imaging is able to keep the microfiche to PDF price as low as possible, all while keeping your project in Florida- with no outsourcing or “creative” server subcontracting.

Microfiche to PDF can result in single pages (one frame = one image) or multi-page PDFs (all frames on a microfiche = one ‘giant’ image).

Other file formats include microfiche to TIFF, microfiche to JPEG, microfiche to PNG, and other compression variants. Microfiche to PDF can result in greyscale or black-and-white images.

Please feel free to contact Generation Imaging for a microfiche scanning quote.

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A Microfiche Machine Offers Low Cost Scanning

So you are looking for a microfiche machine. If so, you probably have some microfiche cards and you need to view the contents in it. Some people when looking for a microfiche machine, find a microfiche viewer. These microfiche machines are different from a microfiche scanner. A microfiche viewer projects an image for viewing, while a microfiche scanner creates a digital file to view in a computer.

Save Images With A Microfiche Machine

These two distinctly different microfiche machines are widely used for the same reason. However, the scanner is the modern microfiche machine that is recommended because it offers the user a great deal of functionality. The images that a microfiche machine creates as pdf or jpegs, can be stored in your computer just as a digital picture. Microfiche machines of these type are very expensive and are usually bout by large a microfiche scanning company. You can contact us if you have a handful of microfiche cards or many thousands of microfiche and you want our microfiche machine to convert your images to digital. Our microfiche machine can generate whatever format images you like.

The advanced microfiche machine we use is extremely advanced and creates very high quality files. These files can be copied to a pc and sent through the internet. The difference between a viewing microfiche machine and a scanning microfiche machine is like day and night. The price is very different, but with the help of a scanning company, you don’t need to worry about the cost. In fact, the cost to use our microfiche machine can be cents per image. CONTACT US

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A Microfiche Machine Instead of Microfiche Viewer

The difference between a microfiche viewer and a microfiche machine that scans microfiche cards is in the resulting file. A microfiche viewer lets you view an image by projecting the information on a screen. If you want to view a second image, you move the microfiche to a different position. This type of microfiche machine is totally manual and can not store any information for later use. A microfiche machine that scans has many advantages. These microfiche machines are called microfiche scanners. This microfiche machine is designed to create a digital file of the images. When a microfiche machine creates a pdf or jpeg image, you can store the resulting image on a computer for viewing and for later use.

Microfiche Machines That Really Work

A Microfiche machine is very expensive and I don’t recommend you go buy a microfiche scanner for scanning a few microfiche cards. Instead, you can contact a company that has a microfiche machine for scanning microfiche cards, and have them convert your microfiche. Companies that have a microfiche machine can make whatever type file you like from your microfiche. Since they already have a microfiche machine, they can charge you a very low microfiche scanning cost to convert your microfiche. This is the most economical method to convert your microfiche cards.

It is recommended that you find the right company with a microfiche machine but also with reputation  and integrity. The microfiche machine should be high quality and the operators need to be experts. You can read more about this services in related article or you can give us a call. CONTACT US

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