Microfiche and Microfilm Scanning

Our microfilm scanning service will help you transform microfiche, microfilm rolls, and COM fiche into a highly organized archive of high resolution digital image files. Store what once was on hundreds of film rolls, cards, or cartridges digitally in the cloud with professional microform conversion and imaging services.

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Reliable High-Speed
Image Capture.

We combine state-of-the-art microfilm scanning equipment with more than 18 years of experience to provide you with a secure, high quality microfilm conversion service at an affordable price. We can handle any microfilm format, including 16mm, 35mm and 105mm, converting your film to a variety of popular image formats to suit your needs.

Preserve Your Images

Prevent the permanent loss of information associated with deterioration and damage to your film.Once digitized, images can be repaired or enhanced to improve quality.

Control Access

Digital files are more easily managed and can be protected by passwords, encryption, or the standard access controls built into your file management system.

Easily Locate Images

During the scanning process, each image is indexed by date, ID, or any other important information you see fit, and made text searchable.

Instant Access

Locating and accessing microfilm is especially time consuming. Reclaim wasted time by accessing the image you need with just a few clicks of your mouse.

Reduce Storage Requirements

Boxes and bins full of microfiche can take up a lot of space. Scanning allows you to store your images in the cloud, helping you clear a bit of clutter.

Worry Free Storage

Microfiche is fragile and susceptible to damage. Creating a digital backup gives you peace of mind knowing your data is protected in the event of a disaster.

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We make the process of converting your microform images easy and affordable.

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HIPAA Compliant & Secure

Our top priority is keeping our customers private data safe and secure, whether it exists in a physical or electronic form. While in our possession, your film is locked tight behind badge restricted access under 24/7 hour surveillance, ensuring that you're able to meet your data privacy obligations during the scanning process. Our microfilm scanning service is HIPAA complaint and adheres to even the most strict data privacy laws and requirements.

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HIPAA and SOC2 Type 2 Compliant

Film & fiche digitization for every industry.

We provide scanning services to organizations of all kinds, and we're ready to help you too. SecureScan is proud to serve:

  • Libraries
  • Institutional and Corporate Customers
  • Goverment Agencies
  • Engineering and Architecture Firms
  • Schools and Universities
  • Archives
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Law Firms and Accountants

High standards guarantee high quality output

In order to scan and index microfiche efficiently and at the highest possible quality, we combine strict quality control protocols with frequent equipment calibration throughout the process.

We also conduct manual reviews of each scanned image to ensure that a clear and accurate reproduction has been created, rescanning any images that fail to meet our high quality standards.

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Common Questions

Get answers to our most frequently asked microfilm and microfiche questions.

Since microfiche are stored in sheets, it can be difficult to estimate the number of images you have. Understanding the volume of microfiche you need to scan is one of the most important aspects of your project.

One easy way to ballpark the number of images you have is to use a ruler. Create a stack 1 inch thick of individual sheets, and then count the number of sheets x the number of images per sheet. You can use that measurement to get a very basic estimate.

While the exact cost of a microfiche scanning project depends on many factors, it is possible to get a rough estimate regarding the number of images you need scanned and indexed, and hence, the final cost. These factors include:

  • Number of sheets scanned
  • Type of fiche
  • Final resolution
  • Indexing requirements
  • OCR
  • Schedule – How fast do you need to scan?

In general, the average cost to scan a single microfilm sheet is $0.75 – $1.25/sheet for jacket fiche (16mm and 35mm) and $3 to $5 for COM fiche.

There are a number of ways you can choose to index your microfiche images after scanning. Some systems use sequential numbering or other basic numeric references that can be captured along with the corresponding image. Many jackets contain jacket labels which can also be extracted via OCR. CAR jackets ( computer aided retrieval) are generally given a unique reference number using a grid pattern to locate its position in the jacket. All of this information can be captured and added as metadata on an image, making it possible to instantly retrieve your file with a simple text based search.

The most common type is microfiche, which are flat strips of microfilm images stored in a clear Mylar sleeve, or “jacket” (where jacket fiche gets its name). Jacket fiche comes primarily in two formats, 16mm and 35 mm, and are roughly 4 inches x 6 inches each.

COM fiche (computer output microforms ) are created by printing a computer generated data stream direclty on film. The result is the equivalent of hundreds of miniaturized paper documents, arranged in a grid pattern.

There are two different formats, 24x and 48x, each having to do with the amount of reduction on each image ( 1/24th or 1/48th respectively). Each COM fiche is approximately 105 mm x 148 mm, and holds up to 300 images, thanks to the high reduction rate.

Microfilm or roll film are wound onto a standard size reel, and can accommodate both 16mm and 35mm film. 35mm is more commonly u

A simplified outline of our microfiche scanning process generally consists of the following steps.

First we will retrieve your microfiche at your location with our document transportation team, who will securely transport your microform archive to our processing facility. Each container will be tagged and tracked at every step of the process for full accountability and a record of the chain of custody.

Next, a scanning specialist will assess your project and create a workflow that meets your specific needs. This includes reviewing a sample of your fiche, measuring the density and determining the quantity of images per sheet.

Then, we will calibrate our equipment to a sample of your fiche to optimize the quality of the final output.

After calibration, we scan your microfiche in batches, converting each image into a digital file.

Once your fiche has been digitized, we will conduct quality assurance checks and review the framing and quality of each image, making corrections or adjustments as needed.

Then, if requested, we will conduct OCR processing to extract text and convert it into text searchable metadata.

Once the quality of the images has been reviewed, each image will be tagged with key identifiers, making it easy to locate any file by name, ID, or any other data you choose.

Last, we can load your digital images onto an encrypted USB drive or upload them to a secure FTP repository.

Microforms are scaled-down reproductions of paper or film documents, often used for storing large amounts of data in a reduced amount of space when compared to their physical counterparts. Microform images are commonly reduced to about 4% or one 1/25 of their original size. In some cases, greater reductions may be used, including 1/48th.

Microform images are almost always film negatives.

Microfiche and microfilm is said to have a shelf life of up to 500 years. Unfortunately, that often hasn’t been the case, as these estimates assume the film has been stored in perfect conditions, which is very rare. In the real world, film begins to break down and decay much sooner, even more so with film that is handled regularly.

So check in on your film and fiche. Do you notice any:

  • Bumps, bubbles, or blemishes
  • Has a vinegar odor
  • Fragility or brittleness
  • Stickiness
  • Signs of mold or fungus

Your best bet is to digitize film that shows any sign of wear and tear as soon as possible, to ensure the information is preserved before any further damage occurs.

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