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Does your business require microfilm or microfiche to be converted into a digital format?

Do you find it time consuming and inconvenient to access microfilm and microfiche images?

Would you like a solution to your problems?

If you find yourself answering 'YES' to answer to any of the above, Storetec are here to help!

The origins of Microfilm and Microfiche

Microfilm and Microfiche, together known as microforms, are small reproductions of documents. They're used to store important information physically, while offering the option to be located and read in a time consuming manner.

Microfilm and Microfiche date as far back as 1851 when an astronomer called James Glaisher coined the idea. However, it wasn't until 1896 when microphotography, as it was referred to then, was used in practice.

'The New York Times' was the first famous brand to use microform for newspaper preservation on film. Following this, the American Library Association officially endorsed microfilms as a method of information storage. Harvard University Library, having researched the potential of the data storage application, was the first major institution to use microfilm to preserve broadsheets two years later.

Although at the time microfilm and microfiche was the solution to overflowing archive's, in today's digital era, this has almost become redundant with all documents turning to a digital solution for a faster, safer and more secure way to access information.

Microfilm and Microfiche Scanning: a timeline

  1. Storetec comes to wherever you're based to collect your microfiche and microfilm data with our secure collection service.
  2. We use our premium quality microfilm and microfiche scanners to maintain the quality of your microform.
  3. Once your microfilm or microfiche data has been scanned, it is then converted into PDF, JPEG, or other digital formats that are required for your business. 
  4. If you'd like the digital files sent to you on a USB format, we can arrange that for you. We can also upload the data to our cloud-based system, FreeDocs, or return electronically.
  5. The original microfilm or microfiche items can then be returned to your office base, disposed using our secure destruction service or placed into our storage facility.

1. We back up everything. We know that accidents can happen in the workplace, which is why we plan for every eventuality - no matter how unlikely they may be. Both microfilm and microfiche are susceptible to heat, humidity, fire and water damage, and scratches, therefore we always ensure that your data is backed up offsite. We password encrypt all of your data to give you a complete secure service.

2. It's cost-effective. The great thing about digital images is that they're cheaper to distribute than a paper copy, which is beneficial if you're running a business and looking to cut back on costs.

3. It frees up office space. Once your microfilm and microfiche files have been converted, we give you the digital copies but can store the originals in our secure storage facility. this frees up office space, which in turn will save your business money. you can use this to funnel into more important parts of your business that you're looking to grow or enhance.

Types of Microforms

How does Microfilm and Microfiche scanning work?

● Storetec collect your microfiche and microfilm data with our secure collection service

● The microfilm is scanned using our premium quality microfilm/microfiche scanners, maintaining the quality of the images

● The scanned microfiche or microfilm images are converted into PDF, JPEG or other digital formats as per your instructions

● The digital files can be sent to you electronically, via USB or can be uploaded to our free cloud document software, FreeDocs.

● The original microfiche or microfilm items can then be returned to you or disposed of using our secure disposal service.


The Storetec team have been scanning, storing and managing critically important documentsfor well over 15 years.

We’re well known in our industry for our expertise, outstanding customer service and extremely high attention to detail. We've been voted the best Outsourcing BPO/Bureau Business of the Year by Document Manager Magazine 2017 and won Service/Support Company of the Year in 2016!


Our team have years of experience handling sensitive, business-critical information for both large and small organisations across the UK and worldwide.

Often these documents are the only copies in existence, so it's crucial we ensure protection and compliance at every level.

Do you want a quicker, easier and safer way to manage your documents? Let’s talk...

Contact Details

● Tel: (0800) 612 4065

● Email: support@storetec.net

Or fill out our Online Form

What can Storetec do with my microfilm and microfiche data?

We utilise the latest capture technology to convert your microfilm and microfiche items in to virtually any format you require, whether it be PDF or TIFF. We can also index and host all of your micro data in our secure, cloud based system called FreeDocs. This system allows 24/7 access just by logging in, anywhere you have an internet connection.

Is it safer to store these items with Storetec?

Both microfilm and microfiche are extremely susceptible to heat, humidity, fire and water damage, scratches, data loss over time and theft. At Storetec, we ensure all of your micro data films are completely backed up offiste, so you'll have peace of mind, knowing the information is always available but kept secure. We are also able to add password protection to your sensitive data, in compliance with the UK Data Protection Act.

Can this process free up more physical space?

Yes! Digital microfilm and microfiche conversion can save you money on expensive office space or storage costs, as you won't need to store physical copies and large reading machines any more. We take care of that for you, leaving you with digitally backed up copies that maintain their clarity and don't lose their data over time.

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