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Microfilm Scanning

Converting microfilm into digital formats

With the demand to uncover documents hidden away on microfilm growing year by year, we continue to invest in industry-leading equipment to convert microfilm into readable digital formats. 

We provide all aspects of the microfilm scanning service from collection and digitisation, right through to storing your microfilm following project completion for added peace of mind.

When scanning, we will capture and convert each microfilm reel slide into a digital format which is easy to read and access, for example, PDF. When it comes to microfilm conversion, we're one of the best in the industry. Don't just take our word for it; look at our impressive client list below.

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Types of microfilm

Microfilm is shrunken pages of information which have been placed onto a film reel to save space. There are 2 types of microfilm- 16mm and 35mm reels with each type used to store different images sizes.

16mm Microfilm reels

  • Typically holds up to 2,400 documents between A4-A3 in size.

35mm Microfilm reels

  • Typically hold up to 600 images between A2-A0 in size.

How microfilm scanning works

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1 - Collection

Our logistics team will arrange the collection of your microfilm from your office location, whether you're based in the UK or internationally. Archive boxes & packing services can be provided.

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2 - Scanning

Each image within the microfilm is captured and exported into a PDF, TIFF, JPEG, or any other digital format that you require.

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3 - Delivery

Electronic images can be returned via an encrypted USB, SFTP or uploaded onto FreeDocs for effective document management.

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4 - Document Shredding

The physical microfilm can now be securely destroyed. For your peace of mind, we can return or place the microfilm into secure storage. 

Microfilm scanning benefits

Protect your records from loss & damage

Microfilm are extremely susceptible to heat, humidity, fire and water damage. Just a few scratches could result in the information contained being damaged for lost forever. With our scanning solution, you can have the peace of mind knowing digital backups are safely stored in a cloud-based document management system. 

Reduce costs

The price of microfilm readers and printers can be far more extortionate than the actual need for it. Scanning your microfiche eliminates the need to invest in expensive reading equipment. Once your records are digital, they can be easily shared and transferred with a number of employees who require access.

Free up your office space

Scanning your microfilm into a digital format 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.

Microfilm conversion

Microfilm dates as far back as 1851 however it wasn't until 1896 when this type of microform 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 was the solution to overflowing archive's, in today's digital era, this has almost become redundant with all documents turning to document scanning companies such as Storetec for a digital solution for a faster, safer and more secure way to access information.

Only today do we recognise the disadvantages of microfilm storage methods. It was perceived that types of microform could last up to 500 years. We know today that different types of microform can be destroyed or damaged by heat, fire and water meaning they are not an effective method of storage.

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Microfilm scanning services near me

If you're seeking a secure and experienced microfilm scanning provider, look no further!

With a dedicated logistics team, we can collect your archive of microfilm from any office location or third-party storage provider across the UK or Worldwide. Our weekly collection points include London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Newcastle, Southampton, Oxford and Wolverhampton.

If you have offices outside of the EU, we will create a tailored collection schedule utilising air freight and shipping as the main mode of transportation.

Award-winning microfilm scanning services

Our microfilm scanning services have been recognised globally and we have been nominated for and won, various awards over the years. We are proud to have been named by the Document Manager Magazine as BPO/Outsourced Scanning Bureau Business of the year for 2018 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Our cloud-based document management system FreeDocs also won Records Management Product of the Year 2019.

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Why Storetec

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Compliance

All microfilm reels are digitised in full compliance with British Standard BIP0008 for 'Evidential weight and legal admissibility’. All scanning operations are regularly audited, and we are accredited to a number of frameworks including ISO 27001 for Information Security.

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Experience

With over 16 years of experience in the document management industry, we have extensive experience digitising microfilm for some of the largest organisations in the UK and worldwide. 

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Security

At Storetec, we understand the importance of information security and confidentiality. All staff go through a strict screening process which incorporates DBS checks and signing of non-disclosure agreements. 

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Connected Services

Specialist Storage
Specialist Storage

Looking for a physical archive storage solution for your microfilm? We can store your microforms in specialist climate & humidity monitored storage facilities. 

FreeDocs Document Management
FreeDocs Document Management

Benefit from enhanced security and advanced searching capabilities by accessing your digitised microfilm on FreeDocs!

Microfiche Scanning
Microfiche Scanning

We can digitise any type of microform you have including microfiche, aperture cards, negatives and x-rays! Read more about our microfiche scanning services today. 

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