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Microfiche and microfilm scanning services at Pearl Scan

Microfiche Scanning and Microfilm Scanning Services

We offer high quality microfiche scanning and microfilm scanning services at Pearl Scan. Whether you need to convert microfiche to PDF or other formats such as TIFF, JPEG and more, our services can help you.

Microfilm and microfiche were once the best option for storing and archiving information, but now digital solutions offer economical working, security and instant access to data. However, your microfilm files do not need to become unused and when using our microfilm scanning services we can convert microfiche to PDF or any other formats to unleash the information they hold.

We have the infrastructure to handle all different sizes, types and volumes of microfiche scanning and microfilm scanning. We cater for small to large microfilm and microfiche archives to be digitally converted from scanning, printing and copying.

We provide our document management software, Halogen to businesses who are looking to scan and convert large archive from microfilm or microfiche, free of charge. This is our document storage, archive and retrieval software, developed in-house by Pearl Scan.

Microfiche and Microfilm Formats We Digitise

We know that there are many types, size and variety of microfiche and microfilm. Below is a list of the microfilm and microfiche formats we can scan as part of our specialised microfiche scanning and microfilm scanning service.

Pearl Scan digitises 16mm microfiche and microfilm

16mm Microfiche [Jacketed, or Diazo Copy]

  1. - Used to archive A3/A4 documents.
  2. - Size is 6 x 4 inches.
  3. - When full contains typically 98 frames of data.
Pearl Scan can scan 35mm microfiche and microfilm

35mm Microfiche

  1. - Often used to archive large engineering plans, building/construction plans and newspapers.
  2. - Size is 6 x 4 inches.
  3. - Can hold 12-15 pages per microfiche.
Pearl Scan offers scanning for COMBI microfiche and microfilm

Combi Microfiche

  1. - Contains both 16mm and 35mm images.
  2. - Mainly used in the building industry and local authorities.
  3. - Size is 6 x 4 inches, contains mixture of A3/A4 documents and plans.
Pearl Scan can scan COM microfiche and microfilm

COM Microfiche (Computer Output to Microfiche)

  1. - Used in corporate environments to store and archive large amounts of data.
  2. - Vehicle manufacturing industry use it to archive parts lists, catalogues, reports, payroll data, etc.
  3. - Size is 6 x 4 inches, contains up 270 pages per microfiche.
Pearl Scan offers microfiche and microfilm scanning for 16mm reels

16mm Microfilm Reel / Roll / Spool

  1. - Used to archive A3/A4 documents.
  2. - Standard microfilm typically contains average 2,400 images.
Pearl Scan provides scanning services for 35mm microfiche and microfilm reels

35mm Microfilm Reel / Roll / Spool

  1. - Used to archive large format drawings, architectural plans and newspapers.
  2. - Standard microfilm typically contains between 500 - 700 images.
Pearl Scan can scan microfilm and microfiche cartridges and cassettes

Microfilm Cartridge / Cassettes

  1. - Same as 16mm and 35mm Microfilm specification, but housed in a cassette / cartridge format.

Benefits of Microfiche Scanning and Microfilm Scanning

 Eliminate the need of a reader or printer

Microfilm and microfiche readers can be removed and the cost of consumables and maintenance is eliminated.

 Instant and easy access

Search through masses of scanned documents quicker and easier than ever before in its digital format, rather than trying to locate the physical microfilm or microfiche files.

 Access from anywhere, anytime

A digital archive of microfilm or microfiche offers the best location and time flexibility, perfect for enabling a mobile or flexible workforce. Scanned and converted digital images are also much easier to share and distribute between different users.

 Document sharing and distribution

It is much more flexible with the scanned and converted digital images to share and distribute between different users.

 Save cost

Storing microfiche and microfilm files digitally is much more cost effective than physical methods.

 Increase efficiencyin the workplace

Efficiency rises and productivity improves significantly as documents are faster and easier to find in digital format.

 Boosts staff morale

A simple, digital system will help your staff get more work done, boosting their morale in the workplace.


Space for microfilm or microfiche storage cabinets, readers and printers is no longer required. It can now be reclaimed for other business use.

 Preserve data

Microfilm and microfiche deteriorates with time. Keep vital information safe with a digital archive. Data is also much more secure and easy to safeguard in electronic format, compared to any hard copy archive of microfilm or microfiche.

 Environmentally conscious

Reduced use of microfilm and resources boosts your green credentials.

 Document and data security

Reduced use of microfilm and resources boosts your green credentials.

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Fast, secure and nationwide - whether you have a box to collect or would like us to organise a collection of hundreds of boxes, our logistics team will work with you to arrange the collection of your documents at the most convenient time for you and in the most cost effective way possible.

If you need additional assistance to have your files, boxes etc. removed from filing cabinets and catalogued or from third-party storage supplier's facility, this can also be arranged for you as well as if you require any boxes, packaging material or special fragile items such heritage material, books, large maps or documents to be collected in security marked lockable containers.

Prior to scanning documents, we go through the files and remove any document fasteners, such as staples, paper clips, treasury tags and post-it notes. All documents, including the attachments and receipts, are kept in their original order to ensure a smooth and accurate scanning process takes place and to guarantee the quality of all documents scanned.

We use the latest document scanners equipped with ultra-sonic double-page-feed detection, automated colour detection and image optimisation technology to ensure optimum scanned image quality.

The document can be scanned either black and white or like-for-like as per originals, our document scanning equipment can handle document sizes as small as a trains ticket to A3, any large documents such as maps, plans and technical drawings are scanned on our wide-format scanners.

Once the documents have been scanned, we can then index each file, folder or a document by the required index criteria (metadata) for example, title, name, address, reference number, date etc. to enable better storage and search capabilities.

We can apply OCR processing in order to convert your scanned documents to fully text-searchable scans (images). This can be very beneficial for searching particular documents by their contents (keywords etc.); while the OCR search used together can also help to locate any misfiled documents.

Rigorous quality control checks are applied throughout the document scanning and capture processes, as well as a separate dedicated department is allocated to perform quality checks in accordance with our In-house manual, and third-party audited EN BS ISO 9001 and EN BS ISO 27001 standards.

To ensure extra layer of security, the data can be encrypted at the highest available level of encryption.

The final scanned data can be supplied either on a Disc, USB Drive or downloadable from our SFTP.

After an agreed period of time and approval of the scanned data, the originals can be securely shredded. A shredding certificate is provided upon completion of the shredding process.

Why Choose Pearl Scan Group

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In conjunction with the EN BS ISO 9001:2005, 27001, 14001 and in-house implemented quality, security and compliance procedures allow us to deliver peace of mind scanning services to our client. We are an approved document scanning and data capture scanning service provider to many reputable health, education, manufacturing, financial, logistics etc. organisations.

Logo's in which Pearl Scan Group has a number accreditations with including ISO