Do You Really Need Aperture Cards?

December 17th, 2015

Do You Really Need Those Aperture Cards?

Businesses around the globe are in a constant state of audit, trying to figure out new and dynamic ways to streamline their internal processes and boost their profits. One of the elements coming under the spotlight as businesses seek to improve is aperture cards. Traditionally used to store technical data like blueprints and engineering drawings, many companies still use these cards – but with more technologically advanced options out there for the storage of technical drawings, do you really need those outdated aperture cards?

Here at Pearl Scan, we provide a comprehensive aperture card scanning service, extracting all of the information from the cards. Images of the drawings are then produced, checked and corrected to ensure the highest quality. We can even optimise images which are aged or of poor quality, using sophisticated image enhancement tools to obtain the best image possible.

The future does not lie in aperture cards, that much is clear. Here’s why you should be considering whether now is the time to digitise your archive:

Eliminate the need for scanning equipment

Aperture cards come with their very own card readers, many of which are old and prone to malfunctioning. Businesses can remove the consumables and maintenance required to keep these readers going by simply digitising their aperture card archive.

Fast access

Forget sorting through hundreds of archived aperture cards in physical format – digitised documents of this kind are fully searchable, allowing all users to locate and view historic files with a few taps or clicks.


Now more than ever, businesses need to be thinking of investing in solutions that will see them through the next ten or twenty years. Digitised documents are going nowhere – the business world has already started digitising, and it may end up being a slow process, but all signs point to a world in a few decades when all documents are in digital formats.


To read an aperture card, you’ll need the card itself and a compatible reader-printer. But if the files are digitised and uploaded to a cloud server, you can access them from anywhere with just a laptop, tablet or PC. This could give a large workforce access to a vast catalogue of files that can be referred to at any point, rather than needing to go through the lengthy process of finding the card, scanning it and viewing the contents.