Before digital technology seemingly took over business communication, aperture cards were imperative for storing and retrieving engineering and technical drawings. They provided faster retrieval than more traditional forms of storing large format drawings so made processes simpler and quicker for businesses all over the world. The height of technology, these dominated the corporate world in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. However as with everything, they had a self-life and were replaced by more modern technologies as time went on.
As a result of their popularity however, there are hordes of valuable collections of engineering drawings that are sitting dormant on aperture cards. And as you’d expect, the equipment required to display and print the images has become scarce are people ditched it for new technology, or simply ran it into the ground meaning it is now too expensive to repair or replace. And this is where aperture card scanning comes in.
Converting aperture cards to digital images such as TIFF, PDF or Jpeg provides a plethora of advantages for those working within the engineering industry. It allows information to be found, printed and distributed in seconds from a computer, all at the touch of a button. Helping to speed up processes, it is imperative for making sure businesses are able to work effectively. It also means that old equipment that is likely not in working order, can be thrown away, potentially making room for useful equipment that can further help to improve productivity.
The images that are collected from the scanned aperture cards can also be supported by existing data backup procedures – just like modern files and saved in the same, high quality, formats. This allows them to be accessed anywhere, and at any time.
How does aperture card scanning work?
At Pearl Scan, we pride ourselves on our expert knowledge and first class customer care. In order to make your aperture cards more usable, we prepare sample digital images of the drawings stored on aperture cards and index them based on your indexing requirements. We index them based on each individual storage and retrieval specification, such as, drawing number, drawing title, drawing description, sheet number and issue number. The file formats we convert to are PDF or TIFF, making them usable in a range of settings going forward.
Those who have a large volume of aperture cards may benefit from our open source, free of charge document archive and retrieval software, Halogen.