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.
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.
Founded in 2003, with almost 15 years of valuable knowledge and expertise in delivering successful document scanning and data capture services through the UK to some of the most reputable and globally known organisations.
We operate from a custom built document scanning and data capture centre, which is built around security, safety and confidentiality. The site is monitored 24hours a day by security and CCTV systems.
The document scanning and data capture bureau is equipped with the state-of-the-art dedicated document, Microfilm media, Books and Large Format Plans scanning and capture technology; catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service provider for scanning and digital conversion needs . We continually invest in our staff training and latest technology to ensure that we are delivering quality and innovations at all times.
Pearl Scan Group has the infrastructure to provide quick turnaround for urgent document scanning needs to taking on a large volume scanning and conversion of documents, microfilm media, books etc. projects. Our document scanning and data capture service centre always run at 80% of its productivity allowing 20% space and resources for on-demand, ad-hock projects.