Aperture Card Scanning and Conversion Service convert aperture card drawings to TIFF, PDF or CAD

Pearl Scan’s aperture card digitisation and copying department provides scanning services for all types of aperture cards also known as microfiche card or microfilm card and convert to digital formats of your choice, such as TIFF, PDF and even AutoCAD formats such as .dwg or .dxf. We can also scan plain aperture cards with a printed drawing reference, our scanning bureau will also scan and convert fully indexed Hollerith punched cards and capture drawing data automatically from the Hollerith index.

Document Scanning Process

The document scanning process What we do with your documents

  • Collection

    We provide a secure collection of your documents from anywhere in the UK within 24 hours or as convenient for you as well as we can supply storage boxes and assistance with removing and boxing up your files.

  • Conversion

    We scan and convert all types and sizes of documents to a digital format of your choice such as PDF, PDF Searchable, TIFF, JPEG, Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Delivery

    We deliver your digital data on a secure storage medium of your choice such as CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP or fully managed Pearl Cloud document management system.

The Process in Depth

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Aperture Card Scanning Explained

Flexibility – Whether you have couple of cards or hundreds of thousands, our aperture cards scanning department can quickly scan these for you.

Collection  Our clients have the choice to either send their aperture cards to our scanning centre or request a secure collection service. We provide a next day collection and delivery service from anywhere within mainland UK.

Scanning – Once collected, our aperture card scanning team will setup the scanners and the technical profile based on the quality of the aperture cards, this will also include setting up image resolution, scanning formats e.g. PDF or TIFF.

Delivery – Upon completion of scanning, an indexation of the scanned images created from the aperture cards is carried out. Aperture cards images (PDF etc. files) are typically indexed by the following information.

  • Drawing reference number
  • Drawing title or description
  • Issue number
  • Sheet number

The scanned PDF files are then supplied via CD, USB or a secure download link.

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Reasons to Digitise Aperture Cards

  • Aperture card reader printers are a thing of the past which often breakdown and not easy to maintain as this technology is almost redundant and costly.
  • We can scan and convert your aperture cards to easy to use digital images, so you do not need to use old reader printers or copiers to view and produce low quality prints and copies of the drawings.
  • Aperture cards are scanned using specialist scanners to produce high quality digital output enabling easy and improved access to required information.

Aperture Card Drawings Conversion to CAD

As well as scanning each aperture card to a digital file e.g. TIFF or PDF (raster, non-editable images), we can convert TIFF or PDF images to fully editable CAD files such as .dwg or .dxf format. Our CAD conversion service provides accurate conversion of raster images into vector files such as .dwg or .dxf.

Our aperture card scanning and conversion to CAD format service enables our clients to quickly make any required changes and efficiently maintain their digital archive of drawings.

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Why Choose Pearl Scan?


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.

    ISO 9001 Registered         ISO 14001 Registered         ISO 27001 Registered         Investors In People         PCI Compliant         Member of IRM     


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.