Microfiche Scanning Services

Pearl Scan specialises in microfiche and microfilm digital conversion services to clients nationwide. We can scan and convert all types of microfiche and microfilm media to digital format such as TIFF and PDF.

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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Nationwide document scanning services


Our microfiche and microfilm scanning collection service covers the UK and Europe using our own unmarked fully tracked fleet of vehicles.

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Fast Turnaround

With the capacity to digitise around 10 million images per month, we can accommodate urgent and demanding microfiche and microfilm scanning requirements.


We can fulfil any microfiche and microfilm digitisation requirements – we provide services to any required volumes, complexity involved and to any location.

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Types of Microfiche & Microfilm

16mm microfiche

16mm Microfiche

Roughly the size of a postcard, 16mm microfiche is often used to store A4 documents and will have around 5 or 6 rows of negative strips, each containing 60 to 70 pages when full.

35mm microfiche

35mm Microfiche

This type of Microfiche is commonly used to store newspaper archives, birth and burial registers, and large format drawings or plans up to A0 in size. Each fiche contains 6 frames when full.

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COMBI Microfiche

This type of microfiche is created to combine both 16mm and 35mm frames and is used in local authorities’ planning, building control and highways departments.

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COM Microfiche

Computer output to microfiche (COM) is a fiche used to store large amounts of data or reports from mainframes or corporate systems. Once full, it can contain up to 278 frames of A4 documents.

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16mm Microfilm

16mm microfilm is used to film and store A4/A3 documents and contains around 2500 pages. It also comes in a duplex format that contains double the amount of images.

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35mm Microfilm

Traditionally used to store large format of drawings and plans – when 35mm microfilm is full, it typically contains an average of 800 frames.

Frequently Scanned Microfiche & Microfilm We scan microfilm and microfiche and convert them to searchable PDFs and digital media. Below are the files we most frequently work with:

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Planning & Building Control

Planning and building control documentation can be easily digitised, removing information from your microfiche or mircofilm file and translating it into an easy-to-use digital document.

HR & Payroll

Sensitive data like that associated with company HR and payroll needs to be handled securely and with accuracy – and by digitising your employee’s details, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Members Pensions Records

Transfer pension records from microfiche or microfilm to PDF, TIFF or JPEG formats, and get the added bonus of being able to seamlessly search and locate crucial data.

Technical drawings

Remove the need to riffle through paperwork or blueprints by digitally scanning technical drawings. These can then easily be accessed and shared on digital devices, from tablets to desktop computers.

Machine parts

Microfiche or microfilm containing intricate details for machine parts can be digitised and made accessible to engineers or contractors via tablets – making refurbishments easier to complete.

Newspaper archive

Office or home clogged up with boxes of newspaper or magazine archives? We can make digital copies of any kind of print publication, preserving your collections and making them available digitally.

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What are the benefits of microfiche and microfilm scanning? In addition to being cost and space effective, there are many advantages to microfiche and microfilm scanning - such as:

Loss Prevention

By transferring your microfiche and microfilm files into the digital world you’ll be creating an easy-to-store back-up that can be securely held and accessed as and when you need it.

Easy Access

Renting a microfiche scanner can be costly and time consuming. Why not let us do the hard work for you? We’ll digitise your micro-media files and return them in one easy process.

Better Security

Our digitised microfiche and microfilm files feature added encryption, allowing you to choose exactly who can view and access your data.

Cost-effective document storage

Simple Storage

Your microfiche and microfilm files will be easy to store on your choice of CD, USB or securely encrypted download link, allowing you to streamline your office space and work more efficiently.

Other Types of Transparencies and Photographic Material Scanning

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We use state-of-the-art specialist scanners to scan and convert 35mm negatives into high-quality image files, such as TIFF, Jpeg, and PDF.


All types and sizes of slides, such as 35mm standard slides, 35mm half-frame slides, and medium format slides can be scanned and converted to PDF, TIFF, Jpeg, etc.

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Glass Plates

Old glass plate photographs can hold valuable memories – we can scan and digitise them to various digital formats, such as Jpeg, TIFF and PDF, in order to preserve those memories.

Aperture Cards

Large technical drawings and plans contained in aperture cards can be scanned and converted to high quality digital files, such as PDF, TIFF and Jpeg, as well as have metadata captured.

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.

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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.