Microfiche and Microfilm Scanning Services


For your convenience, we can securely collect the microfiche and microfilm from anywhere within the UK and Europe and return the originals back to you upon completion.


We use specialist scanners to scan and convert microfiche, rolls of microfilm, negatives and transparencies to digital PDF, PDF/A, TIFF and Jpeg formats.

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The digital files (PDF/TIFF/Jpeg, etc.) can be indexed by the microfiche title/header or microfilm details to allow easy storage and retrieval of documents.


Upon completion of scanning and indexation of microfiche and microfilm, the digital images can be supplied to you on a CD/USB or via encrypted downloadable link.

Scanning and Conversion of Microfiche

16mm microfiche

16mm Microfiche

Often used to store A4 documents, the microfiche is about a size of a post card and typically will have 5/6 rows of negative strips containing 60/70 pages when full.

35mm microfiche

35mm Microfiche

Typically used to store large format drawings and plans of up to A0 size containing around 6 frames per fiche when full.

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COMBI Microfiche

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

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COM Microfiche

Computer Output to Microfiche (COM) is a type of fiche which is used to store large amount of data/reports from a mainframe/corporate system and when full can contain up to 278 frames of A4 documents.

Scanning and Conversion of Microfilm

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16mm Microfilm

Used to film and store A4/A3 documents and on average contains around 2500 pages. It also comes in a duplex format which contains double the amount of images as well as can have image blips which are used to identify individual documents.

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35mm Microfilm

Traditionally used to store large format of drawings and plans, when full it typically contains on average 800 frames. It is also used to store newspaper archives, birth and burial registers.

Additional Services

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Document Management

For clients who want to further improve document access, retrieval and overall efficiencies, we offer our bespoke digital document management solutions – Halogen (locally based) and Pearl Cloud (cloud based). Our systems are designed to be easy to deploy, intuitive and provide powerful features.

Secure Shredding

Once microfiche and microfilm are scanned, digital data has been delivered and upon our client’s approval we can securely shred the original documents. Our shredding services are accredited to BSI, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 15713 and recycling association standards to provide peace of mind.

OCR Processing

If you require your documents to be searchable, we can OCR process your scanned microfiche and microfilm documents. This will significantly reduce time needed to search and retrieve your files and provide additional flexibility to your overall digital document management.

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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.


Our microfiche and microfilm scanning facility is 24/7 monitored by security personnel and all our staff members are fully vetted to DBS.

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.

Typical Reasons to Scan Your Microfiche and Microfilm

Loss Prevention

Having digital copies of your microfiche and microfilm documents will ensure that you will always have secure backup of your documents.

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Fast Retrieval

Digital files of your documents can be conveniently categorised by number of factors, which enables to find and access your documents instantly.

Easy Access

Digitising microfiche and microfilm will negate the necessity of using expensive and time consuming equipment to access the micro-media files.

Better Security

Digital copies of your microfiche and microfilm documents can be encrypted to control and monitor who has access to those files.

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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.