Microfiche and Microfilm scanning

We have 16 years worth of expertise and experience in scanning and digitising microfiche and microfilm with state of the art specialist scanners. Our scanning bureau is able to scan various types of microfiche and microfilm and produce digital images in required formats, such as PDF, PDF-A, Searchable PDF or TIFF, while adhering to the highest quality standards.

Our services are flexible and scalable, which means that depending on your requirements we can establish the perfect technical profile for the scanning and conversion process. Once we agree upon the right solution for you and the digitisation process is completed we will then index the digital files and supply them on digital medium of your choice, such as CD, USB, Hard drive or a secure FTP server.


  • 16mm: Often used to store A4 documents and holds around 98 pages per fiche.
  • 35mm: Typically used to store building plans and engineering drawings from A2 – A0 sizes.
  • COMBI: Combination of 16mm & 35mm frames and traditionally used in the local Authorities planning and building control departments.
  • COM: Computer output to Microfiche and when full, holds around 270 pages.


  • 16mm: Roll of Microfilm used to store A4 documents and on average holds around 2,400 pages.
  • 35mm: Often used for large format drawings and architectural plans and contains on average 500 large format drawings or plans per reel.
  • Cartridge: Simply 16mm or 35mm roll of Microfilm housed in a case or cassette.

Technical profile

Depending on your needs, type of microfiche or microfilm and the type of document contained we will create a technical profile for the digitisation process, based on following key areas:

  • Image resolution
  • Scanning mode (B&W or Greyscale)
  • File Compression (Compressed or Non-Compressed)
  • File Format (TIFF, PDF, Searchable PDF)
  • Image enhancement and optimisation
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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Careful handling

We take every step necessary ensure that your microfilm or microfiche are not damaged throughout the scanning and digitisation process. Our members of staff are trained to deal with sensitive material and the whole process is done with specialist equipment in a dedicated room.

Collection and delivery

To ensure a smooth and effortless service, we can supply you with boxes to help you to prepare the files for collection and, securely collect your microfiche and microfilm from anywhere within the UK and once the scanning and conversion process is complete safely deliver the documents back.

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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.

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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.