Aperture card scanning consitst of scanning the micro media into an editable and sharable digital file. Our aperture card scanning service is avaialbe in Manchester, London and thoughout the UK.

Aperture Card Scanning Services

Our aperture card scanning service is one of our many micro-media scanning specialities. We scan and convert aperture cards for companies and individuals alike, and deal with a range of volumes.

Drawn plans on aperture cards are scanned to digital formats

A converted mechanical drawing in to a digital format.

The specialist aperture card digitisation and copying bureau can handle all types of microfilm cards and convert these to digital formats of your choice, such as TIFF, PDF and CAD (DWG or DXF) files. All of our aperture card scanning services are fully accredited to quality, security and data confidentiality.

Our professional service offers next day collection and delivery services nationwide, ensuring a quick turnaround.

Aperture card scanning with retrieval software

Depending on whether you have one aperture card or a large archive of aperture to be scanned, you can either have it collected using our secure door to door collection service, or you can choose to dispatch it to our secure scanning premises.

Once collected, we scan and prepare sample digital images of the drawings stored on the cards, while also indexing the digital created PDF or TIFF files based on individual indexing requirements.

Companies looking to scan and convert large archives of their aperture cards may also benefit from Halogen, which is our open source, free of charge document archive and retrieval software.

Advantages of aperture card scanning

 Eliminate the need of a reader or printer

Aperture card readers are extremely costly to maintain and repair. So by scanning the cards to digital format, these costly repairs are made a thing of the past.

 Instant and Easy Access

It is much faster and easier to search through scanned digital drawings as opposed to trying to locate the manual aperture card.

 Access from anywhere and any time

As more organisations operate from multiple locations and in different time zones, a digital archive of drawings offer the best flexibility.

 Document sharing and distribution

Converted scanned documents offer much more flexibility, allowing them to be distributed between different users.

 Save cost

Compared to the physical storage and retrieval of drawings from aperture cards, it has been proven to be much more cost effective to store and retrieve drawings electronically.

 Improves productivity and efficiency

Efficiency rises and productivity improves significantly as drawings are faster and easier to find when digitised.

 Boosts staff morale

You can improve staff motivation because staff with expanding workloads will feel better with a simpler system that allows them to get more done in less time.

 Gives back much needed space

The need for the aperture card cabinets and the reader-printer storage space is no longer required, meaning the freed up space can be used in more effective business ways.


As aperture cards and film media deteriorate with time, vital information can be lost. However digital archives can be relied upon for long-term backup and archiving.

 Environmentally conscious

The reduced use of aperture card printers and resources will help the environment and bolster your green credentials.

 Document and data security

Data is much more secure and easy to safe guard in digital format than hard copy archives.

Contact us

Contact us today by phoning 0161 832 7991, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or using our Contact Us Form to receive more information and a tailored quotation.

Fast, secure and nationwide - We can collect your aperture cards from anywhere in UK, whether you have a box to collect or would like us to organise a collection of hundreds of boxes, our logistics team will work with you to arrange the collection of your documents at the most convenient time for you and in the most cost effective way possible.

If you need additional assistance to have your files, boxes etc. removed from filing cabinets and catalogued or from third-party storage supplier's facility, this can also be arranged for you as well as if you require any boxes, packaging material or special fragile items such heritage material, books, large maps or documents to be collected in security marked lockable containers.

Prior to scanning documents, we go through the files and remove any document fasteners, such as staples, paper clips, treasury tags and post-it notes. All documents, including the attachments and receipts, are kept in their original order to ensure a smooth and accurate scanning process takes place and to guarantee the quality of all documents scanned.

Engineering drawings preserved and sorted on aperture cards are digitised using specialist aperture card scanners. These produce high resolution images in order to capture intricate details from the aperture card film. After scanning, images of the drawings are produced, checked and corrected to ensure high quality. Any drawings with quality compromised are processed through sophisticated image enhancement treatments in order to obtain the best image quality possible.

We use the latest document scanners equipped with ultra-sonic double-page-feed detection, automated colour detection and image optimisation technology to ensure optimum scanned image quality.

The document can be scanned either black and white or like-for-like as per originals, our document scanning equipment can handle document sizes as small as a train ticket to A3, any large documents such as maps, plans and technical drawings are scanned on our wide-format scanners.

Once we have scanned and enhanced your aperture cards, the scanned images are then converted to the required electronic format. This can be either TIFF, PDF or JPEG, while drawings can also be converted to CAD formats such as Auto CAD, DWG and DXF.

Once the documents have been scanned, we can then index each file, folder or a document by the required index criteria (metadata) for example;

  • Drawing number
  • Drawing title
  • Drawing description
  • Sheet number
  • Issue number
This to enable better storage and search capabilities.

We can apply OCR processing in order to convert your scanned documents to fully text-searchable scans (images). This can be very beneficial for searching particular documents by their contents (keywords etc.); while the OCR search used together can also help to locate any misfiled documents.

Rigorous quality control checks are applied throughout the document scanning and capture processes, as well as a separate dedicated department is allocated to perform quality checks in accordance with our In-house manual, and third-party audited EN BS ISO 9001 and EN BS ISO 27001 standards.

The final scanned data can be supplied either on a Disc, USB Drive or downloadable from our SFTP.

As well as providing data in a standard PDF file format, if you don't have a drawing storage and search system, we can supply our Halogen software in order to help you find the required drawings simply and quickly. This complimentary service adds value to our aperture card conversion services and make the whole conversion process more efficient and cost effective.

After an agreed period of time and approval of the scanned data, the originals can be securely shredded. A shredding certificate is provided upon completion of the shredding process.

Free trial

We offer a free trial of our UK document scanning services. We can convert a section of your project to showcase the qulity of our digital conversions.

We offer a free trial of our scanning services to our prospective clients.

Contact us to find out more

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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.

Logo's in which Pearl Scan Group has a number accreditations with including ISO