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Large Format Scanning Services

Unleash the data stored on oversized rolls of paper with our large format scanning services at Pearl Scan. Rather than paper drawings being damaged, destroyed or simply lost, large format scanning gives you instant access to drawings in a digital format, preserving them forever.

Here at Pearl Scan we know about these problems. We are a large format scanning bureau based in Manchester with sale offices in London and Birmingham. Our large format scanning service process goes through strict supervision whilst using the latest image processing and drawing scanning technology to guarantee the best possible results.

Large Format Scanning Services Include

Professionals in a number of industries use our large format scanning service including architects, builders, construction firms, city councils and artists.

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  • Engineering drawings
  • Local area maps
  • Artwork
  • Technical product drawings
  • Housing plans
  • Electrical circuit drawings
  • Building/construction drawings
  • Railway plans
  • Ordnance survey maps
  • Paintings

Why Large Format Scanning

Large format scanning, also known as wide format scanning, is the process of digitising paper based plans, blueprints and large format drawings. Scanning large format documents/drawings can cut costs, improve work flow and modernise your practices. It also provides a safe storage option, offering easy access, sharing capabilities while giving you more storage space in your office.

Pearl Scan's Large Format Scanning Approach

At Pearl Scan we cater for scanning requirements of all sizes. We can offer express scanning with a same day turnaround for small batches of large format drawings, still keeping our production time line small for larger jobs. We can:

  • Drawings files to be converted TIFF, PDF or JPEG format.
  • Give you access to Halogen, a software to store your drawings. This is recommended for a large volume of drawings.
  • Provide a copy or print of your large format drawings, plans, art work, and ordnance surveys in black and white or full colour format with a fast turnaround time.
  • Offer a CAD conversion service, scanning large format drawings and converting them to editable digital format (.DWG, .DXF format).
  • We have the facilities, drawing scanning equipment, experience and accreditations to meet your organisation's needs.

Benefits of Large Format Scanning.

Access plans and blueprints anywhere with large format scanning.

Sharing and distribution - Share and distribute documents quickly and easily over a local network or online.

Access from anywhere - You'll be able to access scanned images with ease, no matter where you are working from.

Cost effective - Large format scanning has been proven to be highly efficient and cost effective. Read more...

Improves productivity and efficiency - As it is faster and easier to find and use plans and drawings, efficiency rises and productivity improves.

Boost staff morale - You can boost motivation for staff with expanding workloads by implementing a simpler system that allows them to get more done.

Gives back space - Enjoy the space that will now be unleashed in your working environment.

Future-proof your business - Keeping track of your documents digitally makes your office more modern and future-proof.

Security and Confidentiality - If your large format documents are to be kept in a secure environment, it is much easier to maintain the security and safety of the information in digital format than in hard copy.

As a document scanning company Pearl Scan Group's service bureau is at the fore-front of investing in the latest large format scanning, digitisation, data capture and conversion technology. This enables our scanning service bureau to provide scalable, flexible and cost effective large format scanning and management solutions.

Fast, secure and nationwide - 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 we will pre-prepare, sort and repair any damaged documents where required. This will ensure excellent image quality is achieved during the scanning process.

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.

Your large format drawings, plans, blue prints and art work can either be scanned using our wide format feed scanner or laid flat and digitised using our flat bed or overhead scanners. We offer a high image resolution scanning process for documents up to 44 inches wide.

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 trains ticket to A3, any large documents such as maps, plans and technical drawings are scanned on our wide-format scanners.

For large scanning projects, it is useful to create a database archive of your drawings and plans.

Once the documents have been scanned, we can then index each file, folder or a document by the required index criteria (metadata) for example, title, name, address, reference number, date etc. 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.

To ensure extra layer of security, the data can be encrypted at the highest available level of encryption.

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

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.

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Why Choose Pearl Scan Group

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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