It’s time to streamline and improve the way you microfilm records and documents.
Tired of using an outdated and slow microfilm camera that gives you terrible image quality? We have some good news for you! Today, obsolete microfilm cameras or plotters can be replaced with modern digital imaging technology. Here are five signs you should change the way you microfilm documents.
1. You’re still using a planetary, rotary microfilm camera or outdated microfilm plotter.
These things are obsolete, time consuming and don’t give you high quality images. Avoid using the following outdated cameras like:
- Kodak MRG Microfilm Camera
- Kodak MRD Microfilm Camera
- Wicks & Wilson ACOI Aperture Card Plotter
- Wicks &Wilson ACOII Aperture Card Plotter
- Microbox CADMIC Aperture Card Plotter
- Quintek Aperture Card Plotter
- Microbox Polycom Microfilm Plotter
- 3M 2600 Camera
- 3M 2800 Camera
- 3M 2900 Camera
- 3M2950 Plotter
- Kodak, Canon, Minolta, ALOS, or Zeutschel Rotary Microfilm Camera
- Kodak, Canon Minolta, ALOS, or Zeutschel Planetary Microfilm Camera
2. You’re paying high prices to repair your microfilm camera.
It’s difficult or nearly impossible to get parts or service for your planetary or rotary microfilm camera. That means you need to quit paying for expensive equipment and maintenance contracts.
3. You’re using a labor intensive multi-step process to create archival microfilm or archival aperture cards.
It’s time to get away from the camera – film Processor – card Mounter – key punch process. Paper documents can be scanned using high quality and highly productive paper scanners to create digital images. These images can then be recorded onto archival microfilm and aperture cards utilizing digital recording devices. Digital documents such as CAD files can also be recorded on archival microfilm and aperture cards utilizing digital recording devices. This allows paper documents to be combined with digitally-created documents that can be interfiled and recorded on archival microfilm.
4. You’re trying to film documents larger than 11″ x 17″ on 16mm microfilm. That’s a mistake.
- Large format documents such as engineering drawings will not fit on 16mm microfilm. Reduction ratios should not be higher than 30x.
- 35mm film is less expensive per document because it can store more images on each roll.
- A roll of 35mm film requires less physical storage space because you can fit more images on the film.
- Multiple sized documents can be interfiled on 35mm film from letter office documents to large engineering images. The use of 35mm film will provide archive images of all sizes of documents with sufficient resolution that a person or microfilm scanner can read.
5. You’re dealing with environmental and work place issues associated with handling and processing chemicals.
Eliminate concerns about workplace compliance issues and environmental regulations by eliminating handling of chemistry in processing. You’ll also be able to control costs and quality by outsourcing to an experienced microfilm archivist supplying a highly automated process.
Tameran’s microfilm archive solutions provide your business with a cost-effective risk management strategy for preservation of technical documents. Our microfilm services can be seamlessly integrated with your existing workflow, making the archive a natural by-product of your normal document release process.