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Micrographics and digital imaging

Accessing and working with microforms such as microfilm and microfiche records, as well as aperture card can be both time consuming and frustrating particularly when the machinery used to view these is unavailable and expensive to replace.

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Our cost effective microfilm and microfiche scanning services help unlock the knowledge contained within microform archives, ensuring the value of the data is returned to your organisation.

Using specialist film scanners, we can capture the images making them available to view, distribute and store in more accessible forms. As a further enhancement the images can be run through an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) process, facilitating a keyword search facility for the end user.

At Restore Digital, we use our premium quality microfilm, microfiche and aperture scanners to convert the data into PDF, JPEG, or other digital formats as required.

Micrographics and Digital imaging

What we can scan

  • X-rays (medical and non-medical)
  • Weld radiographics
  • Microfiche
  • Aperture cards
  • Roll film
  • Slides and more

The benefits of conversion:

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    Lower costs

    Converting these files to a digital format eliminates the need to invest in costly viewers and reading equipment

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    Simple retrieval

    Digital versions of these images can be catalogued by any number of factors, allowing for instant identification

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    Protection from loss and damage

    Digital files can be securely stored and backed up in multiple locations for further insurance

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    Control who has access to files

    Digital files can be password protected, with controlled access authorisation

Types of Microforms



Microfilm are shrunken pages of information which have been put onto a film. They come in a number of sizes and type ranging from 16mm slides up to 35mm slides and a range of different sleeve or container sizes.



Microfiche is a card made of transparent film used to store printed information in miniaturised form. The standard size is 105 mm by 148 mm (about 4 by 5.8 inches).

Aperture cards

Aperture cards

An aperture card is a type of punched card with a cut-out window into which a chip of microfilm is mounted. Historically used for archiving or for making multiple inexpensive copies of a document.

How Liverpool University protected their valuable knowledge from long-term degradation.

The university had a need to provide quick access to it's microfilm records, many dating back to 1950s, or else run the risk of losing these precious documents. Restore's microfilm scanning conversion solution offered a low-cost permanent preservation result as well as streamlined method for retrieval..

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