2,981 bags [microfilm reels] containing 704,276 images in less than six months. Pretty impressive.

IT Specialist, a Federal library

Microfiche, Microfilm and Aperture Card Digitization

Expert Microfilm Scanning Services for All Volume Collections

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microfiche scanning service, aperture card scanning, and microfilm scanning services Crowley Imaging has proven to have one of the largest digitization capacities for microfilm, microfiche and aperture card scanning in the market. Scanning hundreds of millions of images each year, the firm has earned a positive reputation for its use of top-tier capture technology and scan operator expertise. This combination ensures that even the most troublesome microfiche and microfilm can be converted into high-quality finished images. Additionally, the Mekel Technology microfilm scanners used on the scanning floor have proven capable of achieving FADGI star ratings.

Crowley’s microfilm scanning services have been utilized for archival projects, student records scanning, nuclear records management capture and more.

Microform digitization capabilities include:

Aperture Card Scanning
  • MIL, ISO  and DINSilver aperture cards
  • Hollerith code capture with output to text
  • 8-bit grayscale or bitonal images
  • 100-400 dpi resolution
  • Output to most data formats
Microfiche Scanning
  • All standard/long jacket fiche types plus: COM; AB Dick; Ultra Fiche; Microx
  • 16mm or 35mm (or combo)
  • Positive or negative
  • Diazo, Silver, Vesicular formats
  • Duplicates
  • Bitonal output to: TIFF (G3, G4) and PDF (all single/multi);  PDF/A
  • Grayscale output to: uncompressed TIFF/JPEG (true 256 shades of gray); JPEG 2000; PDF (single/multi-page); PDF/A
Microfilm Scanning
  • 100’, 215’ and 1,000’ rolls; ANSI, M-types and open spools
  • 16mm and 35mm
  • Positive or negative
  • Silver, Diazo and Vesicular formats
  • Bi-tonal output to: TIFF (G3, G4) and PDF (all single/multi);  PDF/A
  • Grayscale output to: uncompressed TIFF/JPEG (true 256 shades of gray); JPEG 2000; PDF (single/multi-page); PDF/A
Output/Additional Services
  • Delivery via FTP external drives for customer post-processing
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for full text searches
  • Manual indexing

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The Crowley Technology Advantage: Manufacturing

The Crowley Company opened its doors in 1980 as a distributor of micrographic equipment. Soon after, Crowley Imaging was created to provide microfilm, microfiche and aperture card scanning services. In October of 2003, The Crowley Company went one step further and acquired Mekel Technology, the first and still leading manufacturer of high-speed production microfilm and microfiche scanners. In 2011, Crowley became the owner and manufacturer of the competitive Wicks and Wilson microform scanners.  Today, Crowley Imaging and its clients are the beneficiaries of these collaborations, which pair highly talented and experienced engineering and R&D staff with Crowley imaging and film scanning professionals. As end-users of products manufactured in-house, Crowley Imaging has the unique ability to tailor hardware or software technology to a client’s specific requirements and also affect the future of microfilm scanning and processing.

System Implementation and Image Hosting

The Crowley programming staff has proven experience in managing data conversions. This expertise allows for final output integration into the wide array of document management solutions on the market today or into a custom solution engineered for a specific business application. Whether the needs are internal, external or for web distribution, Crowley Imaging has the capabilities to provide the needed solution to integrate digitized images into a workflow.

Additionally, Crowley’s IMAGEhost platform is an easy to integrate software package that allows end-users to search, save, copy and print images directly from a hosted digitized microfilm roll or microfiche jacket from any desktop or mobile device.

Hybrid Approach: We Scan; You Process

Crowley’s exclusive hybrid approach to microform scanning allows clients to outsource the digitization to Crowley Imaging and process the images in-house with QuantumProcess software.

Choose Crowley Imaging for microfiche scanning services, microfilm scanning services and more.

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