UScan+ HD Microform Scanner Released to Market with Industry-First 18MP Active Pixel Sensor Array

Frederick, Md.Crowley Company owner and president Christopher Crowley announces the formal release of the UScan+ HD, the next generation in the UScan+ line of universal microform scanners. Utilizing three decades of Mekel and Wicks and Wilson technology, the company’s manufacturing arms, Crowley is now offering the highest resolution on the market for this scanner type with an 18 megapixel active pixel sensor array for maximum image clarity. Microform includes: microfilm; microfiche; aperture cards; photo negatives; slides and more.

The Uscan+ HD with industry-high 18MP image sensor.
The UScan+ HD with industry-high 18MP image sensor.

Crowley vice president of sales and marketing, Matthew McCabe, impresses the need for progressive hardware advancements in the industry. “The technology surrounding microfilm scanners has advanced significantly over the past few years. The market now demands features such as scan-to-cloud, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) compatibility and smart editing. These features are important advancements for users, but of little advantage in scanners with slow processing interfaces or poor image quality. The UScan+ HD’s 18 megapixel active pixel sensor array  ̶  the highest in this scanner class  ̶  couples with a USB 3.0 interface to offer a scanning solution at an unmatched quality with unbeatable speed for both walk-up patrons and back office use.”

Institutions having need for the UScan+ HD include libraries, universities, historical societies and other recordkeeping institutions, particularly those that offer walk-up scanning services. End-user examples include students scanning research materials, genealogists pursuing historical references, investors seeking financial records and citizens researching deeds and other property history.

Efficiency is a key element in the UScan+ series, says McCabe. “All units are delivered with walk-up training videos so that any user can easily navigate the reading, scanning and saving process. The unit is set up to facilitate any level of user knowledge and to grow with users as their scanning needs become more diverse and perhaps greater in volume. In a back office setting, the operator can enable the camera with a timed auto-capture for film and fiche scanning, meaning that the unit will scan images at a specified pace. This allows for larger batches of scans to be processed at one time.”

International Success

The customized stand of the UScan+ Series (left) mimics the traditional reader/printer set-up.

The UScan+ HD has already been released in the United Kingdom to a positive reception. Crowley European channel manager, Duncan Moule, notes, “The UScan+ has been a hot ticket item in the U.K. for a few weeks now. Clients are enthusiastic about the advancements in the HD generation. Customers are thrilled by the resolution and love how easily the images can be edited.” Moule elaborates, “The ease of use with the UScan+ software is unparalleled in the universal film scanning market. Patrons and seasoned operators alike appreciate how easy it is to scan an image, customize it to their needs with image perfection tools and then share it in a matter of minutes.” McCabe adds, “Digital sharing features continue to be the imperative new element in modern scan systems for convenience and for the environment. Sharing options such as scan-to-network, cloud sharing and USB save eliminate the need for expensive ink or paper and Energy-star compliance serves to make the unit a no-waste, energy efficient solution.”

Also gaining client approval is the custom-engineered accessory stand, which positions the scanner and touchscreen as a compact station, mimicking older reader/printers. Original models of reader/printers positioned the scanned image on a small screen directly above the reader. “Call it nostalgia or a convenient design that has proven itself again,” remarks Moule. “Users are drawn to a set-up they understand. Combining the familiar with the new ­  ̶  such as touchscreens and Windows 10 operating system compatibility  ̶  are just a few of the ways Crowley is integrating the familiar with the latest technology.”

The Uscan+ HD’s image quality and line of customizable features will be showcased at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL from June 24th through the 27th. Complimentary Expo-only passes are available using promotional code: V620.

UScan+ HD orders are now being taken worldwide and may be sold under the following brand names: UScan+ HD, MACH2+ HD, delta+ HD and Ozaphan+ HD.


About The Crowley Company

The Crowley Company is a world-leader in digital and analog film technologies and provides an extensive number of digital document and film conversion services to the academic, publishing, commercial, government and archive sectors. The company manufactures, distributes and services high-speed microfilm, microfiche, aperture card, book and document scanners, microfilm duplicators, film processors and micrographics equipment. Manufactured brands include Mekel Technology, Wicks and Wilson, HF Processors and Extek Microsystems.