Microfiche Scanners with High Performance, Superior Speed and Image Quality

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As a valuable member of the microfilm family, microfiche – when stored properly – can last up to 500 years! While essential for long term preservation of private, public and other critical records, microfiche in its film form can elongate the research process. When digitized, institutions can create an easily accessible database for everyday use of microfiche collections.

In 1987, Mekel Technology introduced the world’s first production microfilm scanner, followed closely by the first commercial microfiche scanner. Purchased by The Crowley Company in 2003, Mekel Technology continues to manufacture the acclaimed MACH-Series scanners, including the Crowley MACH Mini Film and Fiche scanners. Mekel and Crowley provide a full line of microfiche capture options in the MACH-Series scanners and proprietary FastFiche and Quantum processing software for service bureaus, corporations, government, archivists and other large-volume clients.


  • Scans jacket/COM/AB Dick/Microx/Ultra fiche and standard aperture cards
  • Up to 600 dpi true optical resolution
  • Capable of capturing to FADGI, Metamorfoze and ISO standards

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MACH Mini Fiche

MACH Mini Fiche

  • Economically-sized scanner captures all microfiche formats
  • Utilizes the industry-leading Quantum software suite
  • Up to 600 dpi true optical resolution

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Key Features:

  • NEW! Serpentine scanning for increased throughput
  • NEW! Optical character recognition (OCR) of image text
  • NEW! OCR title naming using text recognition from the title bar
  • NEW! Windows 10 and 11 Pro support
  • Manual and/or automated microfiche loading and unloading*
  • Intelligent single-pass pre-scan located all images of various sizes in seconds without the need for presets/wizards
  • Unmatched throughput speeds of up to 200 images per minute whether scanning grayscale, bitonal or dual grayscale/bitonal*
  • Full fiche or title bar scan (opaque and transparent) with no loss in overall throughput
  • Real-time image sharpening and enhancement performed in hardware
  • Scans all standard aperture card and fiche types including COM and jacket
  • Up to 600 dpi tru optical resolution
  • Delivers clear and consistent image quality, offering automatic image adjustments such as cropping, rotation, deskew and more

*Depending on model

Quantum Software

All MACH-Series microfiche scanner purchases will include the revolutionary Quantum software, tripling operator scanning production.

Hybrid Approach

Crowley’s exclusive hybrid approach to microform scanning allows clients to outsource the digitization to Crowley Digitization Services and process the images in-house with Crowley’s acclaimed FastFiche software (on-the-fly capture) and Quantum software suite (advanced capture and processing).

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