A little lesson on Microfiche

If you’ve made it here, then you probably have some fiche, don’t you want to know more about it?
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5Channel Jacketed Microfiche Scanning
5-Channel (or 5-Row) Microfiche jackets were commonly used as a microform method.  Typically, these 5-row jackets contain strips of 16mm microfilm (and sometimes 35mm) that has been cut down to fit into rows.  This kind of microfiche allowed for easy storage of microfilm,  but more importantly, the ability to add/remove documents to a grouping of documents.
Think of a Human Resources file.  The files may have been microfilmed at different times, but with 5-Channel jackets, one person could combine all of their documents into several jackets, making it easier to identify documents that needed to be grouped together.
To make these even more user-friendly, microfiche jackets provided an opaque header strip, which could easily be typed on to identify criteria, such as file number, files names, etc.
While image counts are dependent on the size of the 16mm images, these 5-Channel jackets typically hold an average of 60 microfilm images per microfiche card.
COM Microfiche Scanning Image Detection
COM Microfiche is computer output to microfiche format.  This is actually the most common type of microfiche.  Generally this microfiche is seen from the 1970’s all the way into the early 2000’s as a highly-utilized form of microfiche.
A computer would retain all this information, and using a COM recorder, the computer would print file to a microfiche card, allowing for a very clean presentation of data.
Typically, you’ll find that if you have COM microfiche within your organization, you have thousands, if not millions of microfiche images, which can be very hard to work with.
While image counts are dependent on the number of rows and columns found on the COM microfiche card, these typically hold an average of 270 microfilm images per microfiche card.

MSI’s Microfiche Scanning Capabilities

Advanced scanning and processing at an affordable price.

Scanned Microfiche Images Are Easier

This is probably the easiest decision your organization can make.  Years of hassling with Microfiche readers, and now we can instantly bring up images on any kind of computer.  MSI’s microfiche scanning service converts your old fiche into easy-to-use digital images.
    • Microfiche scanning starts at less than 1¢ per image  
    • Digital images are available within seconds  
    • High resolution optimizes image quality  
  • Sharpen images to get better than original text  
Microfiche Scanning Images Digitally

Microfiche Scanning Image Detection

Advanced Microfiche Image Detection

State-of-the-art microfiche scanning systems allow MSI to not only capture images at an extremely high resolution, but they also allow for advanced image processing.  Microfiche scanning can be tricky, and outdated machinery makes it worse.  MSI uses leading-edge microfiche scanners.  When dealing with 5Channel Jacketed Microfiche, image detection needs to be exact!
    •  Enhanced image detection & framing, allowing for small borders
    •  Quality increases, threshold, brightness, & contrast abilities
    •  High resolution scan of title bar for easy identification
    •  Rapid scanning rate, fast turn around times
    •  Blip Detection Systems

COM Microfiche is Tricky, But Not For Us

COM Microfiche Scanning adds up fast.  One COM microfiche card typically holds an average of 270+ images per card.  While the numbers add up fast, so does the attention to detail.  Each row, column, and image, needs to be accurately defined when performing COM microfiche scanning.  One tiny mistake could mean missing data…
    • Algorithms apply a perfect grid, defining rows and columns   
    • Over scan captures excess top and bottom data to ensure perfect rows   
    • High resolution means sharp microfiche images   
  • Multiple output methods, by row, or by column   
COM Microfiche Scanning Image Detection Grid

35+ Years of Experience

We’ve been doing this for years, converting all sizes of projects.

  • 69 Million Images – The United States Marine Corps

  • 15+ Million Images – The Department of Justice

  • 10 Million Images – PERA

  • 2.5 Million Images – Adams County

  • 3.4 Million Images – University of Colorado

  • 45 Million Images – Coverys, Inc

  • 750 Thousand Images – Jefferson County

  • 450 Thousand Images – Bayaud Industries

  • 250 Thousand Images – Larimer County

  • 460 Thousand Images – Larimer County Community College