Advances in digital technology have made once-popular storage techniques such as microfilm and microfiche largely a thing of the past. The challenge comes in transitioning the images held on those old films into digital files that are more easily accessed and referenced for modern business processes. ARMS Inc., a leader in document shredding and hard drive destruction, uses specialized equipment for cost-effective microfiche scanning.
Rather than storing images on rolls of film as is the case with microfilm, microfiche typically features thin photographic film on 4-by-5 inch sheets. Specialized microfiche readers are required to view the tiny images stored on the microfiche sheets, and there is no digital integration available without a microfiche scanning step.
“Many of our clients come to us because of the cost required to keep those old microfiche readers alive,”explains Kathy Magnin, information management consultant at ARMS. “It is much more cost-effective and efficient to have us use specialized equipment for microfiche scanning services than it is to maintain those readers.”
Microfiche scanning enhances image usability
Microfiche’s place in business operations had been to visually archive items such as historical documents, permanent records for organizations such as insurance companies, or as an alternative to paper-heavy techniques such as green bar printing. While microfiche and microfilm succeeded in preserving records and images over the long term, they are not compatible with today’s digital environment.
“Digital files are much easier to manage, search and access right from your desktop,” Magnin says. “Computer output microfiche – or COM fiche – is a big part of what we do with our microfiche scanning services today. Companies want to maintain these corporate reports, but usually have no need of printing out stacks of paper.”
Microfiche scanning is one of a variety of information management services offered by ARMS that are geared toward cost-effective business process improvements.
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ARMS is an industry leader in records and information technology solutions, providing organizations “best practice” consulting in the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area and across the United States. ARMS is an SSAE 16-audited company that meets today’s information regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, HITECH and FACTA. Services include traditional document storage, certified information destruction, data protection and media vaulting, and automated workflow solutions.
For more information about how ARMS can serve as your organization’s microfiche scanning provider, please call 877-764-2767 or visit https://arms4rim.com/.
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