Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Buying a microfilm scanner?

With so many microfilm scanners on the market to perform document imaging, before you go out and invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on scanning equipment (or buy used document scanners on ebay with no warranty), you should consider the cost effectiveness of having a microfilm scanning company perform the digital conversion. Scanning rolls of microfilm requires expensive equipment and knowledge.

If your organization or company has 16 mm roll film or 35 mm roll film, it is generally cheaper and quicker to have Scanning Depot convert the microfilm than it is to invest in Sunrise, NextStar, Wicks & Wilson, or Mekel scanners. These microfilm scanning equipment are expensive to buy.

You may feel that spending money on microfilm scanners is a quick solution, but it's not. Consider labor, scheduling, training, and maintenance. Also consider what you want to do with the microfilm scanners after you complete the digital conversion. Do you want to get into the niche market of digital microfilm conversion? Or will your microfilm scanners sit and depreciate in value?

Trust me, learning how to digitize microfilm in a production environment is not as easy as you may think, especially when you have to supervise and manage the document imaging processes. When you include the hours of labor to the cost of scanning hardware and software, you are not looking at a profit.

That's why companies and individuals send their microfilm to Scanning Depot. Even microfilm scanning companies with their own scanners send film to Scanning Depot because of the time and cost benefits.

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Anthony Ferrar Scanning Depot 786-227-3042
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