Microfiche and Microfilm scanning Our micro media scanning department deploys the best in digital conversion of all types and sizes of microfiche and microfilms.

We use specialist microfiche and microfilm scanners to digitise and produce digital images. Our capabilities allow us to scan various different types of Microfiche and Microfilm.

Document Scanning Process

The document scanning process What we do with your documents

  • Collection

    We provide a secure collection of your documents from anywhere in the UK within 24 hours or as convenient for you as well as we can supply storage boxes and assistance with removing and boxing up your files.

  • Conversion

    We scan and convert all types and sizes of documents to a digital format of your choice such as PDF, PDF Searchable, TIFF, JPEG, Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Delivery

    We deliver your digital data on a secure storage medium of your choice such as CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP or fully managed Pearl Cloud document management system.

The Process in Depth

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Microfiche and Microfilm scanning process

Depending on the type of microfiche or microfilm, as well as the types of documents that it contains (e.g. documents, plans, drawings, newspapers etc.), a technical profile is created for the scanning & capture process; which includes the following key areas:

  • Image resolution
  • Scanning mode (B&W or Greyscale)
  • File Compression (Compressed or Non-Compressed)
  • File Format (TIFF, PDF, Searchable PDF)
  • Image enhancement and optimisation

When creating the setup , we also look at the purpose and objectives of the microfiche or microfilm conversion which help us to further enhance the the technical profile, for example our scanning team would look to establish the following key objectives;

  • Daily operational and administration use
  • Long term digital archive (offline or online)

Once scanned and converted to your choice of digital file format, such as PDF, PDF-A, Searchable PDF or TIFF, the digital files are then indexed for easy retrieval and supplied on a CD, USB, Hard-Drive or via a secure downloadable facility.

We have years worth of Microfiche and Microfilm scanning experience

Speak to us today and find out how we can help you

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To discuss how we can help to scan and convert your Microfiche or Microfilm media, speak to one of our team members on 0161 832 7991 or request a Quick Quote.

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Microfiche and Microfilm types


  • 16mm: Often used to store A4 documents and holds around 98 pages per fiche.
  • 35mm: Typically used to store building plans and engineering drawings from A2 – A0 sizes.
  • COMBI: Combination of 16mm & 35mm frames and traditionally used in the local Authorities planning and building control departments.
  • COM: Computer output to Microfiche and when full, holds around 270 pages.


  • 16mm: Roll of Microfilm used to store A4 documents and on average holds around 2,400 pages.
  • 35mm: Often used for large format drawings and architectural plans and contains on average 500 large format drawings or plans per reel.
  • Cartridge: Simply 16mm or 35mm roll of Microfilm housed in a case or cassette.

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Why Choose Pearl Scan?


In conjunction with the EN BS ISO 9001:2005, 27001, 14001 and in-house implemented quality, security and compliance procedures allow us to deliver peace of mind scanning services to our client. We are an approved document scanning and data capture scanning service provider to many reputable health, education, manufacturing, financial, logistics etc. organisations.

    ISO 9001 Registered         ISO 14001 Registered         ISO 27001 Registered         Investors In People         PCI Compliant         Member of IRM     


Founded in 2003, with almost 15 years of valuable knowledge and expertise in delivering successful document scanning and data capture services through the UK to some of the most reputable and globally known organisations.


We operate from a custom built document scanning and data capture centre, which is built around security, safety and confidentiality. The site is monitored 24hours a day by security and CCTV systems.


The document scanning and data capture bureau is equipped with the state-of-the-art dedicated document, Microfilm media, Books and Large Format Plans scanning and capture technology; catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service provider for scanning and digital conversion needs . We continually invest in our staff training and latest technology to ensure that we are delivering quality and innovations at all times.


Pearl Scan Group has the infrastructure to provide quick turnaround for urgent document scanning needs to taking on a large volume scanning and conversion of documents, microfilm media, books etc. projects. Our document scanning and data capture service centre always run at 80% of its productivity allowing 20% space and resources for on-demand, ad-hock projects.