Aperture cards help archive engineering drawings, blueprints, technical diagrams or plans and allow multiple copies of these documents to be produced for easy distribution. An aperture card is a punched card containing a small microfilm chip. Aperture card scanning allows the information on these cards to be digitally preserved. This is a great way to save space and efficiently archive valuable data for easy retrieval and sharing.
The benefits of scanning and converting information in aperture cards to digital format can be listed as follows:
- Information on a single CD is equivalent to information contained in 15,000 aperture cards
- Eliminates the need for boxes to store cards
- Images can be viewed through a web browser
- Allows easy access to data
- Enables simultaneous multiple user access
The aperture card scanning process involves identifying the metadata on each card, compiling the metadata into a separate database, scanning the cards, performing QC and delivery of final output. While aperture scanning offers many benefits, it involves expenses. You would have to purchase special scanners, and train and deploy staff to perform the job. The expenses related to in-house aperture card scanning can be avoided by outsourcing the task to a professional document scanning company.
A reliable service provider can provide aperture card scanning solutions to suit your unique business requirements. Confidential information such as blue prints and engineering drawings contained in aperture cards are scanned using high speed automated Photomatrix film scanning equipment which is capable of scanning up to 400dpi resolution. Keypunched (Hollerith) index information is also captured and recorded.
Leading outsourcing companies offer solutions in flexible turnaround time, cost-effective pricing, reduced cost and enhanced ROI, while assuring total security and confidentiality for your data.