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  1. Digitization and Scanning: The Files from Beyond

    Leave a Comment Digitization and scanning seem like relatively straightforward tasks. But when you run a large-scale service bureau, the reality is that no two jobs are ever quite the same. As two of our scanning specialists, Kathy Di Tomaso and Shelley Vogt have over 70 years of experience handling other people’s paper, between them. And these ladies know that delivering high-quality results takes a little extra effort—and considerable expertise.

    Vancouver Document Scanning

    As a fully scalable scanning and digitization centre in Vancouver, Micro Com Systems is often called on to do jobs for government organizations, libraries, as well as private companies. Sometimes these clients have procrastinated on important digitization projects a little longer than advisable. As a result, team members have to be prepared to negotiate a number of challenges when sorting through thousands of boxes that have on occasion contained documents dating as far back as the 1800s—as well as other surprises. Every sheet of paper must be checked before it can be fed into a scanner. Folds have to be smoothed and staples need be removed. Even older documents on the brink of disintegration have to be prepared. And it’s up to the team members at Micro Com to digitize these documents before the information they contain is lost forever. Of course, dust is a regular occurrence when sorting. But sometimes documents have also been exposed to fire and flooding. This might mean removing little burned bits of paper or separating documents that are gummed together with mould and mildew. There’s even been the occasional post-mortem mouse, which one can only hope expired peacefully after a long and fulfilling life nibbling on select documents.

    Vancouver Scanning Company

    Today, team members are prepared for anything. And they have access to protective gloves and lab coats that can be donned when necessary. Besides negotiating the occasional biohazard, there are the more predictable challenges. Papers that are stained, dog-eared, and crumpled all require special pre-press preparation. Then there are the older documents that are occasionally secured by staples that are so big and strong that removing them take brute strength and pliers! Team members have even been called on to handle rare and valuable books and scrolls printed on exotic materials like cotton, onion skin, and linen. The point is, whatever you’re working with, reliable team members like Kathy and Shelley have been there and done that. Document digitization allows businesses to free up valuable real estate by disposing of a surplus of storage boxes—and best of all they need never discover the surprises that await within.

    Contact Us Today – Scanning Company in Vancouver

    To learn more about the document digitization and storage solutions at Micro Com Systems, please call 604-872-6771 or reach out online.
  2. Atiz Archival Book Scanning Vs. the Guillotine

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    Curious about the process of scanning archival books? Many of the book scanning customers who come to Micro Com Systems have works as rare and precious as—for example—the powdered wig worn by Marie Antoinette. In other words, they are priceless both in terms of history and appearance.

    As a company that specializes in all forms of document digitization, image scan & data capture, we scoured the market for the best library digitization device before purchasing the Atiz Bookdrive Pro. (more…)

  3. Sunrise Junction, Microfilm Scanners by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

    Leave a Comment All aboard! Micro Com Express now departing the station! Have your tickets out please. Next stop, Microfilm scanning at Sunrise Junction. On your left, Micro Com’s very own herd of Sunrise Scanners can be seen corralled and ready for action. It’s a heartwarming tale. Like a litter of puppies, these beautiful beasts were manufactured on the same assembly line, then ripped apart from the only family they ever knew when they were bought by independent sources. But don’t shed a tear. Reaching distances as far south as Mexico, Micro Com slowly gathered the litter and provided them with a good home and a solid purpose in life.

    Seven Sunrise Microfilm Scanners, One Site

    Welcome to Sunrise Junction, home to not just one, but seven magnificent Sunrise Microfilm scanners. But why has Micro Com taken the time to slowly gather the dream team? Simple. Decades of microfilm has accumulated. A 100 years of information from cities, municipalities, regional districts, the ministry of magic, and federal and provincial governments locked away deep underground in ancient vaults guarded by dragons. Information that desperately requires conversion in the digital age where availability and accessibility are key. A little known fact, but statutory obligation in Canada requires the ability to trace land back to the beginning of time, long before Link was frozen in ice for Dave and Stony to discover. But what happens when those records inevitably begin to deteriorate? Loss of crucial, historic information accompanied by a distinctive, and nose wrinkling vinegary scent.

    Fiche and film are going the way of the Dodo

    Fiche and film are going the way of the Dodo. Only to be seen in television and movies when the heroes finally discover that crucial piece of information to turn the tables. Film is no longer a viable technology, requiring specialized and bulky equipment to fully utilize, and manufacturers are slowly shutting down production and jumping ship. Big-wigs like Netflix haul in $5.5 billion annually as digital streaming conquers the globe while the skeletal remains of Blockbuster Videos are now Dollar Stores and Starbucks. Still a little Scully? Here’s the hard truth straight from the mouth of Mulder. Film is physical. Like almost all known matter in the insignificant fraction of our explored universe, microfilm occupies space. On Earth, that space is more pricey than the Bard’s signature.

    Stop storing microfilm

    The world doesn’t need another endless warehouse for the Arc of the Covenant to disappear into and never be seen again. Not only is storing microfilm costly with rent on prime real estate, administration fees, maintenance, and de-lousing tacked on top, but microfilm has to be physically retrieved. Based on individual circumstances, it may become the lengthy bureaucratic process Hermes Conrad lives for in order to requisition microfilm, or it could involve creeping down creaky stairs into the eerie basement with a single swinging lightbulb.

    Save space, instant access

    Digital information can be accessed with a few strokes of a key and easily distributed to all parties. No muss. No fuss. Granted, microfilm makes an excellent non-technological back-up for the day Croatoan engulfs humanity, but even naive, lovable Castiel has embraced the wonders of modern technology.

    The process of film to digital formats

    The process of film to digital isn’t all that different from document. Here in Sunrise Junction, sitting amongst the likes of the Waco Kid and Big Hoss – two of Micro Com’s prized beauties – our microfilm scanning technicians know how to coax out the perfect performance from the herd. Our Microfilm scanners are sturdier than a guild’s best tank, and even contain their own onboard computer that allows them to function independently, and possibly even navigate an asteroid belt with C3PO shrieking the odds in the background. Never tell our technicians the odds. They’ll beat them every time, even in the face of the impossible; create a dupe roll, drop the density, switch the polarity, or mask each individual frame for scanning with Monica Gellar precision.

    The digital era is upon us

    Far too often, history is lost. Hidden away in the dank and dark, and slowly forgotten like a lost city buried for centuries when it should be preserved for future generations. Everyday the world grows smaller with the rapid dissemination of Grumpy Cat’s latest meme, election controversies, and the never ending squabbles of countries’ unrest. The digital era is upon us. Whatever your needs, professional or personal, MCS Vancouver Scanning services aims to ease the transition, bringing images stored on deteriorating film into high definition and at your fingertips rather than on clunky old machines gathering dust in library basements. Time to crack open those X-Files.

    Go Paperless, Contact MCS Vancouver

    For any questions on our wide range of digitization and scanning services in Vancouver BC, contact MCS Vancouver today!
  4. The Scanning Room Floor: Double-sided Automated Feed Scanning, by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

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    Rapid Double-sided Document Automated Feed Scanner!

    Rapid Double-sided Document Automated Feed Scanner!

    RAPID DOUBLE-SIDED DOCUMENT AUTOMATED FEED SCANNER!

    Hi, I’m Mr. M. Com, president and CEO of Micro Com’s Rapid Double-sided Document Automated Feed Scanner Emporium and Warehouse. Thanks to a veteran staff, we’re currently cranking out digitized documents at the speed of light on our Rapid Double-sided Document Automated Feed Scanners, and we’re looking to pass the savings on to YOUUUUUUUU! Impress new clients of your business. WOW your boss at your next meeting. Consolidate your clutter. Protect your files. Confuse your file room clerk. Salaryman? Surf a secure server. Burn down that stuffy warehouse or just toss out those paperweights. Whatever your Rapid Double-sided Document Automated Feed Scanner needs are! So call us now at Micro Com’s Rapid Double-sided Document Automated Feed Scanner Emporium and Warehouse.

    Jokes aside

    Jokes aside, Micro Com Systems is home to real industry veterans – some that have been with the company since the beginning of time. They ate dinosaurs for breakfast. Alright, so let’s not throw all humour out the window. Micro Com’s diligent scanning division can be separated into three distinct sections amidst the hullabaloo of the production floor: Paper Document, Large Format, and Microfilm. So weigh anchor and hoist the mainsail. We’re about to set sail on a whirlwind tour of the action, starting with the scanning room floor.

    Scanning operations at our Vancouver location

    Ground level – proper preparation of your documents. Step right up. See the amazing Micro-Machines that give the Sailor Scouts a run for their money with teamwork, determination, and skill, with more flair and style than Tuxedo Mask. Every sheet of paper passes through the hands of our experienced preppers. They wade through the Sea of Internal Office Memo and scale Triplicate Peaks on a daily basis. Each and every document is handled with due care and attention, and specially prepared for the least impact during scanning, especially documents of a more fragile than the skin of an onion. MCS ensures they may live long and prosper before parting ways.

    Archival Book Scanning & Digitizing Service

    Worried about the wear and tear on sensitive and fragile documents during the digitization process? Worry no longer. Peace of mind is ‘The Priestly’ of Micro Com. You have a project, Micro Com will find a way to bring it to fruition. But it’s not all about shucking paperclips and staples. Life moves pretty fast, and if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it while drowning poorly maintained file rooms. MCS’s preppers organize documents into a coherent system prior to scanning for ease of navigation once converted to a digital medium, instead of a jumble of documents thrown into a folder with a label slapped on the cover. After documents have undergone the careful scrutiny of the meticulous preppers, several methods of scanning are utilized based on individual needs. Different strokes for different folks, whether that be paper, microfilm, aperture cards, slides, or even negatives. You have it. MCS scans it. Delicate materials? Our scrupulous scanner technicians work with a variety of scanners to find the best solution. Like a high resolution book scanner that gently cradles your books. No need to destroy the beautiful bindings or integrity of your priceless first editions, or tear apart your comic book collection. Over the years, Micro Com has handled rather delicate and brittle documents preserved from decades long past, including ancient newspapers and beautiful scrolls, enabling the ability to share these precious pieces of history without endangering the original material.

    High volume scanning

    High volume becomes no challenge with our rapid double-sided document automated feed scanners that easily manage a volume of 120 single pages scanned per minute. Double-sided? Double it. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – large print edition – scanned cover to cover faster than a Firebolt. Crunch the numbers. That’s over 700 pages in 3 minutes. Imagine the mountains of information stored in musty warehouses that could be transfigured with an ease that would make McGonagall proud.

    Custom scanning services

    But what about the custom options? Customize to meet your specific needs, because like snowflakes, no two clients are the same. Work with our knowledgeable team and peruse a mockup to find what’s right for you. Black and white? Sure. Grayscale? Can do. Colour? You bet your kitten. Crisp clean images, indexed, named, and organized according to your will at your fingertips. The Overlord would be pleased. So what are you waiting for? Firefly’s Second Season?

    Contact MCS Vancouver for your Scanning Services

    For any questions on our wide range of scanning services in Vancouver BC, contact MCS Vancouver today!
  5. Securing Your Data Archives with MCS Vancouver by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

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    Secure Records Archiving Vancouver

    Human ingenuity and imagination are an insurmountable force to be reckoned with. Since the first cave men that pounded rocks to create fire and hunted woolly mammoths with spears for survival, curiosity has driven the human race forward through the ages and fed their will to improve and create.

    Minor Invention, Lasting Impression

    Imagine a world without the invention of the wheel. Looks different, doesn’t it. In elementary school, children learn about Mesopotamia – the land between rivers – and their contribution to modern civilization. It’s hard to believe that a minor invention for the ease of transportation of goods in 3500 BCE (3500 BC) left a lasting impression.

    Inconceivable!

    Life is exploration and discovery; pushing boundaries and “boldly going where no one has gone before”. From Vikings landing on the rocky shores of Eastern Canada 500 years before the birth of Christopher Columbus to the Wright brother’s first successful flight in 1903 that has now made distant countries neighbours, the world continues to take great steps forward to a bright future. Ancient engineering feats like the Roman aqueducts and Egyptian irrigation are now commonplace in modern construction and farming, and today, images of distant galaxies have been gathered by the Hubble telescope launched into orbit 15 years ago. These beautiful snapshots capture clues to the formation and creation of our universe – a window millions of years into the past.   But not every invention and creation alters the world. Even the smallest contribution has its place in history. Take a shoe horn for example. In no way earth shattering, but damn useful. And who doesn’t want a snuggie?

    Securing the Safety of Your Data

    As Michael Scott knows, nothing is more important than the client and their needs, and once again, human ingenuity strikes in the form of a creative solution to a problem – the transportation of vital information. On occasion Micro Com Systems, Vancouver’s Document Scanning & Archive Records Management Service, handles materials of a rather delicate and fragile nature, and clients swoop in with innovative creations to secure the safety of their data.

    Custom Shipping Containers for Data Archives

    Meet “The Coffin”, the baddest box of reinforced steel on two wheels this side of the Mississippi. Okay, so it’s no fortification against the invading nomadic tribes of the Mongols, and “The Coffin” is really made of aluminum, but a valued  Micro Com Systems client designed and built the formidable contraption akin to the Arc of the Covenant, minus the face melting.
    "The Coffin" Archive Records Management : Microfilm Archive Container

    “The Coffin” – Microfilm Archive Container

    Microfilm Data Archive Containers

    Similar designs in custom shipping containers have cropped up over the years. Several really do resemble a coffin – long wooden, sealed boxes – but thankfully without the risk of the undead rising in search of juicy brains. While these inventive contributions won’t alter the course of history, they have shaped  Micro Com Systems‘ the strong partnerships that MCS Vancouver prides itself on with clients. It’s all about thinking of what’s outside the box.
  6. Digitization of Documentation for Universal Accessibility, by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

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    Documentation Digitization: see Britannica vs Wikipedia

    Ding-dong. Your friendly neighbourhood Britannica calling. Okay, not really. How about an annoying, pushy, slimeball dripping with condescension? Perhaps with a possessed hairpiece that doesn’t quite match the greying fringe.

    Digital Encyclopedias

    Hard to believe that just over a decade ago, Wikipedia didn’t exist for all your late night quandaries over the origins of velcro or what year News of the World hit turntables. Back when Marty McFly wreaked havoc on the timeline, grade school children that researched the culture of Indonesia or the irrigation of ancient Egypt wiped off thick layers of dust and cracked open musty Encyclopedias to hunt down information. Most sets housed in libraries serviced entire schools and communities.

    Accelerated Dissemination of Information

    Like Penn knocking on apartment 19, those who could afford the luxury of even a single volume – Joey and the letter V – fell prey to that sleazy salesmen that solicited door to door promising a wealth of knowledge for their children with the purchase of the latest set, fresh off the presses. But therein lies the rub. The information held within a set became historical before the ink dried. While ancient information etched in stone may still carry relevance, in our modern age, scanning & digitization technology has accelerated the dissemination of information. News of the godly Higgs Boson circled the globe in a matter of minutes.

    Digital Devices in Education

    Learning and communication stand at a crucial junction. Elementary schools provide their young students with tablets and iPads, and handwriting and long form mathematics are being phased out. Mega media conglomerates have taken a running leap with the supposed benefits to educational advancements through technology. Internet providers now boast their superior service directly correlates with a child’s ability to learn. With their superior high speed internet, children may now gather infinite amounts of knowledge faster to further their education and achieve higher grades. Absolute tripe, or is it?

    Online Sources, Limitless Resources

    To a certain degree, online sources provide limitless resources to an university student gathering information for a 30 page paper on the relation of Canterbury Tales to the Bible when specific volumes of scholarly journals required for citation rest in a library thousands of kilometers away. A few clicks of a mouse, and tada. The digitization of information has nearly rendered card and library catalogues obsolete.

    Digitization of Documentation = Universal Accessibility

    That the integration of technology in daily activities will only grow, and the convenience of the circulation of information — whether for school, work, or pleasure — is inarguable. Digitization of documentation provides universal accessibility far superior to the costly storage of hundreds of boxes full of materials that degrade over time. A few strokes of a key and the information for that client meeting in half an hour is in front of you, no swimming through mountains of files or Harold crying in a corner after being Litt Up.
  7. Converting Microfilm to Online Digital Archives, by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

    Leave a Comment For generations, microform technology (such as Microfiche and Microfilm) ruled the world with an iron-fist, but like all tyrannical Empires, it fell to the Rebel scum. A Grand Canyon sized gap formed between micro and digital until digital conversion strolled along and a beautiful union, like chococolate and peanut butter, blossomed. But how microphotography maintained a stranglehold on compact document storage and long-term preservation can be summed up in two words: Cheap and Simple. 

    Vancouver’s Microphotography Archiving Solutions

    If you’re not a registered student in Professor McGonagall’s transfiguration class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the concept of converting microfilm to a digital form may escape you. Luckily, it can be taught. No expensive trip to London to catch the Hogwarts Express from platform 9 3/4 required.  

    Archiving Large Format to 16mm or 35mm Micro Film

    Let’s start at the beginning. How are giant documents such as maps and blueprints scaled down into itty-bitty living space for images imprinted on 16mm or 35mm film?
     
    First, a microfilm camera is required. These vary in size, from monstrous beasts 4m tall to a more manageable desk mate. Documents are laid out like cat in a sunny spot with lighting from above, and an image is captured. Often, larger models using 35mm film utilize back-lighting to emphasize light lines on large format drawings – like a Lite Brite in reverse. In many cases, the image produced proves easier to read than the faint original.  

    Microfilm Readers or Viewers Required

    Of course, special microfilm readers or viewers are required to view microfilm by magnifying the filmed images, and they are displayed on the screen of a machine that appears similar to a computer monitor. As unbelievable as it may seem, microfilm is still in use even today. In fact, many genealogy, real estate, and city plans are still stored on microfilm. Down in Salt Lake City, Utah, The LDS Church preserves a collection of over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical material for public use in their Family History Library. Scrolling through a roll of 2275 images is tedious. Tiny markings called a blip can be set below an image on the film for easy navigation. Want a particular property on image 942. Easy. Punch the number in and the microfilm reader sends the film zipping along until it counts blip 942 above the exact image needed.  

    Scan Microfilm to Digital

    To convert microfilm to a digital medium, ridiculously expensive, top of the line scanners with specialized lenses are required. Currently, MCS Vancouver Microfilm Scanning Services maintains a fleet of 6 Sunrise Scanners with a seventh on order.
     
    Microfilm is mounted on reels similar to a projector and slowly tracked under the high-end camera to be scanned and converted to a digital image on a computer. In the course of an hour, one scanner converts a roll of 2400 images with a scanning technician close by to monitor and assure the highest quality.

    Microfilm Online Archives – Document Management Solutions

    Once the microfilm digitization process is complete, the converted historical documents can join their newly reborn brothers and sisters in document management systems, online archives or “the cloud”.
  8. Microfilm vs Microfiche & Digitizing Film Archives in Vancouver, by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

    Leave a Comment Eons ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and long before Micro Com Systems, Vancouver’s Document Scanning & Archive Records Management Service very own Craig Hollingum danced the night away in his stylish bell bottoms to the funky tunes of The Bee Gees and Lipps Inc., microform technology (such as Microfiche and Microfilmruled the world for securing & archiving paper documents to a compact form. In other words, historical document imaging.
     

    Microfiche Archiving & Historical Document Imaging

    The first microphotographs were filmed in 1839, the same year Mende captives revolted against their captors aboard the La Amistad and the first Opium War began in China. Like any newfangled invention, most overlooked microphotography and classified it as a trifling, childish novelty. Until a Canadian engineer hauled the idea out of obscurity and gave microform technology practical use, microphotography lay by the wayside for decades before it gained momentum due to its inexpensive nature.
     
    Microfiche Archiving & Historical Document Imaging

    Microfiche & Film Digitization Process

    The two forms of microphotography are Microfiche and Microfilm. But which is it? Team microfilm (Edward) or Team microfiche (Jacob)? That particular question is asked more often than you think. Micro Com Systems has specialized divisions that handle the manufacture, and digitization of both microfilm and microfiche. So what’s the difference?

    Microfiche, Microfilm, & AP Aperture Card Differences

    Let’s start with microfiche. Remember back in the day, before the inventory of an entire library could be searched with a few strokes of a keyboard or swipes of a finger? Storage of microfiche closely resembles a card catalogue.
     
    Microfiche commonly contains images filmed with a 24x reduction ratio on silver 16mm film. Individual sections of film are then slipped into a thin, clear plastic multi-channelled 105 x 148 mm microfiche (about the size of a cue card), and a title that indicates the contents is printed along the top that barely peeks out of its new home. One piece of microfiche can hold up to 5 rows of reduced engineering plans/drawings or traditional letter/legal office files. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s compact. Perfect.
     
    So what’s microfilm? If microfiche is a slip of silver film, how does it differ from microfilm? Simple. Think movie projector. Most theatres nowadays are digital projection (in 3D), but before we possessed handheld devices that held the worlds knowledge and cat videos, they mounted huge reels of film to project the movie on the screen. Of course, using a film projector had risks, like melting the film.
    16_mm_roll  Microfilm

    16mm Microfilm

    In a sense, microfilm is the same concept, traditionally on smaller film (16mm or 35mm), without the perforated edges. Like microfiche, silver film is used in the manufacturing of microfilm, and images are filmed and reduced. The higher the reduction rate, the lower the quality. On average, each roll of 16mm microfilm holds 2400 – 4000 images and is stored on a reel, or occasionally a cassette – another archaic repository.

    Beyond Microfilm: Digitizing Film for Online Archiving

    So which are you? Microfiche or Microfilm? Or perhaps, you’d rather look to the future to digitizing film and join the ranks of the online digital archive solutions.
  9. Our Document Preparation Operators: Scanning 40,000 Documents, by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

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    Marching hand in hand with the US of A, Canada leads the world in paper production, and the average office worker consumes – not in the savoury sense – an inconceivable 10,000 sheets per year. Shocking, no?

    Scanning & Digitally Archiving over 40,000 Files in Vancouver

    Over the last year and a half,  Micro Com Systems, Vancouver’s Digitization & Document Management Service tackled a monstrous project weighing in at over 40,000 files. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly 1200 bankers boxes stored by an off site document management company (which cost time and money). If stacked on top of one another, 1200 boxes commensurate the height of Paris’s most famous piece of architecture on the Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower. That’s no casual stroll down the well defined trail through a happy forest with cute woodland creatures that frolic about. No, it’s more on par with a timed sprint up the gruelling Grouse Grind: blood, sweat, and tears with a lovely pine-fresh scent.

    Scanning 1200 Boxes full of “Ugly Documents”

    Have you ever scanned a mountain of boxes with documents unloading a sea of paperclips and staples (aka scanning ugly documents)? Probably not.

    Document Preparation Operators

    Time to send in the calvary. So let’s talk about “document preparation operators”. What precisely is being operated? That’s not entirely clear. Is it ever? Perhaps the removal of superfluous paperwork clogging up the works? Well, that’s exactly what the document preparation operators did – no tip required – and the fact remains, a mere team of three stormed the stronghold and cut down the terrifying task to a more manageable size in a little under a year and a half. RETURN OF INVESTMENT: That’s about the same amount of time the average office worker spends searching for a missing file.

    Once the files were stripped down to the essentials and only the most relevant and crucial information remained as per client instructions, the boxes were shipped off to be prepped and scanned by the MCS Vancouver’s Digitization & Document Management Service team back at the homebase.

    Large Format Scanning, Too

    Large format documentation is no object. Protection you say? Items of a more sensitive and delicate condition can be wrapped. After all, MCS Vancouver believes in secure, safe scanning.

    We Scan Millions of Documents

    A project of this magnitude is quite the undertaking – nearly 1,000,000 documents passed through those hallowed scanners – but with a dedicated team, the task flew by all too quickly like papers caught in the breeze of an ill placed fan. Friends were made, bonds were formed, and there may have been a tearful goodbye. It was a beautiful ceremony, (they served muffins).

  10. Non-Destructive Scanning: Long Scrolls of Chinese Watercolour Art

    Leave a Comment The majority of the scanning services in Vancouver we provide are to capture business documents for companies so that they can more easily access and manage the information contained within these documents.

    We Scan Delicate Artwork & Large Format

    Sometimes we run into requests from potential clients to scan things that are a little out of the ordinary. Such was the case when were approached by a company that had “Artwork” to scan. Our initial impression was that this would be scanning oil paintings or some other type of material that does not lend itself to scanning through a traditional large format scanner, which transport the material through it as it is scanned. The concern was that we could potentially damage our equipment in trying to scan the Artwork or even worse, damage the client’s material!

    Non-Destructive Scanning: Scrolls of Chinese Watercolour

    Scan Artwork

    Scanning Scrolls 20 Feet Long!

    After further discussions with the client, it turned out that the objects were in fact, scrolls of Chinese watercolours. These scrolls could be up to 20 or more feet long, but fortunately, they were only up to three feet wide. The scrolls were painted on thick paper/cloth and given their considerable length, could impose problems feeding through a scanner. To alleviate our concerns, we suggested that they bring some of the material to our office so that we could try scanning it and see how it would feed and gauge the quality  the of the resulting images.

    Getting High Quality Digital Images

    We spent most of the morning testing and scanning their Artwork to ensure that the documents would feed correctly, not damage the material and produce high quality digital images. They needed the best possible results so that they could digitally archive them. But, they also needed to be able to reduce the file size for easy viewing and to make them accessible on the Internet. The digital images produced were excellent and the client was very happy. Doing a test of the documents allowed us to confirm that our method of scanning worked and the resulting images were what the client required.

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