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  1. Old Technology Leads to New Beginnings at Vancouver Scanning Company

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    For a company that specializes in scanning and document digitization, the rapid evolution of technology is a simple reality. Even long-term employees nearing the age of retirement embraced the use of technology decades ago—in both their work and private lives.

    Of course, not everyone belongs in this camp. One wonderful employee in particular spent nearly their entire career pursuing analog work streams. Their focus was the microfilm cameras—and the large, specialized drawings and documents that didn’t translate well onto scanners and other more modern solutions.

    This operator flat out refused to learn about computers, even when the company offered to pay for a series of courses. In fact, the term technophobe was woefully inadequate to express the object horror that somehow technical inaptitude would lead to the downfall of expensive equipment.

    Various work options were tried: high-speed document scanners, large format scanners, book scanners—all met with failure. At this point, management was becoming increasingly concerned about finding the employee a long-term role since the tech kept changing in just about every department.

    Finally, one inspired supervisor suggested quality image control. The task was relatively simple. All that was required was navigating to a specified folder and opening the first image by clicking it. Then the employee simply had to advance through all the images in the work folder, making notes of any missing, abnormal or skewed images that required re-scanning. The logic was an image is an image, whether it’s on microfilm or a high-resolution screen. Moreover, the work was very similar to what the employee had performed for years, inspecting microfilm on a light table.

    Ultimately, it proved to be the great fit, and Micro Com gained one of its greatest quality controllers in the history of operations. Over time, the employee’s fear of computers subsided considerably—they’re even approaching new technically oriented tasks with cautious optimism.

    The moral of the story is that bridging a change sometimes requires small steps—but it can lead to new directions and positive outcomes for all concerned.

  2. Introducing the Contex HD5450 Scanner – Vancouver Document Scanning Company

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    For people who need to access and share documents on a regular basis, scanning and digitization just makes good sense.

    Of course, not all scanning companies are created equal. The storage and management of large format documents such as blueprints, plans, maps, and drawings can leave some businesses puzzling over a solution. But hey, those companies aren’t Micro Com Systems. With an average output of over one million pages per month, we are Vancouver’s scanning specialists.

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  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. Vancouver’s Microfilm & Document Imaging Senior Experts, by guest blogger Jay Phoenix

    Leave a Comment From scanners and imaging hardware to support and softwareMCS, Vancouver’s Document Scanning & Archive Records Management Service‘s Daring Dragoon tackles a staggering list of endless tasks on a daily basis. As the resident IT Manager extraordinaire, Mike tunes Micro Com’s engine with over 30 years experience that keeps operations running smooth.

    Vancouver’s Microfilm & Document Imaging Senior Experts

    This isn’t his first water cooler hoedown. He serves up sass with 26 years of dedicated microfilm experience with a side of 17 years of document imaging, which makes Mr. IT more than your outsourced 1-800-have-you-tried-turning-it-off-and-on. Self taught in the ways of the geek, Mike spends his weekends pouring over dry technical blogs to gain EXP and level up. But it’s not all software upgrades and data encryption.
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    Mr. IT

    Everyday Digitization Mastery

    Every summer will find Mike cruising the country in style with his kids piled into the family vehicle. Fingers crossed Wally World isn’t closed. At least the soundtrack rocks. It’s a running theme within the ranks of MCS Vancouver’s older generation. Wizen old men with graying hair hunched over their desks to a classic sound. Pink Floyd plays roulette in the CD changer, or better yet, spins on the turntable. In the distant future, Mike’s progeny might appreciate that their dad’s taste in tunes is as cool as the Dark Side of the Moon.
  6. 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.

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