To assist you in understanding our microfilm and document scanning process we have produced a list of the most commonly asked questions with answers below. Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact SunRise on 020 8255 2011 or via email at [email protected]

Why choose SunRise for your document and microfilm scanning solutions? keyboard_arrow_down close

SunRise is a market leader in the production of scanning technology / hardware and   provides high quality scanning services.

  • SunRise do not use subcontractors for its scanning services
  • SunRise is certified with ISO 9001:2008 quality standard
  • SunRise only scan microfilm using our own market leading scanners
  • SunRise scanners provide true optical dpi output for high quality images
  • SunRise is the chosen supplier of choice for microfilm scanners and scanning services for many leading suppliers in the industry

What are the benefits of digitally converting your documents and microfilm? keyboard_arrow_down close

The benefits far out-weigh the investment with immediate advantages, including:

  • Eliminating the cost of unnecessary storage
  • Eliminating the threat of lost or misplaced documents
  • Saving time looking for information
  • Increasing customer service levels
  • Freeing up office space
  • Maintaining documents in their original format
  • Creating a back-up system for all paper documents
  • Retrieval of any document in seconds
  • Sharing information instantly with offices across the globe
  • Saving on paper and copying costs
  • Saving on hardware and maintenance costs such as microfilm readers
  • Providing disaster protection
  • Emailing, faxing or sharing any document from your computer

What types of documents can be scanned? keyboard_arrow_down close

We can scan almost any type of document and almost any size from a bus ticket to A0 sized plans and drawings.

In what format should our documents be scanned? keyboard_arrow_down close

SunRise can scan your documents in various formats including PDF, searchable PDF, Jpeg and multi-page Tiff. If you are unsure of the best type of format we can advise.

How will I receive my scanned images? keyboard_arrow_down close

We can provide your scanned images in a variety of ways and will discuss this with you if you are unsure. Delivery methods include:

  • CD or DVD
  • USB flash drive
  • Via email
  • Secure FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
  • Uploaded directly in to a digital workflow or ECM system

Can you scan microfilm or microfiche? keyboard_arrow_down close

Yes. SunRise has extensive experience in the digitisation of microfilm and microfiche. We scan all types of microforms including:

  • 16mm (simplex or duplex)
  • 35mm roll film
  • Jacket fiche (standard 16m, 35mm or combination fiche)
  • Diazo fiche
  • COM (Computer Output to Microfilm) fiche
  • Aperture cards
  • Photographic slides
  • X-Rays

Our fiche library is made up of two sets of fiche, the master jackets and Diazo copies, which should I use for scanning? keyboard_arrow_down close

If you have both the original jackets and the Diazo copies it is always best to scan from the master jackets rather than the diazo copies. This is advisable for two reasons, firstly the diazo copy is and 2nd generation copy of the original film and it is also the film most likely used on a daily basis and may therefore be damaged. It is also more likely the master jackets if unused will most likely be complete whereas the Diazo copies may have fiche missing?

Will I be able to print images such as plans and maps at full size? keyboard_arrow_down close

It is key to understand that when a company scans your film they are scanning the images based on their original size and aspect ratio, for example if the original image was A2 then it’s key that the image is also scanned at that size. In not doing so it could cause issues when viewing or printing at full size.

Can you scan books? keyboard_arrow_down close

Essentially we can scan any paper items including books, notebooks, diaries, magazines and newspapers.

What is OCR and do I need it? keyboard_arrow_down close

Often abbreviated OCR, optical character recognition involves the recognition and capturing of text from electronic images. Depending upon your requirements we can advise on this service and how it can benefit your organisation.

What will SunRise do with our files at the end of the scanning project? keyboard_arrow_down close

At the conclusion of your scanning project SunRise will either return the items to your offices. If the physical items are no longer required we can have the items securely destroyed.

What if my documents are very delicate, can they still be scanned? keyboard_arrow_down close

Yes. We can scan delicate papers and documents utilising a flatbed scanner which will help protect the document.

Can I get my electronic documents named? keyboard_arrow_down close

During the scanning process we can index your documents using one or multiple fields of information. For example we can capture a contract number, company name, dates etc.

What if I need some of my information back whilst they are with SunRise? keyboard_arrow_down close

This is not a problem, if you require a document or microfilm back we can either deliver the physical item back to your office or we can scan and deliver it electronically.

What is Interpolation and why should I need to know if my supplier uses it? keyboard_arrow_down close

Interpolation is used by some scanner manufacturers and is the manipulation of an image in order to increase the scanned dpi to a higher dpi by using software to guess where the additional pixels may need to go. SunRise however scan at True Optical Resolution which is the ability to have one pixel on the scanners camera for each pixel on your source image. This is attained by optically adjusting the focal length of the Lens and Camera to capture at true image resolution, not digitally scaling/interpolating the image to achieve the desired resolution. Scaling an image can create artefacts or image distortions that are not desirable, and can be very detrimental to image quality while also affecting the OCR ability.

  Find Out More About Our Scanning Services

Sunrise Imaging provides a wealth of digitisation services with years of experience scanning microfilm, microfiche, roll film and all types of documents. To find out how we can assist you with your microfilm scanning project contact Sunrise Imaging today by email at [email protected]  by telephone on 020 8255 2011 or complete the contact form below