For decades, microfilm technology has been used to efficiently and effectively store and organize information ranging from government documents to historical photographs. This technology has made it possible for sensitive information to be preserved for long periods of time and accessed repeatedly without damaging the delicate originals. Because microfilm can be duplicated time and again, old film can be disposed of as needed without compromising the information that’s being stored on microfilm. These days, microfilm can even be converted to digital copies to further preserve important information and promote ease of access for members of the public.
At Microfilm Equipment and Supplies Inc., we specialize in microfiche and microfilm equipment for libraries, governmental institutions, corporations and more, and we’re pleased to be our clients’ trusted source for all things microfilm.
Find out a little bit more about the various kinds of microfilm that are currently in circulation today:
- 35mm and 16mm roll film: Microfilm usually comes standard with a width of either 35mm or 16mm. Both widths come in lengths of either 100 or 215 feet with a 4 or 5-millimeter thickness. They may be left open, although these reels are frequently placed into cartridges or cassettes.
- ANSI cartridge: An ANSI cartridge is made of hard plastic in a square shape that almost looks like a thick floppy disc. Inside the cartridge is a 16mm film roll, which is typically used to store images. The cartridge can be inserted into microfilm readers, which allow users to cycle through the various images that are stored on the reel.
- Aperture card: Back in the early days of IBM, punched cards were used to store data and convey various commands and pieces of information to computers through a series of punched holes in a specialized piece of thick paper. Aperture cards are similar in design to these IBM punch cards, though they also include a single 35mm microfilm frame. Usually, aperture cards are used for engineering applications more than anything.
- COM fiche: A COM fiche, or computer output microfiche, are sheets that have up to 300 individual frames of microfiche. The grid pattern that the fiche is arranged in is generated by a computer and includes a title at the top of the sheet that provides information about what’s included.
- Jacket microfiche: Jacket microfiche stores strips of microfilm, either 16mm or 35mm, in a clear Mylar casing. They measure about four inches tall and six inches wide and include up to five film strips in a horizontal arrangement. At the top of the jacket, there is typically a title strip that describes the contents of the jacket microfiche.
When it comes to accessing information that’s stored on microfilm, quality equipment, including microfilm readers, is absolutely essential. If you’re looking for the latest and most advanced microfilm equipment on the market, look no further than Microfilm Equipment and Supplies Inc. We are proud to offer an extensive selection of readers and scanners that offer phenomenal features at competitive prices. Since 1982, we have been devoted to cultivating loyalty among our customers and ensuring satisfaction with every single purchase we facilitate. Let us help you find exactly what you’re looking for today by giving us a call or checking out our website for more information.
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