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Scan and Convert COM Microfiche to Digital

The word "microfiche" is based on the French word fiche, which means "index card". Microfiche is a piece of microfilm, typically 105mm wide which is cut to 148mm long or about 4" x 6". Our services include creating and converting microfiche to digital.

COM, Computer Output to Microfiche, fiche is the most common type of microfiche. Typically produced with 42X or 48X reduction, this type of microfiche has been used since the 1970’s.  A COM recorder would process a mainframe computer print file and convert that information to microfiche.

We also provide COM services, the service of creating microfiche from computer output. . For more information, please visit, computer output to microfiche services.

Document Scanning Boxes

24X COM Microfiche

48X COM Microfiche

CD service

Today, using a high quality fiche scanner, we scan and convert the microfiche to digital.  Jobs may consist of 1 fiche or several thousand fiche. The largest job we ever ran took several years to complete and generated millions of images.  We provide service to end users as well as other service bureau’s. 

Most customers prefer the conversion service to Adobe PDF format, although Group 4 TIFF (tagged image file format) is also very common. Most conversion jobs result in 1 multi-page pdf or tiff file per fiche.

Optional OCR, optical character recognition, and CD/DVD encryption is available  for HIPAA, health insurance portability and accountability act, medical records or sensitive government records. If FIPS 140-2, Federal Information Processing Standard is a US Government security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules, is important to you, we can provide this encryption also.    

In a recent job for a school district, we converted COM microfiche to digital, PDF format with OCR.  In the end, the user was able to search the file containing payroll and retirement records by name, account number and/or social security numbers. Tremendous time savings resulted, not to mention the happy users who no longer had to spend hours looking at fiche in a microfiche reader printer.

For immediate access to your images from any where in world, we can host the scanned images on a secure online image repository called WebView EZ.  WebView is indeed easy and intuitive to use and can be set up in less than a week without using your internal IT support staff. WebView EZ is a turn-key service that is fast and convenient.  Images are delivered in PDF format for ease of use.  Free demos are available upon request.


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