Microfilm & Microfiche Conversion – Why it’s Important

Microfilm & Microfiche Conversion Services
Old microfiche and microfilm can be found throughout a range of different industries. Film was often used by a variety of departments to help save space and backup key information, ranging from large format engineering drawings to HR and financial records. Much of the data stored on film is still used today, helping businesses make crucial decisions.

Converting your Microfiche and Microfilm into digital format is good practice, whether it’s years old or more recent. Here’s why:-

Storage Conditions

Technology has moved on from the old storage mediums of film. Whilst good at the time, the life expectancy of film is approximately 500 years. Yes this is a long period, but it can quickly become shortened by storage conditions. Moisture can cause irreversible damage to the films, meaning they must be kept in temperature controlled rooms, which is often hard to maintain.

Usage Damage

The more the film is used the more likely it is to become damaged and worn. Businesses may have backups, known as Diazo (working copy). However if these were not created in the first instance, some companies may be using the master documents, running the risk of eventually losing the data they hold.

Microfilm & Microfiche Conversion

You can protect your films, whilst making them safer by converting to a more advanced format such as PDF, TIFF or JPEG files. For further information or quote, click here.

Types of film include:-

Open Spool Roll Film

  • 16mm film, used to store documents up to A4, for example HR records and Financial data.
  • 35mm film, used to store drawings, plans, maps, books and larger size documents such as A0, A1 and A2.ear

Films may also be stored in cartridges, used to read the film.


Microfiche is made up of single images placed in a jacket, often used when documents needed updating overtime, for example employee and housing records.

To find out more about Cleardata’s Microfilm & Microfiche Conversion Services, contact our team on 0800 046 8081.