Scanning

SDS Scanning is one the country’s leading scanning bureaus. At our offices we can scan and digitally archive a complete range of paper documents, as well as other physical mediums.

The range of document we are able to scan includes:

  • Normal A4 paper
    We have the capacity to scan and convert between 12,000 and 40,000 A4 sheets of paper per day
  • Black and white
    Documents from the size of a business card through to A0, including engineering diagrams, maps, and architectural plans
  • Colour
    We are one of the few organisations in the country who own an A0 colour scanner. Documents the size of a business card, or as large as 47” x 33” can be digitally converted at our bureau
  • Photographs
    We can process up to 3,000 colour photographs per day, ranging in sizes from as small a postage stamp through to anything as large as one metre in width, by 20 metres in length
  • Other media
    We also have the facility to convert existing microfiche and microfilm archives to electronic files and incorporate them into the resultant document management solution (DMS). This includes conversion of microfiche, aperture cards, and 16mm or 35mm roll film

Our comprehensive range of equipment ensures that regardless of whether we are dealing with 100,000 pages of personnel records or the most fragile document, the largest plan, or longest photo, all can be scanned safely and efficiently. Every item is individually handled by our staff. Below is just some of the equipment we have in our bureau. For more information on our range of scanning equipment and services, please make a selection from the pages below.

Administrative Archives

Administrative Archives

No company or organisation can avoid admin. Whether it’s personnel, client, product or historical information, every business transaction or event creates a...

Architectural Plans and Asbuilt Drawings

Architectural Plans & Asbuilt Drawings

Architectural Plans are technical drawings that precisely show the planned method of construction and the function of a building, and the location of equipment...

Bound Book Scanning

Bound Book Scanning

It is estimated that have been more than 130 million different books published in human history. Although there are large-scale projects underway to ensure...

Bulk Document Scanning

Bulk Document Scanning

SDS Scanning Bureau can process up to 40,000 black and white A4-sized documents per day with our industrial scanning equipment. Our bulk document scanning...

Fragile and Historic Archives

Fragile & Historic Archives

We have a wide range of services (with complementary bespoke search and retrieval database solutions) and specialist equipment for the purposes of scanning of...

Glass Slides

Glass Slides

Before film, glass plates were the standard medium for capturing photographs. There are two types of glass plates: the first, invented by Frederick Scoff...

Large Flatbed Scanning

Large Flatbed Scanning

At SDS Scanning Bureau we have a range of large-sized, flatbed scanners for when we need to digitize documents bigger than A4. We can scan any document or...

Large format Maps and Charts

Large format Maps & Charts

Not every document or piece of print media you want to archive will fit into a standard industrial scanner, particularly maps and charts. Whilst stitching...

Microfiche

Microfiche

Microfiche is a flat piece of transparent film that contains miniaturized versions of pages from a document. Typically, these can be journals, publications,...

Photographs

Photographs

With the advent of digital photography, came the demise of the film-based camera format. But many individuals, companies and organisations still possess...

Planetary Book Scanner

Planetary Scanning

With precious or fragile books, rather than using a conventional flat-bed scanner that could subject the aged materials to stress and unnecessary physical...

Transparencies and Negatives

Transparencies & Negatives

Photographic film is sometimes referred to as a "Negative" because it stores a reversed image (dark areas are light and vice versa) of the subject. Film is...

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