Microfilm Lives!

August 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Microfilm, Records Managment | Leave a comment

By Ryan White, August 9, 2012

DTI Integrated Business Solutions, Inc. (www.dtiibs.com ) started as a company in 1984 selling microfilm solutions to companies and other organizations to help them  efficiently manage their traditional paper problems.  Today our focus is on digital imaging, capture, and workflow solutions,  (http://www.dtiibs.com/managing_content.aspx),  but we never forget where we came from!

Interesting fact:

Microphotographs date back to 1839 when John Benjamin Dancer was able to reduce an image to a ratio of 160:1.  It took almost eighty years for the technology to make its way into the commercial space where applications ranged from cancelled checks to foreign newspapers, engineering documents to land records. 

When DTI started selling microfilm in 1984, we had a distributor agreement with Canon Micrographic division to sell the first plain paper (not a thermo print roll of paper like the old fax machines) reader printer.  Fortunately this was a great product for the market and our company began to grow.

In the early 1990’s, scanning technology entered the general marketplace.  We continued to sell microfilm reader printers, but the sales of microfilm cameras essentially stopped.  This new scanning technology fascinated us all and we made a shift in our company focus toward the future with digital images.  For the last 15 years, we have been predicting the end of microfilm to be “coming in the next two years.”  But somehow, each and every year when we look at our annual sales performance, we continue to show solid performance for micrographic equipment (relative to today’s market).  Although the overall demand for microfilm technology has diminished, it has not gone away. 

One of the benefits of microfilm as an archival media was its durability.  Quality film could last one hundred years and as long as you had a light and a lens, you could retrieve the information.  Now, this 150 year old technology is in every city, county, state, and federal agency.  The media created over the last 50 years will last for the next 50 years and beyond.  The vast amount of organizations that need microfilm equipment and support has brought us to the realization that there is still a smaller, but viable market for this technology. 

DTI will proudly continue to deliver and support microfilm products to our clients for years to come.  Visit our web page (www.dtiibs.com ) for more information on the products we have available.  If you currently have microfilm equipment and are in need of support in NC, SC, or Va., please let us know, as we would be glad to help.

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