Our microfilm service bureau has been providing microfilming services to
business and industry since 1984. We currently hold the state-wide
contract to provide microfilming services to the State of West Virginia and we
have held this contract since 1986. We microfilm an average of 1.8 million
pages of paper records a year.
Our organization offers companies the ability to outsource their document
conversion and storage needs. At a reduction ratio of 32X, 2400 pages can
be placed on a single roll of microfilm. We offer several different
microfilm formats including microfiche.
Microfilm is still a viable document storage solution for archival purposes when
a cost effective alternative is required. The cost of microfilming records
is still considerably less than having them imaged digitally. For records
that will be rarely viewed but must be maintained for legal purposes, microfilm
is the cost effective archival storage solution.
The shelf life for a roll of microfilm that is stored in the proper environment,
is an estimated 500 years. The requirement necessary to maintain this
proper storage environment is to avoid drastic temperature or humidity changes
of 5% or more in any 24 hour period. However, even in less than perfect
conditions with frequent use, a roll of microfilm can be expected to last an
estimated 100 to 200 years. Paper, besides requiring a lot of space for
storage, only has an estimated shelf life of 40 to 50 years.