Portable Mini Microfilm Scanner unveiled

The Crowley Company has released what it claims to be the smallest production-level microfilm scanner on the market, at just 41x 43 x 19mm and weighing 14kg, the Crowley-manufactured MACH Mini.

Able to scan up to 350 images per minute from any 100’ or 215’ open spool or 3M microfilm cartridge, the MACH Mini delivers in two models and pairs a high-resolution CCD line array camera with QuantumScan and QuantumProcess software.

Patrick Crowley, president of The Crowley Company, said, “As we take on an increasing number of off-site digitization projects in our conversion services division, we’ve seen the critical need to pair portability with production efficiency. The MACH Mini does exactly that.

“Whether we’re scanning in-house in a condensed space or moving from place to place, the MACH Mini captures the best features of our stationary Mekel Technology MACH-Series scanners in a compact, simple to transport system.”

The MACH Mini and an accompanying laptop can be packed in a portable hard case, easily fitting into a car boot or back seat.

Crowley continues, “The MACH Mini captures up to a fast 350 images per minute at high image quality. It’s not a replacement for those needing the speed, 1,000’ roll capabilities and other key features of the MACH 5 or 10, but the MACH Mini provides a much-needed option for high throughput at one-third of the physical space and less than half the cost.”
Competitive advantages include:

  • Ability to Stack. The flat top and stable footing design allow for the stacking of multiple units, keeping the base footprint of 16 x 17 inches no matter the number of scanners high. This feature is ideal for those scanning high volumes of microfilm in a limited space.
  • Laptop compatibility. The MACH Mini has the option to run from a dedicated laptop for further portability.
  • Easy threading. The MACH Mini transport system takes seconds to load and has a well-balanced tension system which protects microfilm and the dislodging of emulsion from brittle film sometimes caused by pinch rollers.
  • Enhanced storage. The MACH Mini is delivered with 10 TB of data storage, the most of any production scanner in its class.
  • External PC. In the event of a client PC or laptop failure, there is no need to replace the entire scanner. Production downtime is only limited to the minutes it takes to replace a PC and upload software.
  • IMAGEhost. Each MACH Mini is delivered with a free 30-day trial of Crowley’s IMAGEhost microfilm and microfiche hosting platform. This allows owners to quickly scan, process, host and share images in a password-protected environment, saving significant IT costs and opening a research and image-sharing portal that has not been affordable for many organizations to date.

View the video to see the MACH Mini at work; link to the brochure



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