MICROFILM MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
FOR BUSINESSES IN HAWAII
Confidently repair, convert and store your books, manuscripts, contracts, medical records and public records stored on microfilm and microfiche throughout Oahu, Maui, Big Island and the other Hawaiian Islands.
ARE YOUR MICROFILM RECORDS SUFFERING FROM DEGRADATION AND POOR STORAGE CONDITIONS
Whether on polyester or acetate base, records stored on physical microfilm are at risk of being destroyed by use, regular deterioration and film degradation agents:
- Pollutants and naturally occurring chemicals can oxidize the silver in the emulsion, creating small spots that diminish readability.
- Excessive heat can cause shrinkage of the film’s edges and buckling.
- High humidity can cause growth of microscopic blemishes and fungus.
- Low humidity can cause brittleness, a static charge, or affect the curl of silver-gelatin film.
- Acetate based film is susceptible to the “vinegar syndrome,” which can result in a loss of dimensional stability, brittleness, curling, shrinking and buckling of film layers.
At Access Hawaii, we understand the perils associated with the long-term storage and maintenance of microfilm and microfiche. As a provider of Eastman Park Micrographics Services, we can repair your microfilm, scan and create digital copies, duplicate your older microfilm records onto silver and diazo films, and preserve archived documents.
Contact us today for information on how our comprehensive microfilm solutions, supported by powerful technologies and analytics, can help you reduce costs and mitigate risks well into the future.
MICROFILM REPAIR SERVICES
Forward-thinking businesses in Hawaii can overcome the degradation of their film through prevention, repairs and conversions to current microfilm technology.
However, special equipment and handling will be required for proper restorations and duplications. Our Kapolei, Aiea, Kailua Kona and Wailuku facilities are proud to house a professional team of microfilm specialists with the earned experience to evaluate your films, isolate sections or rolls with deterioration and help you determine which options to pursue.
Sometimes all that is needed is a simple procedure that can repair small lacerations or strengthen the film’s resistance to degradation agents. For example, polysulfide toning will change the microfilm’s processed silver to silver sulfide, making it more resistant to humidity and oxidation. Molecular sieves can also be used to absorb moisture, oxidants and solvents.
In cases where the deterioration was not caught early, or there is excessive curling or shrinking, the only course of action may be to digitally convert the microfilm to newer technologies. Whether transferring acetate microfilm onto film made with a polyester base, changing the polarity of images, or scanning them to digital media, Access Hawaii can properly repair or convert your microfilm and increase its average life expectancy.
Digitally converting your microfilm and microfiche records eliminates the possibility of image and film quality degradation, reduces storage space requirements and enables you to easily share your data with others.
Proper digitization will also meet the necessary criteria, such as the accurate photographic tone reproduction, maximum fine line detail retention, minimum handling and controlled storage environments, to ensure the highest quality of film conversions.
SECURE MICROFILM STORAGE
AND RETRIEVAL SOLUTIONS
The storage considerations for microfilm are similar to that of physical records, but there are a few requirements that are unique to photographic film.
For instance, should your microfilm become wet, allowing it to improperly dry will result in the layers sticking together. In addition, excessively high or low humidity levels, heat or light can degrade film quickly, leaving you with films that cannot be read or viewed.
Living on an island that is under threat of flooding and hurricanes only intensifies the need for a professional records and information management (RIM) provider that knows how to accurately store and care for your microfilm and microfiche record.
Our Hawaiian facilities, located in Kapolei, Aiea, Kailua Kona and Wailuku, are equipped to provide the highest degree of protection for your records. Our secure storage vaults surpass fire-ratings standards, are equipped with dry fire suppression systems and have climate and humidity controls, in order to fulfill your archival needs while reducing your future costs and liabilities.
As an added bonus, digitizing your microfilm records will help you to maintain security, control access to files and images, and quickly retrieve documents using our secure online interface, FileLineACCESS.