Medium Format (Up to A1)
Medium Format Scanning (Up to A1)
Our Medium Format scanning equipment is capable of digitising books and other items ranging in size from A6 (7cm x 5.5cm) up to approximately A1 (84cm x 59cm).
This equipment is capable of digitising all manner of materials from paper to board, from canvas to textiles. It can digitise items of any thickness too.
This equipment can be used to digitise:
- Bound books
- Photograph albums
- Small maps
Why use TownsWeb Archiving?
Expert Digitisation Consultants
A wealth of experience in working together to develop the right plan to reach your goals for preservation.
Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK
Working with some of the largest organisations in the UK, we understand the long-term risks to your archive.
In-House Collection and Delivery Service
To guarantee secure collection and delivery, your valuable material never leaves our sight.
Accredited Digitisation Studio Team
Fully trained and experienced in the handling and digitisation of your most delicate artefacts.
Unique Web Publishing Platform
Publish with PastView to manage, provide access and generate revenue from your digital archive.
I can safely say that with TownsWeb I happily recommended them to other companies for similar scanning and digitisation [projects] because I know they can be trusted. They can be relied upon to get the job done… they get it right, first time, every time.
We are delighted with the results. Without TownsWeb Archiving’s services we could not have completed the work in time and on budget. Their staff have been nothing but approachable, helpful and attentive and I can strongly recommend their services.
Head of Digital
TownsWeb offered us a complete end-to-end service, from scanning and transcription, to web design and content management software. Their work was completed quickly and to a high standard, and we are extremely pleased with the results.
Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
We digitise (or “scan”) medium format collections by using specialist advanced equipment to capture extremely high resolution images.
During the image capture process, we can also organise the digital image files by incorporating metadata into the filenames; such as the date they were taken or what equipment was used to capture them.
Our Book Support Cradles are self compensating and manufactured from specially selected materials designed to support all types of publications, from rare bound manuscripts to modern manuals. The design allows the book cradle to be adjusted to provide optimum support to the publication no matter what type of spine. In order to obtain a flat image with little curvature or shadowing, the cradle can be gently raised against a glass top using low compression techniques. The top glass can be moved away from the document to allow the capture of exceptionally delicate volumes without any pressure.
Digitising medium format collections can ensure that unique and valuable content is preserved in digital form, in case the worst should happen and the originals become damaged or destroyed. This high resolution digital back up can then be used to reprint the images if necessary.
Once you have a digital library of photographic images we can help you index, transcribe and add appropriate metadata. We can help you maintain your image collection by importing the files and metadata into our PastView content management system (or into your own existing system).
If you are interested in displaying your images online for the public to view then we can build complete archive websites (or web pages that sit within your existing website) that allow fast advanced searching and incorporate payment gateways so that the public can find and then pay for physical prints or digital copies of your images. Find out more about our Software and Website Design services.
We can also provide improved access to your collections and increase the speed of finding images, by enabling searching. Attaching metadata to the digitised images allows for quick keyword searching through the digitised collections.
As specialists in digitising fragile archive collections, our scanning staff are fully trained in professional handling procedures for working with delicate books and employ a gentle, “white gloves” approach at all times, to ensure no harm comes to the materials.
We never use roll-feed, we only ever use flat-bed equipment.
The historical items that we handle are often fragile and deteriorating. Using flat-bed equipment ensures that no physical contact is made with the original which eliminates the risk of further damage.
Flat-bed equipment also ensures that we can digitise almost any kind of material including paper, board, tiles, wood, textile, canvas, bound books etc.
We use a gantry system to raise and lower the head, which means that we are not restricted as to the physical thickness of the media being digitised.
Using a gantry system also allows us to raise the head as high as we need to in order to capture the full media beneath – this has allowed us to capture documents at around 1.5 x A0 in size without any need for stitching (graphically combining two images together to make one image).
Furthermore, we only use high frequency, diffused and non heat producing lighting thereby eliminating any risk of damage to the precious originals.
We appreciate that your medium format collections are very valuable and so you may not want them to be moved from your premises. For this reason we offer an on-site digitisation service and are happy to travel to your premises with our staff and equipment to scan your medium format items.
However, if you are comfortable allowing your collection to be transported to our digitisation studios for scanning, we are also happy to collect and return from your premises, using our own specially trained staff and GPS tracked vehicles. Find out more about our on-site & off-site scanning service.
We will generally produce image files at 300 DPI in TIFF and JPEG formats, although we can produce other file formats such as PDF, PDF/A, JPEG 2000, BMP etc. Images can be produced in full colour or greyscale and we can enhance or graphically restore them too.
If you are interested in displaying your images online for the public to view, we can build websites or web pages (that sit within your existing website) that incorporate search engines and payment gateways, so that the public can find, pay for and download your images. Find out more about our archive management software and website design service.
Once you have a digital library of images we can help you index, transcribe and add appropriate metadata. We can help you maintain your image collection by importing the files and metadata in to our content management system TWA PastView (or in to your own system). If you would like to provide innovative access to publications then we have our own specialist virtual book turning and library software.
Calculate the cost of your digitisation project
Enter your digitisation requirements and tick the box to confirm whether you would like us to get in touch to discuss your requirements further. If you’re not quite ready to use our online quote calculator, feel free to call on 01536 713834 or email us [email protected]