FUJIFILM To Show Microfilm Archive System At ARMA 2006
Valhalla, NY, October 18, 2006 - FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., the leading provider of midrange data storage media in the U.S.¹ , will demonstrate the new Fujifilm Document Archive System AR-1000 microfilm-based recording solution in the Fujifilm booth (#477) at the ARMA Show next week. The ARMA Show is taking place at the San Antonio Conference Center in San Antonio, TX, October 22-25.
The enhanced software in the new system will provide faster scanning, greater document notation detail and the ability to create metadata for easy integration with existing document management applications.
Today’s records management and compliance regulations require management of both analog (paper) documents as well as those stored digitally. The Fujifilm AR-1000 records both digital files and scanned analog documents directly to microfilm, providing a safe, long-term archive solution for sensitive and/or valuable information assets.
One company already benefiting from advances in microfilm technology is Imaging & Microfilm Access (IMA) ( www.scanyourdocs.com), a business process outsourcing firm that provides document and data archival, access and preservation services in Bohemia, New York.
“Our clients generally have strict requirements for quality and quick turnaround with results they can count on to survive for a long time,” said Mitch Davis, president, IMA. “The Fujifilm solution enables maximum return on investment for me because it uses parallel processing and produces the highest resolution available on the market today.”
Recently, a government agency requested that IMA scan, digitize and process to microfilm over a half million New York City building records – in roughly two weeks. Davis proudly notes that this project was actually completed to his client’s satisfaction not only in time – but sooner. He gives a fair amount of credit to the simplicity, speed and quality of the Fujifilm AR-1000.
Because digitally archived data can be susceptible to damage and corruption caused by weather, viruses or simple human error, recording critical document information on “eye-readable” formats, such as microfilm, is rapidly gaining in popularity in the U.S. Film-based storage is chemically fixed on a cellulose base – which makes it difficult to alter without detection – and is “technology independent” when it becomes necessary to recover or reproduce stored documents.
“There is a growing demand for the addition of a digital microfilm process into the archiving/data retention cycle,” said Randy Petree, Sales Manager, Document Products, Recording Media Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “Legislative mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley and regulatory document retention schedules are reinvigorating microfilm as a robust solution for long-term archive needs.”
Government agencies, companies and service bureaus such as IMA continuously evaluate solutions for storing, archiving and preserving valuable documents. Increasingly, managers are finding they need to address a wide variety of formats including midrange data tape and optical media, and examine the entire life-cycle of the information. Historical and government documents, architectural, engineering or legal records or genealogical histories are some examples of records that are increasingly being recorded on microfilm, in addition to traditional digital storage. The Fujifilm AR-1000 Document Archive System is the first to record “eye-readable” metadata information about the contents directly on each roll.
The Fujifilm AR-1000 Document Archive System lists for $54,995 and includes the recorder, console PC, monitor, PC software, 2 film magazines, 20 rolls of AM-66 film, installation, training and a one-year extended warranty. Individual components can also be purchased separately. The system and supplies are available through Fujifilm Document Products Group resellers. To learn more about the Fujifilm AR-1000 or the full line of Fujifilm data and document storage solutions, go to www.fujifilmusa.com/AR-1000.
About the Fujifilm Document Archive System AR-1000
Quick & Easy Recording – Introduced in Japan in 2004, the AR-1000 utilizes an LED exposure system to record documents onto 16mm format film. The slower film speed and finer grain of the media result in higher resolutions than other similar digital output devices.
The customized software and simple interface make the AR-1000 easy to learn and operate. Using the recently updated software (Version 3.0), documents are either scanned from paper copies, or transferred to the Fujifilm AR-1000 as TIFF files, which are indexed to the computerized imaging system. These files are imaged onto the AM-66 film at speeds of up to 130 pages per minute (letter-size portrait at 300 dpi). The software also allows jobs to run concurrently for editing and recording data, offering efficient total throughput, from data checking to editing and recording.
Information recorded on the Archive Media can be read on any traditional microfilm reader. The new Version 3.0 also offers an index file that contains the roll number, frame number, and file name, allowing companies to better organize and access the data once it is stored.
Media – The AR-1000 utilizes Fujifilm Archive Media AM-66 microfilm, a unique product developed by Fujifilm engineers to accurately reproduce documents on a format expected to last 500 years based on ISO standards. This film was developed specifically for the AR-1000, with resolution as high as that found in traditional source document (analog) microfilm, in order to capture and miniaturize documents containing detailed characters and signatures. Exposed AM-66 film requires separate processing.
Service and support – Fujifilm customers benefit from having access to the extensive network of technicians that service Fujifilm digital photofinishing minilabs – conveniently located across the continental U.S.
Fujifilm brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company provides products and services that contribute to the advancement of culture, science, technology and industry, as well as to improved health and environmental protection. It is the global leader in digital minilabs; Computed Radiography systems; ink dyes, pigments and UV inks for inkjet printers and materials used in the production of flat panel displays. It was ranked number 18 for U.S. patents granted in 2005, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2006, had global revenues of $22.8 billion.
FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., Valhalla, NY, is a U.S. marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses.
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