Based on your description; "these manuals contain fold-out drawings and
diagrams that are in very
poor condition, where the folded edges have yellowed and even become torn.
Some of the diagrams have white text against a blue background (sort of
like a reverse), or the text and/or diagrams are in very small detail or
have faded out over the years." I think you should consider a book scanner.
Scanning service bureaus quite rightly look at high through-put as their
goal. Most of the scanners they use will not work with you manuals.
A planetary microfilm camera could work without damaging the original
documents but a book scanners could be just the piece of equipment needed
to solve your problem.
Zeutschel, Minolta, Indus are a few options.
Anyone using book scanners now?
Names of vendors who provide book scanning?
> [Original Message]
> From: Earl Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 11/6/02 12:48:23 PM
> Subject: Any other ways to reproduce these?
> Good evening all,
> We have approximately 25 volumes of old engine and pump manuals that
> we'd like to reproduce. Some of these documents go back to the 1950's,
> and are no longer in print eventhough the pumps and engines are still
> going strong. They are referenced regularly, and due to their age and
> usage, many of the pages from these manuals have yellowed, and become
> torn, ragged, and brittle.
> We only want to preserve these documents, but also need to make them
> available to other users within the organization.
> We've received a one-time permission from the publishers of these
> manuals to reproduce them for internal use only. The question now, is
> how to do it and still produce something usable in the end. Some of
> these manuals contain fold-out drawings and diagrams that are in very
> poor condition, where the folded edges have yellowed and even become
> torn. Some of the diagrams have white text against a blue background
> (sort of like a reverse), or the text and/or diagrams are in very small
> detail or have faded out over the years.
> We had a microfilm vendor come in to look at filming these documents,
> and then scan the filmed images to a CD or server. As the scanned images
> will then become a second generation copy, I am sure we'll lose some
> resolution and detail from some of them, especially after they've been
> printed from the CD or server. We'll know more after they've tested a
> Are we missing any other alternatives? I suppose that we could skip the
> microfilming stage and scan them directly, but the vendor says that it
> may only create more serious resolution problems. It appears that
> microfilming these documents first may allow for some of them to be
> "cleaned up," after which scanning them may then produce a better image.
> Any and all thoughts are appreciated, and thanks in advance for your
> Earl Johnson, Jr.
> Records Management
> South Florida Water Management District
> West Palm Beach, FL
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