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Pansonic KV S1025C Scanner Review

 The Panasonic KV S1025C scanner is a great little scanner that packs a big punch. It could be perfect for any small business! Let’s get into the details!

Panasonic KV S1025C

Dimensions:

  • 12.5 in. x 8.5 in. x 7.8 in.
  • 9.3 lbs.
  • This scanner is perfect if you have very limited space. It’s compact and lightweight, making it easy to move around.

Scan Resolution:

  • 600 DPI.
  • Great resolution, especially for such a small scanner.
  • Any text documents will look clean and crisp. Images will be good, but not great.

Speed:

  • 26 PPM
  • Not super quick. Still, one page every other second is acceptable.
  • If you have mountains and mountains of papers to scan every day, then the KV S1025C may not be right for your business. If you just have casual scanning, though, the speed won’t make a difference.

Media:

  • Minimum 1.9 in. x 2.8 in.
  • Maximum 8.5 in. x 100 in.
  • Basically, you can scan anything as long as it’s not too thick or wide.

Other Features:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) with 50 sheet capacity.
  • Ability to handle many different types of paper.
  • Double feed prevention roller system.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The KV S1025C has so many great qualities that are perfect for any small business. Here are its highlights:

  • Super compact. The dimensions and weight of this scanner are unbeatable. It can fit anywhere, and is light enough that anyone can move it around with ease.
  • Scan resolution. It can be hard to find a scanner that has great scan resolution while not taking up an entire room by itself. The KV S1025C does just that. At 600 DPI, this scanner will give great text (and image) scans.
  • Freedom to scan! For not having a flatbed glass to scan on, you still have incredible freedom in what you’re scanning. Yes, it still needs to be paper-based, but the length you can scan is crazy.

Why didn’t it get 10/10? A couple issues:

  • The speed. I know I said that unless you have mounds of paperwork, it won’t make a difference. And I stand by that. But maybe you do have mounds of paperwork. Or maybe you’re just really impatient. Either way, 26 PPM is definitely on the low-end and can’t be overlooked.
  • The lack of fun extras. It’s a straight-up scanner, and I can respect that. But lack of OCR software, a digital display panel, or basically any other “fun” add-on brings it down a notch. Competitors have some of these fun things, so it’s another issue that, though small, can’t be overlooked.

The Panasonic KV S1025C scanner could be perfect for your business. It has tons of great things going for it, with only minor issues to get around. If you’re looking for one, they’re sold on Ebay and ScannerParts.Biz.

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Microfilm vs Microfiche

Microfilm and microfiche…maybe it’s the digital age we find ourselves living in, maybe it’s the fact that the English language is crazy and has no rhyme or reason (they both start with micro so they must be the same), or maybe it’s just that microform is a subject in which not many are well-versed, but these two are always getting mixed up.

I’m here to set the record straight.

Though microfilm and microfiche are often thought of as interchangeable terms, the two are actually very different. From formatting to storage to reading the images, microfilm and microfiche are not the same.

Format                                                                                                                                         Microfilm: Comes on a long strip of film that is wound into a reel. This makes it a bit harder to update images on microfilm because it requires you to cut into your microfilm and then tape the new section you want. Not impossible, but definitely time-consuming.                                                                                                       Microfiche: Comes on flat sheets of photographic film paper. Each sheet can store multiple images. Microfiche is much easier to work with when it comes to updating images, as you can just place whatever sheet with images you want to the collection and move on.

Storage                                                                                                                                                     Microfilm: Normally stored on spools (either plastic or metal) that are then placed in boxes that protect the material from dust or other external factors.         Microfiche: Come on sheets of thin film material. Usually microfiche is  put in protective sleeves and then cataloged within a file box to again protect from dust and such.

Reading                                                                                                                                             Microfilm: Microfilm readers usually have a spooler mechanism that allows you to thread the spool into it. This allows for potentially quicker and more efficient reading.                                                                                                                                 Microfiche: Microfiche readers are similar to microfilm readers, in that it will magnify the image onto a larger screen for viewing. It just differs in the fact that there won’t be an automatic feeder or spooler mechanism for the microfiche.

Consider the record set straight!

Troubleshooting Microfilm Machines

office-space-fax-machineMicrofilm readers and printers can be finicky. Sometimes they just need to be cleaned, other times you need a new lens or roller, and worst of all, occasionally you need to buy a new machine altogether. Fortunately, many times a reader/printer’s problem has a simple, cost-free solution. So, before you go Office Space on your machine, see if these easy trouble-shooting tips can help you.

These tips come from a Minolta RP 605Z machine, but many of the solutions can be used for most microform readers and printers.

Problem: My machine won’t turn on.                                                                                       Solution: Make sure the side door that gives you access to the printer/toner is closed all the way.

Problem: Paper jam.                                                                                                               Solution: When you loaded the paper in the printer, did you put the metal spring clip above the newly loaded paper? If not, go try that. If that didn’t work, are you sure you’re using the right size of paper? Check with your machine’s manual to ensure you have the right size for your machine.

Problem: It won’t load the microfilm or microfiche.                                                         Solution: Your machine needs to be turned on in order to load the microfilm. It’s on? Okay, well are you sure that your machine is compatible with your microform? Some only read microfilm, some only read microfiche, and some read both. Consult your handy manual…or the internet.

Problem: I’m pressing the load button, but it won’t work.                                       Solution: Try loading the film manually. Here’s a video of how to load the film. Instead of pushing the load button in the film, try and work the film through yourself.

Problem: I can’t focus or zoom.                                                                                       Solution: Try taking out the lens then putting it back in to make sure it’s installed correctly.

Problem: The screen’s brightness is uneven or too dark.                                               Solution: Check the lens to make sure it is clean and properly installed. Not sure how to clean your lens? Here’s a how-to. 

Hopefully your problem was one of the “simple solution” variety. If not, give us a call at (608) 276-5559 and we’ll see if we can help you get your machine running like new!

Microfilm Scanners VS Microfilm Reader/Printers

We understand how difficult it can be, if not just plain confusing, to decide what kind of equipment to purchase when it comes to document storage. We also understand that it’s an expensive investment and Imaging Systems wants you to make the most informed decision before you take the plunge.  So the question remains—should you invest in a microfilm scanner or a microfilm reader/printer?

Below are some helpful pros and cons of both machines in order to point you in the right direction.          

 Microfilm Scanners

PROS:

  • Microfilm scanners allow you to create digital images (i.e. digitization) of microfilm and microfiche giving you instant access to your documents via your computer. So instead of digging through filing cabinets and archival boxes, your documents are stored directly on your computer for immediate retrieval.
  • Digitization as a technological storage method is a huge space saver – you no longer have to worry about boxes upon boxes of archives taking over every square inch of your storage.
  • Digitization of documents also allows you to make your documents readily available to the public. For example, the Census Bureau recently digitized millions of the 1940 Census Records electronic distribution.
  • Data that was previously stored on film can now be converted to various formats including PDF, Adobe, TIFF, and others.

CONS:

  • When stored properly, microfilm can have a life expectancy of up to 500+ years , whereas the life expectancy of a hard drive is unpredictable.
  • Because the life expectancy of a hard drive is unpredictable, you have to create digital forms of back-up to ensure the security of your documents.
  • If you store digital documents on an online database, they are susceptible to being compromised by hackers.
  • Keep in mind that most microfilm scanners do not support OS upgrades. For example, Bell and Howell Spectrum XF machines will no longer support Windows XP in 2014.  Fortunately one of our technicians found a solution, otherwise these particular machines would have become obsolete.

 Microfilm Reader/Printers

PROS:

  • As stated above, microfilm has a longer life expectancy than computer hard drives.
  • Companies have been using these machines for years; its proven technology that people can rely on.
  • Because microfilm scanners are now in the forefront of document digitization, these analog machines are no longer manufactured which makes them much cheaper than their digital rivals.
  • They are often easier to operate because they require fewer programs to operate.

CONS:

  • These machines generally take up more space – they’re heavy, large, and the hard copies of your documents need to be properly stored somewhere.
  •  Although microfilm has a longer life expectancy than digital documents, the drawback is that they are susceptible to natural damage such as fires, water, and general wear and tear.
  • They are analog machines so microfilm reader/printers cannot digitize information
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