We are able to save scanned images to an external drive that is transported back to the main processing center where multiple people do the post-processing with the Quantum software. This is a tremendous competitive advantage for our company.

- Ryan Candela, Project Manager, Mountain States Imaging

Crowley’s Hybrid Approach

Crowley Imaging Digitizes using QuantumScan;

You Process with QuantumProcess

Get a Quote on The Hybrid Approach

Exclusive to The Crowley Company, there is a little-known third option for digitizing microform (microfilm, microfiche, aperture cards): outsourcing the digitization and processing the images in-house. We call this the hybrid approach and it consists of two basic steps:

1) The client’s source microform media is delivered to Crowley Imaging to be digitized by service bureau professionals using Mekel Technology MACH-series production microform scanners and Mekel’s custom QuantumScan software.

2) The unprocessed digital images are returned to the client (via a predetermined method of transfer), along with the original material, and the client processes and outputs the images in-house using Mekel Technology QuantumProcess software, which can be downloaded on a standard PC. Quantum software licenses can be purchased on a yearly basis or rented for a period of time specified by the client.

Hybrid Approach to Scanning


  • Requires significantly less labor on the part of the client than would be necessary if a scanner were purchased to perform the digitization in-house
  • Can be much more cost-effective than outsourcing the entire project
  • Requires less labor on the part of Crowley Imaging, resulting in client savings. This cost savings could be allocated towards the purchase or rental of a QuantumProcess software license and the cost of labor to process the images in-house. Any funds remaining would be the total amount saved by choosing the hybrid approach over outsourcing the entire digitization project.
  • Allows for significant control by the client over image enhancement, quality assurance (QA), processing and final image output
  • Allows the client to return to the unprocessed digital images for re-processing and re-formatting if necessary

If you’d like to learn more about the hybrid approach, Crowley conversion services or microform scanning equipment options, give us a call at (240) 215-0224 or fill out this form.