Microfilm processing allows us to scan and compress various documents into a single sheet of film (microfilm). You can then use a microfilm reader to browse the documents that you would have originally scanned. This process is much faster and more convenient than having to pull out a file or folder filled with hard copy documents. So instead of flipping through dozens and even hundreds of physical paper documents, you could scan through single microfilm to find the information you need.
Microfilm itself can be defined as an analog storage medium for paper documents. Such documents could include engineering drawings, books, newspaper articles, and legal documents. Car dealerships have been known to make use of microfilm as a resource for vehicle parts catalogs and servicing instructions. Each type of car is assigned its own microfilm packed with a complete list of parts that are accompanied by images. Staff can quickly locate the part number by referencing the name and image.
Most industries appreciate the ability to quickly locate information without the hassle of browsing through too much of paperwork. However, modern-day systems allow us to search for an incredible online database faster and more effectively simply. Unfortunately, there is still a considerable risk behind solely relying on a digital backup or online database which can possibly become corrupted. This is why it is advised to have hard copy backups and to consider microfilm processing.