Crowley Co. releases next generation of scanning software

FREDERICK, Md. — The Crowley Co., a commercial scanning hardware and digitization services company, recently announced the official release of next generation software for the industry-leading Mekel Technology production-level microfilm and microfiche scanners.

“Mekel 2.0, as we’re calling this group of software upgrades, builds on the success of our FastFiche and Quantumsoftware suites, both of which enable scan operators to easily digitize and process large microfilm and microfiche collections. The beauty of these programs is the combination of their simplicity — in many instances, it’s load and go — and their complexity of editing and processing features available to capture even the most difficult film. Mekel 2.0 offers next-level options, particularly for microfiche scanning, and, most importantly, integrates with Windows 10,” Patrick Crowley, company president, said in a news release.

In 1987, Mekel Technology was the first company in the world to design, manufacture and market a production-level microfilm scanner. The firm’s microfiche scanners followed in 1991 as the market’s first commercial units. Mekel Technology was purchased by The Crowley Company in 2003.

“It’s amazing to me that the Mekel scanner base design has remained essentially unchanged for four decades. As camera, lighting and software technologies have evolved, the newer technology has been easily incorporated into the Mekel architecture without requiring any major physical hardware updates. I believe this speaks to the quality and foresight of the original engineers, several of whom are still with us today,” Crowley said.

“We have Mekel Technology scanners in the field that are nearly 20 years old and still performing well. Mekel 2.0 is simply a furthering of a product that has proven itself again and again among those tasked with digitizing large quantities of cultural heritage and business archives and records in microform, including our own conversion services division.”

Mekel Technology scanners are used in service bureaus, libraries with large public and private collections, archives, utilities, financial institutions, engineering firms, government offices, courts and many other record-keeping organizations.