Computer Output Microfilm (COM)

  1. What is COM? The acronym for COM stands for Computer Output to Microfilm.
    COM is the process by which information from a computer (mainframe, mini or personal) is printed onto a sheet of 105mm silver achievable film. The life of this film is over 150 years therefore making it one of the most reliable methods to store and retrieve information.
     
  2. To date, COM is still recognized by most local, state and federal agencies as the only government approved method for archiving information.
     
  3. On the average, one cubit foot bankers box can approximately hold around 8,000 4x6 (105mm) pieces of COM fiche. Contained on each piece of fiche on the average there can be up to 270 pages of data (8.5 x 11 paper documents). When converted to COM the results are that 2,160,000 (8.5 x 11) paper documents can be archived and stored in one (1) banker’s box.
     
  4. Not only is COM an excellent solution for archiving and storing information but it is also an excellent cost effective solution for your organization.

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