Loose Material & Documents
In addition, irrespective of the age and physical condition of a particular item, care must always be taken to maintain its condition for posterity. In particular, for unique objects, sensitive media, and items already in degraded condition, precise handling and imaging is required to ensure that an item is archived right the first time, so that the item can go safely back into storage. Yet this need for quality and care is balanced by a need for efficiency. Where other solutions would require a choice of either speed or quality and conservation handling, our systems allow you to achieve both.
All of our reprographic workstations are custom machined from aerospace grade aluminum and feature inert hard-tops, safe for even the most fragile materials. On the Atom, these hard tops are modular, and can be interchanged for vacuum boards, magnetic boards, and custom machined options for extremely sensitive material. Adjustable hard-stops on the DT AutoColumn ensure that the camera never comes into contact with the item, and pneumatic glass platens can secure loose materials with minimal contact to securely ensure flatness of field.
DT solutions exceed FADGI 4-Star, ISO 19264, and Metamorfoze-Strict standards. At the heart of all of our systems are our purpose-built cameras offering up to 150mp of resolution at 16-bits of color depth. Coupled with cultural-heritage LED illumination (high CRI, high CQS, and smooth spectral shape), high-resolution lenses, and ultra-low vibration shutters this results in true Preservation Digital Objects with accurate color, tone, and detail. Many manufacturers claim their equipment attains FADGI 4-star or ISO ISO 19264-1 A-class quality but very few others do.
Our raw processing software, with its class-leading debayering algorithm, extracts pixel-level detail and color accuracy previously only seen in cumbersome multi-shot systems.
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With the technology, expertise and services offered by DT Heritage, it is possible to create a very high-quality digital mirror of your original assets, creating an immediately accessible digital archive.
Loose material collections can contain tens of thousands of documents, and unlike bound materials, require more extensive handling to move from one page to the next. With additional potential features like transilluminated watermarks, digitizing loose material can take longer than bound collections.
DTCH’s instant-capture solutions shift the limiting factor in speed to the operator. No more waiting around for a scan to finish – any DT system can image items as quickly as you can move them on and off of the imaging stage. Complex illumination setups for raking light or transillumination are simple to achieve, and our custom Capture One Cultural Heritage software enables rapid automated cropping and processing to archive your collections faster than ever before.
Our systems are versatile, modular, and upgradeable to ensure you’re not stuck with a limited tool box. They are also flexible in their use, allowing techniques that are impossible on competing systems.
Interoperable and Modularly Upgradable
Our modular solutions for digitizing loose materials include a choice of several reprographics system (such as the DT Atom, DT Element, or DT Versa), a camera head (such as the DT RCam or iXG), and lighting. Each of these components can be purchased, traded in and upgraded separately. For instance, an institution that purchased a [DT Versa and DT RCam] for scanning newspapers would only need to add the DT Film Scanning Kit to scan an encyclopedic collection of transmissive materials.
Most of the time Cultural Heritage imaging is done with very flat prescriptive lighting, typically two lights mounted 45° from the subject. However, there are situations where more creative lighting is required, for instance, to rake light across an embossed cover to enhance the dimensionality of the embossing. DTDCH systems can provide this creative lighting. With the DT Versa and DT Element the lights are always on light stands and can be easily raised or lowered without limitations. With the DT Atom the DT Photon lights can be removed from the fixed arms and placed on stands in any position.
The Morgan Library & Museum. Photography by Graham S. Haber
We can digitize anything at a level of detail you can’t get anywhere else. You have to see it to believe it. Check out our product videos to see the equipment in action.
Meet the DT Titan, the largest modern copy stand. Digitizing large material presents a unique challenge to most typical copy stands. From historical maps and oversized artworks to textiles and elephant folios, finding a surface to support the subject, as well as getting the entire piece in the image sensor’s field of view, can be a struggle. With those specific needs in mind, DT has created our largest digitization system – the DT Titan
Meet the DT Element, it’s more than a copy stand – a complete digitization platform. The stand, camera, and column tightly integrate with our software for fast and easy preservation-grade digitization. Our DT Element complies with FADGI 4-star, Metamorfoze Strict, ISO 19264 image quality, and JHOVE file format standards. What can you digitize with the DT Element? Nearly everything. It’s equally at home scanning bound materials, manuscripts, flat artwork, maps, translucent materials such as film or glass plate negatives, as well as specimens. The camera can even be removed to capture installation artwork, in-situ art, architecture, and more.
Meet the DT Versa, our solution designed for the digitization of all kinds of collections. The stand, camera, and column seamlessly integrate with our software for fast and easy preservation-grade digitization. The Versa allows digitization with or without glass contact. With the Versa hardtop in place, all scanning is done 100% contact-free. Removing that hardtop reveals a conservation-friendly glass top with a user-settable maximum and with such precise control of the object that the operator can raise the object to lightly kiss the glass.