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What is the best scanner for converting medical charts to PDF files?

Hi experts,

We are converting our old medical charts to PDF at our office.  Some sheets may be a bit creased at the top from staple removal, handling, etc.  Some pages may also have 2 loose leaf holes at the top. Can you recommend a hardy scanner that can handle such documents?

We need a scanner with the following features::

Full Duplex
ADF
100 page feeder capacity
We do NOT need a flatbed as well
handle about 3000 scans a day

Price- preferably less than $5,000

Thanks for your input!

Mike
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
I've had great success for many years with Kodak scanners. Their current i320 Plus model has the specs you're looking for:

http://graphics.kodak.com/DocImaging/US/en/Products/Document_Scanners/Departmental/i1320_Scanner/index.htm

The US list price is $1,895. You'll probably want to upgrade their standard maintenance to a better package, but there's plenty of room to do that and keep it less than $5,000.

If you want to go up a notch and allow for substantial growth in volume, take a look at the i405:

http://graphics.kodak.com/DocImaging/US/en/Products/Document_Scanners/Departmental/i1405_Scanner/index.htm

The US list price is $3,995, but as with all of their scanners, the street price is less. Even with an enhanced maintenance package, you should still be able to keep the cost under $5,000.

The bundled software will likely be adequate for your purposes, but you should take a hard look at that to be sure. If necessary, you may need to allocate some of your budget funds for software. Regards, Joe
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stuartmorrisCommented:
We sell a lot of Fujitsu products to our customers with excellent results.  The 6130:

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/computing/peripheral/scanners/product/fi6130/

is a really nice piece of hardware for less than $1000 if you're willing to sacrifice on your capacity requirements (this one claims 50 in the ADF.)

If you're dead set on that capacity, you could move up to something like the 6670 instead which really flies through that kind of volume.

One of the really nice features of these scanners is that they come bundled with the VRS Virtual ReScan software from Kofax which does some automatic clean up of documents with problems like holes from a hole punch or skewed scans.  VRS really improves the output of those devices.

These prices can vary greatly depending on your vendor and how you want to package your maintenance with them, but that should get you started.
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jumptohighAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much!  We have narrowed it down to Fujitsu or Kodak!

Regards,
Mike
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