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There are traditionally four microfiche formats

combination jacket


5x16mm jacket


Jacketed fiche are generally A6 in size. They are specifically designed to hold strips of either 16 or 35mm microfilm or a combination of both.

This media enables grouping of related data into one logical file. Typically, Planning, Building Control, Payroll and Human Resource departments used this technology to facilitate filing, updating and retrieval of individual records.

There are also duplicated jackets, these have a purplish or bluish tint to them and often have a coloured heading stripe. Duplicates no longer have plastic sleeves, though there can be horizontal lines where the sleeves were.



Computer Output Microfiche or COM fiche. These are created from computer generated line data by a specialised hardware that reads the data in a print image format and through a laser burning process creates and individual image on film. Accounting reports, payroll records, tax rolls, and most any computer generated report that requires an archival retention period of over seven years have been committed to COM fiche. Standard microfiche are either 42 or 48X - 208 or 270 pages of data respectively

step and repeat fiche


Step-and-Repeat fiche is for owner manuals or operational handbooks. The images are arranged permanently in a grid pattern (there are no plastic sleeves). The cards have a header at the top, which contains identification information. there are cases where a step-and-repeat card may hold more than 300 images.


Re-writable fiche (Microx and AB Dick) contain positive images that can be erased or have a new record added. These cards are utilised in a filing system, usually under a name or social security number.

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