Digital Transitions' Division of Cultural Heritage Designs New Industrial Grade Book Capture System for Cultural Institutions

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Built on the success of our DT RG3040 Reprographic System is a new book capture system that will redefine the way bound materials are digitized. The new BC100 will meet the high demands of cultural institutions by providing the preservation-grade image quality, speed, and reliability needed to capture a wide variety of bound and loose materials - all while protecting their integrity.

BC100 Book Capture System

We built the system with airplane-grade extruded aluminum and with a modular design so that equipment can be upgraded as technology and needs change.

Digital Transitions through its Division of Cultural Heritage unveiled a new book capture system that helps libraries and cultural institutions capture high quality images of rare or valuable books efficiently, without subjecting the material to physical stress or excessive handling. This revolutionary solution was built using the same technology as the company’s renowned DT RG3040 Reprographic System.

The BC100 is a durable 48-bit dual-camera book capture system that handles bound and loose materials including works on paper, serials such as newspapers, loose manuscripts, photographs, drawings and more. With its presentation-level imaging capability, the BC100 is the first of its kind to reach the market, a fact verified during its June debut at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“We designed the BC100 to meet the high demands of libraries and cultural institutions,” said Division of Cultural Heritage Director, Peter Siegel. “Curators and directors told us they needed a solution with preservation-grade image quality, as the lower end systems available on the market are not able to achieve the quality needed to digitize their collections. We accomplished this with the BC100’s 48-bit 160 Megapixel book imaging solution. We also understand that the cultural heritage community needs equipment that is durable, easy to use, and won’t become obsolete in a few years. To answer this request, we built the system with airplane-grade extruded aluminum and with a modular design so that equipment can be upgraded as technology and needs change. In the end, we produced a product that’s a true museum piece unto itself.”

Practically speaking, the BC100 is extremely easy to operate. The device features a V-shaped anti-reflective bonded glass platen and an adjustable book cradle that secures and holds bound pages securely, yet safely during the imaging process. Foot and hand controls make operator interface smooth and efficient for the user, enabling him/her to capture images as fast as it takes to turn a page. This design eliminates the inherent problems that come with robotic systems and is the ideal book capture solution in terms of speed, quality, safety, ease of use and reliability.

Key features of the system include:

  •     Delivers preservation-grade TIFFs, JPEGs, PDFs in RGB, grayscale and CMYK modes
  •     100° anti-reflective glass platen enables digitization of up to 6” bindings and paper sizes larger than 17” x 24”, or A2 size per side
  •     Compliant with the most stringent Federal Agency Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI)
  •     Open platform design allows camera and capture devices to be upgraded, preventing obsolescence
  •     Compatible with Digital Transitions reprographic systems for increased versatility

For more technical information concerning the BC100 Book Capture System, contact Digital Transitions at info(at)digitaltransitions(dot)com; or view a product demo online at

DT Division of Cultural Heritage
Digital Transitions’ Division of Cultural Heritage (DCH) is a leading integrator of digital imaging systems that helps museums, institutions and libraries translate their existing collection-based materials into valuable digital assets. The company’s DT RG3040 Reprographic System is already well known and used in many cultural institutions nationwide. The company is located at 35 W. 35th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


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