Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Production-Level Scanner Scores High with Brigham Young University

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Production-Level Scanner Scores High with Brigham Young University

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The admissions office at Brigham Young University in Utah receives an estimated 25,000 applications for admission every year. These applications, which are between 8-10 pages each, include student essays and letters of recommendation. University officials estimate that admissions and records department employees access these records at least 10 times in the processing life cycle. Because the personnel needed to be able to retrieve this information easily and quickly, administrators at BYU sought to streamline the process through the use of document imaging.

A scanning system was installed in 1994; however it proved to be inadequate. The scanners didn't have a document feeder for unattended scanning, and the original scanner read in single-side feed only, requiring staff members to re-run batches to turn paper around or to correct misfeeds.

The search for a dual-sided scanner led them to Fujitsu's M3099. According to Mark Crowther, software engineer at BYU, this production-level scanner has significantly increased productivity because of its dualsided capability, reliable paper-handling capabilities and fast scan rates.

"Our chances of a good scan of 50-page batches with other equipment was about one in four," says Crowther. "Not only were the other scanners we tried much slower, we also had to scan batches up to four times each to get the job done. …

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