Years of experience
We Can Talk About Responsibility. But We Prefer to Take it.
Digitization determines our lives: everything is getting faster, smarter and growing in digital spheres. A change we not only welcome, but actively promote, while always keeping an eye on what matters most: people and nature.
That is why we merge sustainability, innovation and sociality. We? We are an international, multicultural team which not only thinks progressively, but can also express that in 16 different languages. We are rooted in Bad Nauheim (in Hesse) – but at home all over the world. We think that anyone who wants to celebrate practical success should not have to rely on gray theory, but have an opportunity shape the present and future. In our case digitally. We are the symbolic interface between the analog and the digital world and make information accessible to the masses.
The main focus is not only on being efficient, but also on acting economically. For example, the energy consumption of our devices is inherently low, so that we make an active contribution to environmental protection. But that’s not all. We also put great emphasis on sustainable production. Specifically, this means manufacturing and production directly at our site in Bad Nauheim – and working with regional partners so that in the end our devices not only meet the highest standards, but are also durable and sustainable. An advantage for the environment, but of course for you too – because your scanner will last. But we don’t just give our best in the area of environment and usability – we also achieve great things in our immediate surroundings. Analog, and not digital – by getting involved in regional projects and associations.
WHAT DEFINES US
9 out of 10 of the biggest libraries worldwide use book2net scanners.
For good reasons:
Out 71/150-megapixel cameras are considered master pieces among specialists. Renown libraries, archives, and museums accompanied the development with their expertise. This close cooperation with our customers makes the quick and innovative development of new technologies possible.
We produce on site in Bad Nauheim and purchase 90% of our materials from regional suppliers. We thereby guarantee the quality and longevity of our products, which are also characterized by their low energy consumption and can be sustainably upgraded. An investment that pays off, for our environment and our customers.
USER INTERFACE DESIGN
Most of our devices can be installed by the customer. The use of uniform, context-sensitive operator software reduces the necessary training to a minimum and offers the option of conveniently handling maintenance, software updates or upgrades remotely.
EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
As one of the pioneers in the field and an owner-managed company, we have been developing cameras and scanning systems since 1958. More than 20,000 installations in over 40 countries and 3800 libraries, archives, and museums speak for themselves with regard to our position in the digitization technology market..
ONE PROVIDER ONLY
Our highly skilled team combines specialist knowledge from a wide variety of areas. We offer our customers an unbeatable all-in-one concept from a single source: Research & Development, Production & Manufacturing, Consulting & Sales, Hardware & Software, and Installation & Service. Quality made in Germany, directly from the manufacturer.
PASSION AND COMMITMENT
As a manufacturer of scanning technology, we are proud to contribute to the preservation and digital development of our cultural assets. We do this out of conviction and with passion. That is why we do not make any compromises – neither with our devices nor with the quality they deliver.
Meet the team
We are at home in the world and rooted in Hessen – that is why we are committed to promoting sports, education and culture in the region
Hessian sports talents such as Kathrin Klaas (shot put, Frankfurt) and Sarah Vogel (pole vault, Seligenstadt) are part of our sponsorship program for athletes. Bad Nauheim is not only connected with our company history for over 60 years, but also with the families of our employees, some of whom are now employed in the second generation. We therefore also invest in the education of youth and support projects of the Ernst Ludwig School (Erasmus +, technical and medical equipment). In the cultural sector, we are involved in the reconstruction of the Bad Nauheim windmill in order to restore this historical landmark to its former glory. We support the Bad Nauheim City Archive by sponsoring a book scanner to digitize its holdings and to move towards a digital and paperless administration.
OUR COMPANY HISTORY
Dr. Ulrich Welp founds MICROBOX GmbH in Bad Nauheim, Hesse, and quickly leads the company to become the leading German manufacturer and supplier of high-resolution camera systems. With the MICROBOX VKK, the first patented large format camera is introduced to the market. Due to its extraordinary precision and functionality, is used particularly in surveying and cadastral systems, as it enables true-to-scale and distortion-free recordings in A0 to A4 formats.
The MICROBOX KSK and SLK lay the foundation for a successful entry of the company into the industrial sector. International companies from the automotive, aerospace and construction industries film their entire technical documentation and drawings with these first computer-controlled processor cameras, which are equipped with glass plate pressure, vacuum suction and transmitted light tables. A very successful library camera with book cradle is designed for Fuji as an OEM.
With the development of laser imagesetters, MICROBOX keeps pushing the limits of the technology of the time and brings the MICROBOX CADMIC for 35mm microfilm onto the market. 310 million generated pixels per frame and an accuracy of 2.1um enable the exposure of a DIN A0 format in 400 dpi resolution in 30 seconds. This basic development is still one of the outstanding technologies today. MICROBOX POLYCOM (SW) and IMAGECOM (GS) are introduced as successor products. The entry of Stephan Welp, the son of the company founder, into the management now also leads the company into the next generation in terms of personnel.
Andreas Bläcker complements the team as the second managing director. MICROBOX is making the transition to digital scanning technology with the high-end film scanners POLYSCAN 400 and MICROSCAN 400/800. The pioneering CCD line technology with up to 15,000 pixels / line and an integrated image enhancement board enable exceptional resolution and scan speeds. With the POLYSCAN 400 systems alone, millions of film recordings are automatically digitized. Our film scanners are still in use around the world and are proof of the durability and reliability of our products.
The success story in book scanning technology begins under the brand name book2net. In cooperation with the British Library and the National Archives of Sweden we developed our first book scanner, the book2net RGB. With 10,000 pixel CCD line sensor technology, two-armed LED lighting system, modern color management, book cradle and a resolution of 10 line pairs, the book2net RGB fulfills all requirements for the gentle and efficient digitization of historical books.
With the Public / Professional product line, we designed a new generation of book scanners with innovative CCD area sensor technology, which sets new standards in the field of digitization in terms of image quality and scanning speed. The book2net book scanners are primarily used in the public area, in libraries and archives, and are the prelude to a product range that has been continuously expanding to this day. Shortly after, innovations like the Spirit A3, Ultra A2, Flash A1 and Cobra A2 follow.
In order to increase the user-friendliness of our systems and to guarantee smooth workflow processes, Easy Scan Professional is developed for all book2net book scanners as a uniform platform and joint production software with a user-friendly user interface, process control, imaging, job processing and workflow software. At the beginning of 2012, MICROBOX GmbH moves into its new office and production building in Hohe Straße 4-6, Bad Nauheim.
With the use of CMOS sensor technology, there is a technological leap in quality that enables a significant expansion of the product range, especially in the area of large format scanners. 2014 is one of the most innovative years in the company’s history. With the Mosquito A1 and Hornet A0, PLC-controlled, high-performance, semi-robotics systems with dual camera heads are introduced to the market for the production sector and, at the same time, the series of conservational V-pressure scanners for the cultural heritage sector is being expanded with the Cobra A1. In addition, the book2net Folio is launched as a special format scanner.
2015 marks the market launch of the book2net X71, which was developed as a cooperation project with the Chair for Digital Image Processing at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The 71 MP camera with CMOS area sensor technology, a new type of sensor board and special optics enables faster image capture and increases the reliability of the image quality, as it does not require a mechanical shutter. It becomes the standard for all book2net scanners and leads to the development of innovative, application-specific high-end scanning systems (3D, grazing light, multispectral), which are used in particular in the field of surface, material and art analysis.
We start a cooperation with the Polish National Library for the large-scale project “Patrimonium” for the digitization of the most precious rare collections that are part of the Polish national heritage. For this we develop the A1 systems book2net Lizard and Dragon, which are characterized by individually adjustable camera and light positions as well as variable support angles. They combine the advantages of conservative V-book scanners with those of a professional repro studio. We received recognition for our international activities in 2017 by winning the Hessian Export Prize in the “Industry and Trade” category.
We launch the new successful Archive Pro model, which is available as an A2 and A1 version. Developed as a hybrid scanning system in close cooperation with our customers, the Archive Pro combines the functionality of a variable repro system with the user-friendliness, reliability and performance of an archive scanner. Thanks to this unique versatility and quality, it covers a wide range of requirements as a single device, for which a large number of different special scanners were previously required and is therefore already being used by several state archives as part of the federal security filming.
With the death of Andreas Bläcker, the second managing director of the company together with Stephan Welp since 1994, MICROBOX GmbH loses one of its creative minds. However, a reorientation and future-oriented perspective means the entry of Tim Welp, the founder’s grandson, into the management, who is now running the family business together with his father in the third generation.