What is a scanner?
A scanner is an electronic searching device or an optical reading machine.
Opportunities with scanners
Scanners can digitise a file format including text and images, or just a picture of text and images. When a hard copy document is scanned, it is read by the scanner and a digital image file (such as a PDF file) is created which can be saved, read and edited on a computer as a data file. Special scanners are used for reading barcodes and in computed tomography (CT), for example.
Advantages of scanners
If you receive hard copy invoices, a scanner can automate parts of the invoice process by creating an electronic image of the invoice.
Scanner and Compello
Compello supplies electronic document flow solutions. Hard copy invoices are scanned a standard scanner or multifunction machine and can be imported to Compello Invoice Approval for invoice interpretation. It is important for the scanner to:
- be set to an image resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch) and black-and-white
- import TIFF or PDF files
- have an ADF (Automatic Document Feeder)
If you need to buy a new scanner, we would be happy to assist with scanner selection guidelines: just contact us.