Our Story

Analogue Imaging was founded by Russell Burkel in 1999 in South Milwaukee, WI as the premier distributor of SMA scanning and archiving equipment scanners. In 2009, Russell’s son, Aaron, took over making the company a second-generation family business. In 2015, Analogue Imaging upgraded its headquarters location to Germantown, WI with a larger facility space to better serve its growing customer base.

Analogue Imaging equips industry specialists with state-of-the-art technology to create a meaningful impact on the world – both past and present. Authentic historical preservation is the guiding principle behind our work. We believe that the past should always have the opportunity to accurately present itself in the future. Whether you are looking to purchase one of our scanners, seeking guidance with a project, or looking to connect with our growing community of users, our experienced and knowledgeable team will provide you with a resolution.

We are Committed to Quality

Analogue Imaging offers the highest quality and widest range of book scanners, archive writers, large format flatbed scanners, and robotic scanners on the market today. Our German-engineered machines are designed specifically with the safety of the original document, accurate historical preservation, eco-sustainability, and longevity in mind. Robust manufacturing, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, ensures all SMA products are capable of meeting today’s standards, as well as the inevitable increased scanning and archiving requirements of tomorrow. 

Even with the most reliable product on the market, there are occasions when service work is required. The Analogue Imaging service team is certified by SMA to conduct all warranty and service work for all products. Our authorized service team will travel to your facility and conduct repairs on-site to ensure your equipment is is functioning properly to reduce downtime. 

From its inception, SMA’s Research and Development team has equipped all SMA products with the most current technologies available worldwide. From the invention of the microfilm camera head system to now offering the highest quality 8K monitor in all of our Archive Writers, SMA continues to reset the industry standards.

Our History



Russell J. Burkel, a world-renowned pioneer in the micrographics industry and the original founder of Eyecom, established Analogue Imaging in South Milwaukee, WI



Analogue Imaging was awarded the master distributorship in North America for all SMA products. This partnership allows Analogue Imaging to offer the most complete range of digital scanning and archival equipment in the world



Russell J. Burkel lost the fight to cancer surrounded by friends and family. After 8 years of working side by side with Russ, it was a natural decision for his son Aaron J. Burkel to take the reins of Analogue Imaging and continue his vision. His honesty, intelligence, and unwavering love that began in the micrographics industry continues to live on



SMA revolutionizes the large format flatbed scanning world by introducing the SMA VERSASCAN. This invention created new channels beyond the Archives and Records industry. Analogue Imaging embraced the new business opportunities, entering the Fine Art, Décor, Quality Control, and Manufacturing Industries, just to name a few



SMA created a sensation at the CeBIT exhibition in Hanover, Germany, introducing the world’s first large format, fully robotic page-turning book scanner, continuing to be a pioneer in the industry



Hundreds of North American archives, universities, libraries, service bureaus, manufacturing facilities, and a rapidly growing community of art studios are currently using SMA GmbH products, yearly service, and warranties distributed by Analogue Imaging. SMA E-Document GmbH is represented in more than 105 countries worldwide and is the only manufacturer that maintains a product range covering book scanners and flatbed scanners from A3+ up to triple A0+, as well as the most complete line of archive writing devices in the world

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