A substantial effort has been made to understand the requirements for a high-productivity scanning machine intended for the business imaging market. A system intended to handle business imaging applications would consist of a computer system, mass storage capability, scanning equipment and printing equipment. The advent of optical-disk and other high-density storage techniques has made possible economical digital storage. This is leading to the need for scanning capacity to utilize this capability. This paper will describe what productivity is for this market, the machine requirements and the implementation strategy. All of the concept work has been done to prove that the suggested approach is viable.