Seeking to protect itself in a business world where paper documents are slowly being replaced by computer files, Bell & Howell Co. announced Monday that it has an agreement to acquire Protocorp International Inc., an imaging software company.

Monroe, N.C.-based Protocorp, which has installed high-capacity document imaging and information management systems at more than 250 banks, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell & Howell. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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