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Welcome to XRF Core Scanner

Thank you for your interest in Avaatech XRF Core Scanner technology. It has been designed and built as a solid and robust machine. The unequaled quality of the Avaatech core scanner continues to make it the instrument of the choice for reliable, rapid and non-destructive analysis of sediment and other samples for top researchers all over the world. Our state-of-the-art fourth-generation Avaatech Core Scanner comes equipped with the latest variable optical XRF technology which provides an unprecedented resolution and separation of chemical signals.

XRF Core Scanner
Avaatech XRF Core Scanner

Options & Specifications

With its high-resolution variable optical system and its straightforward XRF analysis, the Avaatech XRF scanner can measure every type of sediment and other samples efficiently.


Technical data about Avaatech XRF Core Scanner.


Detection limits Avaatech XRF Core Scanner


Our state-of-the-art fourth-generation AVAATECH Core Scanner comes equipped with the latest variable optical XRF system. With the Avaatech optical system the length and the width of the X-ray beam can be determined independently.


A Bartington magnetic susceptibility system can be mounted in the XRF Core Scanner. The MS2E high resolution point-sensor has a footprint of 4x10mm.


Avaatech Color Line Scan is applicable for both visual and UV light. The digital Color Line Scan Camera is a tool for recording images of samples and of measuring variations of color intensities along a transect.


The entire source, detector and optical system of the scanner can be moved in the Y-direction with an accuracy of 0.005 mm.


Regarding the adjustable slit opening in the Y- (across core) direction, the AVAATECH XRF Core-Scanner can be equipped with a motor-controlled system.


Our Avaatech Core Splitter is designed for high quality splitting of plastic lined cores. The longitudinal splitting mechanism is fully motorised.


Founded in 2001, Avaatech is a privately owned company that develops, manufactures, installs and services highly specialized scientific equipment and analytical instruments for oceanographic, geological and other related fields of research.


Avaatech was founded by a group of scientists and engineers working at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), one of the oldest scientific institutes for marine research in the world.

Today Avaatech is a flexible international company, where everyone involved has years of experience in designing, developing and constructing equipment for scientific and commercial research.

Avaatech scanners are built to order as a single machine based on each clients requirements, allowing the opportunity to implement specific wishes, options and special features. Each scanner's design also aims for silent, safe and easy operation with a minimum of maintenance.

NIOZ Formalized by a licence agreement, Avaatech continues to closely cooperate with Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Through this agreement, Avaatech has access to their know-how about the many applications the XRF core scanner has. Furthermore, Avaatech can rely on the expertise of NIOZ for providing practical and scientific support to our clients.

Customer Support is provided by the same people involved in the development and construction of the scanners.
  • Pieter van Duijn


    Technical Support

  • Henk de Haas


    Scientific Support

  • Rick Hennekam


    Scientific Support


Januari, 2019


Alkmaar-based technology company Avaatech XRF B.V. has been taken over by Pieter van Duijn of Dodewaard-based De Linge Besturingstechniek. Due to the takeover, the Avaatech XRF Core Scanner will now be managed under one roof. Please visit the website Here you will find the press release of the acquisition.

September, 2018

Avaatech’s XRF Core Scanner extended with LIBS capability to scan all elements – from Lithium to Uranium.

Avaatech and SPECTRAL Industries are happy to announce the start of a project for the integration of a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) instrument into the well-known Avaatech XRF Core Scanner. Like XRF, LIBS is a well-established analytical technology for chemical analysis. The LIBS-technique uses a laser to create a high temperature plasma and it records...

July, 2018

Avaatech team is growing.

We are excited to announce that Avaatech have expanded their team by bringing in Lennart Stam. Lennart holds Masters degree in Earth Structure & Dynamics from University of Utrecht, and will be involved in scientific research for the company and R&D projects.


Avaatech supports scientific work related to the XRF technology. Avaatech is proud contribute to "high-quality" papers published by scientists all over the world.

  • In Press
  • de Boer, E.J., Vélez, M.I., Rijsdijk, K.F., de Louw, P.G., Vernimmen, T.J., Visser, P.M., Tjallingii, R., Hooghiemstra, H., in press. A deadly cocktail: How a drought around 4200 cal. yr BP caused mass mortality events at the infamous ‘dodo swamp’ in Mauritius. The Holocene, doi: 10.1177/0959683614567886.
  • Feldmeijer, W., Metcalfe, B., Brummer, G.-J. A., Ganssen, G. M., in press. Reconstructing the depth of the permanent thermocline through the morphology and geochemistry of the deep dwelling planktonic foraminifer Globorotalia truncatulinoides. Paleoceanography, doi: 10.1002/2014PA002687.
  • Henares, S., Bloemsma, M.R., Donselaar, M.E., Mijnlieff, H.F., Redjosentono, A.E., Veldkamp, H.G., Weltje, G. J., in press. The role of detrital anhydrite in diagenesis of aeolian sandstones (Upper Rotliegend, The Netherlands): Implications for reservoir-quality prediction. Sedimentary Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2014.10.001.
  • Hertzberg, J.E., Black, D.E., Peterson, L.C., Thunell, R.C., Haug, G.H., 2012. Decadal- to centennial-scale tropical Atlantic climate variability across a Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle. Paleocanography.
  • Larson, R.A., Brooks, G.R., Devine, B., Schwing, P.T., Holmes, C.W., Jilbert, T., Reichart, G.J., in press. Elemental signature of terrigenous sediment runoff as recorded in coastal salt ponds: US Virgin Islands. Applied Geochemistry, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.01.008.
  • Max, L., Riethdorf, J.-R., Tiedemann, R., Smirnova, M., Lembke-Jene, L., Fahl, K., Nürnberg, D., Matul, A., Mollenhauer, G., 2012. Sea surface temperature variability and sea-ice extent in the subarctic northwest Pacific during the past 15.000 years. Paleoceanography.
  • Monien, D., Kuhn, G., von Eynatten, H., Talarico, F.M., in press. Geochemical analyses of fine-grained sediments revealing Late Miocene to recent Paleo-Environmental changes in the Western Ross Sea, Antarctica. Global and Planetary Change, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2010.05.001.
  • Poto, L., Gabrieli, J., Crowhurst, S., Agostinelli, C., Spolaor, A., Cairns, W.R.L., Cozzi, G., Barbante, C., in press. Cross calibration between XRF and ICP-MS for high spatial analysis of ombrotrophic peat cores for palaeoclimate studies. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, doi: 10.1007/s00216-014-8289-3.
  • Riethdorf, J.-R., Thibodeau, B., Ikehara, M., Nürnberg, D., Max, L., Tiedemann, R., Yokoyama, Y., in press. Surface nitrate utilization in the Bering sea since 180 kA BP: Insight from sedimentary nitrogen isotopes. Deep-Sea Research II, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.03.007
  • Seidenkrantz, M.-S., Ebbesen, H., Aagaard-Sørensen, S., Moros, M., Lloyd, J.M., Olsen, J., Knudsen, M.F., Kuijpers, A., 2012. Early Holocene large-scale meltwater discharge from Greenland documented by foraminifera and sediment parameters. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.04.006.
  • Van Daele, M., Moernaut, J., Doom, L., Boes, E., Fontijn, K., Heirman, K., Vandoorne, W., Hebbeln, D., Pino, M., Urrutia, R., Brümmer, R., de Batist, M., in press. A comparison of the sedimentary records of the 1960 and 2010 great Chilean earthquakes in 17 lakes: Implications for quantitative lacustrine palaeoseismology. Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/sed.12193.

Avaatech XRF Core Scanners are currently in use at top facilities worldwide
  • ODP Core Repositories:
  • • MARUM, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • • ODASES, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Research Institutes:
  • Europe
  • • NIOZ - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, the Netherlands
  • • AWI - Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • • BGR - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany
  • • IFREMER - French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, Brest, France
  • • EDYTEM-CNRS, Université de Savoie, Le Bourget du Lac, France
  • • EPOC-CNRS, Université Bordeaux 1 Talence, Bordeaux, France
  • • Institute of Marine Sciences – National Research Council, Bologna, Italy
  • • Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • Asia
  • • KIGAM - Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon, Korea
  • • IEECAS - Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Science, Xian, China
  • U.S.A.
  • • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San Diego, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
  • Universities:
  • Europe
  • • Institute of Geosciences, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
  • • University of Tromsø, Department of Geology Faculty of Science, Norway
  • • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K.
  • • Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, London, U.K.
  • • Universitat de Barcelona / Facultat de Geologia Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • • Department of Climate Geology, E.T.H Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • • Institute of Geosciences, University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Asia
  • • State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • • School of Earth Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, China
  • • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  • • University Lanzhou, Lanzhou, China
  • • Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, China
  • • Xiamen University, Amoy, Fujian China
  • • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • • Institute of Surficial Geochemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • U.S.A.
  • • Department of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U.S.A.
  • • Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Miami, U.S.A.
  • • Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A.
  • Australia
  • • Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Central America
  • • UNAM - National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico city, Mexico


Thank you for your interest in AVAATECH XRF Core Scanner Technology. We would like to provide you with all the information you need. Please fill in the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.


Avaatech strives for a permanent interaction with its customers in order to exchange experience and new findings to the mutual benefit of all users of the XRF Core Scanner.

In “support-mode” you get a direct connection to our technical or scientific experts via the Internet (an Internet connection is required). The connection offers a shared desktop, i.e. our experts see the same computer desktop on their computer as you see on the XRF Core Scanner computer. Both users can move the mouse and use the keyboard, and everything happens simultaneously on both computer screens. At the same time we can talk over the phone.

A web camera is supplied with the instrument. It can be used for technical support purpose. It is a very effective tool which allows to solve problems rapidly and remotely, without waiting for a technician to visit your lab.

Evaluation of complicated spectra sets by our scientific experts is also included. Furthermore Avaatech encourages users of the XRF Core Scanner to communicate all subjects regarding the instrument. Technical, analytical or data interpretation issues can always be discussed with our specialists.

Example of XRF core scan data


You can find us on Bonegraafseweg 2, 6669 MH Dodewaard, The Netherlands.

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