News-Spot | Business News | Jan 23, 2013

Avantes BV and Tornado Spectral Systems Partner to Design High-Performance Spectroscopy Solutions

Avantes BV (“Avantes”) and Tornado Spectral Systems (“Tornado”) are pleased to announce a partnership for the design, manufacture and distribution of a new line of high performance spectrometers. Under the terms of this cooperation, Tornado will utilize its signature proprietary technology, the High Throughput Virtual Slit (“HTVS”), to design a series of high performance spectrometers which will be manufactured and distributed worldwide by Avantes and its partners/distributors.

The High Throughput Virtual Slit is a proprietary technology which enables spectrometers to overcome the traditional trade-off between sensitivity and resolution. With order(s) of magnitude gain in light throughput at virtually no compromise to resolution, the HTVS enables the advent of compact and high-performance spectroscopy solutions at a lower cost than traditional high-performance systems.

The partnership between the two companies will combine excellence in design, manufacturing and distribution to ensure that Avantes’ customers access best-in-class products across a wide range of applications.

Tornado‘s HTVS spectrometer technology has been selected as a PRISM award finalist, winners will be announced at Photonics West, 2013. Benno Oderkerk, CEO of Avantes comments: “We are proud to announce this cooperation and combination of Avantes’ market access and comprehensive product line with the technology provided by Tornado to supply the market with the next generation of spectrometers. “

“We believe that Tornado’s HTVS-equipped instrumentation forms the foundation of the next generation in optical spectroscopy” says Dr. Arsen Hajian, CTO of Tornado. “Our technology will be well represented with our partnership with Avantes, which is a clear leader in quality, manufacturing and customer service.”

Avantes aims to showcase their first spectrometer product based on Tornado’s HTVS technology at Pittcon 2013. Moreover, both companies will be exhibiting at Photonics West at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from February 5-7, 2013. Avantes, Inc. will be exhibiting at Booth # 1713 (Photonics West) and Booth # 8026 (BiOS) and Tornado Spectral Systems at Booth #5311 (Photonics West) and Booth #8735 (BiOS)

About Tornado Spectral Systems:
Founded in 2010, Tornado Spectral Systems develops optical spectroscopy solutions for chemical substance detection and identification, diagnosis, remote-sensing and imaging. With a proven partnership model, Tornado works with large OEMs to develop ground-breaking solutions for high-performance optical engines, both in free-space spectroscopy and integrated photonics, or spectroscopy-on-chip. To learn more about Tornado, please visit

About Avantes:
Avantes is a world leader in the field of spectroscopy. They develop and manufacture spectrometers, light sources, software, fiber optic cables, and accessories. Avantes' products are highly customizable, adaptable to any specific application, and integrated into even the smallest housings. These products therefore find usage in many OEM applications and markets, as well as in the scientific and industrial world. With over 18 years of experience, Avantes continues to produce innovative applications in diverse fields including chemical, solar energy, agriculture, gemology, (bio)medical, semiconductor, light measurement and food processing technology.