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Archive Scanner - The number 1 scanner for archives in Europe

The SensiShot® Archive Scanner is the perfect solution for municipal and university archives as well as for research archives of all sizes. All other institutions that have very heterogeneous material to digitize are also on the safe side with this system.

Files, historical documents, letters, maps and photos must be available online. An archive, library or museum that wants to keep pace must go this route in order to continue to be regarded as a relevant source by researchers. But high-quality digitization is not an easy job, especially when it comes to different types of media.

After all, many different devices not only require a lot of space and demand long training periods. Above all, they are also expensive. This is where Walter Nagel’s SensiShot®-Archive Scanner comes into play. 


More than 700 SensiShot®-installations in institutions of all sizes and in all parts of the world: 

The SensiShot®

Taking a picture of a medium, saving it and uploading it to the archive’s or museum’s website – digitization sounds quite simple in theory. But what works on a home computer is not a good approach for institutional use. This is because the objects to be digitized all have different requirements and are also often very fragile.

For newspaper volumes you need a large scan format, and for slides or film strips you need a transparency table. And if you want to digitize seals, coins or objects, you face a whole new set of challenges.

The SensiShot®-Archive Scanner has a modular design and can be upgraded any time to fit to your future needs. Files, books and documents as well coins, seals, slides or glass plates can be scanned with the necessary care and perfect quality. An archive scanner is therefore the optimal choice, especially for smaller institutions. It fulfils all digitization tasks and is also handy enough to fit even in small rooms. 

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Hybrid scanning workstation

Together with various archives, we developed the “hybrid scanning station”. After years of development and testing, many archives are already using our proven solution to significantly increase production output while protecting the originals.

For use in the archive, the hybrid scanning station is a combination of an archive scanner and a sheetfeed scanner. Newer documents in particular are sometimes in good condition and can therefore be scanned using the faster feed method. For this application we have developed the special SensiSpeed® Sheetfeed Scanners. This scanner is ICC-profilable and the speed can be adapted to each document. Even very thin paper that has already been torn can be scanned without any problems. The scanner‘s modern and gentle belt transport ensures a safe scanning process.

Nevertheless, there may be other sheets from the same document that are very fragile, bound in some way or very thick. These can be scanned with the SensiShot®-Archive Scanner using the overhead scanning method. The archive scanner is perfectly suited to scan fragile as well as bound materials quickly and with high quality. All materials are digitized: completely contactless and with a scanning time of 1-2 seconds. 

Advantages of our scanning station

In contrast to specialised book scanners, our archive scanner can be used much more flexibly. You can digitize your archive holdings quickly, in high quality and reliably with our solutions: 


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Walter Nagel - Europe's largest provider of digitization concepts

For more than 40 years, the German based company Walter Nagel has been helping cultural institutions find optimal scanning solutions. Our customers include a whole range of important institutes that we have been able to equip with the right equipment for their very individual requirements.

We work together with various partners in the world to guarantee you the best possible service and support wherever you are.

Use our knowledge to your advantage. We know the scanners we offer in detail and have been working with the manufacturers for years. That’s why we know exactly how to deliver consistent quality and offer you the best possible service.

We will be happy to provide you with comprehensive and expert advice on the archive scanners that are available and suitable for you. We will help you find new solutions and make your digitization job as easy as possible.


We specialize in high-quality retro-digitization according to international standards.

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More than 350 specialists in our partner network support you with their know-how in the successful implementation of your projects.


As an independent provider, we offer you only pre-qualified, high-quality and internationally leading solutions.

Ease of use

All applications are designed to save you time and make your work easier.


Sure. We are more than happy to show you everything about our SensiShot-Archive Scanner. Just send us an email.

Our scanner comes in different sizes. The biggest one can scan 140x90cm.

It depends on size, features and accessories you want to use. Generally speaking somewhere between 10.000 and 30.000 € plus VAT.

In short, the light from the scanner must be brighter than the ambient lighting. You can use the scanner in a normal office. You do not need to paint your walls black or darken all the windows.

There are dozens of compatible cameras. When we know more about your use case, we can recommend a camera for you.

Sure. Let us know what you have, send us pictures and we will check.

Yes, you don’t need special interfaces or drivers. Just a regular Windows-PC.

Especially after the COVID 19 pandemic started, we installed many archive scanners remotely. You set up the hardware and we conduct a remote training session. It’s all very easy and quick.

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