Sakura Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120

The new Tissue-Tek AutoTEC®  a120 remains the industry’s first and only fully automated embedder. Enhanced features include a cassette barcode reader for LIS connectivity and traceability of specimen blocks, the new SMARTair Technology to remove excess paraffin, and the larger 15-inch touchscreen monitor and enhanced operating system both deliver improved user convenience. With its smaller footprint, the AutoTEC a120 can be installed in small laboratories, and Sakura’s Tissue-Tek® iSupport program provides remote diagnostics and peace of mind.

Tissue-Tek AutoTEC®  a120 Automated Embedder

The second-generation Tissue-Tek AutoTEC®  a120 remains the industry’s first and only fully automated embedding system that eliminates the tedious and labor-intensive need to manually orient and embed tissue specimens and form tissue or cell paraffin blocks. The AutoTEC technology, combined with the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette System ensure that the orientation of specimens, determined by pathologists and pathologist assistants, is locked from grossing to microtomy for all routine tissue types, thereby eliminating the risk of orientation mistakes and tissue loss for increasing patient safety.

New enhanced features

The new enhanced features include the incorporation of a cassette bar code reader for future LIS connectivity and traceability of specimen blocks, and the new SMARTair Technology to remove excess paraffin. A larger 15-inch touchscreen monitor and the enhanced operating system both deliver improved user convenience. Redesign of the input and output doors, the paraffin reservoir and access to the base molds provides improved ergonomics while requiring minimal user maintenance and further increasing up-time. With its smaller footprint, the AutoTEC a120 can be installed in small laboratories, and Sakura’s Tissue-Tek® iSupport program provides remote diagnostics and peace of mind.

Increased productivity with predictable performance in TAT and block quality

The AutoTEC a120 offers a high throughput of up to 120 cassettes/hour and enables laboratories to reallocate valuable personnel now manually working at embedding stations, and to conveniently level the daily workload in a lean continuous workflow. When used in conjunction with either the Tissue-Tek Xpress®  x120 or x50 Rapid Tissue Processors, these SMART Automation Systems provide high quality and safe tissue processing, consistent clean blocks, improved turnaround time and all-important same-day diagnosis of cancer specimens.

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Sakura Paraform® Sectionable Cassettes

Endless potential for efficiency and productivity

The Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette System is a novel, innovative, two-part system that helps provide your lab with ultimate productivity.

The Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette System is a true innovation in cassette design. The two-part system is composed of a rugged frame and a cassette insert made of an inert proprietary material.

Its unique sectionability makes Tissue-Tek® Paraform® a significant improvement over standard cassettes. Specimen orientation can now be preserved from grossing through to microtomy by simply orienting the grossed specimen in 1 of 6 available Tissue-Tek® Paraform® cassette types: Standard, Biopsy, Orientation, Shaved Biopsy, Core Biopsy, or the 13 x 13 insert, eliminating repeats caused by improper orientation.

After grossing, the tissue section is placed into the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® cassette, positioned as it should be cut, and processed in any tissue processor. The proprietary material is able to withstand exposure to all the volatile reagents and fixatives typically used in histology. Once the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® cassettes are removed from the processor, they are ready for embedding. The Tissue-Tek® Paraform® cassette eliminates the need to open the cassette and reorient tissue during embedding, thus simplifying embedding, increasing productivity, and streamlining tissue preparation.

The Tissue-Tek® Paraform® material used for the cassette has sectioning characteristics similar to paraffin. It lets you cut right through the cassette bottom without artifacts and without damage to the blade. The inert Tissue-Tek®Paraform® material does not pick up stain and does not interfere with microscopic examination.

Although the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® cassette is designed for use with the Tissue-Tek AutoTEC®, Tissue-Tek®Paraform® is compatible with all existing laboratory methods and manual embedding processes. In addition, the 6 unique cassette types accommodate a variety of specimens, even those requiring special orientation such as skin or arterial specimens.

Tissue-Tek® Paraform® provides total automation of the embedding process when used with the Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® Automated Embedding System.

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