Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120

An automated tissue embedding system

The second-generation Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 remains the industry’s first and only fully automatic tissue embedding system that eliminates the tedious and labor-intensive need to manually orient and embed tissue specimens.

Utilizing the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette System ensures that the orientation of specimens is locked from grossing to microtomy, thereby eliminating the risk of orientation mistakes and tissue loss for increased patient safety. This unique embedding automation solution is capable of substantially decreasing errors by up to 44% that commonly occur during manual embedding.

The Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 offers a high throughput of up to 120 Paraform Cassettes/hour and enables histology laboratories to reallocate valuable personnel to other laboratory tasks, and to conveniently level the daily workload in a lean continuous workflow. When used in conjunction with either the Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120 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.

The new enhanced features of this automated embedder include the incorporation of a cassette bar code reader for LIS connectivity and traceability of specimen blocks, and the new SMARTair™ Technology to remove excess paraffin, eliminating the need to clean blocks prior to microtomy. 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 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 can be installed in small histology laboratories, and Sakura’s Tissue-Tek® iSupport™ program provides remote diagnostics and peace of mind.

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Onboard barcode scanning

Consistent, clean blocks


Continuous loading



Continuous loading and output of up to 120 Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Cassettes per hour
  • Provides a steady flow of blocks to microtomy, reducing bottlenecks
SMARTair™ Technology removes excess paraffin from blocks
  • Eliminates tedious scraping that saves time and allows for faster delivery to microtomy
On-board barcode reader
  • Allows for LIS connectivity and traceability of blocks
Automates the repetitive manual motion of embedding
  • Reduces Repetitive Motion Disorder, supports efficient workflow, and frees employees to work on other important tasks
The Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassettes System orientates and secures the tissue
  • Eliminates the risk of lost specimens and standardizes tissue orientation
Three base molds support all 6 different Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Cassette types
  • Allows for mixed tissue specimens to be embedded per their preprogrammed protocol
Remote monitoring capabilities through Tissue-Tek® iSupport™
  • Maximizes instrument uptime and reduces service cost

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