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.

Make the move to automated embedding.

Click here for Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 Automation Promotion details. 

See Cockerell Dermatopathology's poster presentation titled `Continuous Specimen Flow Changes Night Shifts to Day Shifts While Reducing Turn-Around-Time (TAT)' from NSH 2015 in Washington, D.C., to see an example of how your laboratory may benefit using continuous, automated embedding.

Features

     Benefits

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
Product name Tissue-Tek AutoTEC®  a120 Automated Embedder
Product code 7090
Power required 200 VAC ±10%, Single phase, 50/60 Hz, 20 Amps; 230 VAC ±10%, Single phase, 50/60 Hz, 20 Amps
Power rating Voltage selectable: 200 VAC ±10%, Single phase, 50/60 Hz, 12 Amps; 230 VAC ±10%, Single phase, 50/60 Hz, 11 Amps
Interface USB: 2 ports, Type A; LAN: 2 ports
Dimensions W x D x H: 47.2 x 29.5 x 68.8 inches/120 x 75 x 175 cm
Weight 1168 lb/530 kg
Throughput Up to 120 cassettes per hour
Operating conditions 59° to 86°F/15° to 30°C; Relative Humidity: 30-80%, non-condensing
Noise level <65 dB
Regulatory USA FDA class 1
Japan Pharmaceutical Affaires Law
Europe CE Marking & IVD (Directive 98/79/EC)
ELT certification ETL certification mark is labeled on the exterior panel.
Electrical safety UL61010-1 3rd : 2010
IEC 61010-1 3rd : 2010
IEC.61010-2-010 : 2003
IEC.61010-2-101 : 2002
Risk management ISO 14971
QMS ISO 13485
EMC EN 61326-2-6
JIS C 1806-1
Seismic requirement 2007 California Building Code

Product code

Product name and quantity

7052 Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Processing/ Embedding Medium, Formula 3
7093 20-Cassette Magazine
7094 Cassette Magazine Retainer
7095 Output Doors
Various Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Tissue Orientation Gels
Various Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette Systems

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