Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120

The 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

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%1 that commonly occur during manual embedding.

The 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 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 specimens2.

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 AutoTEC a120 can be installed in small histology laboratories, and Sakura’s Tissue-Tek® iSupport™ program provides remote diagnostics and peace of mind.

Make the move to automated embedding with our automatic tissue embedding system.

1See NSH 2019 poster presentation “Reducing common embedding errors through automation: Manual embedding versus automated embedding using the Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 Automated Embedding System and the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette System”

2See 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.



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 Embedding System
Product code 7090
Application Continuous automated embedding of human or animal tissue for
routine and research histology
Power requirement Voltage selectable
Single phase, 200 VAC ± 10%, 50/60 Hz, 20 A
Single phase, 230 VAC ± 10%, 50/60 Hz, 20 A
(NEMA L6-20 dedicated receptacle)
Dimensions 48 (W) x 30 (D) x 70 (H) inches
120 (W) x 75 (D) x 175 (H) cm
Weight 1,168 lbs (530 kg)
Throughput Up to 120 Paraform Cassettes per hour
Interface USB: 2 ports, Type A; LAN: 2 ports
Noise level <65 dB
Certifications Complies with:
UL61010-1 3rd: 2010
IEC 61010-1 3rd: 2010
IEC.61010-2-010: 2003
IEC.61010-2-101: 2002
ISO 14971
ISO 13485
EN 61326-2-6
JIS O 1806-1
FDA certified with ETL evaluation
Seismic requirement 2007 California Building Code
Regulatory status IVD, FDA Class I

Product code

Product name and quantity

7052 Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Processing/ Embedding Medium, Formula 3; 8 x 1 kg/case
7093 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 20-Cassette Magazine; 6/case
7094 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 20-Cassette Magazine Retainer; 4/case
7095 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 Output Door; 2/case
Various Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Tissue Orientation Gels
Various Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette Systems
7062 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 Paraffin Inner Tray #1
7063 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 Paraffin Inner Tray #2; 2/case
7015 Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® Cassette Tamper
Various Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® Stacked Frames; 400/case
Various Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® LP Stacked Frames; 400/case
Various Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® Frames; 500/case
7055 Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® Standard Base Mold,
​32 mm x 28 mm; 12/case
7056 Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® Biopsy/Orientation Base Mold,
30mm x 19 mm; 2/case
7057 Tissue-Tek®  Paraform® Biopsy Base Mold, 13 mm x 13 mm; 12/case
7011 Uninterrupted Power Supply

MWEB0102 Rev.G

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