Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120

The reagents for the Xpress x120 are uniquely formulated for safe, efficient and rapid tissue processing.  Less than 16 liters of onboard reagents are capable of processing up to 1,500 cassettes,

Streamline your tissue processing workflow with an automated tissue processor and continuous throughput

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The Tissue-Tek Xpress x120 rapid tissue processor is the only rapid tissue processor that allows continuous processing to ensure safe tissue handling and streamline the histology workflow.  

The Tissue-Tek Xpress x120 uses breakthrough, low-wattage microwave technology, improved, molecular-friendly reagents, and traditional vacuum infiltration technology to provide consistent, superior results in record time.  By completing tissue processing in approximately 1 hour with the ability to load up to 40 cassettes every 20 minutes using the standard program, the speed and continuous throughput of the Xpress x120 allows an even distribution of cases throughout the day, making workloads more manageable.  With true rapid tissue processing capabilities beyond just biopsies, the Xpress x120 reduces the processing time of large tissue specimens from 8 hours on a conventional processing platform to only 2.5 hours, saving up to 5.5 hours with comparable results for both H&E and IHC1.  Slides now make their way to the pathologist faster than ever, enabling same-day diagnosis, drastically reducing patient stay and anxiety.

The reagents for the Xpress x120 are uniquely formulated for safe, efficient and rapid tissue processing.  Less than 16 liters of onboard reagents are capable of processing up to 1,500 cassettes, reducing in-lab inventory and saving money by cutting reagent waste by up to 80%.  The ready-to-use reagents require no dilutions and eliminate bottle placement and filling errors, creating an error-free reagent exchange process that saves valuable technician time.  The Xpress reagents are both formalin- and xylene-free, minimizing waste management costs and promoting a less hazardous work environment.

Whether for H&E, special stains, or advanced testing methods like immunohistochemistry or molecular, the Xpress x120 automated tissue processor provides excellent tissue quality that is equal to or better than that produced by conventional tissue processors in only a fraction of the time.  Pairing the continuous, rapid tissue processing of the Xpress x120 with the continuous automated embedding of the Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120  provides laboratories with an unmatched workflow combination for the fastest achievable turnaround time.  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 to see how one lab improved their average time from grossing to microtomy from 13.5 hours using a conventional workflow to only 3 hours with a SMART Automation workflow.

1See NSH 2019 poster presentation “Conventional versus Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120 Rapid Tissue Processing: A blind comparison study using large surgical tissue”



Continuous loading of magazines every 20 minutes 
  • Provides a steady flow of processed tissues for embedding
The x Series are pre-programmed with two rapid protocols: standard and extended
  • Allows for continuous, rapid processing of both biopsy and larger tissue
The x Series reagents are prepackaged in containers that are placed directly onto the instrument
  • Makes exchanging of reagents quick, simple, and error-free by eliminating reagent dilution, pouring, or placement mistakes
Tissue-Tek Xpress proprietary reagents are formalin- and xylene-free
  • Allows for a greener work environment by eliminating exposure to harsh chemicals and reduces waste
Product name Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120 Rapid Tissue Processor
Product code 7720
Application Continuous rapid processing of human or animal tissue for routine clinical and research histology
Power requirement Single phase, 200 VAC ± 10%, 50/60 Hz, 15 A
(NEMA L6-20 dedicated receptacle)
Dimensions 67 (W) x 28 (D) x 64 (H) inches
170 (W) x 71 (D) x 162 (H) cm
Weight 1,023 lbs (465 kg)
Retorts Load station - 1 station
Retorts - 4 retorts
Unload stations - 2 stations
Capacity Up to 40 cassettes, every 20 minutes
Processing programs Standard up to 2mm; 60 minutes or
Extended up to 3mm; 120 minutes
Temperature ranges Processing stations #1 and #2:
51° C ± 1° C
Processing stations #3 and #4:
65° C ± 2° C
Certifications Complies with:
UL 61010-1: 2nd Ed.: 2004,
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-1: 2nd Ed.: 2004,
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-2-010:04,
IEC61010-2-010: 2003
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-2-081:04,
IEC61010-2-081: 2001
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-2-101: 04,
IEC61010-2-101: 2002
FDA Registration (Regulation No. 864.3875)
FDA Certified with ETL evaluation
Regulatory status IVD, FDA Class I

Product code        

Product name and quantity

7720 Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120 Rapid Tissue Processor
7103 Tissue-Tek Xpress® 40-Cassette Basket with Handle and Lid
7104 Tissue-Tek Xpress® 40-Cassette Basket Lid
7106 Tissue-Tek Xpress® Tray Liners; 100/case
7107 Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120 Fume Filter; 2/case
7115 Tissue-Tek Xpress® Pre-Processing Solution; 4 x 3.8L/case
7117* Tissue-Tek Xpress® Pre-Processing Fixative; 4 x 3.8L/case
7120* Tissue-Tek Xpress® Molecular Fixative; 4 x 3.8L/case
7730 Tissue-Tek Xpress® x120 Processing Reagent Set
7760 Tissue-Tek Xpress® x50 Processing Reagent Set
7011 x120, Uninterrupted Power Supply (1.5 hours)
4800 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Grossing Board
4802 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Grossing Wells 
4848 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Grossing Wells, Left-handed
4803 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Grossing Fork, 1.5 mm
4804 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Grossing Fork, 2.0 mm
4807 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Grossing Fork, 2.5 mm
4814 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Cleaning Brushes
4846 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Tamper Set
4847 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Gauge Set
4220 Histo-Tek® Biopsy Bags, Small
4221 Histo-Tek® Biopsy Bags, Medium
4223 Tissue-Tek® Biopsy Bags Small; 1,000/case
4224 Tissue-Tek® Biopsy Bags Medium; 1,000/case
4785 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Trimming Blades, Short
4786 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Trimming Knife Handle, Short Straight
4789 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Trimming Blades, Long
4790 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Trimming Knife Handle, Long Straight
4791 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Dissecting Scalpel Handle
4792 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Dissecting Scalpel Blades, #61, Curved Tip; 20/case
4793 Tissue-Tek® Accu-Edge® Dissecting Scalpel Blades, #62, Pointed Tip; 20/case
6040 Tissue-Tek VIP® 6 AI Vacuum Infiltration Processor
7090 Tissue-Tek AutoTEC® a120 Automated Embedder

6pt.png WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov


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