Successful Beta Tests at Two Pharmaceutical Companies
The Aquaro team wrapped up a busy 2016 with successful beta tests of the PaceSetter section mounting system at two major pharmaceutical companies. The extensive tests demonstrated the PaceSetter’s value in:
- improving laboratory efficiency,
- increasing slide quality and consistency, and
- enhancing laboratory ergonomics.
Improving Laboratory Efficiency
The most notable advantage of the PaceSetter for the two pharmaceutical company laboratories was the potential to improve histology laboratory efficiency. Users mentioned the PaceSetter would facilitate multitasking. As the PaceSetter makes microtomy hands-free, users could perform other tasks while the PaceSetter cuts, floats, and mounts sections. Some of the tasks the histotechs said they would perform while the PaceSetter was running were:
- Making labels
- Checking reagent stock levels
- Ordering supplies
- Prepping IHC stains
Additionally, one tester predicted that having one histotech run two PaceSetters would further increase their productivity at the microtome. Overall, that user thought that having a PaceSetter in their lab would “make the workplace less hectic.”
Increasing Slide Consistency
Users were impressed by the consistency of section placement on slides that were prepared by the PaceSetter. Histotechs commented that this would appeal to pathologists that prefer consistency for ease of use and reading slides.
One laboratory manager commented on how the PaceSetter can help researchers that frequently use their facilities but do not have formal training in histology by making microtomy more user-friendly and consistent.
Enhancing Laboratory Ergonomics
Partnering the PaceSetter with motorized microtomes allowed users to make microtomy hands-free, reducing the risk of repetitive motion injuries (RMIs). One user liked that the PaceSetter programming allows for facing into blocks, which would decrease the number of rotations performed manually.
Test the PaceSetter in Your Laboratory
Would you like to see how the PaceSetter improves your laboratory workflow and section consistency? We are now scheduling demonstrations for April 2017. Click below to sign up: