Frequently Asked Questions
1. How big is the PaceSetter? It looks like the size of the microtome in the picture, but it’s actually much smaller! The footprint of the PaceSetter is 10” wide x 8” deep, and it is 18” in height.
2. What microtomes does it work with?
Currently, the PaceSetter works with motorized Leica and Microm microtomes.
3. What size blocks is the PaceSetter compatible with?
The PaceSetter is optimized to mount sections from “standard” size blocks that are approximately 24mm x 24mm.
4. In what arrangements can sections be placed on slides?
You can choose to have one or two sections placed on each slide. Sections can be placed on slides serially, or at levels with sections discarded in between. Additionally, you can place sections from different levels on one slide. If putting one section on each slide, you can have it placed on the top, middle, or bottom of the slide.
5. How many slides can be run at a time?
The PaceSetter can run programs utilizing 1 to 20 slides per run. The number of slides run can be programmed by the user using the control panel or the number of slides run can be managed by how many slides are placed into the slide rack prior to a run.
6. How can you run serial sections without the block warming?
When cutting many sections in a row, we recommend using a block cooler, such as the Leica RM CoolClamp or the Thermo Scientific Cool-Cut. These block coolers will keep your block at a steady temperature, and hydration can be applied as needed using gauze.