Primera’s Signature® Tissue Cassette Printer is Now Shipping to Pathology Labs

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Pathology labs can now print directly onto tissue and biopsy cassettes to increase efficiency while enhancing patient safety.

Print directly onto tissue cassettes to improve efficiency while enhancing patient safety.

Primera's New Signature Tissue Cassette Printer

Patient safety is at the heart of our specimen identification solution. By utilizing 2D bar codes printed directly onto the tissue cassettes and slides, specimens are precisely tracked each step of the way as they are processed.

Primera Technology, Inc. (“Primera”), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty printing equipment, today announced that its robotic-based, auto-loading version of the Signature Cassette Printer is now shipping. A short video of the instrument in operation can be seen at http://www.primerahealthcare.com.

Signature Cassette Printer is designed for use in pathology and histology labs to print high-resolution text, graphics and bar codes directly onto tissue cassettes. In the past, much of this labeling has been accomplished by handwriting patient identification information with a pencil or marking pen. However, handwriting tends to be difficult to read, can be inaccurate and can rub off during processing. The increasing use of 2D bar codes for accurate specimen identification also requires the use of a latest-generation direct-to-cassette printer.

Unlike other similar printers, Signature Cassette Printer utilizes thermal transfer ink ribbons instead of solvent inkjet or laser ablation. There are many advantages to thermal transfer inks, including:

  •     Virtually silent while printing
  •     No smell or smoke
  •     Unlike laser, does not require proprietary cassettes and no fume removal system is required
  •     No ink tanks or print heads that dry out, need maintenance and have short expiration dates
  •     Crisp, clear text, graphics and bar codes that won’t smear or rub off during or after processing
  •     The ability to print color on white cassettes, eliminating the need for colored cassettes
  •     Significantly lower acquisition cost than competitive units

“Our auto-loading version of our Signature Cassette Printer has already been well received,” said Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s been shown at a number of pathology conferences this past year. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It is without a doubt the most capable, reliable and cost-effective solution available for labs who need to update their tissue cassette marking procedures."

Mr. Strobel added, “Patient safety is at the heart of our specimen identification solution. By utilizing 2D bar codes printed directly onto the tissue cassettes and slides, specimens are precisely tracked each step of the way as they are processed.”

About Primera

Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA, Primera is one of the world’s leading specialty printer manufacturers. Its products are sold worldwide through Primera Authorized Resellers and Distributors in more than 220 countries.

More information about Primera and its products is available on the Internet at http://www.primerahealthcare.com or by calling 1-800-797-2772 (USA and Canada). Outside of the USA and Canada, call (763) 475-6676 or FAX (763) 475-6677. E-mail to sales(at)primerahealthcare(dot)com.

For Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East and Africa, contact Primera Europe GmbH in Germany by phone at +49-(0) 611-92777-0, by FAX at +49-(0) 611-92777-50 or by e-mail at sales(at)primera(dot)eu.

For Asia Pacific, contact Primera Asia Pacific in Australia by phone at +61 3 9798 8720 or by email at sales(at)primera-ap(dot)com.

Notes to Editors: Primera is a registered trademark of Primera Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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