The PL-200 by Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) is a high-speed automated slide loading system for a variety of high throughput microscopy applications. Designed to be compatible with the widest range of microscopes, the PL-200 uses a space-saving rotating arm design combined with a multiple sensory based gripper system. It interfaces with Prior's ProScan II series of motorized stages to ensure a safe and reliable high-speed slide-transfer routine. System stability is built in by the presence of a rigid, common baseplate for both the slide loader and the microscope, which minimizes vibration and provides a solid connection between slide loader and microscope.
The PL-200 has a 200 slide capacity accommodated in four removable slide racks that house 50 slides each. Sensors monitor the presence of the slide racks so the system can intelligently respond when racks are removed and replaced. Upon detection of a newly installed slide rack, the PL-200 uses an advanced slide detection system to automatically scan and identify the quantity of slides in the rack and its respective location within the rack. To ensure that any data generated using the PL-200 system is correctly associated with the correct slide reference details, and consequently to fulfill the requirements of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), an optional barcode reader can be calibrated to read 1D or 2D barcodes.
The PL-200 comes with a comprehensive Software Development Kit that simplifies integration with 3rd party software packages.
Prior Scientific's PL-200 Slide Loader System