[Histonet] Sakura SmartSection

Cooper, Brian bcooper at chla.usc.edu
Fri Jul 10 14:59:43 CDT 2015

I went to Sakura to see that thing on a demo a few years back, and it was . . . scary!  The sales reps couldn't get it calibrated right, and it ripped tissue out of the blocks while it was trimming on a few occasions. Not one of us in the room (pretty much all experienced bench histotechs) could collect ribbons, though I suspect this could have been a learning curve type thing.  Aside from that, I will say that they had the ability to realign blocks pretty well perfected, and I was impressed by that.  

I went back to Sakura about a year later for something else, and our rep was still shaking her head about how bad that demo experience went!   Sounds like they may have worked out the kinks eh?    


Brian D. Cooper, HT (ASCP)CM | Histology Supervisor 
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Children's Hospital Los Angeles 
4650 Sunset Blvd MS#43- Los Angeles, CA 90027 
Ph: 323.361.3357    
bcooper at chla.usc.edu 

-----Original Message-----
From: Morken, Timothy [mailto:Timothy.Morken at ucsf.edu] 
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 12:26 PM
To: Histonet
Subject: [Histonet] Sakura SmartSection

Has anyone done any work with the Sakura SmartSection robot? We've had some blocks cut on it and have had good initial results. This could be a game-changer for histology staffing.

Tim Morken
Pathology Site Manager, Parnassus
Supervisor, Electron Microscopy/Neuromuscular Special Studies Department of Pathology UC San Francisco Medical Center

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