Yesterday I e-mailed Kurabo Industries Ltd. asking for additional information about the AS-200 instrument and today I received their answer.
Mr. Hiroomi Ipposhi from the Bio-Medical Department sent me a "pdf" that pritty much says the same thing as was posted.
The instrument can prepare 200 sections (1 per slide) from 1 slide in 2 hours or 10 slides with 1 section each from 20 blocks in the same 2 hours for an average of 10 blocks/hour. The sections are transferred on a film.
The national sectioning productivity average ranges from 17 to 70 blocks/hour with an average of 31 blocks/hour, which means that this instrument's productivity is 58% of the lower end productivity, 14% of the upper end, and just 32% of the overall average.
Starts sectioning at a pre-determined depth so its main application would be on large specimens several mm thick to produce probably control slides.
I don't think could be in any way be used for the tiny biopsies received daily in the histology lab.
Kurabo Bio-Medical can be reached at:
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:+81-6-6266-501l Osaka, Japan.
It is a textiles manufacturing company founded more than 100 years ago during the Meiji Revolution that started diversifiying into biomedical instruments only a few years ago.
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