Primera Unveils Signature Tissue Cassette Printer

New printer completes Primera’s advanced labeling solution for histology labs.

PLYMOUTH, MN, USA (September 23, 2013) — Primera Technology, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty printers, today announced after showing its new Signature Cassette Printer with big success for the first time at the European Congress of Pathology, Lisbon, that it will be demonstrating the printer at the National Society for Histotechnology conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference takes place September 22-24, 2013.

Printing directly onto cassettes helps to reduce specimen misidentification errors that can be caused by inaccurate or difficult to read handwriting. With Signature Cassette Printer, you can print text, graphics and logos along with linear and 2D bar codes directly onto the face of the cassettes. Your workflow will be more efficient while increasing patient safety.

Blank cassettes are loaded into a series of eight different bins across the front of the printer. A high-speed, precision robotic arm picks cassettes from the top of the stack. This allows the use of a wider range of cassette types, styles and brands than any other cassette printer. Cassettes can have lids on or off. The gripper fingers virtually eliminate jams and mis-feeds.

Another unique feature of Primera’s slide and cassette printers is the ability to print in both black and colour onto cassettes. This allows labs to inventory only white cassettes in various types (tissue/embedding, biopsy, etc.). If colour coding is needed it can simply be printed.

“We’ve put our most advanced printing and robotics technology into the new Signature Cassette Printer,” said Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Whether you run a small, in-house histology lab or a large, regional anatomical pathology center, Signature Cassette Printer will improve your efficiency, accuracy and workflow.”

Key Features and Benefits

  • On-demand or batch mode printing for maximum versatility
  • Black or colour printing
  • 4 cassette hoppers x 40 cassettes per hopper = 160 cassette capacity
  • Up to 11 cassettes per minute
  • Thermal transfer printing at 300 dpi – delivers the sharpest text and most readable bar codes of any printing method used in this market
  • Prints on standard cassettes with 35° or 45° angles, lid on or lid off, with no adjustments needed (patent pending)
  • Output Capacity: 7 cassettes / 17 with extension tray
  • Chemical-resistant ink – ensures reliable identification of cassettes

Primera’s PTLab SE Software, a user-friendly and easy to learn program, is included with every printer. For full LIS integration, PTLab PE is available as an option. Together with Primera’s Signature Slide Printer, Signature Cassette Printer and PTLab Software, Primera now provides an advanced and complete histology labeling solution – all from a single source.

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Signature Cassette Printer will be available in Europe during Q2 of 2014.

About Primera Technology: Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA, Primera Technology, Inc. is one of the world's leading specialty printer manufacturers. Its products are sold worldwide through Primera Authorized Resellers and Distributors in more than 222 countries. More information about Primera, its history and products is available on the Internet at or contact Primera Europe in Germany by phone at +49-(0) 611-92777-0, by FAX at +49-(0) 611-92777-50 or by e-mail at In Asia Pacific, contact Primera Asia Pacific by phone at +852 3180 7171, by FAX at +852 3014 7827 or by email at For South America, Central America and Mexico, contact Primera Latin America at +55 11 26 26 80 17, by FAX at +55 11 39 58 04 88 or by email at or

Notes to Editors: Primera Technology EUROPE is an independent company called Primera Europe GmbH. Primera Europe is under contract with Primera to provide sales and support for Primera products under the name Primera Technology Europe. Primera Asia Pacific is an independent company called Asia Pacific Optical Distribution Ltd. (APOD), incorporated in Hong Kong, PRC. APOD is under contract with Primera to provide sales and support for Primera products under the name Primera Asia Pacific.