The robust and secure SlideFeeder x80 has been designed and put into practice by MetaSystems, and it is built especially for use with Metafer systems in a high-throughput environment. The robotic system consists of a motorized, rotating feeder module delivering samples to the microscope stage. Slides are mounted in robust metal frames stored in magazines. The magazines can be removed for exchanging the slides and comfortably be populated on the bench. A standard slide frame holds 5 regular microscopy slides, and a magazine has space for 16 frames (80 slides). The SlideFeeder x80 grows with demand, with a minimum capacity of 80 slides (1 magazine) to the maximum of 800 slides (10 magazines). Slide frames for microwell plates and for samples larger or smaller than the standard slides are available.
Due to intelligent sensor technology the SlideFeeder x80 detects if a magazine is present, and it also determines the number of frames in the magazines. Therefore, magazines can be exchanged even while Metafer is scanning. Thus, in routine labs all Metafer systems equipped with the SlideFeeder x80 can be used as a fulltime image server – 24 hours per day, and 7 days a week.