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Prior PL200 Automatic Slide Loader

Prior PL200 Automatic Slide Loader

High throughput automatic robotic slide loaders

Prior Scientific

The PL-200 Slide Loader is an advanced system for automatic slide handling in a variety of microscope applications.

The PL-200 accommodates up to 4 removable slide racks, each of which houses up to 50 slides. Sensors on the PL-200 monitor the presence of the slide racks so the system can intelligently respond when racks are changed in the middle of a run for example.


  • 200 slide capacity
  • 15-25s load time
  • Compact design
  • Compatible with Prior stages
  • Easy software integration
  • Safe and reliable

Installation of a rack on the loaded initiates a unique slide detection system which automatically identifies the location of the slides. Prior has optimised both to provided the highest productivity with a complete system capable of performing load/unload cycles in as little as 15s. The PL-200 can be used with existing microscopes simply by adding the appropriate Prior scanning stage.

Prepared specimen slides are precious, often unique, and need to be handled with care. In addition to the slide retaining design of the slide racks, a range of further safety features have been included in the PL-200 to minimise the risk of damage to slides. The slide gripper includes a sensor to detect the presence of a slide. If the state of this sensors changes due to the absence of a slide, for example, the system will stop and report an error message. A similar approach is taken on the scanning stage where a sensor identifies if a slide is present on the stage. Slide scanning will not take place, for example, if a slide is not successfully placed onto the stage. A third sensor is used to monitor the position of the slide relative to the stage. If the user inadvertenly moves the scanning stage in the Z axis, collisions are avoided by this sensor.

For further information please contact us, download the datasheet or watch the video.

   PL-200 datasheet                                                   Read more on Prior's website