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Signature Slide Printer

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Mini-PC, Keyboard & Mouse
Mini-PC, Keyboard, Mouse, & Barcode Scanner
Barcode Scanner
PTLab PE Software
PTLab XE Software

Signature Color Ribbon
Tuff Coat Extreme Black Ribbon
100-Count Slide Cartridge

Primera Signature Slide Printer

Primera's new Signature Slide Printer can significantly increase the efficiency of your lab while helping to reduce the risk of misidentification of specimens. It prints directly onto slides, eliminating handwriting or expensive, difficult to apply xylene-resistant labels. With impressive 300 dpi print resolution, you can print text, graphics and logos along with high-resolution linear and 2D bar codes on every slide you process.

Signature is also the world's first and only COLOR slide printer. This revolutionary feature lets you purchase and keep inventory of only one slide color – plain white. With Signature, you can print a wide range of colors and patterns for faster identification.

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Signature is designed for efficient, hands-free operation. Slides are stored in easy-to-load cartridges – away from dust and other potential contaminants. It takes just a few seconds to change out the cartridge if you need standard slides for one study and positively-charged slides for others. The level of slides remaining in a cartridge is easily viewed through the cartridge’s transparent blue LED backlit case.

Optional PTLab™ Software

PTLab Software was designed by Primera specifically for use with the Signature Slide Printer. It can be installed on any Windows XP/Vista/7 PC, including Primera's optional all-in-one touch-screen PC. With PTLab, you'll be up and running and printing full-color slides in just minutes.

First, the lab administrator designs templates that define the information that is required on the slides including fixed and variable fields. The print area is completely customizable. Or, you can choose from any of the included standard templates. After the template(s) are designed the editing function is locked by password.

The lab tech then scans the 2D bar code printed on the vial, tissue cassette or other container. Information contained in the bar code is automatically populated on the slide. Any additional information can be entered via the keyboard or touch-screen PC. The number of slides that have been ordered for that study are then automatically printed.

Printing only the slides you need, when and where you need them, helps avoid potentially serious patient safety errors.

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Several Configurations Available

Printers are available for 3rd party integration as well as in complete, stand-alone systems which include printer, software, scanner, keyboard, mouse and mini-PC. Most components (except the printer and mini-PC) are medical-grade IP68-rated for water-resistance. IP68-rated components can be disinfected with typical hospital cleaning solutions.

Innovation at a New, More Affordable Price

Even with its high-resolution, full-color printing capabilities, Signature costs less than all other monochrome-only slide printers currently available. For the first time, you can afford to de-centralize slide printing and put an on demand, direct-to-slide printer at each microtome or Cytology slide processor. You'll reduce the chance of errors, have a more efficient workflow and save time and money by inventorying only white slides.

The Signature Slide Printer represents true innovation for Pathology, Cytology and Histology labs as well as other medical, educational or research organizations that need to print slides on a regular basis.


  • On-demand, full-color printing – print only the number of slides you need to help eliminate errors.
  • Reduce inventory and purchasing activity – your inventory of multiple colors of slides is eliminated since you can now print colors on white slides.
  • Prints directly onto slides – eliminates handwriting that is hard to read and labels that are hard to apply and can potentially fall off.
  • Small footprint – fits perfectly next to the microtome or the Cytology slide processor.
  • PTLab Software – template-driven software ensures that the exact information you require on the slides gets printed every time; also allows configurable output data stream to LIS systems.
  • Xylene-, alcohol-, reagent-, stain-, heat-, and chemical-resistant ink – ensures reliable identification of slides now and for years in the future.

Primera Signature Slide Printer w/ Mini-PC and Barcode Scanner

Printing technology: Thermal transfer
Print speed: Up to 9 slides/minute (monochrome). Up to 5 slides/minute (solid colors). Up to 4 slides/minute (process colors).
Print resolution: 300 dpi.
Ink type: Resin thermal transfer.
Ribbon types: CMYK: 1000 prints.
Black: 5000 prints.
Printable colors: 8 solid colors; plus pattern options.

Slide types: 3” x 1” or 25mm x 75mm standard or positive charged, white frosted end, clipped corners.
Slide capacity: 100 slides.
Output tray capacity: 15 slides.

Steel frame with powder-coated steel and plastic covers.
Cabinet color: Medical white

Data interface:
USB 2.0

Printer drivers:
Windows™ XP/Vista/7

8.6” (218.4mm)
Width: 7.08” (179.8mm)
Depth: 12.58” (319.5mm)
Weight: 16.8 lbs. (7.62 kg)

Power requirements:
100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz, 60 watts

Standard Warranty:
One year parts and labor