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Precisionary Instruments WEBINAR: How to get better tissue slices

Launching our new webinar series We are delighted to announce that Precisionary Instruments is launching a new webinar series. To help scientists during a time of remote and distanced learning, we aim to have our webinars provide relevant and up-to-date topics of discussion. This webinar was FREE. Our first webinar was on September 3, 2020 [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #8: Compresstome Slice Videos in Action

This week we would like you to get a look at the Compresstome tissue slicer in action. Please visit our YouTube channel to see how our vibrating microtome takes advantage of our patented compression technology and agarose embedding to produce superior tissue sections (Figure 1): Figure 1. A tissue sample is advanced forward through the [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #7: Safety of Agarose Embedding

What is Agarose Embedding? “What is agarose embedding?” and “Do I need to embed my tissue in agarose?” are some of the most commonly asked questions among customers interested in the Compresstome® vibrating microtome models. Agarose embedding is the process of embedding your tissue sample with low-melting agarose solution within our Compresstome® Specimen Tubes. This [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #6: PureChat.

Precisionary Instruments: For Scientists, by Scientists Have a question but don’t want to wait? Ask us on PureChat! At Precisionary Instruments we always want to hear from you, our customers! Every time you visit our website, you’ll be greeted with our friendly invite to come and chat with us. If you click on the popup [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #5: Types of buffer trays & free-floating sections.

Although all Compresstome models come standard with a polycarbonate buffer tray. We also offer additional options to suit various experimental needs. The different buffer trays we provide are as follows (Figures 1 and 2): - Polycarbonate- Included standard with every Compresstome model. - Stainless Steel- Autoclavable and ideal for slice culture experiments. - Double-Walled- Designed [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #4: What is Auto Zero-Z technology.

The majority of Compresstome® vibrating microtome models are equipped with our patented Auto Zero-Z® technology. What does this mean? This means that these Compresstome® models (model’s ending in “-0Z”) are precisely aligned to eliminate any oscillating deviations along the z-axis during the cutting process (Figure 1). Figure 1. Auto Zero-Z technology is equivalent to VibrocheckTM, [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #3: Benefits of compression

Welcome to this week’s blog article where we will focus on understanding what the Compresstome® compression technology can do for you and how it effects your tissue. Compression technology with the use of agarose during tissue embedding is a concept unfamiliar to some, but this blog will guide you through how it can improve your [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #2: Types of cutting blades

Cutting Blades for Vibrating Microtomes There are three types blades we offer for cutting tissue: Stainless Steel Double-Edged blades, Ceramic blades, and Tungsten Carbide blades. All of our blades can be easily purchased directly from our E-Store. The type of razor blade used in cutting your tissue sample depends on the tissue type being examined. For all [...]

Compresstome Blog Article #1: Introduction to new Compresstome models

NEW from Precisionary Instruments: Compresstome® VF-310-0Z and VF-210-0Z Vibrating Microtomes We launched the very first Compresstome® vibrating microtome in 2004. More than a decade later, we bring you our newest and best-selling Compresstome® vibrating microtomes: The VF-310-0Z and VF-210-0Z models! Learning from YOU, our customers! In developing our newest models, we learned a lot by [...]

Cryostat Article #8: Cryostat (OCT) Embedding Media

This week, we are going to focus on discussing cryostat embedding media. We’ve talked about how to section tissue, how to troubleshoot tissue cutting, but we haven’t focused on the specific embedding media to use with your cryostat. Let’s do that here! When you have a tissue sample (fixed or fresh), it will need to [...]