VENTANA BenchMark Special Stains system

Empowering superior special stains workflow efficiency, consistent quality and improved safety with automated slide staining and ready-to-use reagents.

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The BenchMark Special Stains platform brings full automation to the histology laboratory for special stains so labs can optimise workflow, quality and safety.

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Superior special stains workflow efficiency

Eliminate manual processes and slide batching with ready-to-use reagents, automated deparaffinization and independent slide heating.

 

Consistent quality

Optimise assays with editable protocols and leverage automation to eliminate technician variability for reproducible, high quality stains.

 

Improved safety

Decrease technician and patient risk with reduced exposure to harmful chemicals, barcoded slides and reagents to ensure the right test for the right patient, and individual slide staining to reduce risk of cross-contamination.

 

Experience advanced support

VENTANA CareGiver remote support establishes a two-way communication link between the BenchMark Special Stains instrument and the Roche customer support center. This connection delivers remote troubleshooting and training, software upgrades over the internet, and over-the-shoulder help from Roche service experts.

Featured system specifications

  • Fully automated baking, deparaffinization and staining of Special Stains
  • Slide carousel holds 1–20 slides with independent temperature control for each position
  • Free standing or modified benchtop installation
  • Bulk fluid and waste capacities designed to support a minimum of three full runs

Assay Menu

BenchMark Special Stains histology assay menu

General Characteristics

  • Fully automated

    Baking, deparaffinization and staining of Special Stains

  • Slide carousel

    1–20 slides with independent temperature control for each position

  • Reagent carousel

    25 reagent positions

  • Slides

    25 mm x 75 mm, 1 in x 3 in or 26 mm x 76 mm Superfrost Plus

  • Bulk fluids

    Up to four bulk fluids in 3-6 L on-board containers

  • DI water supply

    CLSI guideline C3-A4 clinical laboratory reagent water

  • Modularity

    1–8 BenchMark Special Stains and BenchMark ULTRA instruments may be controlled from one PC

  • Configuration

    Free standing or modified benchtop installation

  • Certifications

    CSA, EMC, CE compliant

  • Ordering code

    06657389001

Temperature Control

  • Instrument operational temperature

    37°C–70°C (98°F–158°F)

Environmental Requirements

  • Heat

    1200 BTU/Hr

  • Operating temperature

    15°C to 30°C (64°F to 90°F)

  • Humidity

    10% to 80%, non-condensing

  • Location

    10% to 80%, non-condensing

Electrical Specifications

  • Voltage

    120 VAC ± 10%

  • Current

    4 Amps

  • Frequency

    50/60 Hz

  • Power connection

    Standard 3-prong grounded

  • Fuse

    Waste module: 6.3 Amps, 250 Volts, 5 mm x 20 mm, fast acting

Staining Module Physical Characteristics

  • Size (W x D x H)

    40.9 cm x 66 cm x 38.4 cm
    (16.1 in x 26 in x 15.1 in)

  • Weight

    30.8 kg (68.0 lbs)

  • Clearances

    Top 65.405 cm (25.75 in)
    Sides 10.2 cm (4 in)
    Rear 15.2 cm (6 in)

Automated Fluidics Module Physical Characteristics

  • Size (W x D x H)

    50.8 cm x 61 cm x 38.1 cm
    (20 in x 24 in x 15 in)

  • Weight

    23.04 kg (50.8 lbs)

  • Clearances

    Top 0.0 cm (0.0 in)
    Sides 10.2 cm (4 in)
    Rear 15.2 cm (6 in)

Base cabinet physical characteristics

  • Size (W x D x H)

    50.8 cm x 61 cm x 52.1 cm
    (20 in x 24 in x 20.5 in)

  • Weight

    22.5 kg (46.9 lbs)

  • Clearances

    Top 0.0 cm (0.0 in)
    Sides 10.2 cm (4 in)
    Rear 15.2 cm (6 in)