BenchMark Special Stains system

Empowering Special Stains with consistent quality, workflow efficiency and improved safety through automated slide staining and ready-to-use reagents.

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The BenchMark Special Stains system enhances workflow with proven technology
The BenchMark Special Stains system offers a new level of automation for Special Stains. 
 

Productivity features such as the ability to run any test next to any other test and waste fluid sensing optimize workflow. Reducing manual processes and improving lab capabilities allows your skilled laboratory professionals to focus on higher value contributions.

Additionally, an intuitive user interface (Ventana System Software) connects up to eight BenchMark Special Stains and IHC/ISH instruments, enabling seamless integration and easy adoption for lab personnel.

 

BenchMark Special Stains instrument and providers

The BenchMark Special Stains system brings full automation to the anatomic pathology laboratory for Special Stains to enhance confidence with a more informed diagnosis.

BenchMark Special Stains slide examples

Consistent quality

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

Jones Staining Kit images (pictured at left) demonstrate customizable staining achieved with different protocol selections.

Enhanced workflow efficiency
  • Eliminate manual processes with ready-to-use reagents, fully automated baking, deparaffinization and staining, and independent slide heating
  • 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
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Improved safety
  • Ready-to-use reagents reduce technician exposure to, and handling of, hazardous chemicals
  • Bulk fluid volume sensing automatically detects waste fluid levels to prevent spills or overflow
  • Barcoded slides and reagents ensure the right test for the right patient
  • Individual slide staining virtually eliminates cross-contamination
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Experience advanced support

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

Special Stains assay menu

BenchMark Special Stains AFB  Staining Kit 08432503001

BenchMark Special Stains AFB Staining Kit 08432503001

Alcian Blue Staining Kit 05279186001

Alcian Blue Staining Kit 05279186001

Alcian Yellow Staining Kit 05279321001

Alcian Yellow Staining Kit 05279321001

Congo Red Staining Kit 05279429001

Congo Red Staining Kit 05279429001

Elastic Staining Kit 05279216001

Elastic Staining Kit 05279216001

Giemsa Staining Kit 05279224001

Giemsa Staining Kit 05279224001

GMS II Staining Kit 05412749001

GMS II Staining Kit 05412749001

Gram Staining Kit 06890105001

Gram Staining Kit 06890105001

Iron Staining Kit 05279259001

Iron Staining Kit 05279259001

Jones Staining Kit 05279348001

Jones Staining Kit 05279348001

Jones Light Green Staining Kit 05279356001

Jones Light Green Staining Kit 05279356001

Mucicarmine Staining Kit 05279275001

Mucicarmine Staining Kit 05279275001

PAS Staining Kit 05279291001

PAS Staining Kit 05279291001

Alcian Blue for PAS 05279194001

Alcian Blue for PAS 05279194001

Diastase Kit 05279208001

Diastase Kit 05279208001

Light Green for PAS 05279267001

Light Green for PAS 05279267001

Reticulum II Staining Kit 05279399001

Reticulum II Staining Kit 05279399001

Steiner II Staining Kit	06521894001

Steiner II Staining Kit 06521894001

Trichrome Staining Kit 06521908001

Trichrome Staining Kit 06521908001

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Green for Trichrome 06521916001

The Clinical Value of Special Stains

Dr. Eric Walk portrait, Roche Tissue Diagnostics

"Special Stains provide incremental information beyond H&E and immunohistochemistry, helping to resolve differential diagnostic challenges that can't be addressed any other way. The value of Special Stains, then, is as a diagnostic decision support tool in cancer as well as in many non-cancer diagnostic scenarios".

 

Eric E. Walk, MD, FCAP
Chief Medical & Scientific Officer – SVP, Medical & Scientific Affairs Roche Tissue Diagnostics

An educational video featuring Roche Tissue Diagnostics pathologist, Dr. Michael Lynch, explaining the importance of using Special Stains in histopathology. (5 minutes)

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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 or 26 mm x 76 mm Superfrost Plus

  • Bulk fluids

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

  • DI water quality specifications

    Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guideline C3-A4 Clinical Laboratory Reagent Water (CLRW)

  • Modularity

    1–8 BenchMark 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–75°C (98°F–167°F)

Environmental requirements

  • Heat

    1200 BTU/Hr

  • Operating temperature

    15°C to 30°C (64°F to 90°F)

  • Humidity

    20% to 80%, non-condensing

Electrical specifications

  • Voltage

    100 VAC +/- 10% (Japan), 120 VAC +/- 10% (US & Canada), 230 VAC +/- 10% (Europe)

  • 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

Instrument physical characteristics

  • Size (W x D x H)

    50.8 cm x 63 cm x 135.4 cm (20 in x 25 in x 53.3 in)

  • Weight

    76.7 kg (165.7 lbs)

  • Clearances

    Rear 15.2 cm (6 in)
    Top 30.5 cm (12 in)
    Left side 7.6 cm (3 in)
    Right side 61 cm (24 in) to open door to 90°
    Right side 101.6 cm (40 in) to open door to 180°
    Front 108 cm (42.5 in)