SL160 Slide Loader

The SL160 automated microscope slide loader combines reliability and high capacity with easy set up to provide automated slide scanning to a wide variety of existing upright microscopes or with the use of Prior’s OpenStand microscope.  The SL160 will be the standard for OEMs and system integrators and allow for precise and safe loading of slides for the pathology, cytology, and screening markets. 

Prior Scientific designed this system from the ground up to be the safest and most reliable automated slide loader on the market.  Each precious slide is simply and securely mounted in the custom fourslide holder.  Mounted within the four-slide holder, slides remain safe avoiding all contact with moving parts of the loader for fast automatic scanning. 

This plug and play system can be set up in as little as 30 minutes. Because it includes several integrated sensing systems, your slides are handled with the utmost care. By loading four slides at a time, the SL160 enables a high scanning throughput. The optional preview station with integral illuminator, used to pre-determine areas of interest, is a scan time saver. Prior’s proven and reliable ProScan system controls the loader, scanning stage, and the optional OpenStand automated microscopy platform for a single controller, multi axis solution to simplify software integration. 

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Footprint: 850 x 650 x 710 mm / 33.5 x 25.6 x 28 in (W x L x H)
Capacity: • 160 slides
• Four 76 x 26 x 1 mm slides in
each slide holder
• 20 slide holders per slide hotel x 2 hotels
Load time: 10 seconds, 15 seconds with slide preview
Scan time: Typically under 60 seconds ( scan area 15 x 15 mm, 20x magnification)
Microscope Compatibility:
  • Prior OpenStand
  • Leica DM6
  • Nikon Ni
  • Olympus BX63
  • Zeiss AxioImager2
  • Others available upon request


High capacity: 160 slides capacity allows long periods of unattended use

High throughput: Slide holders hold 4 slides to minimize the loading and scanning times

Protected samples: Slides are secured in slide holders without contact with moving parts

Easy to integrate: The SL160 uses Prior’s ProScan© controls and comes with a full SDK

Tailored to your application: Compatible with the OpenStand© or fully customized to your optics and accessories

Fast scanning and acquisition: Robotics load and unload sample holders quickly

Digital pathology research Cancer and stem cell research Genetics Cytology


SL160 Slide Loader Brochure