Bright Instrument Co Ltd of Luton at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Bright Instrument Co Ltd

Units 1-3 Sovereign Park, Laporte Way, LU4 8EL Luton
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

This company is co-exhibitor of
Gambica Association Limited

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Matthew Trussell


Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.08  Laboratory refrigerators and cooling systems

Laboratory refrigerators and cooling systems

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.08  Laboratory refrigerators and cooling systems
  • 02.08.02  Cryostats for deep freezing

Cryostats for deep freezing

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.08  Laboratory refrigerators and cooling systems
  • 02.08.04  Laboratory deep-freezers

Laboratory deep-freezers

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.12  Microtomes


Company news




Aug 18, 2017

An interview with Mark Fenn, Director at Bright Instruments on the future of sectioning

Mark Fenn, Director at Bright Instruments, has 38 years’ experience as an expert in the mechanical engineering field. His extensive time in the industry has seen him fulfil many exciting roles, including within General Motors and Bombardier, which have been pivotal to his experience in product development. Mark joined Bright Instruments over 3 years ago and with him, he brought a great wealth of knowledge and expertise.

We take this time to ask Mark about his life spent in the industry, hopefully to gain some crucial insight, and to make key predictions surrounding the medical equipment industry at large, with a focus on sectioning.

Q) Mark, you’ve been working in engineering for a number years now, what do you see as the key recurring challenge related to product development and usability that you seem to experience time and time again?

A) In all my years in the industry, the challenges have surprisingly remained the same, contrary to wider society which has largely been impacted by the shifts in the digital landscape. The core challenges with the industry as a whole centralise around ease of use, ergonomics – particularly from a viewpoint of users performing repetitive tasks, weight reduction - for more portable machinery, costings - particularly with the rising level of imports, and for sectioning, it is about maintaining the integrity of the cut.

Q) How have things evolved in the industry over the past ten years?

A) I would suggest that the market is now very much price-driven, and competition is fierce as there is a real surge of cheaper imports creating challenges for domestic manufacture. There seems to have been a real shift in the past few years in terms of requirements, with a strong surge in demand for more bespoke units like the Starlet Portable Cryostat. This is arguably due to developments in technology alongside the more obvious spatial constraints attached to the increasingly-witnessed rental of smaller laboratory environments.

A further development is centralised around the progression of electrical technology and the broader digital landscape. A personal concern surrounding this is the issue of security surrounding the integration of digital, especially regarding the use of equipment and the transfer of data. Unquestionably, this a consideration and a focal point for the industry now.

Q) Based on your extensive research, what are the largest obstacles/issues reported by those who are typically using sectioning equipment?

A) This is a fairly straightforward one to answer. I would suggest that the key obstacles surrounding sectioning equipment tend to encompass training and ease of use. It’s imperative that the end-users feel completely confident in the setup, calibration and operation of this cutting-edge equipment, to ensure a wholly consistent cut is achieved.

Furthermore, an additional obstacle sits around the ergonomic design, as sectioning is often a repetitive task and therefore Bright Instruments’ continuous improvement programme is designed to collate data from those in the field, which in turn feeds back into product development.

Q) What do you particularly enjoy about working in this industry?

A) There is honestly too much to list, but I’m going to focus on some key highlights.

First and foremost, I go to work each day with the genuine belief our machines are making a difference in the accurate testing of tissues in the laboratories in which they’re used, and therefore progressing the diagnosing and future treatment of diseases which to me is very, very powerful.

Secondly, I feel that the machines go a long way in universities and other research institutions to facilitate some real quality research, which eventually leads in many cases to improvements in technologies and quality of life, which ultimately benefits us all.

Another huge aspect for me, is working with Bright Instruments and ensuring the quality of our cuts mirrors the brand image and reputation it has cemented in the industry. When I came on board I made a point to meet professionals in the field who were familiar with our instruments to receive feedback, and the praise I received made me feel very proud. I realised then that the company was very special.

Q) What are your predictions for the future of sectioning?

A) I have many key predictions however I would like to hold some cards close to my chest as the overseer of Bright’s continuous development programme. But I will say this, I can see the further integration of imaging technology forming a crucial part in the process of sectioning in the future. It may be a little way off but we’re already witnessing elements of this in the likes of cryo-electron microscopy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Q & A! Stay tuned for more news in the close future.

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About us

Company details

Bright Instruments Limited is a privately owned business. We supply a quality range of cryostats, microtomes, freezing units and accessories to pathology, histopathology, immunology, life sciences, research and industrial testing & quality control laboratories worldwide.

We have established a reputation for imagination, innovation and determination, supported by an ability to deal with some of the largest and best known research and medical institutions in the world.

Being small, the company can adapt faster than most. Each instrument ordered can be individually tailored to suit the customer's requirements and you'll find that no other company can offer a choice as wide as ours. Many features can be retro-fitted, thus ensuring the best possible solutions to the customer's needs.

Bright Instrument Company Limited's forward looking policy of product development continues. Our product list grows regularly with the development of new instruments and accessories, each with its own individual characteristics that reflect today's ever-changing world of technology.

The company takes great pride in its past achievements and the standards set. To ensure these standards were maintained, and to ensure continuing improvements, a Quality Management System (QMS) that complied with BS 5750 Part Two was put into place in 1987. Progress along the road of quality has continued and we fully comply with the internationally-recognised standard BS EN ISO 9001:2008 for which we are continually assessed by the British Standards Institute (BSI). The standard shows our ability to manage and produce quality products to pre-set standards, meeting and, where possible, exceeding our customer's and the market's requirements and expectations.

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