Prior Scientific Inc. has launched the ProScan III microscope automation system. With its compact modular design and its programmable TLL, it can control up to 16 axes, including a motorized stage, focus drive, three filter wheels and three shutters for fast analog interfacing and camera control with the speed, accuracy and precision required by highly automated and demanding applications. Its improved processor provides up to a 250% increase in stage speed. Communication to the controller has been improved with a true USB with direct human interface device connection, making the unit Windows- and Mac-compatible. The microscope automation system is suited for use in demanding imaging applications that require high accuracy, speed and repeatability, with the option to encode all axes.