[Histonet] Microtomy

Cindy DuBois dpahisto <@t> yahoo.com
Thu Dec 1 11:51:54 CST 2005

This is a question for those techs who cut on a manual Reichert-Jung 2030.
  I have one tech who insists on completely taking apart her knife holder everyday to clean it.  She removes the springs and all.  This person is also the only tech who has trouble cutting and is constantly having to recut a specimen or nearly cutting through needle biopsies.
  I maintain that handling the knife holder spring so much causes the problems (knife won't clamp tight evenly, chatter and skipping).  The other techs, including myself only dismantle and clean the knife holder about once a month.  We have had to purchase new spring and bolts for this microtome about every 6 months, whereas the other microtomes have never had to be replaced.  How do I go about telling this person to quit cleaning so much.
  I have had the knife holder and microtome serviced to make sure there is nothing else wrong.  I have cut on that machine and find it cuts beautifully as long as you don't take it apart after every 10 blocks to clean behind the blade.
  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated,
  Cindy DuBois
  Integrated Pathology Assoc.
  Stockton CA

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