[Histonet] Ink, slides, cassettes

Smith Wanda Wanda.Smith <@t> HCAhealthcare.com
Wed Nov 1 10:30:35 CST 2006

Dear Deb,
Our experience has been that the colored Histoscreen cassettes do not
stamp as darkly as the Tissue Tek white cassettes.  I sometimes stamp
the Histoscreens twice to get a darker stamp.  The instructions state
that the printhead can be set to print the number 3 times, but to not
exceed 3X each print.
If you have changed the ribbon recently, there may be a problem with the
pins in the stamp head.  Our Biomed department works on our cassette
Surgipath and StatLab carry a fine tipped pen that seems to work well
and does not dry out or smear (if your hands are not wet).
Hope that helps!!

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Subject: [Histonet] Ink, slides, cassettes

Hello everyone,

Two questions:
I know this question comes up every now and then, but has anyone else
having problems with cassettes not holding the print from a Surgipath
printer?  Cassettes, and not all colors, are fading drastically after
off the processor and in some cases looks like runny, blobs of ink.

We also seem to be having some problems with handwritten slides fading 
drastically after staining.  We've used Securline pens for a long time
and now they 
aren't doing so well on slides, especially the Superfrost Plus slides.
Marketlab pens seem to do a little better with legibility but smear
badly if 
your fingers are slightly wet....and they don't last long.

Deb King
Sacramento, CA
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