[Histonet] Tissue-Tek VIP 2000-3000

Nancy Klemme NKlemme <@t> sakuraus.com
Fri Aug 20 17:31:32 CDT 2010

Just to reinforce Joe's comments and clarify information regarding the VIP "K" series processors (VIP 1000, 2000 & 3000):

- Sakura manufactured these for Miles until 1993.
- The first two digits of the serial number identify the year it was manufactured.(82-92)
- Never purchase a unit without a serial number affixed to the unit.
- Sakura no longer services these units.
- Parts are no longer being manufactured for these units.
- However, many parts are still stocked by Sakura and available for purchase.
- Some new or used parts may be available through independent service companies.
- As Joe stated, be responsible with routine maintenance.
- They've been around longer than the (trademarked) "Energizer Bunny."
- The fact that many people still use these models is proof of their reliability.

Kind Regards,
Nancy Klemme
(Another old work horse)
Education / Training, Technical Services

-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Joseph Saby
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2010 2:45 PM
To: Fimbres, Amber; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Tissue-Tek VIP 2000-3000


Although Sakura is no longer making parts for the VIP 2000 units, there are
thousands still in use around the country.  Most companies that service these
units have been taking them in trade as people upgrade their equipment, then
using these units to provide parts for units in trouble along the way.  They are
very dependable (with regular water rinses and periodic PM).

Sakura does still makes parts for and service the VIP E300s, which is the step
up from the 2000.  If the price were right, and funds were low, I would buy
either. I have been using these units for many years.

Joe Saby, BA HT

From: "Fimbres, Amber" <afimbres <@t> uci.edu>
To: "histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Fri, August 20, 2010 5:17:46 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Tissue-Tek VIP 2000-3000


I know I'm a little late regarding your question about Sakura's VIP 2000/3000.
I'm not sure if you found your answer, but if you're talking about the VIP
processor that uses a magnet to program, change stations, etc. (and is reddish
orange in color and may even say 'Miles' on it instead of Sakura) you will want
to think twice before purchasing it.  These VIP K (series 1000, 2000, 3000) are
no longer serviced by Sakura nor are there many parts for them.  Sakura's
manufacturer for parts has stopped making replaceable parts for this particular
model (they are at least 20 or more years old).  You can go to Sakura's website
or call their technical support, they will confirm this too.

Take care,


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