[Histonet] Slide labels or slide labeler

Victor victor_tobias at comcast.net
Wed Mar 7 16:58:32 CST 2018


I totally agree with your assessment of the Slidemate printers. Have not had any experience with the newer model. 
Applying slide labels shouldn’t be an issue when dealing with one block and slide(s) at a time.  Some of this could depend upon your software available to you. Our system generated just the labels needed for the block you were cutting, on demand. You should be able to get a nice Zebra printer for under $700.

Another of our labs used the new Sakura/Premera printer and really like it.


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Subject: [Histonet] Slide labels or slide labeler

We have used the older version Slidemate slide labelers from Thermofisher for the last three years.   I think putting the patient information directly on the slide is preferred however the wear and tear on slide printers means higher maintenance costs and more down time.  Thermofisher has a newer version of the Slidemate now that has been designed so that there is less wear and tear on the machines.   Currently when one of the old labelers breaks down we have to send the instrument out and the cost is generally 1000 - 1500 for repair each time.    It also seems that the older machines have to be sent in at least every other year.  Our older machines have been sent in almost yearly.

We are considering switching to a slide label making system by General Data.   One of the downsides is that we have to apply the label to each slide so therefore we introduce another step where the slides could be mislabeled.   The upside is that equipment costs are much less.   A new thermal label printer runs around 700.00 where as the instrument that imprints the slide label on the slide runs between 12000 - 15000 per unit.  We need three units.
Thermo also offers a lease system.    What I need to know is what has been the experience with the new Slidemate AS printers?   What kind of maintenance issues have you encountered? Finally please let me know your latest experiences with both slide label printers versus slide labeling printers?

Thanks for your input.


Jim Vickroy
Histology Manager
Springfield Clinic, Main Campus, East Building
1025 South 6th Street
Springfield, Illinois  62703
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