[Histonet] Slide labels falling off- Slidemate AS

Frazier, John john.frazier at roche.com
Wed Mar 28 13:16:24 CDT 2018

Stephanie I am a histology workflow consultant. I have seen this issue
at several sites that use the Thermo PrintMate. It uses a thermal
print head along with the print tape to put printed data onto the
frosted edge of a slide. Xylene being strong solvent and can easily
damaged this printing during the H&E staining process. First of all I
want to applaud anybody that is labeling their slides at the point of
cutting. Anytime that you label the slides after staining, that forces
you to handle label a slide then relabel the slide with the paper
label. This is were 67% of all miss labeling errors occur.
If this issue continues without resolution, I would look at moving to
a xylene resistant label and printer.  Continuing to applied the label
at the point of cutting (microtomy). These labels are known to stick
rather well and are not damaged by xylene. The label printers are not
expensive, About $750 for each label printer vs. $10,000+ each for the
Thermo PrintMate.
Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help you

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> On Mar 28, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Harris, Stefanie <Stefanie.Harris at crl.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
>   I am hoping someone out there can help. We have been having issues with some of the labels coming off during staining and after. It seems to be random so I can't tell if there is a problem with the slides or the Slidemate AS. There are days that it will be half the slides but other days where it will be none.  Sometimes the labels peel off and float away during staining and other times labels rub off when handling but only after staining.
> We are using Globe Scientific Slides, and have been for over 2 years with no issues until December.
> I have changed out the ribbon on the slidemate and the problem is still sporadic.
> Oven time drying time does not seem to be a factor.
> We have not made any reagent changes for the staining process to explain the issue either.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this? Any slide suggestions to try out?
> Stefanie Harris
> Research Assistant, Histology
> Research Animal Diagnostic Services | Charles River
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