Hi Andy, I prefer the VIP6. It is easier to program, can have more programs and is slightly easier to use than the VIP5. The VIP6 is more computerized than the VIP5 and can generate reports such as error logs, tissue processing runs (to name a few) that you can put on a flash drive for further analysis. The VIP6 also has bulk tanks (we use them for the alcohol and xylene) that can be used to fill up those reagents if they run low during processing. It also has drain and intake ports that can be used to drain the reagent containers with minimal fumes. It can also drain and rotate the paraffin tanks.
The VIP6 has a touch screen monitor, the VIP5 does not. If you just need a workhorse processor, the VIP5 should work just fine. I would call Sakura-Finetek and ask what the parts availability is like for the VIP5. They are older models and you never know when parts might become unavailable. My two cents. Sincerely, Paula Sicurello, HTL (ASCP)CM Histotechnology Specialist UC San Diego Health 200 Arbor Drive San Diego, CA 92103 (P): 619-543-2872 <#> *Confidentiality Notice*: The information transmitted in this e-mail is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this e-mail in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer. On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 9:11 AM, Fortune, James A. via Histonet < email@example.com> wrote: > Hey Histonet, > > We are currently looking into purchasing a refurbished backup processor. > We recently had issues with both our processors causing patient care > delays. Currently we have 2 VIP 6's and one thermos STP 420 AKA POS/Washing > machine. The stp 420 is no longer in use because it had spun multiple > patient biopsies out of the cassette, one was lost and one was found stuck > to another cassette and had to be sent for DNA comparison. We thought > about putting it back in service as a backup but the manufacturer requires > two PM's a year @ $5,500 per PM, so we are looking at other options. We > have received a quote for a refurbished VIP 5 And VIP 6. The VIP 5 is > about half the cost of the 6. Does anyone out there know main differences, > which one is better? Any info would be greatly appreciated. > > James (Andy) Fortune > Histology Tech Specialist > Meriter Health Services > Madison, WI 53715 > This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic > Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. sections 2510-2521, and contain > information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This information > is confidential. If you are not the intended recipient or an agent > responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are hereby > notified that you have received this document in error and that any review, > dissemination, copying, or the taking of any action based on the contents > of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this > communication in error, please notify us immediately by e-mail, and delete > the original message. > _______________________________________________ > Histonet mailing list > Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu > http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet > _______________________________________________ Histonet mailing list Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet