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  Thermofisher has a newer version of the 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
Office:  217-528-7541, Ext. 15121
Email:  jvick...@springfieldclinic.com<mailto:jvick...@springfieldclinic.com>

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