Re: [Histonet] Problem with VIP 5


Yes - I remember it well - - maybe not so well - but sort of - - -
Had the same problem about 12 years ago with a VIP - there was a ceramic 
piece (valve changer?) in machine that spins to allow different solutions 
into the retort.  This piece wore down and didn't seat accurately - 
allowing other solutions to backwash into the lines.  I don't know if 
they've changed this design over the years - but your story struck a 
familar chord . . . . 

Jackie O'Connor
Abbott Labs
Discovery Chemotherapeutics

Jill Songer 
Sent by:
08/09/2004 02:40 PM

        Subject:        [Histonet] Problem with VIP 5

We are having a problem with our VIP 5 having a strong formalin odor at 
end of the run when we open the retort to remove the tissues. There is 
a large amount of fluid-formalin?? on the lid and in the chamber.

Has anyone else experienced this? I have called Sakura and they are 
a field service tech but I was curious if anyone has had this problem. 
Whenever I call a vendor it seems they always say, well, we haven't had 
THIS problem before.


Jill Songer HT (ASCP)
Histopathology Lab
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching Hospital
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0443

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