RE: Xylene Resistent Labels

From:"Weems, Joyce"

We have a new computer system and did not realize that our old Lexmark
printer would not work until go live. We rushed around, bought a new Zebra
printer and "xylene resistent" labels, which I thought would reduce two
possible areas for error (cutting and labeling after coverslipping). It did
not occur to me that the ink would not withstand heat! Now we have an opened
label kit, that the vendor will not accept a return for and have to use the
labels just like regular paper. 

What I need now is a heat/xylene resistant tape for the printer. Anyone know
of such?

TIA, j:>)

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
404-851-7831 - fax

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Andrea Grantham [] 
Sent:	Wednesday, January 29, 2003 12:24 PM
Subject:	RE: Xylene Resistent Labels

We are looking for the "perfect label" to suit our needs here. I'm 
wondering if there is one? I just received 3 types of sample labels from 
Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc.
I tried them out yesterday putting labels on two sets of slides. One set 
was placed in the oven (as we would place slides in the oven to dry) while 
the other set was not heated. I didn't notice a difference in the two sets 
after going through the H&E stain line that would have been caused by 
heating. Heating didn't seem to effect the adhesive.
There were labels marked "XyResist" and although they came through the 
Xylene OK they took up the stain colors.
Other labels, called "717 XyRepel" were preprinted and had a coating over 
the written part and worked wonderfully. The preprinted part my be the 
problem in this lab.
A third type of label had a clear laminate that you applied after the 
labels were printed. This worked well however there was some stain that 
remained around the edges.
To print the labels you need a thermal transfer printer - cost is @$560 and 
transfer ribbons were $12 and could print about 3500 labels. Then there was 
the software and you can get real fancy with software so the price depends 
on what software you choose.
We are still evaluating and so far have only tried these samples. If 
anybody else out there has a label to suggest please do so. We are looking 
for a low cost slide labeling system since we are a low volume lab.

Andi Grantham

Subject: Xylene Resistent Labels
To: 'Histonet' 

I just excitedly purchased xylene resistant labels, but have learned the ink
is not heat resistant!
What xylene, heat resistant ink, label withstands both? Thanks, j

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
404-851-7831 - fax
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