From:Aidan Schurr

Hi Roxanne,

We pre label before running throught the stainer - we initially had troubles with the print falling off too, but cured the problem by going to a "resin ribbon" - this is in a small "Eltron" printer (I believe identical to the one you get with the Dako autostainer).  I have no idea how a "resin ribbon" differs from a standard one, but print stays right on through staining etc.

Best of Luck,


aidan schurr
section head, histology
hutt valley district health board
lower hutt
new zealand
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>>> "Soto, Roxanne"  12/06/2002 >>>
First of all, I want to thank everyone for your input on HT and HTL job
classifications.  Now I have another query for you.

We recently went live (April) with a new pathology system--Tamtron.  As a
part of this new system, it is intended for the slides to be pre-labeled and
run through the stainer.  They gave us what they called "Xylene resistant
labels", which we found out only means the labels will not fall off the
slide, doesn't mean the ink will stay on the slides.  SO they sent us
"Xylene resistant ink ribbons" to go with our xylene resistant labels.
Didn't work, ink came right off, even if we let them dry first, it would
still come off.  So we had to go back to labeling the slides after we
stained them, but if we went back to pull slides at a later date and had
xylene on our fingers, the ink smudged.  We have tried another supplier who
specifically advertises for chemical resistant ribbonless labels; done on a
thermal head.  We tried these and still no luck.
SO my question is, what is everyone else out there in histoland using for
this purpose?  Are you labeling pre staining or after staining?  If you are
doing it before you stain, what vendor are you using for your label stock?
Roxanne Soto HT(ASCP)
AP Supervisor

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