[Histonet] RE: Shandon vs Sakura block/slide labelers

From:Jack Cates

Ruben,I have used both in the past at two different employers.  I have definitely found that the Shandon (RA Lamb, www.ralamb.com or TBS, www.trianglebiomedical.com ) writer to be far superior.  The Shandon print medium/tape is impervious to all reagents and does not require any curing time to "set" and the footprint is much, much smaller.  Also the cost of operation is not even close... the tape for the Shandon unit sells for approximately $25 dollars and you can get up to 20,000 cassettes, but the Sakura you will need to purchase ink and replace print nozzles, which can be very costly.  I think we found that for the same amount of prints/cassettes the price difference could be up to $1500 dollars/year.... pretty substantial.=A0 The way that I have come to to think about this... its sort of similar to the situation that when you purchase your home PC, they almost invariably give you a printer for free and make their money back on the sale of ink and or
 print heads.  Also, with the Sandon unit you will have many more outlets for peripherals, like Foil, cassettes and more.  (I have seen PSL, TBS, RA Lamb, ThermoFisher, LabStorage, Belair, Rankin Biomedical, Source Medical, Mikron and more carry these).Does anyone know how much a new print nozzle and ink from Sakura cost these days?Well that is my three cents...=0AGood luck!------------------------------Message: 11Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 14:35:09 -0700From: "R C" Subject: [Histonet] Shandon vs Sakura block/slide labelersTo: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.eduMessage-ID:<2a926e3f0807091435y7df33e3al4be3be07788166ff@mail.gmail.com>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1We're entertaining two products. The Sakura Tissue Tek Auto Write Printerand the Thermo Shandon Microwriter I Cassette labeler. Has anyone had anyfirst hand experience with either brands? A slide labeler is projected inthe future as well. Thanks.Rueben Carter ------------------------------      
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