RE: [Histonet] Shandon Hypercenter XP

From:"Edmondson David (RBV) NHS Christie Tr"

Hi,   We have them still running daily , donkey's years old.
They have regular maintenance, like yours, valve failure is not something that one can diagnose except that the system just does not run and significant fluid is lost to the drip tray.
Now I wonder that the drain times on your programs may be too short and that carry over could be reduced by extending them.  They work from 15 secs,(is that right) and you can extend them to a couple of minutes. After the last alcohol ours is say a minute and its longer after the last xylene. And after the waxes because of their greater viscosity.
Dave Ed
Manchester UK

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[]On Behalf Of Snider,
Sent: 03 March 2005 14:19
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Subject: [Histonet] Shandon Hypercenter XP


Shriners Hospital for Children 
Research Dept. 
Cincinnatti, Oh 


Hello again everyone in Histoland!

Does anyone use this processor?  I had not used it prior to accepting this
position.  What seems to be the problem is that it seems to have a lot of
carry over from station to station.  I have read the manual, did all the
maintenance it suggests, and I diligently keep up the daily routine
maintenance.  I process very small samples of clinically engineered skin.
The largest workload I have ever had here was 34 blocks.  Usually it is more
like 8- 10 cassettes.  

I just changed all the reagents yesterday, including both paraffins.  I had
a run with 4 cassettes overnight and this morning the first paraffin station
has a very strong xylene smell.  Has anyone else found this to be a problem
with this particular piece of equipment?  I don't recall having this much of
a problem with this in the VIP's or MVPs which I have worked with for the
last 15 years.  I read through the archives to see if anyone had mentioned
this and found nothing, so your comments will be greatly appreciated.


Deanna Snider HT



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