RE: [Histonet] Glass Coverslippers


We have the Leica CV5030, I'm not sure if it is the one you are referring to, and are finally contempt with it.  We were probably one of the first ones to buy it and had to work some bugs out.  The coverslipper sat on a counter unused for over six months waiting for a hardware and software upgrade.  After it was upgraded we had constant problems with it.  The problems ranged from: incorrect coverslip placement on the slide to actual slide breakage(nothing makes me happier than having to recut slides).  But in all fairness, and after repeated visits from the service techs, we have a good workhorse now.  The service has improved tremendously with the new Field Service Engineer(Steven Work).  If you decide to buy it make sure the installer doesn't leave until you are 100% satisfied with the instruments operation.  The new one out of the box might not work as good as the demo unit.  
Another unit you might want to consider is the Meisei Robot Coverslipper.  I'm not sure who's selling it now, but we use to have one that was very hard to beat.  Old age and careless techs finally did it in.  It works on the same principle as the Leica, but they've had longer to work out the bugs.  Like the disclaimer at the bottom says, this is MY personal opinion and not the one of my employers and their lawyers.  Good luck on your search.

Juan C. Gutierrez, HT(ASCP)
Histology Laboratory Supervisor

My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my employer.  Long live free speech!

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Grant, Debra
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 2:11 PM
To: Histonet
Subject: [Histonet] Glass Coverslippers

Hi All,

We would like to purchase a glass coverslipper very soon, and are
interested in positive and negative feedback on all glass coverslippers.

Thanks for your time in advance!

P.S Is anyone demoing the Leica Coverslipper at the moment?

Debby Grant
Histology Specialist I  
Histology Core Facility
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
1000 E. 50th Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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