SHUR/Clean™3030
H&E Slide Stainer
Catalog # SS-3030-120, SS-3030-220
Operator’s Manual
Version 2.0, Jun 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 4 Warranty Information ................................................................................................................. 4 Definition of Various Symbols ................................................................................................... 5 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCING THE SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E SLIDE STAINER ..................... 6 Product Description .................................................................................................................... 6 Functional Description of Parts .................................................................................................. 7 CHAPTER 2 SPECIFICATIONS ................................................................................................ 11 Electrical Characteristics .......................................................................................................... 11 Physical Characteristics ............................................................................................................ 11 Environmental Conditions ........................................................................................................ 12 Installation Category ................................................................................................................. 12 Pollution Degree ....................................................................................................................... 12 CHAPTER 3 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ..................................................................... 13 Safety Instructions .................................................................................................................... 14 Inspection .................................................................................................................................. 20 Components Checklist .............................................................................................................. 20 Installation Procedures .............................................................................................................. 20 Display Installation Procedure .................................................................................................. 21 Fume Shield Installation Procedure .......................................................................................... 24 Tap Water Supply Connection .................................................................................................. 27 Operating the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer ........................................................... 27 Set-Up Procedure ............................................................................................................................... 27 Operating Procedure........................................................................................................................... 28 Shutdown Procedure .......................................................................................................................... 28 Welcome Screen ....................................................................................................................... 28 Changing Default Settings ........................................................................................................ 31 Time Settings ..................................................................................................................................... 32 Agitation Setup................................................................................................................................... 33 Temperature and Flow Adjustments .................................................................................................. 34 Security and Passwords ...................................................................................................................... 35 CHAPTER 4 PROGRAMMING .................................................................................................. 37 Creating Programs .................................................................................................................... 37 Editing Programs ...................................................................................................................... 44 Deleting Programs .................................................................................................................... 46 Copying Programs .................................................................................................................... 46 Importing and Exporting Programs .......................................................................................... 46 CHAPTER 5 RUNNING PROGRAMS ....................................................................................... 48 Loading Racks .......................................................................................................................... 48 Run Time Status Display .......................................................................................................... 50 Unloading Racks ....................................................................................................................... 51 Cancelling Racks ...................................................................................................................... 52 Running Multiple Racks ........................................................................................................... 54 CHAPTER 6 CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS .............................................................................. 55 General Information .................................................................................................................. 55 Cleaning Procedures ................................................................................................................. 56 CHAPTER 7 ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ................................................................................ 57 Charcoal Filter Replacement..................................................................................................... 58 Service Mode ............................................................................................................................ 59 CHAPTER 8 TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE ............................................................................ 60 CHAPTER 9 SPARE PARTS AND ACCESSORIES ................................................................. 61 INTRODUCTION
Warranty Information
Triangle Biomedical Sciences’ (TBS) SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer products are
warranted against defects in materials and workmanship, under their prescribed use and operating
conditions, for a period of twelve months from the date of shipment. TBS will repair or replace
products that prove to be defective within the warranty period without charge when shipped
prepaid to the TBS office.
If the product is not registered by filling out and sending the warranty card to TBS
Instruments, it will be warranted for a period of twelve months from its manufacturing date.
Warranty Exceptions
♦ Consumables – bulbs, fuses, and other items of an expendable nature are not covered under
this agreement.
♦ User’s failure to provide ample electrical power at constant voltage, consistent with the
specifications of the product.
♦ Scratches, dents, and similar surface finish damage during normal use of the system are not
covered under this agreement.
♦ Misuse and unauthorized repairs or alterations are not covered under this agreement.
♦ Acts of nature such as lightning strikes and floods are not covered and should be covered
under owner’s separate insurance policy.
All TBS products are sold on the condition that they be used and disposed of only within the
scope of currently recognized, critical standards related to human health and the physical
environment.
EXCEPT FOR THE WARRANTY ABOVE, TBS MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND WITH REGARD TO ITS PRODUCTS WHETHER EXPRESS, ARISING
BY OPERATION OF LAW, OR IMPLIED BY COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE
OF TRADE, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
TBS SHALL NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE BE LIABLE FOR ANY
SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
Contact our Customer Service Department for more information regarding your warranty.
Customer Service Department
Triangle Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
3014 Croasdaile Drive
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 384-9393
Definition of Various Symbols
Attention: This Symbol on the instrument and in the manual showing the
warning triangle indicate that the correct operating instructions (as defined in
this manual) must be followed when operating or replacing the item marked.
Failure to adhere to these instructions may result in an accident, personal
injury, damage to the instrument or accessory equipment.
Caution: Electric Shock Hazard. Disconnect Line Cord before Servicing.
Refer Servicing to Qualified Service Personnel. To avoid the risk of injury
from electric shock, do not open this enclosure.
Biohazard. Samples processed on this instrument may be biohazard. Use
proper procedures and safety procedures to handle biohazard.
Hot Surface. Surfaces may be very hot to the touch. Some instrument
surfaces, which become hot during operation are marked with this warning
label. DO NOT TOUCH THESE SURFACES. Touching these surfaces may
cause burns.
Flammable Liquids. Handle flammable liquids with care. Ensure that there are
no open flames or sources of sparks or flames near these liquids. Ensure that
they do not get hot such that they can emit noxious fumes. Handle and dispose
these liquids based on the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow the
local regulations for disposal.
Alternating current symbol.
Protective Conductor Terminal Symbol. For the safety of the operator, ensure
that the earth ground is always connected at this terminal.
Power Supply ON indication. Push the Power ON/OFF switch in the direction
marked with this symbol to turn the unit power on.
Power Supply OFF indication. Push the Power ON/OFF switch in the direction
marked with this symbol to turn the unit power off.
CHAPTER 1
Introducing the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer
Intended Use:
SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer is an automated H & E stainer
designed for use in Histology/Anatomical Pathology laboratories as a stand-alone bench top
unit for staining surgical histology, pathology, cytology and hematology samples on slides.
It is designed for staining of thin sections of tissue specimens and or of cytology or
hematology samples (e.g. blood smears) mounted on microscope slides.
The instrument must be operated only according to the instructions contained in this manual
and for only for its intended use as defined above. Any other use of the instrument is
considered improper and voids the warranty!
Qualification of Personnel: The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer continuous load
slide stainer may be operated only by trained laboratory personnel who are trained to handle
biological samples that can be infectious, are trained to handle the flammable reagents. The
instrument may be operated only according to the instructions contained in this manual.
Product Description
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer continuous load slide stainer offers flexibility
and programmability for routine and special stains of samples mounted on glass slides. This
bench top unit contains 30 stations. Specific functions of some of these stations are as
follows.
Station Number
30
How Many
1
Function*
Load Station
21, 22
2
Unload Stations
5, 6, 7, 8
4
Rinse Stations, Manual Flow Control with common inlet
9
10, 20
1
2
Rinse Station, Manual Flow Control with an independent inlet
Heating Stations
*It should be noted that all the heating stations and rinse stations can be configured as
reagent stations.
The stations are numbered from left to right and from the back row to the front row.
Stations 1-10 are located in the back row, stations 11-20 are in the middle row, and 21-30
are located in the front row.
This manual covers information about initial set up, programming test protocols, and slide
staining processing operations only. The details of the functions to be performed by the
qualified service technicians are provided in the Service Manual (Part # A12536).
The operator interface is quite intuitive. However, several sample tasks are described to
minimize the learning curve. Due to the continuous improvement of the product software, it
is possible that some of the newer product features are not described in this version of the
manual or they may operate differently. If you have any questions or comments about the
information provided in this manual, please contact our Customer Service Department at
919-384-9393or send an e-mail to tbs@trianglebiomedical.com.
Functional Description of Parts
(Refer to Figure 1: SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer Front View, Figure 2:
SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer Functional Areas and Figure 3: SHUR/Stain™ 3030
H&E Slide Stainer Rear View)
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer has the following functional areas.
Reagent Stations:
Rinse Stations:
Stations 1-4, 11-19, 23-29
Stations 5-8 with a common water inlet and station 9 with a separate
water inlet.
Load Stations:
Station 30
Unload Stations:
Stations 21 and 22
Flow Control Valves: Flow Control Valves can control the flow rate of the rinse water.
Each rinse station has its own dedicated valve. The water flow can
be completely shut off to any station if you desire to use it as a
regular reagent station.
Heating Stations:
Stations 10 and 20 are used for heating the slides. The heater at the
heating station will not turn ON if you select ambient temperature
for a given program step in the heating station. This will allow you
to use the heating station as a regular reagent station.
Up/Down Mechanism: The slide rack mounts on the bracket mounted on this mechanism.
At times, this mechanism is referred to as Z-axis mechanism also.
In / Out Mechanism:
The up/down mechanism mounts on this mechanism. At times, this
mechanism is referred to as Y-axis mechanism also.
Charcoal Filter:
The charcoal filter is located behind the top bezel. To access the
filter, press the bezel release button (located in the center, below the
bezel) and lower the bezel. The charcoal filter is located at the left.
Computer /Display:
The Active Matrix LCD Display provides the information about the
status of the system. With the touchpad on the display, you can
program, run and maintain the unit with ease.
Rinse Water Inlets:
There are two water inlets in the rear of the unit. Looking from the
back of the unit, the inlet located to the extreme right feeds water to
stations 5, 6 7 and 8 simultaneously. When a slide rack is
programmed to be in any of these stations, the water will flow
through all the stations. The second inlet to the left of this common
inlet feeds only to station 9. This allows you to use DI water,
distilled water or any other specialized buffer to be fed in only one
station while using tap water for all other rinses.
Drain Connection:
You can use standard 1-1/4” drain pipe from your local hardware
store to provide proper drainage of the rinse water and any spills.
Please do ensure that the drain water flows freely to the sink and the
drain plumbing is free of kinks and is always at a level below the
stainer bottom.
Power Inlet:
AC Power connection with a grounded power cable is made here.
Bezel Door for
Charcoal Filter
Computer and Display
Unload Drawer 2
Station 22
Unload Drawer 1
Station 21
Load Drawer
Station 30
Figure 1: SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer Front View
Power Switch
Rinse Station with an
Independent Water Inlet
Heating Station 1
Heating Station 2
4 Rinse Stations With
Manual Flow Control
Up / Down
Mechanism
Flow Control Valves
In / Out
Mechanism
Pick Up Arm
Figure 2: SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer Functional Areas
Rinse Water Inlet,
Feeds Stations 5-8
Drain Connection,
Accepts 1-1/4” PVC
Drain Pipe
Rinse Water inlet,
Feeds Station 9
only.
Power Inlet:
Connect Grounded
Power Cord Here
Figure 3: SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer Rear View
CHAPTER 2 SPECIFICATIONS
Electrical Characteristics
Power Input
Voltage:
Current:
AC, 100-120 volts (+/- 10%) or 230 volts (+/- 10%) (Factory set for either
100-120 volts or 230 volts operation, NOT user changeable), 50 or 60 Hz
10 Amps max (RMS) for 100-120 volts input, 6 Amps max (RMS) for 230
volts input
1200 watts max
Power:
Fuse Rating
10 Amp x 250 volts Time Delay (Slo-Blo) fuse for 100-120 volts units
6.3 Amp x 250 volts Time Delay (Slo-Blo) fuse for 230 volts units
Display/Programmability
Display:
Active matrix TFT 6.5” display
Screen:
Resistive touch pad
Number of programs:
50
Number of steps/program: 50
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions
Stainer without Fume Shield
Width: 37.5" (95 cm)
Depth: 30" (76 cm)
Height: 26" (65 cm)
Stainer with Fume Shield
Width: 39" (99 cm)
Depth: 30" (76 cm)
Height: 26" (65 cm)
Weight
Actual Weight: 125 lbs (57 kg)
Capacity
Number of Stations:
Number of Rinse Stations:
Rinse Water Flow Control:
Number of Rinse Water Inlets:
Number of Load Station:
Number of Unload Stations:
Reagent Container Volume:
Slide Carrier Capacity:
Drying Station Temp. Range:
Water Inlet Pressure
Maximum Pressure:
30
5 (user selectable)
Separate manual control for each Rinse Station
2 (one for Stations 5, 6, 7 & 8; one for station 9)
1
2
350 ml
30 slides
40o C – 70o C
65 PSI
Environmental Conditions
All SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer products are laboratory instruments and should be
used in Medical/Histo-Pathology laboratory environments with the following conditions.
Ambient Temperature:
Relative Humidity:
Ambient Pressure:
Altitude:
62 o F to 90 o F (17 o C to 32o C).
20-80% non-condensing.
29”-31” (740-790 mm) of Hg
Less than 6500 feet (Less than 2000 meters)
Installation Category
In reference to Installation category as defined in UL 61010-1 standard, SHUR/Stain™ 3030
H&E Slide Stainer products are categorized as Category II systems.
Pollution Degree
In reference to Pollution Degree as defined in UL 61010-1 standard, SHUR/Stain™ 3030
H&E Slide Stainer products are categorized as Pollution Degree 2 systems.
CHAPTER 3 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Make sure to comply with safety instructions and warnings in this chapter.
Make sure to read these instructions, even if you are already familiar with the
operation and use of other SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer products.
This instruction manual includes important information related to the operating safety and
maintenance of the instrument and it is an important part of the product.
This instrument has been built and tested in accordance with the following safety regulations on
electrical measuring, control, regulating and laboratory devices.
In order to maintain this condition and to ensure safe operation, the operator must observe the
instructions and warnings contained in this instruction manual.
Note: If additional requirements on accident prevention and environmental protection exist in the
country of operation, this instruction manual must be supplemented by appropriate instructions
to ensure compliance with such requirements.
Note: Material safety data sheets can be obtained from the supplier of the chemicals. They are
also available on the Internet: http://www.msdsonline.com.
Attention, The protective devices on both instrument and accessories may
neither be removed nor modified. Only authorized and qualified service
personnel may repair the instrument and access the instrument’s internal
components.
Safety Instructions
Before beginning the operation of this unit, please read the following in its entirety:
Please read all the instructions and retain this manual for future reference. Follow all warnings
and instructions marked on the instrument.
1. Read Instructions
All the safety and operating instructions must be read before the instrument is operated.
2. Retain Instructions
The safety and operating instructions must be retained for future reference.
3. Read Warnings
All warnings on the instrument and in the operating manual must be followed.
4. Follow Instructions
All operating and use instructions must be followed.
5. Additional Instructions:
If additional instructions are required for accident prevention and environmental protection
based on the location of the instrument operation (e.g local regulations, laws and lab
procedures and practices) this manual must be supplemented by appropriate instructions to
ensure the compliance with these additional requirements.
6. Attachments
Do not use any attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may
cause hazards, damage the instrument and void the warranty.
7. Accessories
Do not use any accessories not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may
damage the instrument and void the warranty.
8. Power Sources
This product must be operated from the type of power source indicated on the marking label
and the instructions.
9. Grounding
This product is equipped with a grounded three-wire plug. The instruments must be
connected to a grounded outlet for the safety.
10. Power-Cord Protection
Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched
by items placed upon or against them. Pay particular attention to cords at plugs, receptacles,
and the point where they exit the instrument.
11. Location of the Stainer
Locate the Stainer in well ventilated area and away from the wall.
12. Access to the Power Inlet and the Power Off Switch
Ensure that the Power Inlet and the Power Off switch are easily accessible at all times while
the Stainer power is turned on.
13. Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric
shock.
14. Servicing
Do not attempt to service this instrument yourself as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
15. Replacement Parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement
parts specified by the manufacturer. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric
shock or other hazards and void any existing warranty.
16. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS):
Obtain, review and retain the MSDS for the reagents used from the manufacturers of the
reagents. Follow the safety precautions and disposal recommendations provided in MSDS.
Additional Safety Instructions to prevent injury from the moving mechanism
For safe operation of the unit, for the safety of the operator and other personnel in the vicinity of
the unit and for the laboratory safety the following safety measures must be implemented.
 Do not obstruct the mechanism with hand arm or any other body parts while the unit is
powered on.
 Do not place any sample slide racks into any processing reagent stations. Always load
the slide racks through the Load Drawer of the system.
 Do not remove any sample slide racks from any processing reagent stations. Always wait
until the slide racks are delivered tone of the Unload Drawers of the system.
 Turn the power off while changing or replenishing the reagents.
 Turn the power off while cleaning the Stainer.
 In addition to the above measures, the installation of the optional fume shield and
keeping it closed during the processing runs will provide additional protection against
accidental injury by the moving mechanism.
Additional Safety Instructions to handle the samples, chemicals and reagents
For safe operation of the unit, for the safety of the operator and other personnel in the vicinity of
the unit and for the laboratory safety the following safety measures must be implemented.
 Keep the Stainer and the reagents away from the open flames.
 Do not smoke near the Stainer or the reagents.
 To minimize the exposure to the toxic fumes of the reagents, place the Stainer under a
fume hood.
 To minimize the exposure to the toxic fumes of the reagents, you can also use the
optional fume shield. Using the optional fume shield will help redirect the fumes towards
the internal charcoal filter.
 To minimize the exposure to the toxic fumes of the reagents, you can also connect an
optional hose to the exhaust port of the unit located in the rear top left hand corner and
locate the other end of the hose under a fume hood.

Warning! Use caution when handling solvents! Make sure the premises are
adequately ventilated! Explosion hazard!
Avoid spillage while filling and/or changing the reagents.
Wipe away any spilled reagents immediately. In case of long-term exposure, the
instrument surfaces are only conditionally resistant to solvents.
While the Stainer is not in use, keep the reagent containers covered with the Reagent
Container Lids provided with the Stainer.
Do not eat, drink or smoke near the Stainer.
Follow general laboratory safety procedures and practices for handling organic solvents. 


Follow general laboratory safety procedures and practices for handling samples
to process from Biohazard handling perspective.

Before shipping the stainer fro any purpose, always decontaminate following
general laboratory safety procedures and practices for handling samples to
process from Biohazard handling perspective.
For safe operation, for the safety of the operator and other personnel in the vicinity of the
unit and for the laboratory safety, protective gloves should be worn by the operator since
the operator could be contact with potentially infectious substances
Follow reagent manufacturer’s guidance for safely handling the reagents.
Comply with your local and national regulations for the disposal of the reagents and the
waste.
Warnings
The safety devices installed in this instrument by the manufacturer only constitute the basis for
accident prevention. Primarily responsible for accident-free operation is above all the institution
which owns the instrument and, in addition, the designated personnel who operates, services or
repairs the instrument.
To ensure trouble-free operation of the instrument, make sure to comply with the following
instructions and warnings.
Warnings – Markings on the instrument itself
Attention, Markings on the instrument showing the warning triangle indicate
that the correct operating instructions (as defined in this manual) must be
followed when operating or replacing the item marked.
Failure to adhere to these instructions may result in an accident, personal
injury, damage to the instrument or accessory equipment.
Some instrument surfaces, which become hot during operation are marked with
this warning label. DO NOT TOUCH THESE SURFACES. Touching these
surfaces may cause burns.
Warning – Transport and Installation
• Attention, The instrument may only be transported in an upright position.
• Four people are needed to lift/carry the instrument.
• Install the instrument on an even laboratory bench which must be
absolutely level and can support 220 lbs (100 Kg) weight.
• Do not expose the instrument to direct sunlight (windows).
• The instrument MUST be connected to an earthed mains power outlet
socket. The instrument must not be connected to an extension cord without
protective earth conductor.
• The instrument will automatically adjust to the required voltage and
frequency at the place of installation.
• If new ovens are installed, they must be adjusted to the voltage and
frequency required at the installation site.
• The instrument must be set up in a well ventilated area, free from any
ignition sources.
• The chemicals to be used in the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer are
both flammable and
noxious. Do not operate the instrument in rooms with explosion hazard.
• If there is a significant difference in temperature between the warehousing
and the installation site of the instrument and if at the same time there is a
high air humidity level, condensation water may form. In this case, a
waiting period of at least two hours must be observed before the instrument
is switched on. Failure to adhere to this waiting period may result in
damage to the instrument.
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Warning – Handling reagents
• Attention, Be careful when handling solvents!
• Always wear rubber gloves and safety goggles when handling the
chemicals used in this instrument.
• Reagents used for tissue infiltration can be both toxic and/or flammable.
• Dispose of waste solvents with care according to local regulations and the
waste management policy of the company or institution.
• DO NOT PLACE ANY REAGENT AT THE HEATING STATIONS
(station 10 and station 20). Always use the heating container provided
with the stainer in stations 10 and 20. Make sure that the open side of the
heating containers is facing towards the right side of the stainer such that
hot air from the heaters can heat the slides and the air flow is not restricted.
• To minimize the risk of fire and explosion, place xylene and alcohol
containers as far away from stations 10 and 20 as possible.
Warnings – Operating the instrument
• Attention, the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer may only be operated
by trained laboratory personnel, according to its designated use and per the
present instruction manual.
• In case of emergency switch off mains and unplug the power chord.
• While working with reagents (filling/emptying the reagent stations,
working on the instrument while the lid/s is/are open) appropriate
protective gear (lab coat, gloves, safety goggles) must be worn.
• Make sure to operate the instrument either with the activated carbon filter
or with the exhaust air hose. Even when the instrument is operated
according to its designated use, hazardous solvent fumes develop, which
are damaging to the operator’s health and do also pose a risk of fire!
• Risk of fire, when working with an open flame (Bunsen burner)
immediately next to the instrument (solvent fumes)! Therefore, kep a
safety distance of 2 meters!
• If a staining program is to be interrupted for an extended period of time, do
not leave any slide racks in the tap water stations, in order to prevent them
from drying out.
Warnings – Cleaning and maintenance
• Attention, Prior to each maintenance and/or cleaning, switch the instrument
off and disconnect mains power. Do not clean the instrument with solvents
containing acetone or xylene. No liquid may be spilled into the internal
components of the instrument – neither during operation nor during
cleaning.
• When working with cleaning detergents, comply with all safety instruction
by the manufacturer of the product and the laboratory management policy.
• Wash the regent stations in the dishwasher at a temperature of max. +65oC
(149oF). Use a standard detergent for laboratory dishwashers.
• At any rate avoid washing the stations at higher temperatures, as the
stations may become deformed!
• Spilled solvents (reagents) have to be wiped away immediately! In case of
long-term exposure, the lid surfaces are only conditionally resistant to
solvents!
• To clean the lids, and housing, use mild household detergents; -see safety
instruction above for non-appropriate ingredients!
• Caution with sequences which involve an oven at the initial step.
• In this case the loading unit, out of which the specimen holder is removed
via the transport arm, must NOT be filled with an inflammable reagent
(e.g. xylene).
• As the oven temperature is up to 80oC (176oF), the reagent may ignite and
cause damage to the device and to the samples.
• For the same reason, steps conducted INSIDE an oven must never be
carried out from a reagent station with inflammable reagents.
Inspection
•
•
•
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer is carefully quality controlled prior to
shipping. The highest quality packaging materials have been used to ensure that the
equipment is well protected during
shipping. Please follow these inspection instructions carefully.
Carefully inspect the outer carton for any visible damage. If any damage is noticed,
contact the shipping carrier and file a damage report before unpacking the stainer.
Failure to report visible damage may forfeit any claims for internal damages.
Inspect the system for any visible damage. If any shipping damage is visible, retain all
packing material intact with the stainer and file a claim with the final carrier. Discarding
any packaging materials prior to the carrier’s inspection may void any shipper liability.
Components Checklist
Each SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer comes with the following components. If an item is
missing, please contact TBS Customer Service immediately at (919) 384-9393.
Item
SHUR/Stain 3030 H&E Slide Stainer
Power cord
Operator’s Manual with Warranty Registration Card
Reagent Containers
Reagent Container Lids
Drying vessels (for heater station)
Slide Rack
Computer (to be installed to the Stainer by the user)
Charcoal Filter (Pre-installed)
™
Quantity
1
1
1
23
23
2
2
1
1
Installation Procedures
1. Follow the instructions provided as “SAFEGUARDS” and “INSPECTION” procedures.
2. Remove the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer from the wooden crate and place on the
countertop.
3. Remove all packaging materials.
4. Ensure that all the tie wraps have been removed and the mechanism is free to move.
5. Install the Computer.
6. Connect the power cord to the stainer and plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.
7. The software necessary to run the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer comes pre-installed.
8. Turn the power switch in the back of the unit.
9. Now the Stainer can be turned on by operating the switch located in the front on the lower
right hand side.
Display Installation Procedure
Identify display arm and computer display board as shown in Figure 4.
Display Arm
Figure 4: Unit without computer display board.
(A)
(B)
Figure 5: Computer display board as shipped. Front (A) and back (B) faces are shown.
Remove cover from computer as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6
Install computer on the unit using knob as shown in Figure 7.
Knob
Figure 7
Make connections as shown in Figure 8.
USB Ports
(x2)
Ref only
Port 1
Not used
Power
Connector
Communication
Connector (Port 2)
Figure 8
Reinstall cover. Pass wire through computer cover slot as shown in Figure 9.
Slot to pass
wires
Figure 9
Unit with correctly mounted computer display board is shown below (Figure 10).
Figure 10
Fume Shield Installation Procedure
The fume shield assembly has five major components as shown in Figure 11 below. Hardware
to assemble these parts is either provided in a separate plastic bag or already installed on the
components.
Top Panel
Left Panel
Right Panel
Back Panel
Fume Shield
Figure 11
The assembly involves the following steps.
Step 1: Connect Top Panel to Right and Left Panels. (Figure 2)
Step 2: Attach Fume Shield to the handle bars on the panels.
Step 3: Remove the Retaining Screws.
Step 4: Slide the Fume Shield Assembly over the unit.
Step 5: Install the Back Panel
Step 1: Connect Top panel to Right and Left Panels:
 Place the Top panel on a clean, flat surface, preferably over a bubble wrap or some
foam. Note the orientation of the front of the Top Panel in reference to the Right and
Left Panels as shown in Figure 12.
Right Panel
Front Beveled
Edge
Locations for
Nuts
Back Edge,
Straight
Top Panel
Figure 12
Attach Right panel and Left Panel to the Top panel. The Nylon Insert Nuts (10-32
thread) are installed on the top panel. Remove the nuts with 3/8” socket driver or a
wrench and secure the Right and Left Panels with the nuts.
Step 2: Attach Fume Shield to the handle bars on the panels:
 Attach the Fume Shield to the Handle Bars using 8-32 x ¾” long screws. The screws
are supplied in a plastic bag that is attached to the handle of the Fume Shield (Figure
13).
Figure 13
Step 3: Remove the Retaining Screws
 Two retaining screws are holding the fume shield down during shipping (Figure 14).
These screws must be removed before the fume shield is installed over the unit
(Figure 15).
Remove the retaining screws
before installation as shown
by the red arrows.
Figure 14
Retaining Screw
Use 3/16” Allen key
to remove it
Figure 15
Step 4: Slide the Fume Shield Assembly over the Unit
 Loosen the screw that holds the display (Figure 16A). Turn the display away from
the unit such that the fume shield can be slid from the front (Figure 16B). Slide the
fume shield over the unit from the front. Keep the display and display arm outside of
the fume shield. Align fume shield over the front of the unit and slide directly
backwards.
Loosen screw to turn display as shown by
the red arrow.
Turn display such that fume shield may be
slid over unit from the front.
(A)
Figure 16
(B)
Step 5: Install the Back Panel
 Hand tighten screws shown on the left. Next, hand tighten screws shown on the right.
Use a screwdriver to tighten all four screws. NOTE: The flange along the back plate
must be oriented towards the top of the unit. The flange is highlighted in yellow
below (Figure 17).
The flange, as highlighted in
yellow below, must be oriented
towards the top of the unit.
Figure 17
Manually align the center of the front of the fume shield with the center of the front of the
unit.
Secure the display in the desired position.
Tap Water Supply Connection
The manufacturer recommends installing a sediment filter between the water outlet and
SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer, to guarantee that the instrument is only operated with
clean water. If you are not sure about the quality of the water supply, you can order a water inlet
hose with a built in line filter (P/N A12542) or can install an external filter.
Note: This filter insert must be checked and cleaned regularly. If the filter insert is very dirty it
must be replaced.
Connecting the tap water inlet hose:
Note: You may need additional adapters and/or fittings to make the water connections. Please
consult your in-house plumbing expert or the sales person for any additional fittings that you
may need.
1. There are two water inlets on the rear panel of the stainer. One inlet feeds station 9 only and
the other inlet feeds station 5, 6 7 and 8 simultaneously.
2. Two identical water inlet hoses are provided with the stainer.
3. Unpack the tap water inlet hose. One end of the hose is open without any fitting and there is
a quick disconnect fitting attached at the second end.
4. Keep the water supply turned off.
5. Attach appropriate adapter to the water faucet such that it has a ¼” barbed fitting output.
6. Attach the open ended tubing to the barbed fitting at the faucet.
7. Attach the quick disconnect fitting to the stainer. You may have to push down the disconnect
latch tab on the fitting on the stainer.
8. Make the connection with the second hose by following the same procedure.
9. Next connect the drain outlet to the suitable waste collection drain/tub. Ensure that you
connect the waste drain according to your local regulations for disposal of the
chemical/biological waste.
Note: When installing the drain hose, always make sure that there is a sufficient descending
gradient from the outlet (connection piece) on the instrument to the drain pipe!
Operating the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer
Set-Up Procedure
1.
Load appropriate reagents in the reagent vessels at stations 1-5, 11-19 and 23-29.
2.
Load Xylene, Xylene substitute or water, as appropriate; at unload stations 21 and 22.
3.
Make an appropriate drain connection from the drain fitting in the rear of the unit to a
sink. Make sure you follow your local regulations for draining the various chemicals.
4.
Ensure that the drain line is not kinked and is at a level below the drain fitting from the
system.
5.
Pour about 2 liters of water in one of the rinse stations and ensure that the water drains
from the unit without any restrictions.
6.
Connect water supply in the rear of the unit for rinse stations.
7.
8.
Turn on the water supply.
You are ready to use the Stainer.
Operating Procedure
1.
Turn ON the Stainer by operating the power switch located in the front on the lower right
hand side.
Attention,
The instrument MUST be connected to an earthed mains power outlet socket.
It is recommended that the HistoPro® 3030 be plugged into a wall socket that
has Ground Fault Circuit Interruption (GFCI) protection – as an additional
electrical safeguard. 2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Once the Stainer initializes the Mechanisms, follow the procedures described in the later
sections of this manual to set up various Staining Protocols.
Remove all the lids from the reagent vessels.
Remove all slide racks (if any are present) from the Stainer. Do not forget to check the
Unload Drawers.
Ensure that proper reagents are loaded in the Stainer at proper locations for the protocols
that you will be running.
Now you can load the slides in a Slide Rack, open the Load Drawer, install the rack in the
drawer and close the drawer.
The program Selection Screen will automatically appear on the Display. Select the
desired program and press RUN.
Once the rack has been picked up from the Load Drawer, you can add another rack for
processing.
When the staining is completed, the Stainer will put the processed rack in the selected
Unload Drawer. Open the Unload Drawer with the rack, remove the rack and close the
drawer. Failure to remove the processed rack in a timely manner may delay the
processing of the other racks.
Shutdown Procedure
1.
Once all racks are processed for the day, remove them all from the Unload Drawers.
2.
Shut off the water supply.
You can remove the reagent vessels and store them in a refrigerator, or you can leave
3.
them in the Stainer. You can place the lids over the reagent vessels to minimize the
evaporation or you can leave the vessels uncovered. As you prefer. Make sure that you
load the refreshed reagents next time you use the stainer and remove all the lids before
starting the next processing run.
4.
You can leave the Stainer ON overnight or you can choose to power it down.
Welcome Screen
After powering up the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer, the following screens are
displayed in order. Please wait until all the initialization steps have been completed before
attempting to use the stainer.
(A)
(B)
Figure 0-18: Startup (A) and Stainer Initialization (B)
Manually inspect the stainer to ensure that all stations are free from slide carriers, then select
OK
to continue as shown in Figure 0-19 on the next page.
Figure 0-19: Welcome Confirmation Screen
The following Main Menu screen will be displayed (Figure 0-20). Proper operation of the
system can by achieved by making selections from this and the software screens that follow. To
make a selection, press upon the desired button with a stylus.
Figure 0-20: Stainer Software Main Menu
Changing Default Settings
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer software offers a user-friendly Operator Interface to
set-up and run the stainer. To select different functions, locate the necessary button on the LCD
screen. To make a selection, gently press upon the button with your finger or a touch-screen
stylus (stylus not provided). The display prompts the user about what options are available and
how to select one of those options at all times. Please refer to the section of documentation for
each feature for more information on the user interface screens and options offered to the end
user.
Figure 0-21: Utility Main Menu Screen
Time Settings
To change the current date and time for stainer display and logging purposes, edit the time and
date fields as shown in Figure 0-22. The plus and minus sign buttons that appear above and
below the hours, minutes, month, day, and year fields allow you to modify the values. Please be
aware that the time value is displayed in 24 hour format. Select the Accept button to save the
settings or Cancel to ignore the changes.
Figure 0-22: Time Settings Screen
Agitation Setup
To change the number of dips performed during agitation operations, edit the number as shown
in Figure 0-23. The plus and minus buttons that appear above and below the dips per station
number can be selected to modify the desired value. Select the Accept button to save the setting
or Cancel to ignore the changes.
Figure 0-23: Agitation Setup Screen
Temperature and Flow Adjustments
To change the temperature and flow control adjustment settings, edit the values as shown in
Figure 0-24. The temperature adjustment controls appear at the top, with a separate setting for
each temperature station (Station 10 and Station 20). The value can be set in the range from
negative to positive five using the plus and minus buttons. The "-Test-" area for each
temperature station can be used to turn on and off the heater for each station and physically test
the stainer for accuracy. The adjustment value is added to the temperature requested by each
program that utilizes station 10 or 20 during processing. The default value for each adjustment
setting is zero.
The flow control adjustment works in a similar way except it accepts a positive or negative
percent value from -10 to +10. The setting applies only to the variable flow control station
which is Station 9. The test controls can be used to turn on and off the flow valve at a standard
value and physically test the stainer for accuracy. The adjustment value is used during rack
processing to add or subtract a percentage of the program specified flow control for Station 9.
Figure 0-24: Temperature and Flow Adjustment Screen
Security and Passwords
Operation of the stainer can be limited by implementing a password security scheme. With the
password featured turned on, a valid password will be required to access the following screens
from the Main Menu:
•
•
•
Edit
Utility
Service
By default, the password is set to "0000" which turns off the password entry screen. While
viewing the Utility menu screen, the "Change Password" button can be selected to modify the
current password. The password can be set to a maximum of 25 characters and is not case
sensitive. Once the password is set, the password entry screen as shown in Figure 0-25 appears
to allow password entry. The "Edit Password Text" button can be selected to view the onscreen
keyboard for character entry.
Figure 0-25: Enter Password Screen
Accept
After selecting the
button, the password entered will be validated and access to
the requested screen will be allowed or denied as appropriate. The change password screen is
shown in Figure 0-26 and requires that you enter the current password to change the password to
a new value.
Figure 0-26: Change Password Screen
CHAPTER 4 PROGRAMMING
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer offers flexibility and programmability for routine
and special stains. The system can store up to 50 programs numbered 1-50.
Note: Programs 41-50 are reserved for servicing purposes. These programs may not be edited
by unauthorized personnel. Please refer to the operators manual for the HistoProgramEditor
software utility for more information on this feature.
Creating Programs
1. Select
EDIT
to display the following program listing screen.
Up Arrow
Down Arrow
Figure 0-1: Select Program Screen
2. New programs are created by editing blank programs. Blank programs are typically labeled
with hyphens as shown in Figure 0-1. Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate through
the list of existing programs numbered 1-40.
3. Highlight the desired empty program slot and select
Edit Program
to create a new program.
Edit Program
Name
as shown in Figure 0-7: Program Steps Summary
4. To name the program, select
Screen. An onscreen keypad as shown in Figure 0-2 will appear.
Figure 0-2: Onscreen Keypad
CAPS ON
CAPS OFF
5. Enter the name of the program. Use the
and
buttons to switch
between the uppercase keypad and the lowercase keypad while entering the desired program
name.
Accept
6. When the desired program name has been entered, select
Add New
Step
to save.
7. To add the first step of the program, select
. The following screen will appear
with the step number clearly labeled in the heading as shown in Figure 0-3.
Current
Step Number
Show
Next Step
Show
Previous Step
Figure 0-3: Editing Program Steps Screen
8. The station at which the process is performed can be programmed under “Station #.” The
programmed station number can be incremented or decremented by pressing the
+
and
-
buttons until the desired station number is displayed.
Stations are numbered in the following way:
Note: The following station numbers apply when the operator is facing the front of machine.
Figure 0-4: Station Numbering
Station Features: Samples are loaded at Load Station 30 and can be unloaded at
Unload Stations 21 or Unload Station 22. The station number, time at station,
agitation, criticality of a process can be programmed for all programmable stations
(Stations 1-20, 23-29). The rinse stations are located at Stations 5-9. Station 9 has a
separate water feed inlet and Stations 5-8 are fed from one common inlet. The
temperature can be controlled for processes that occur at Heat Stations 10 and 20.
Carrier pick up speed can be programmed for processes that occur at Stations 1-9, 1119, and 23-30.
9. The duration for which the process is performed can be programmed under “Time at Station
(m:s).” Duration time refers to the time for which the sample is completely submerged in the
station vessel. The programmed time can be incremented or decremented by pressing the
+
-
and
buttons until the desired time number is displayed. The duration time is
displayed as “minutes:seconds.”
Note: Actual duration time may exceed programmed duration time when multiple programs
are run simultaneously. See Running Multiple Racks for more information.
Note: The time can be incremented or decremented more quickly by selecting and holding
the stylus on the plus or minus button, and released when the desired value is reached.
10. Carrier Pickup Speed refers to the speed at which the carrier is removed from the reagent
containing station vessel. Desired carrier pick up speed settings may be programmed by
appropriately selecting the “Normal” or “Fast” radio button that appears under the
corresponding headings.
11. Agitation is a feature that relies on the carrier to move the slide rack in an up and down
motion to ensure even stain distribution based on the agitation setting. Agitation can be
turned on or off for a station by selected the "Yes" or "No" radio button.
12. Criticality is a feature that ensures a rack is not left submerged in a station for longer than the
specified duration time. If the step is flagged as critical by selecting the "Yes" radio button,
the duration will not be extended to accommodate multiple rack processing.
13. The temperature can be programmed under “Temperature (deg C)” for processes that take
place at Heating Stations 10 and 20 (See Figure 0-5). Temperature refers to the temperature
of air located in the station vessel. The programmed temperature can be incremented or
+
-
and
decremented by pressing the
buttons until the desired temperature is
displayed. The temperature is programmed as degrees Celsius and ranges from 40 to 70.
Figure 0-5: Heating Station Step Setting
14. The flow rate can be programmed under “Flow Rate (mL/min)” for processes that take place
at Rinse Station 9. Flow rate refers to the rate of water flow at the variable flow control
station. The programmed flow rate can be incremented or decremented by pressing the
+
-
and
buttons until the desired flow rate is displayed. The flow rate is programmed as
milliliters per minute and can be set from 0 to 2000 in 500 mL/min increments. It should be
noted that the software controlled Flow Rate Adjustment for Station 9 is an optional feature
and may not be present in all models.
Note: The flow rate can be manually adjusted for processes that take place at Stations 5-8
with a screwdriver. (Screwdriver not provided.)
Figure 0-6: Flow Control Station Step Setting
Add
Next Step
15. To add another step, select
. A new Editing Program Steps Screen will appear
with an incremented Step Number and default settings. Follow Steps 8-13 to program newly
added steps.
16. To browse through and edit each of the defined program steps, use the
buttons to display the previous and next step where applicable.
Save and
Exit
17. Once all desired steps have been programmed, select
similar to the screen shown in Figure 0-7 will be displayed.
<
and
>
arrow
. A summary screen
Figure 0-7: Program Steps Summary Screen
18. Racks may be unloaded at Station 21 and 22. To program the station at which racks are
Unload
Station
unloaded, select
from the Program Steps Summary Screen. The following
screen shown in Figure 0-8 will be displayed.
NOTE: Racks are by default unloaded at Station 21 unless otherwise specified.
Figure 0-8: Unload Station Selection Screen
19. To program Station 21 as the unloading station, select
Station 21
.
Station 22
To program Station 22 as the unloading station, select
.
The system automatically returns to the previous screen after a selection has been made.
20. After reviewing the program summary, select
Main Menu or
Exit
Without
Saving
Save
and
Exit
to save changes and return to
to cancel and lose all changes.
Editing Programs
EDIT
1. To edit a program, select
from the Main Menu.
2. Use the up and down arrow keys (Figure 0-1) to navigate through the list of existing
programs. Highlight the program to be edited.
3. When the desired program is highlighted, select
Edit Program
Name
Edit Program
.
4. To rename the program, select
from the Program Steps Summary Screen.
A keypad as shown in Figure 0-2 will appear onscreen. Delete the current name of the
program by selecting
Clear All
. Type in the desired name of the program and select
Accept
to save.
Edit Step
5. To edit a process, highlight the desired step number and select
. The
“Editing Program Steps Screen” as shown in Figure 0-3 will be displayed. Change the
appropriate settings by following Steps 8-13 of the Creating Programs section. Once all
Finish
desired steps have been edited, select
to return to the previous screen.
6. To insert a process prior to an existing step, navigate through the list of programmed
steps using the up and down arrow keys. Highlight the step that occurs after the one to be
added and select
Insert New
Step
to add and edit the new step. Once all desired settings
Finish
have been programmed, select
to return to the previous screen.
7. To add a process after a programmed step, navigate through the list of programmed steps
using the up and down arrow keys. Highlight the step that occurs before the one to be
added and select
Add New
Step
to add and edit the new step. Once all the desired
Finish
settings have been programmed, select
to return to previous screen.
8. To delete a process, navigate through the list of programmed steps using the up and down
Delete
Step
arrow keys. Highlight the step to be deleted and select
to be asked to
confirm the permanent step removal.
9. After making all the necessary changes, review the Program Steps Summary Screen to
ensure the entire program definition is correct.
10. Select
Save
and
Exit
to save changes and return to Main Menu.
Exit
Without
Saving
11. Select
to discard changes and return to Main Menu. You will receive a
discard changes confirmation message to verify the request to exit without saving.
Note: Programs numbered 41-50 cannot be edited using the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide
Stainer
software. They can only be viewed in the editor and not modified. These programs are
created and edited by using the HistoProgramEditor Windows application software. See the
section on Importing and Exporting Programs for additional information.
Deleting Programs
1. To delete a program, select
EDIT
from the Main Menu.
2. Navigate through the list of programs using the up
the program to be deleted is highlighted.
3. Select
4. Select
Delete Program
/\
and down
\/
arrow keys until
and confirm the operation by selecting “Yes” when prompted.
Exit
to return to Main Menu.
Copying Programs
EDIT
1. To copy a program, select
from the Main Menu.
2. Navigate through the list of programs using the up and down arrow keys until the
program to be copied is highlighted.
3. Select
Copy Program
.
/\
4. Navigate through the list of programs using the up
and down
the desired blank slot to copy the program to is highlighted.
\/
arrow keys until
Accept Location
5. Select
to perform the copy operation.
6. A keypad as shown in Figure 0-2 will automatically be displayed. Delete the name of the
original program by selecting
Clear All
and name the duplicated program using the
Accept
onscreen keypad. After entering the desired name, select
to save.
7. A summary of the copied program with its newly programmed name will be displayed.
8. Select
Save
and
Exit
to save changes and return to Main Menu.
Importing and Exporting Programs
The Utilities menu contains two buttons that allow the import and export of programs to and
from the stainer (see Figure 0-21). Please note the import and export operations are advanced
features and are recommended only for the person who is the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide
Stainer administrator.
Export Programs
Select
to output the current set of programs from the stainer to an attached
USB key. An error message will appear if a valid USB Key is not plugged into the stainer. The
purpose of exporting programs from the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer is to edit them
on a Windows PC computer and share programs with multiple units. Please refer to the
instructions for the HistoProgramEditor external program for details on how to edit programs on
a PC and transfer those programs from a computer to one or more SS-3030 stainers.
After editing the programs on a PC using the HistoProgramEditor, attach the USB Key to the
Import Programs
stainer and select
. The program definition files will automatically be
™
imported to the SHUR/Stain 3030 H&E Slide Stainer and will replace your current set of
programs.
*Please be cautious when importing programs since any changes to the current set of stainer
programs since the last export will be lost upon import.
CHAPTER 5 RUNNING PROGRAMS
The primary purpose of the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer is to process slide racks using a predefined program. Each program follows a series of steps to move racks from station to station according to
schedule and station processing parameters.
Loading Racks
1. The first step in running a program is to insert a rack of slides to be processed into the
Load Station (Station 30) as shown in Figure 0-1.
2. Make sure to open the drawer fully, properly insert the rack, and fully close the drawer.
3. The Program Selection Screen appears with the list of the most recently run programs as shown in
Figure 0-2.
VIEW OTHER
SELECTIONS
to view the
this button multiple times to
4. If you wish to select a program which is not listed, select
next group of defined programs. You may need to select
cycle through all the program names.
+
-
and
minus to select the first step number to process if
5. You can also use the plus
buttons
you do not want to start at the first step of the program.
6. When you have located the program to run and have selected it, the program name will
appear at the top of the screen.
RUN THIS
PROGRAM
7. Select to start the processing of the new rack using the selected
programdefinition.
8. If you change your mind, select the
EXIT
button to return to the Main Menu.
Figure 0-1: Loading a new Rack for Processing in the Load Drawer
Figure 0-2: Program Selection Screen
Run Time Status Display
While programs are running, the screen in Figure 0-3 appears to show the status of each
SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer station while displaying monitoring information and
providing a stop button.
The top of the display shows a line by line log of the actions taken by the stainer to process racks
in each station in real time. This information can be used to monitor the previous steps taken for
a rack that is processing and shows rack movement, heating station temperature, and rinse station
flow rate. In addition, the log lists when a scheduled rack will begin processing along with any
notification or error conditions that occur during stainer operation.
SS-3030
Log Display
Station 1 is
Occupied
Figure 0-3: Stainer Running Screen
The stations numbered 1 to 30 appear as they do in the physical stainer with the addition of color
coding to indicate the state and purpose of each station. Stations 5 to 9 are highlighted in light
blue to indicate the are the rinse stations with Station 9 offering variable flow control. Stations
10 and 20 are highlighted in orange to signify they are the heating stations. In addition, the
current temperature in degrees Celsius is listed for each of these stations. Stations 30, 21, and 22
are green in color and represent the one load station and two unload stations. Finally, each
station that is occupied by a rack is filled with a color that is unique to each rack in progress.
This can help to visualize which stations are occupied and follow each rack as they move from
station to station according to the program.
To view detailed information on a rack of slides currently being processed, hold your stylus on
the icon of the station in question for a couple of seconds. If that station currently holds a rack of
slides, a popup window will momentarily appear at the top of the screen. This “Rack Status
Popup Display”, shown in Figure 0-4 displays five items of information. The STATION
NUMBER appears at the left of this window, while the PROGRAM NUMBER and the STEP
NUMBER appear at the right, and the RACK NUMBER and the TIME REMAINING in this
step appear in the center.
Figure 0-4: Rack Status Popup Display
Unloading Racks
When a rack has completed processing as determined by the steps in the selected program, it will
be dropped off in the designated unload station (Station 21 or Station 22). The stainer will beep
once and the Stainer Running Screen will show the unload station icon as flashing. This is the
indication to remove the rack from the stainer as soon as possible.
It is necessary to remove a rack from each unload station quickly in order to allow subsequent
racks to be processed successfully. If an unload station is occupied when a rack is scheduled to
be sent to that station, the stainer will start beeping and pause all operations until there is user
intervention. Once the drawer is cleared of the rack and the unload drawer is closed, the beeping
and flashing will stop and processing will automatically continue.
Cancelling Racks
While the stainer is processing a rack, there are situations when a rack must be cancelled. In
addition, sometimes the operator needs to temporarily stop the stainer to evaluate the state of the
running racks and determine if any racks need to be cancelled and removed. To cancel one or
more racks from processing, the following steps must be followed.
STOP
1. Select
from the Stainer Running Screen to pause the SS-3030.
2. The stainer will continue its current motion if necessary before going into a paused state.
Figure 0-5: Cancel Rack Option Screen
RESUME
3. If you change your mind, select
to return to the previous screen and
continue processing racks.
4. When there is more than one rack currently being processed by the stainer, the Cancel All
Racks button will appear in addition to the Cancel One Rack button.
Cancel All Racks
5. Select
to immediately cancel all processing racks and re-initialize
the stainer to the startup state.
Cancel One Rack
6. Select
Figure 0-6.
to view the Cancel Rack Selection Screen as shown in
+
-
and minus
7. If applicable, use the plus
buttons to cycle through each currently
running rack so that the desired rack number is displayed. The program number and
station number for each rack appears in order for you to verify your selection.
8. Based on which unload stations are not occupied, select whether to move the cancelled
Unload 21
rack to unload station
or
to manually remove the rack from the stainer.
Unload 22
Proceed
, or select
None
Cancel
9. Select the
button to complete the cancellation or the
button to return to the previous screen.
10. If you chose to manually remove the rack, you must open the stainer and remove the
cancelled rack from its station when prompted and before resuming processing.
Figure 0-6: Cancel Rack Selection Screen
Running Multiple Racks
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer is designed to run multiple slide racks at the same
time and
optimizes a schedule to process all running racks as quickly as possible. The following
guidelines apply when running multiple racks in the stainer simultaneously.
•
•
•
•
You must wait until a rack is picked up from the Load Station and dropped off in the station
designated by the first step of the selected program before inserting a new rack into the Load
Station.
When a rack is already running and a new slide rack is inserted into the Load Station, the
software must determine the optimal schedule to run all racks simultaneously. This
processing may take several seconds so a "Please Wait…" message will appear on the screen.
Please note that the stainer will finish any current motions before the scheduling calculation
begins.
When a new slide rack is inserted and the stainer is in the middle of processing an existing
rack in a station marked as critical (Step Criticality=Yes), the scheduling of the new rack will
be delayed. Once the existing rack has exited the critical station the new rack will be
scheduled as usual.
Running multiple racks at the same time is more efficient than waiting until each rack is
completed before starting the next one. However there are situations when there is
insufficient time to process additional racks and not adversely affect the racks already in
progress. In those situations the new rack may not start processing immediately or it may
cause the existing set of racks to take longer to complete each of their programs. It is
recommended that each user analyze the set of programs that will be run and the desired
throughput to determine the maximize number of racks to run at one time.
CHAPTER 6 CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Prior to cleaning the instrument, always switch off mains and unplug the power
cord!
When handling cleaning detergents, follow the instruction of the manufacturer
and make sure all laboratory regulations in force in your country are complied
with.
Dispose of used reagents according to the laboratory regulations in force in
your country and your local area.
Immediately wipe away spilled solvents (reagents). Solvent resistance of the
lid surfaces is limited if exposed to solvents for a lengthy period of time.
Do not use any of the following for cleaning the outside surfaces of the
instrument: alcohol, detergents containing alcohol (window cleaner), abrasive
cleaning powders, solvents containing acetone or xylene.
No liquid may come into contact with the electrical connections or spill into
the interior of the instrument and/or the transport arm.
General Information
DO NOT use the stainer for purposes other than its designed function
DO turn off the stainer when it is not in use.
DO switch off the stainer before removing plug
DO practice good housekeeping and maintain the instrument in a clean condition
DO NOT use excessive amounts of solvent for cleaning
DO NOT use metal scrapper to scrape off any residue on different surfaces
DO ensure that replacement fuses are of the correct specification
Cleaning Procedures
SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer system is designed to properly function under
recommended settings. Please use the following instructions and cleaning procedures carefully.
Disconnect line cord from stainer when cleaning. The stainer should always be disconnected
from the mains power supply when cleaning, particularly if flammable solvents are used.
Use only minimal quantities of cleaning solvent (such as glass cleaner, 10% bleach solution,
etc.) on an absorbent cloth. Do NOT use Xylene and Xylene substitute as well as other
decolorizing agents that can attack paint, plastic and other insulating materials. Do not use
excessive amount of cleaning agent while wiping down the surfaces.
Periodically clean the Rinse Containers and the drain areas of the Stainer with 10% diluted
bleach solution to minimize any growth of fungus.
Interior: Remove the reagent vessels. Clean the stainless-steel inner walls with a regular cleaner
and rinse with water.
Transfer arm: The transfer arm contains sensitive electronic components. Therefore do not
clean with any liquid but simply wipe down with a slightly moistened cloth.
Outside surfaces: Clean the painted outside surface with a mild detergent and subsequently wipe
down with a moistened cloth. Do not use any solvents for cleaning the outside surfaces
TFT touch screen: Use a commercial screen cleaner for cleaning the touch screen. Use as
directed by the manufacturer.
Reagent vessels: Clean the wash and reagent vessels in the laboratory dishwasher at maximum
+65oC. Use a standard laboratory dishwasher detergent.
The vessels may not be exposed to temperatures any higher than 65oC (e.g. do
not clean in industrial dishwashers, which run at a temperature of 85oC), as the
stations might become deformed!
Drain outlet/hose: From time to time check the waste water drain hose for accumulated dirt,
particularly for algae. Clean whenever necessary. To prevent the growth of bacteria, the drain
system may be flushed with 5% sodium hypochlorite. Metal parts may, however, not be exposed
to this solution for a lengthy period of time (e.g. overnight). Therefore, rinse with abundant
water after cleaning with sodium hypochlorite.
Slide racks: Clean with household or laboratory cleaners, as needed.
Oven: Regularly check the drying containers at the heating stations for paraffin residues and
clean, if necessary.
CHAPTER 7 ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
The instrument is virtually maintenance-free in operation. However, to ensure smooth operation
of the instrument over many years, the manufacturer recommends:
 Have the instrument inspected once per year by a qualified service engineer authorized
by manufacturer.
 Replace charcoal filter every three months. (Charcoal filter replacement protocol is
outlined on the following page.)
 At the end of the warranty period, enter into a service contract. For more information,
please contact your local technical service center.
A manufacturer suggested preventative maintenance schedule is outlined in the table below.
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Maintenance Activity
Clean the TFT screen with a lint-free cloth.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when
using screen cleaner.
Clean outside surfaces of instrument and lid with
soft cloth.
Use cleaning detergent, if necessary.
Remove and clean the reagent vessels. A
dishwasher up to 65oC can be used.
Check waste water hose for accumulated dirt and
clean, if necessary.
Remove paraffin residues from paraffin collecting
tray(s) of the oven(s).
Check strainer (if installed) in tap water inlet hose
for accumulated dirt and clean, if necessary.
Check air vent holes of fans for dust. Clean if
necessary.
Check the tap water inlet hose connection for
damage. If necessary, replace the gasket.
Replace activated carbon filter.
Check electrical connections at rear panel of
instrument.
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Charcoal Filter Replacement
We recommend that you replace the charcoal filter every three months or at more appropriate
interval based on your usage of the system. The charcoal filter is located behind the top bezel.
To access the filter, press the bezel release button (located in the center, below the bezel) and
lower the bezel. The charcoal filter is located at the left. Refer to Figure 0-1.
Push button to
release the bezel
Figure 0-1: Charcoal Filter behind top left bezel
Charcoal Filer
behind the bezel
Service Mode
The SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide Stainer has a Service Menu as pictured in Figure 0-2 to
allow trained support technicians to perform maintenance in the field. Improper use of
commands and the functionality available through this mode can damage the Stainer and void the
warranty. DO NOT USE SERVICE MODE if you do not have proper training to operate various
commands available to exercise various functions. Please contact your support technician if you
are experiencing software or instrument problems with the SHUR/Stain™ 3030 H&E Slide
Stainer. The following screen is available to test and service the stainer and can only be accessed
from the Main Menu after entering the correct password.
Figure 0-2: Service Menu Screen
CHAPTER 8 TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
No.
1
2
3
Symptom
Probable Cause
Power Switches Not in the ON
positions
Suggested Actions
 Ensure that the power cord is plugged in at the
outlet as well as in the rear of the unit.
 Turn ON the power switch in the rear of the
unit as well as in the front of the unit. Check
that the green power-on indicator is ON on the
front switch.
Blown Fuse
 Check the fuses and replace any blown fuse
with a fuse of the same rating. Investigate the
cause for overload and correct the problem
before re-starting the system.
Display power interrupted
 Check the 5 volt circuit breaker behind the
bezel of the upper enclosure and reset it, if
necessary.
 Replace the computer if necessary.
 Contact an Authorized Service
Technician to repair the system
No Power to Z Axis
 Check that the circuit breakers for 5 volts and
24 volts behind the bezel of the upper enclosure
are not tripped. Reset if necessary.
Communication between host and the
Z-axis controller
Obstruction in the mechanism,
mechanism does not move freely
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Remove any obstructions
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Follow the same procedures as described above
for Z-axis
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Check that the circuit breakers for 5 volts and
24 volts behind the bezel of the upper enclosure
are not tripped. Reset if necessary
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
 Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
The unit does not power up
Display does not power up
Z-axis does not initialize or move
Defective PCB Comment
Defective Motor
Broken Belt
4
Y-axis does not initialize or move
Limit sensor prevents movement in
one direction
Follow the same procedures as
described above for Z-axis
Defective PCB
No Power to X Axis
5
X-axis does not initialize or move
Communication between host and the
X-axis controller not working
Defective Motor or Encoder
No.
5
6
7
8
Symptom
Probable Cause
Broken Belt

X-axis does not initialize or move
Obstruction in the mechanism,
mechanism does not move freely



Water does not flow at rinse
stations (stations 5-8)
Limit sensor prevents movement in
one direction
Water supply is not turned ON
Loose rinse valve connections
Defective Valve
Water not turned ON
Loose proportional valve connections
Defective valve



Defective PCB
Tripped circuit breaker


Communication between host and the
temperature controller not working
Defective Heater

Defective Blower

Defective Temperature Sensor

Temperature sensor positioned
incorrectly

Water does not flow properly at
Station 9
Heating Station does not heat
properly




Suggested Actions
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Remove any obstructions
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Turn on the water supply
Ensure the connectors are secured properly
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Turn on the water supply
Ensure the connectors are secured properly
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Replace the Main PCB
Check the circuit breakers for the heaters and
blowers. They are located behind the bezel
which covers the front of the AC Drawer
Assembly.
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
Contact an Authorized Service Technician to
repair the system
CHAPTER 9 SPARE PARTS AND ACCESSORIES
Item Description
Reagent Vessels & Lids (8ea/pk)
Slide Rack (1ea/pk)
Operator Manual
Service Manual
Water Inlet Hose with In-Line Filter
Heater Station Vessel
Rinse Station Vessel without fittings
Charcoal Filter
3-Position Vessel Carrier
4-Position Vessel Carrier
Fume Shield
Exhaust Hose, 10ft. long
Part No.
A12540
A12541
A12537
A12636
A12542
A12543
A12544
A12637
A12545
A12547
E12633
L12623
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