FACSAria service

Bushnell, Timothy Timothy_Bushnell at URMC.Rochester.edu
Tue Nov 8 08:51:44 EST 2005

Hi Robin:

Overall, I feel the service has been excellent.  Even when we were having
significant difficulties with our Aria, my FSE was here or on the phone with
me helping to solve them. 

I will admit that I rarely, if ever, call the technical service line.  Early
on, I did have several of the 'we'll call you back' messages, only to get a
call 24-48 hours later.  Thus I decided it was quicker and easier to call my
FSE directly because he'd be the one calling me later anyway.  Cut out the
middleman, so to speak.

That is also why I had started up a second email group,
flowsort at mail.rochester.edu, to offer more immediate help for people
operating sorters.  The list is still around, but has no traffic.  I'd offer
this email group again for those operating sorters, as messages do not
require approval - therefore if you have a problem and shoot it to the list,
perhaps you'll get a response quicker than calling the tech service and
being lost in the shuffle

If you're interested in the flowsort group, just send an email to 

majordomo at mail.rochester.edu <mailto:majordomo at mail.rochester.edu> 

with the following text in the body of the post

subscribe flowsort <your email address here>



Timothy Bushnell, Ph.D.

Director, CPBR Flow Lab

University of Rochester

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From: Stingley, Robin L [mailto:StingleyRobinL at uams.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:07 PM
To: cyto-inbox
Subject: FACSAria service

Dear flow community,

For those of you with a FACSAria-do you feel that you get the same quality
of service with the Aria that you do with your other BD instruments?  I'm
assuming that Aria users all have a service contract, given its difficult
beginning.  Am I mistaken?  I realize that BD has been working to create
fixes for the specific instrument problems and after a few updates, I'm not
having nearly as many problems as I did early on.  This message is not
really to gripe about the instrument itself, but to find out how others feel
about the support for it.  Do you find the tech support to be helpful?	Are
your problems resolved in a timely manner?  Do you ever feel that you've
been completely forgotten and find yourself calling tech support multiple
times to get a problem solved?	Has the person that "will be calling you
ASAP" ever actually called you?  

The service contract for the Aria is somewhere in the range of twice that
for the Calibur, as I'm sure it should be due to the differences in cost and
complexity.  However, I often feel that I get much better service in the
rare event that I have a problem with the Calibur.  Is this an unreasonable
comparison?  I realize that the Calibur has been out there for a long time
and the Aria is still relatively new, but shouldn't the service still be

I'm not trying to gripe about a particular person, and have no trouble with
the engineers who have been here, but I'm confused by the overall difference
in response between issues with the Calibur and those with the Aria.  

Thanks in advance for any comments,


Robin Stingley, Ph.D.

Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Slot 511, Rm B504

4301 West Markham Street

Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Phone:	501-686-6927

E-mail:  StingleyRobinL at uams.edu <mailto:StingleyRobinL at uams.edu> 

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