We offer the following automatic tube labeling machines and systems:
The Lambda 576 automatic laser maker is designed to remove the manual and automated application of tube labels — processes that can be prone to error. Based on the ever-increasing requirement to store smaller sample volumes in smaller tubes, the ability to label is unfeasible in its possibility or automation capability.
This automatic laser machine can hold up to half a dozen ANSI/SLAS format racks of sample storage tubes simultaneously. The machine’s gripper arm selects one tube from the rack and subsequently carries it to the camera, which detects the laser-friendly section of the tube. This tells the gripper arm how to position the tube, after which, the laser etches a permanent marking directly onto the surface of the tube.
Easy-to-use software allows researchers to create, select, and laser various markings, including 1D and 2D barcodes, logos, text, or IDs onto the tube. Markings can be engraved onto a non-transparent area of the tube, allowing them to be read regardless of sample type or color. Tubes from various suppliers are compatible with the Lambda576. By changing the racks and manipulating the software settings, the automatic tube labeling system can be used to laser-etch a multitude of brands and tubes.
This manual marking system can mark tubes ranging from 0.30ml to 15.0 ml. Multiple adapters are available to accommodate tubes with which the Lambda8 is compatible. With this tube labeling machine, no labels, stickers, or ink is used to mark tubes. Instead, the laser engraves markings with any shape or text directly onto each tube’s surface. These markings are resistant to chemicals, mechanical abrasions, and temperatures ranging between +100ºC and -196ºC, ensuring sample traceability.
The ability to identify samples is imperative — without proper identification, a sample loses its integrity. Loss of sample integrity can result in waste of varying forms: physical waste if the sample is rendered unusable, wasted time in the form of workflow interruptions, and wasted budget for valuable samples.
If your lab stores samples under cryogenic conditions, it’s vital to implement cryo vial labeling practices. As the name implies, cryogenic labels are labels specially engineered to withstand cryogenic conditions. The face material and adhesive are manufactured and paired specifically to remain intact while stored under freezing temperatures for an extended period. When labels that are not engineered for this purpose are used, you run the risk of labels falling off the container, resulting in a loss of sample integrity.
You will also need to consider what stage(s) of cryo storage your samples will undergo. There are multiple: deep freeze, vapor phase, and liquid nitrogen storage (which can reach temperatures as low as -196ºC). Most cryo labels are engineered with a specific stage in mind, so you’ll want to ensure you’re using labels that can withstand these temperatures.
Additionally, you’ll want to ensure samples can handle other harsh exposures, including chemicals (DMSO, methanol, acetone, isopropyl alcohol), robotic gripper handling, and extreme heat (and length of exposure time).