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Cryovial Labels: Direct Printing vs. Adhesive Labels

Introduction to Cryovial Labels We’ve all been there. It’s time to put your precious samples into the “deep freeze” of your laboratory freezers. You spend weeks working to get the right samples (cells, tissues, etc.), aliquot them into pre-labeled cryovials, move them to dry ice bath containers, put the frozen vials into freezer boxes, and …

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Top 5 Tube Labeling Machine Problems and Solutions 

Top 5 Tube Labeling Machine Problems and Solutions If you’re considering the purchase of a tube labeling machine and have done any research on the web, you’ve probably encountered some discussion of the potential problems associated with this type of lab equipment. The purpose of this article is to address, with full disclosure, four of …

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Aliquot Labeling: Ensuring Precision in Scientific Research

Aliquoting is a commonly used technique in scientific and medical fields for dividing a large volume of liquid or substance into smaller, equal volumes for storage, testing, and distribution. Whether dealing with precious DNA samples, volatile chemical compounds, or sensitive biological materials, aliquoting enhances the reliability of scientific experiments, with precision and accuracy being paramount. …

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The Biggest Reason Forensics Labs Should Automate Tube Labeling

Preserving biological evidence is one of the most important priorities for a forensic scientist. However most labs have not added technology to automate tube labeling. Why is automated tube labeling so critical? As the National Institute of Standard and Technology put it in its superb “The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers”: …

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Best Practices for purchasing lab automation equipment? A step by step guide.

“Good, cheap and fast.  Pick two.” – Manufacturing idiom. The above quote is included to remind us all that there are no perfect solutions and in purchasing lab automation equipment we are balancing price, throughput, flexibility, scalability, durability, and a host of other factors. That being said here are some simple steps we recommend you …

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Linear (1D) vs. 2D Barcodes for Laboratory Sample Identification

The vast majority of modern barcodes fall into 2 basic categories – linear (1D) and 2-dimensional (2D).  Some people mistakenly refer to 2D barcodes as 3D barcodes and while 3D barcodes do exist, they are generally never seen and used in life sciences. Linear (also known as 1D or 1-dimensional) barcodes encode data using vertical bars and …

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