Who are the Best Tube and Vial Label Automation Suppliers in 2021?

Who are the Best Tube and Vial Label Automation Suppliers in 2021?

Research & Diagnostics, Labware Marking, Labware Automation, Best of 2022 | 27 January 2021

Posted by Dave Harris

Who are the Best Tube and Vial Label Automation Suppliers of 2021?

Manual application is still a very common approach to labelling, but as the healthcare industry grows at alarming rates, so does demand. Automation is growing in popularity as labs seek opportunities to keep up with—and exceed—expectations.

We offer a range of automated solutions ourselves to aid labs in making their tube and vial labelling process more efficient.

When speaking with customers about their options for automating their labelling process, we are often asked “where else can I find tube and vial labellers?”

We recognise there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to tube and vial label automation—simply put, different goals and processes require different solutions. Doing your research and investigating your options is a necessary step to finding the right fit.

Here is a list of companies (in no particular order) who also offer tube and vial label automation that we feel are worth considering during your search for the ideal labware labelling solution:


cab is best known for their label printers, but last year they made the decision to introduce automated tube and vial labellers to their product line.

The Axon 2, cab’s first ever tube and vial labeller, is a space and cost efficient tube and vial automation option for lower volume sample processing. They expanded on the Axon 2 series and introduced the Axon 2.1 to accommodate a broader range of tube sizes.

In addition to the Axon 2, the Axon 1 and a specialised S3200 tube and vial label applicator have been added to their portfolio to meet an even wider range of laboratory labelling processes.

All cab applicators are only available for purchasing through partnering companies, including Computype. When you work with Computype, our engineers can customise any cab applicator to better accommodate your specific goals and processes.


Scinomix provides laboratory automation equipment to customers in the life sciences field. Over the years, they have formed a standard line of equipment that can be tailored to better meet the needs of customers.

Among their line of equipment they offer a series of tube labelling applicators called SCI-PRINT. The SCI-PRINT series includes three models with varying degrees of operator involvement.

Auto Labe

Auto Labe designs and manufactures both standard and custom label application automation solutions. They serve a wide range of industries including the medical and pharmaceutical fields.

They offer two fully automated desktop tube labelling solutions within their standard product line.


HERMA is a supplier of labelling solutions located in Germany. They take great pride in their global presence and broad range of equipment.

Within their product line they offer four standard labelling solutions that are suitable for vial labelling.

Brooks Life Sciences

Brooks Life Sciences partners with scientists and clinicians to develop solutions that improve their workflows. Among their solution offerings is an automated tube and vial labeller that utilises print and apply automation.


BioMicroLab Specialises in benchtop lab automation equipment, including tube labelling equipment.

They offer three tube and vial labellers with varying degrees of operator involvement and throughput volume capabilities.

What about Computype?

At Computype we offer several standard tube and vial label applicators in addition to fully customised automation.

Our own portfolio of tube and vial labellers includes all four cab tube and vial labellers alongside our house brand. These options vary in features and cost to suit the varying applications and budgets of our customers.

In cases where more specialised requirements need to be met, we can work with our partners in the automation industry to custom build a suitable solution. For more information check out our product page here.

Another flexible option is our pre-barcoded labware program, READY Labware Services. Similar to our custom automation—we work with you to build a solution customised to your needs. Your labware arrives at your lab, pre-marked with your custom sequences.

As expectations and demand rise in the healthcare industry it’s important labs keep up in both speed and accuracy, luckily automation allows labs to optimise both. All of the automation suppliers we mentioned are companies we feel comfortable recommending to you as a trusted source in the automation and labelling space.

Of course, we would still like to chat if you have any questions regarding our products, so please give us a call if you do!

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Dave Harris

Based in Chicago, IL, Dave Harris has been with Computype for over 23 years in a variety of sales & leadership roles. As our Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Dave works with customers all over the globe to ensure tangible & consistent business benefits are realised. Focused on cost savings, operational efficiencies, and process optimisation, Dave’s role is to help customers get the most value from their automatic identification investment. In his spare time, Dave likes to golf, watch movies, and spend time outside with his dog, Yukon.