Automatic Microwell Plate Barcode Labeller

Automatic Microwell Plate Barcode Labeller

Efficient and flexible microwell plate labelling with automated application and easy integration into workflows

Microwell plate label automation ensures precise and accurate barcode labelling to meet your lab’s throughput goals.

 

Computype’s Automatic Plate Labelling system was designed to accommodate your needs and processes, so you can avoid force-fitting off-the-shelf compromises. It was designed to meet your lab’s requirements and processes, so you get the performance and specific advantages you need.

 

What Can an Automatic Plate Labeller Help Accomplish?

Ensure Precision and Accuracy

When labels are applied to plates held in a fixed position by a fixed applicator, they can be consistently placed in the same location every time.

Additionally, a microwell plate labeller from Computype can ensure accuracy with an optional verification scanner. This works by scanning labels for verification post printing to ensure all labels are usable prior to placement. If any labels are found to be unusable they will not be applied and a replacement barcode can easily be printed and applied with a simple tap on the screen.

Increase Throughput without Compromise

By using automation you don’t have to sacrifice precision or accuracy for increased speed. When it comes to microwell plate labelling this is especially useful since special care must be taken when applying the long thin labels by hand.

By increasing speeds and reducing effort you can increase throughput volumes quickly and easily.

Reduce Downtime

The increased precision and accuracy automation brings to your labelling reduces downtime during downstream processes.

As microwell plates pass through stacking, sorting or diagnostic equipment their labels are scanned by readers within the machines. Those readers require labels to be precisely placed in order to properly scan.

If a plate is found to be unscannable during downstream processing it may lead to stoppages while multiple attempts are made to salvage the sample. In cases where the plate is unable to be read completely the samples may be lost.

Precision label placement helps bypass stoppages related to poor readability since labels will be placed in the same spot every time.

Take Efficiency Beyond Labelling

Label application automation applies labels at a rate much faster than they can be applied manually.

In addition to the increased speed during application, you can increase processing speeds elsewhere by reallocating employees to more value added positions within your lab.

This can take efficiency beyond labelling by improving your processes in areas where personnel might be needed more.

Create a Safer and More Welcoming Environment

When employees spend less time performing monotonous preparatory tasks, and more time performing the work they studied and trained for, they can be more engaged in what they’re doing.

Also, did you know tasks like labelling can lead to repetitive stress injury? Integrating automation into your labelling strategy can prevent potential injury, making the workplace a much safer and more welcoming environment.

How Does it Compare to Manual Labelling?

 

Manual Label Application

Automatic Label Application

Throughput speeds

Variable (10 seconds+ per label)

Consistent (≤5 seconds per label)

Placement Accuracy

Variable

Consistent (±0.15mm tolerance)

Simplicity

Complex

Simplified

Adaptability

Inconsistent and time consuming

Consistent and fast

Real Estate

Variable

Fixed

Investment

Ongoing Overhead 

Budgeted

Microwell Plate Label

The above image depicts the precision of placement possible with an Eclipse model microwell plate labeller

The SQUIX S3200

The SQUIX S3200 pairs cab's trusted SQUIX printer with an automated applicator suited perfectly to microwell plates. The design allows for increased speed and precise label placement at a reasonable cost.

Features SQUIX S32000
Plate Presentation Method Manual
Automated Plate Rotation No
Automatic Height Adjustment No
Accommodates Time Sensitive Information Yes
Label Scan Verification No

 

  • Precisely place labels for reduced waste and more efficient downstream processes
  • Increase speed and productivity by minimising operator effort
  • Features the intuitive and familiar icon-based interface of the SQUIX
  • Include important variable information in your labelling strategy with integrated print and apply automation
  • Easily integrate with your existing systems

The Hermes Q

The Hermes Q applicator serves as a base model for our microwell plate labelling solutions. We modify the applicator to better suit microwell plates and can offer additional alterations as well. Below are the standard features of our Hermes Q microwell plate labelling solution.

Features

Hermes Q

Plate Presentation Method

Manual

Automated Plate Rotation

No

Automatic Height Adjustment

No

Accommodates Time Sensitive Information

Yes

Label Scan Verification

Optional

  • Ensure precise placement of labels for reduced waste and more efficient downstream processes
  • Increase speed and productivity by minimising operator effort
  • Intuitive, icon-based touch screen control panel
  • Two different application options to suit various needs
  • Easily reprint labels with a touch of the screen for quick and easy correction of mistakes

Cab Hermes Automated Label Applicator

Custom Automation

We maintain excellent partnerships in the automation equipment industry so we can offer our customers fully customised automation equipment in addition to our standard solutions.

If your facility has special requirements regarding the processing of your samples that will impact the labelling process, let us know and we can work with you and our partners to create a more suitable custom automation solution.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Microwell Plate Labeller?

In order to ensure your microwell plate labeller stays in the best shape possible we recommend you purchase engineered for purpose labels directly from Computype.

What many laboratories don’t know, is that not all labels are engineered for use in automation equipment, so it’s important you purchase labels from a trustworthy source who is not only familiar with manufacturing labels for automation, but your specific automation equipment and your processes.

As a supplier of not only label automation, but labels themselves we are able to provide a full solution engineered to work with your automation system and your processes. Find more information on our microwell plate label options here.

Microwell Plate Labels

What to Consider Before Investing:

To reap the highest value to your processes, you need to ensure your automated equipment will actually improve those processes.

Making the right decision when purchasing automated labelling equipment takes several steps, so here we’ve listed out the steps we feel are most critical to making the best decision for your lab.

If you decide to work with Computype we’re prepared to guide you through the following four steps to help you determine the best approach to solving your plate labelling challenges:

1. Assess your needs

First think about what you need labelled and how you need it to be labelled.

    • Are all of your plates the same height, or do they vary?
    • Do you need your plates to be labelled on multiple sides?
    • If so, how many sides need to be labelled?

Each of these questions will help you narrow down which piece of equipment will be most suitable to your lab.

Next, think about your processes and environment and how they may influence your needs. 

    • What are your throughput volumes like?
    • Are you already working with automation?
    • How much space can you dedicate to labelling equipment?

All of these factors play major roles in determining your needs, especially throughput and real estate.

As a lower volume facility, even though your plates may vary in height and need to be labelled on multiple sides, it may be most practical to invest in equipment like the Eclipse 100. Even though the Eclipse 100 can’t perform height adjustments or label multiple sides automatically, it will still offer improved accuracy and efficiency, but at levels that complement your downstream processes.

On the other hand, if you’re a larger throughput facility, you’ll likely want more features on your equipment, and may even want to invest in multiple automated labellers.

Additionally, if downstream automation is part of your processes you will want to ensure the equipment you choose can integrate into your existing automated systems.

Lastly, if you find you need to improve speed, accuracy and throughput but automation won’t fit with your practices for any number of reasons, another option is available. For customers who require labels printed with information that is static and known ahead of time we offer a barcode outsourcing program called READY Labware Services. To learn more about READY Labware Services, visit our page, or download the brochure:

A comprehensive labelling service to suit your specifications. Download the READY Labware Services Brochure


2. Consider the implications

As we have already mentioned, the major effects of implementing automation into your labelling strategy are increased accuracy and efficiency, sounds great right? That’s because it is great! But, there are some implications to consider.

Automation is going to reduce the amount of effort required during the labelling step in your processes, meaning you might have more employees dedicated to labelling now than you’ll need after implementation. We recommend you consider reallocating employees to performing more value added tasks within your processes where automation might not be practical. Through reallocation of staff, you can achieve increased efficiency in more areas than labelling.

Further, consider what increased throughput might mean for your lab. You will want to ensure you take things one step at a time so you can stay on top of demand, but you won’t want to get too far ahead.

3. Create a budget

Once you know which model best suits your needs and have considered how reallocation of staff and increased throughput could affect your ROI, you’ll want to create a budget.

Your budget should be based off of what you can spend and how fast you expect to see a return on investment. If you see discrepancies between these factors and your ideal solution you should take a step back and consider whether any changes can be made to improve your potential for ROI.

4. Create a Plan

Next, we’ll help you build a plan. Depending on your needs that plan may start with a custom engineering plan to address any application specific alterations, or we may jump directly into an implementation plan.

In addition to technical and logistical elements that we will assist in figuring out, you will need to create a plan to train employees on how to use the new equipment. Additionally, if you’ve chosen to reallocate employees to other areas in your facility, you will want to create a plan to train them in their new roles.

How Much Does a Microwell Plate Labeller cost?

The Hermes Q starts at around $23,000, but it needs to be made clear it’s highly unlikely you will pay the starting price. This is because almost every lab does things a little bit differently, so their ideal automation system won’t look the same.

We start with a bare bones Hermes Q model then work with your needs to tailor a solution suited for your purposes.

By taking this approach, we can ensure we are including all of the features that will offer your lab the most value and none that don’t, so you can see a return on your investment faster.

Additionally, as a solutions provider we believe in providing top tier consumables and services to ensure your equipment’s wellness for as long as possible. Added features, special accommodations, consumables and service packages will add on to the overall cost of your microwell labelling solution; these features will however, return in value by extending the life of your equipment and consolidating your supply and service needs.

 

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