Automated vial labeling for efficient laboratory workflows.

Today, tube and vial label automation is more accessible than ever. From basic print and apply automation, to custom designed, bulk-fed label automation systems, finding an applicator to fit both your needs and your budget is simple. Here we will discuss the different levels of tube label automation and the applicators available at each level.

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Can you improve your sample prep workflows with automated vial labelers?

While processes like liquid handling, pipetting, or even diagnostic staining commonly already utilize automation, laboratories often overlook subsequent or supporting processes like labeling and barcoding when planning for workflow automation.

As a result, many facilities are forced to either retrofit barcode labeling systems or manually apply labels, which can counteract some of the benefits achieved during prior automated processing.

Making barcode labeling a priority in your laboratory and thinking through your workflow holistically upfront can benefit your automation integration process in several ways. A strategic approach can ensure complete optimization of the time, budget, and physical space needed for automation.

What level of automation do you need in your lab?

Label automation comes in multiple different levels—from basic print and apply to complex, robust, highly engineered machines. One key factor to differentiate these levels is the amount of operator involvement required. 

Manually Operated Labelers

Many print-and-apply vial labelers require operator involvement to present each tube, initiate the labeling sequence, and swap out the next tube. This option offers an easy upgrade for laboratories that just need to reduce some of the errors and stress resulting from their current manual application processes.

Bulk Fed Labeling Systems

Some vial labeling systems may include a bulk feed option—allowing you to initiate a large batch of labeling to process without anyone present, potentially overnight. This could also be achieved by utilizing pick-and-place robotic handling to keep your tubes and vials moving through your workflow.

Custom Engineering

In unique cases where extremely high processing speeds are required, you could consider commissioning a custom-engineered labeling system. Take a look at one of our recent projects to get a better sense of what is possible with custom engineering. 

Achieve accurate, efficient, consistent label application in-house with these automated and semi-automated tube and vial labeling solutions

Automation is a great way to speed things up—whether you’re looking to increase processing volumes, keep up with demand, improve placement precision or dedicate more time to tasks that directly validate your mission. While facilities dealing with minimal volumes—such as 20 or fewer pieces of labware on any given day—can get away with manual labeling with no problem, those processing more or aiming to boost accuracy might want to consider label automation.


Vertical tube orientation, fit for robotic handling and workflow integration

The cab Axon 1 automated print-applicator can operate as a standalone system or integrate with large-scale laboratory automation.


Simple, compact print and apply desktop automation for fast results

The Axon 2 print and apply desktop solution is reliable, affordable, and an ideal first step for laboratories considering automation. 


Robust, walk-away solution fit for high throughput requirements

High-volume, large-scale needs are easily met by Scinomix solutions. This solution can receive bulk tubes, sort racked tubes, as well as uncap and recap tubes.


Versatile, multi-purpose applicator, specially configured for larger bottles

The cab Hermes Q brings industrial strength automation to your laboratory to meet high-volume, high-demand situations. 

Take a look at how we utilize label automation in our own facility

We have collaborated multiple times with PaR Systems, a highly skilled intelligent solutions provider well known for their work in robotic automation systems.

Together we have provided advanced solutions for our customers in their facilities, as well as in our own facility.

We ulitize this fully automated work cell to prepare labware for our customers in-house, allowing them to focus their time and effort on their important research goals, instead of tediuous prep tasks. 

Don’t need to label in-house? Improve efficiencies in your lab with Labware Prep™ Services

Tracking information throughout a laboratory is a critical yet challenging task. Identifying samples and specimens, executing complex workflow and testing procedures, and analyzing data and results rely on flawless data integrity. Strategic planning, organization, and preparation are vital for success. Partnering with a trusted laboratory service provider and sourcing pre-barcoded and prepared labware is key to achieving a well-organized, efficiently run, data-optimized laboratory.

Labware Procurement

Save time, effort, and money by utilizing our buying power and manufacturer relationships to procure your specified labware.

Barcoding & RFID

Multiple advanced barcoding technologies and RFID opportunities for clear, durable, reliable sample identification.

Custom Marking & Branding

Enhance your labware with full-color logos, graduated fill lines, color-coded caps, multiple barcodes, and more.

Sequence Management Services

Ensure no duplicates and organize custom sequences in our databases – in addition to our extensive quality control measures.

Start tracking your success today.