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Automatic Microwell Plate Barcode Labeler

Automatic Microwell Plate Barcode Labeler

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

Microwell plate labeling automation ensures precise and accurate barcode labeling to meet your labs throughput goals.

 

Computype’s portfolio of Automatic Plate Labelers are designed to accommodate your needs and processes, so you can avoid force-fitting off-the-shelf compromises.


These are solutions designed to meet your lab’s requirements and processes, so you get the performance and specific advantages you need.

Microwell Plate Barcode Labeler

What Can an Automatic Plate Labeler 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, microwell plate labelers 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. and will instead be rolled onto the waste liner for easy disposal while a replacement barcode is printed and applied.

Increase Throughput without Compromise

Our Eclipse line of microwell plate labelers is capable of printing and applying labels to plates as fast as 3 seconds per plate, pretty fast to say the least.

Even more, by using automation you don’t have to sacrifice precision or accuracy for increased speed. When it comes to microwell plate labeling 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 labeling 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 in processing 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 Labeling

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 labeling 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 labeling can lead to repetitive stress injury? Integrating automation into your labeling strategy can prevent potential injury, making the workplace a much safer and more welcoming environment.

How Does it Compare to Manual Labeling?

 

Manual Label Application

Automatic Label Application

Throughput speeds

Variable (10 seconds+ per label)

Consistent (3 seconds per label)

Placement Accuracy

Variable

Consistent (±0.35mm tolerance)

Simplicity

Complex

Simplified

Adaptability

Inconsistent and time consuming

Consistent and fast

Real Estate

Variable

Fixed, 13”x18”

Investment

Ongoing Overhead 

Budgeted

Microwell plate with label

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

Our Offerings

Each of our automated microwell plate labeling solutions begins with a base model. Certain aspects of the base models can be altered to meet specific needs required for your practices—primarily aspects related to the way the labels are printed and software requirements. Listed below are the standard features of each of the base models we offer.

Microwell Plate Label Automation

Eclipse 100

Eclipse 200

Eclipse 250

Plate Presentation Method

Manual

Automated

Automated

Automated Plate Rotation

No

Yes

Yes

Automatic Height Adjustment

No

No

Yes

Accommodates Time Sensitive Information

Yes

Yes

Yes

Label Scan Verification

Optional

Optional

Optional

Which Plate Labeler is the Best Match for My Lab?

Deciding which base model will be most beneficial to your lab will depend primarily on your labeling practices, throughput levels and budget. Take a look at what each model is capable of:

Eclipse 100

  • Ensure precise placement of labels for reduced waste and more efficient downstream processes
  • Increase speed and productivity by minimizing operator effort
  • Include important variable information in your labeling strategy with integrated print and apply automation
  • Verify barcode usability prior to application to reduce downtime and waste
  • Integrate with your existing software systems

    ECLIPSE 100 Barcode Plate Labeler

Eclipse 200

  • Increase speed, productivity and accuracy by minimizing operator involvement
  • Apply labels to multiple sides automatically
  • Include important variable information in your labeling strategy with integrated print and apply automation
  • Ensure precise placement of labels for reduced waste and more efficient downstream processes
  • Verify barcode usability prior to application to reduce downtime and waste
  • Integrate directly into existing software and automation systems or prepare for future integrations

ECLIPSE 200 Barcode Plate Labeler

Eclipse 250

  • Increase speed, productivity and accuracy by minimizing operator involvement
  • Apply labels accurately to multiple sides and plates of varying heights automatically
  • Include important variable information in your labeling strategy with integrated print and apply automation
  • Ensure precise placement of labels for reduced waste and more efficient downstream processes
  • Verify barcode usability prior to application to reduce downtime and waste
  • Integrate directly into existing software and automation systems or prepare for future integrations

ECLIPSE 250 Barcode Plate Labeler

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

In order to ensure your microwell plate labeler 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 labeling 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 labeling challenges:

1. Assess Your Needs

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

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

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 labeling 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 labeled 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 labelers.

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 labeling 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 labeling 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 labeling step in your processes, meaning you might have more employees dedicated to labeling 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 labeling.

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 Labeler cost?

All three of our Eclipse series base models range in price and features. The starting prices are as follows:

Eclipse 100: $28,000

Eclipse 200: $34,000

Eclipse 250: $40,000

It should be mentioned that it’s highly unlikely you’ll end up paying the starting price on your purchase even if you go with a standard model.

As a solutions provider we believe in tailoring our products to meet the needs of our customers and 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 labeling solution; these features will however, return in value by extending the life of your current solution and consolidating your supply and service needs.

 

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