In order to evaluate laboratory analyses reliably and quickly, tubes can be labeled uniquely with the help of the SQUIX label printer. For this purpose, the printer is expanded with an AXON 2 labeler. Self-adhesive barcode labels (2D or linear) are printed by the device and applied on the tubes. The information provided on a label remains clearly legible even in the long term and at temperatures ranging from minus 196°C to 130°C. Print resolutions of 300 or 600 dpi, a sharp-edged print image and high contrast enable even tiny codes to be verified. Printing is possible either in direct thermal or thermal transfer mode. The print speed is 100 mm/s. Tubes of diameters between 10 and 17 mm can be processed, capped or not capped.
The SQUIX expanded by an AXON 2 suits for labeling tubes individually on manual workstations, but it may also be integrated in automated sample processing systems. For this set up, the tubes are for example inserted horizontally in the device by a robot arm and removed again after the labeling. Printing and tube labeling take less than two seconds of time. Manual errors are eliminated, so are unergonomical activities. Labeled tubes can either be removed manually one by one or be ejected to a tray.
Low-noise operation perfectly fits with applications in laboratories, doctors’ offices or in research areas. If required, the device can be integrated to a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Data may be transferred from a PC via RS232, USB, Ethernet or WiFi connection. In case the device is operated stand-alone with no computer connected, variable data can be entered via keyboard or scanner. Power is supplied to the tube marker by 110 to 240 VAC mains voltage, 24 to 60 VDC voltage is an option.