Automated Direct Tube Marker

Designed with flexibility and ease of use in mind, the Automated Direct Tube Marker is an automated platform capable of permanently marking a wide range of sample tubes with supplementary information such as batch ID, collection site information or even custom graphics or barcodes. If you are interested in becoming an Early Adopter, please drop a note when you request a quote, a demo or contact an expert:

  • Prints directly on the surface of plastic tubes;
  • Thermal Pixel Printing technology
  • Prints text, barcodes, 2D codes and graphic files
  • Tubes can be marked with any orientation
  • Markings resistant to abrasion and chemicals
  • Broad temperature resistance
  • Bespoke, quick release tube picking heads
  • Interchangeable rack nests

Designed with flexibility and ease of use in mind, the Automated Direct Tube Marker is an automated platform capable of marking validated, polypropylene sample tubes with supplementary information, in the form of text, a human readable number, 1D, 2D barcodes or graphics. Using patent-pending Thermal Pixel Printing technology, the Automated Direct Tube Marker prints directly onto the surface of validated tubes sized from 0.5ml to 50ml.

Clear and durable marking with consistently legible text and barcodes printed at high resolutions is easier and faster than marking by hand. Permanent printing is resistant to water, alcohols (methanol, ethanol, isopropanol), DMSO, haematoxylin, liquid nitrogen and mechanical abrasion*. Prints are stable over a wide temperature range from -196°C to 100°C and markings do not transfer when tubes are manually handled*.

*Dependent on ribbon type

Key Features
  • Broad Compatibility
    • Prints directly on the surface of plastic laboratory and sample storage tubes in seconds
    • Easily interchangeable, magnetic picker heads for 0.5mL to 50mL sample tubes
    • Interchangeable rack nests to accommodate 6 SBS racks, 4 cryo racks or custom racks
  • Flexible Label Printing to Suit Your Needs
    • Tubes can be marked in a variety of orientations
    • Can print text, 1D linear barcodes, 2D datamatrix codes and graphic files (monochrome .bmp, .gif, .tiff) such as logos
    • Several lines of text can be printed, such as: sample name, your name, date, time etc.
    • All TrueType fonts available on the connected PC can be printed
    • Font size, type and orientation determines maximum available printable area
  • High-Quality & Durable Printing
    • Thermal Pixel Printing technology produces clearer and more durable marking than marker pens
    • Metallic blue, black and white ink ribbons are available for a range of colored tubes and colored contents
    • Printing straight onto the tube surface is much easier than marking by hand or adhesive label
    • Quick and easy to change ink ribbon
    • Marking resistant to 70% ethanol, 70% isopropanol, >98% methanol, DMSO*, pure haematoxylin, liquid nitrogen and mechanical abrasion
    • Printing is temperature resistant from -196°C (liquid nitrogen) to 100°C*
    • 300m ink ribbon will mark up to 100,000 tubes**

    *Ribbon chemical resistance dependent on ribbon type

    **Dependent on size of label print

  • Ease of Use & Extra Security Features
    • 2D code scanner scans 2D codes on a tube base to reproduce within new label or to record in output file
    • Linear barcode verifier checks print quality post printing
    • Low ribbon warning
    • LED lighting indicates the operative state of the instrument
    • No requirement for external compressed air
Parameter Automated Direct Tube Marker
Communication USB port & Ethernet
Print method Thermal Pixel Printing
Tube compatibility Labware validation required, validation available for polypropylene tubes 0.5ml up to 50ml
Current Validated Tubes:
  • Azenta Life Sciences 0.5ml External Thread
  • Azenta Life Sciences 0.9ml External Thread
  • Azenta Life Sciences 0.9ml Internal Thread
  • Matrix 0.5ml Internal (clear)
  • Micronic 1.4mL External (non-hybrid, clear)
Dimensions (DxWxH) 580 x 512 x 741mm
Weight 52kg
Power supply 110-240V ac~ 50-60Az, 2.0A
Early Adopter Program

Azenta Life Sciences is running an Early Adopter Program, if you are interested in joining please drop a comment when you request a quote, a demo or contact an expert

Support Plans

Protect the dependability of your reliable, quality instruments from Azenta Life Sciences, to ensure productivity and mitigate downtime with a Service Support Plan that suits you.

  • Corrective services
  • Remote diagnostic & repair
  • Preventative maintenance services
  • Additional services for purchase
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