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Scanning more than one sample in parallel?
The more samples you have, the less you want to scan your vials for cryostorage manually. The Eppendorf RackScan can read complete storage racks with up to 96 different barcoded vials from the bottom. The scanner software transfers the coded sample IDs to downstream databases. The CryoStorage vial is stored in the ULT freezer.
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The RackScan can be equipped with the "s" accessory.
Trying to encode your vessel label?
»Stored vessels must be labeled« – something every lab member agrees on. In reality, you always find some vessels in your freezer without any labeling or with non-readable labeling. Clear labeling is recommended to make reading as easy and as reliable as possible for everyone. Printed labels on vessels in plain writing are the minimum condition for safe reading. The barcode is one step further towards fast and safe sample identification.
A barcode is an optical representation of data which is machine-readable.
Counting dots and squares?
A barcode is an optical representation of data, which is machine-readable. Classic 1D barcodes code data by varying the width of the parallel lines as well as their spacings. Two-dimensional codes (2D) are based on dots, hexagons, rectangles, or other geometric patterns. These codes are also called datamatrix codes.
2D codes are based on the following specifications:
• Finder pattern consists of two constant lines at left and bottom, „clock track“
• The quiet zone surrounds the finder pattern, it should be free of any black-white contrast
• The code can be white on black background or black on white background
Vial no. 79, vial no. 80, vial no. 81,…
The more vials you use, the more work it is to scan them all manually.
All Eppendorf CryoStorage Vials have a datamatrix code at the bottom of the vial. The available volume vial volumes range of from 0.5 to 4.0 mL.
Copy & paste data?
Data transfer between different software packages can be nerve-consuming as compatibilities are not always given. RackScan Analyzer, the scanner related software, reads the barcodes of your vials and provide the information to downstream applications. This can be manually imported into local databases or automatically imported into the Eppendorf eLabInventory software.
Using side-labeled barcodes?
Some vessels are labeled at the side of the tube, freezer storage boxes have their own barcode at the side of the box, or racks with cryo tubes have an individual barcode at the side.
The Eppendorf RackScan can be equipped with a side-arm. This RackScan s accessory can easily be attached to the scanner box.
For certification purposes, more and more users need to document every piece of information. Vials are a major part of the workflow within the lab. Therefore, further information about the CryoStorage Vials like lot number, order number, certificates etc. are available via the Eppendorf website based on the vial code. The information can be exported manually into local databases or even automatically transferred via RackScan to the sample management software Eppendorf eLabInventory or eLabJournal (software add-on).
Personalized barcodes for plates needed?
Some processes require customized barcodes on plates due to established workflows and data management steps.
Eppendorf plates like the twin.tec® PCR plates, the Deepwell plates as well as the microplates can be labeled with customized 1D barcodes.
The process is handled by the Eppendorf barcode wizard.
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Annoyed by uncomfortable handling?
Ergonomics is far beyond the »ergonomically designed chair«. Eppendorf started to optimize the laboratory devices regarding ergonomics already in the early 1970s.
In 2003, we started the PhysioCare Concept, focusing on ergonomic liquid handling devices like our pipettes.
Nowadays, the Eppendorf PhysioCare Concept is broaden up to include further laboratory products as a holistic solution to harmonize the workflow in your laboratory with your health and well-being, e.g. for the Eppendorf RackScan:
• Plug & Read for easy installation of scanner
• Compact and light design for convenient re-location of instrument
• Comfortable and fast rack fixation on scanner
Further information about the Eppendorf PhysioCare Concept:
Lost in samples? Stay organized!
Over many years, you collect hundreds and thousands of samples – samples that are the results of years of hard work – samples of high value. When storing these, it is vital to keep them safe and accessible.
Many scientists still use spreadsheets or even paper-based lists to keep track of their storage. While these solutions may work most of the time, they are susceptible to human error, damage, and misplacement. Keep track of your samples with eLabInventory, a sample management software.
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Struggling with paper-based documentation?
The eLabJournal Electronic Lab Notebook offers an intuitive and flexible solution to document research and track research data like workflow processes where sample tracking is involved. Improve efficiency when documenting, organizing, searching, and archiving collected data. With the free eLabJournal add-ons, you can extend the functionality of eLabJournal to a fully integrated Laboratory Information Management System.
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- Camera based instrument resulting in rapid imaging and decoding
- Comfortable and easy plug-in system
- Small footprint, ideal for benchtop (and integration)
- ECC 200 error correction function enables safe code reading with up to 30 % damaged codes
- Support material of vials available via Eppendorf Homepage for documentation purposes
- Plug & Transfer with Eppendorf eLABInventory and eLABJournal software for comfortable data transfer
- RackScan s can be attached as accessory to read barcodes on side labels
Downloads: Eppendorf RackScan