Labeling Laboratory products
Labels ensure accuracy in collecting, processing, and storing specimens for diagnosis, clinical trials, and research. Printed barcodes identify and track samples and must withstand harsh conditions, including stain protocol, solvents, autoclave sterilization, and cryogenic freezing. With its ability to print single labels, Thermal Transfer printing offers the flexibility required for marking, identification, and traceability data on products used in laboratories.
Thermal Transfer ribbons offer precise printing of barcodes and identification data on even the smallest of labels which are frequently used for test tubes, microscope slides, and flasks. Labels are critical in processing and storing tubes, vials, and slides. Printed barcodes must withstand harsh conditions, including stain protocol, solvents, autoclave sterilization, and cryogenic freezing. Labels are generally small scale and can be 2-part. Sometimes, clear over-lamination tape is built-in to the label.
Proper labeling contributes to increasing lab safety. An unlabeled or mislabeled tube or specimen could contain something dangerous to your health. For example, some samples can include poisonous substances, radioactive material, or infectious agents. Use labels of different colors to identify different categories of hazards.
Thermal transfer printing is also ideal for long-term applications. The samples will be conserved for extended periods of time or exposed to harsh conditions such as chemicals, light, high temperatures, or water. For this reason, thermal transfer printing is the technology of choice for asset tracking, laboratory specimens, and cold and freezer storage.
The wide variety of thermal transfer inks enables each laboratory to find a tailor-made solution in print quality and durability. Thermal transfer offers a large variety of printing material compatibility, including paper, plastic, and polyester. These materials have varying levels of longevity, with polyester being the most durable with the most extended lifetime. Label materials can be carefully matched with different ribbons for maximum durability. In addition, thermal transfer printers provide the option of using colored ribbons and colored materials to improve label appearance or streamline operation with color-coded labels.
- Diagnostic Clinical Labs
- Biomedical Research Labs
- University Labs
- Pathology Labs
- Veterinary Clinics
Why using thermal transfer technology for this application ?
Laboratory labels help medical professionals and scientists track and trace samples and specimens on flasks, seals, tubes and more. Printed labels need to withstand repeated handling and temperature extremes due to the variety of harsh conditions that such samples are exposed to. Don’t take chances, use thermal transfer printing for all your laboratory labeling needs.
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