Barcode Scanners and How They Actually Work

Feb 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Barcodes, Technology

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Many industries require barcodes to track their inventory, samples, and equipment. To integrate the data from the barcodes into a tracking system, the barcodes must be scanned when each item is processed. So, how do scanners relay the information from barcodes to a computer?

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Tracking Cells With Barcodes: Beyond the Label

Feb 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Barcodes, Science, Healthcare

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Barcodes are used worldwide as one of the most efficient means of tracking packages and containers. However, the use of barcodes is not solely limited to labels. Living organisms can also be barcoded genetically, allowing individual cells to be monitored and tracked.


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Maintaining Your Bank of Cell Lines – 4 Simple Tips

Dec 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Barcodes, RFID, Cryogenic, Laboratory

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As any lab will attest, organizing your bank of cell lines is key to ensuring that your research runs smoothly and efficiently. However, this is easier said than done. How often do students and post-docs go searching for a specific cell line or passage number, only to discover that they cannot find what they’re looking for or that they’ve run out of the cells they need?  Here are 4 simple ways that proper labeling can safeguard your lab against mismanaged cell line banking.


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The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 2

Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Labels, Barcodes, RFID, Healthcare

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Healthcare institutions tend to use diverse systems for labeling specimens, each incorporating fail-safes at different levels of collection and processing. Many hospitals practice the Swiss cheese model of error prevention, using multiple layers (or fail-safes) to cover up any possible holes, preventing errors from slipping through.1 When it comes to reducing labeling errors, researchers have identified several types of interventions that act as additional fail-safes, many of them incorporating modern technology, such as barcodes, radio frequency identification (RFID), and automated systems.

For Part 1 of the series, detailing the costs of labeling errors in the clinic, click here.

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Addressing the Problem of Labeling PCR and qPCR Tubes

Nov 1, 2018 10:55:21 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Barcodes, PCR

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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one of the most commonly performed laboratory procedures. This technique, used to amplify DNA or RNA sequences, is integral to a host of industries and environments, including healthcare, research, forensics, and agriculture. This powerful technique can be used to measure levels of gene activation, discover mutations in samples from patients with cancer, and identify sources of bacterial infection. However, despite recent advances in PCR technology, labeling PCR tubes remains problematic.

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Types of Barcodes and What They Do

May 22, 2018 12:36:00 PM / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels, Printer, Barcodes

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Previously, we established that thermal printers are ideal for printing barcodes. The use of barcodes has multiple advantages, including improved data management and lower costs. With a wide range of uses, barcodes can be used everywhere from retail stores, to hospitals, and industrial work sites. However, barcode labels are not one size fits all, with different types of 1D and 2D barcodes each having their specific uses. Here we’ll give a brief overview of the different options available, to help you chose the barcode that will best suit your needs.

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