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The Barcode at 50: Where We Are Now

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first barcode ever scanned. The barcode’s impact is felt worldwide in almost every industry, from healthcare...

3 Practical Tips for Sample Tracking in the Laboratory

Sample tracking in the laboratory can be optimized by implementing cloud-based laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and inventory management systems alongside barcode and/or RFID...

De-Identification Best Practices for Diagnostic Samples

Patient health data is an essential component of medical research. Clinical trials depend on accurate data obtained from patient databases to analyze and interpret...

Pathology Labs Using RFID to Improve Specimen Tracking

The introduction of errors is a genuine concern in the pathology lab, where preanalytical errors, specimen labeling errors, and specimen loss can all occur...

4 Reasons to Integrate RFID into Your Cryogenic Inventory Management

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has come a long way since the 70s; it’s become more prevalent in many areas, including healthcare, pharmaceutical research, and academic...

Simultaneous Implementation of Barcodes and RFID: GS1 Best Practices

Though both barcodes and RFID have been around for 50 years (longer for barcodes), it was never really possible to combine the two efficiently,...

Picket Fences & Ladders: How to Choose the Best Barcode Printing Orientation

Printing barcodes is an essential step in any lab to achieving an efficient workflow without introducing identification errors. We recommend printing barcodes with a...

The Benefits of Outfitting Your Lab with a Customized RFID Solution

For labs that depend on speed and accuracy to scan large inventories, RFID represents a drastic improvement over most conventional labeling methods. Originally conceived...

Recommendations by ISBER for Cryogenic Sample Storage & Biobanking

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) released an addendum to their Fourth Edition of ISBER Best Practices. The addendum, titled "Liquid...

Barcodes Vs RFID: Which is Best for Your Lab?

When it comes to tracking and tracing samples, the best options available are either barcode printed labels or radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. For specimens...
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Freezer maintenance is one of the most critical aspects of laboratory management, with so much riding on the various samples stored for long periods...

What to Look for in a Custom Label

It is possible that, when initiating a new laboratory application or SOP, current methods of sample identification do not meet the new requirements of...

Tips for Improving Label Adhesion Performance

Sample identification systems are an integral part of all laboratory workflows. Optimized systems typically rely on either barcode and/or RFID labels; however, without the...

4 Tips for Creating Label Templates

Once an appropriate type of label is chosen, it’s important to perform the proper setup procedures. To do this, label templates, customized to the...