Barcode hardware and software for cryovials

soma at soma at
Wed Mar 31 11:10:31 EST 2004

	I would like to inquire about what kind of hardware and software people are
using to barcode-label cryovials and crystal trays used for cryo
crystallography work. Is pre-barcoded labels better (no need to buy and
upgrade hardware and software) or customer-barcoded labels better (we can
tailor the labeling to suit the situation)?
	Our Institute has several groups that would like to explore the possibility
of labeling the cryovials, crystal trays with barcodes and automate the
process of sample identification at ambient and cryo temperatures, storage
and transport. However, our volume ( say 30-60 trays/month and 30-40
vials/trip ) is not that high seen by structural genomics people.
	Any suggestions regarding manufacturer and resellers will be appreciated.
Personal experience with pre-barcoded and/or customer-coded labels,
scanners, and printer is also welcome.
	Thank you.

Dr. Thayumanasamy Somasundaram [Soma]
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