AFYS3G has a unique way to guarantee the absolute traceability of your laboratory consumables: laser-based marking systems. With the Lambda8 and Lambda576, AFYS3G offers both a manual and automated system that can laser engrave labware with permanent markings.
The Lambda8 is a manual laser marker that can not only mark tubes, but also racks in ANSI/SLAS format, caps, microscope slides, and materials such as aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. Since a wide range of adapters can be used with the Lambda8, it can accommodate a variety of labware and other materials.
In addition to the Lambda8, AFYS3G also offers the Lambda576, an automated laser marking system. With the Lambda576, six racks of tubes can be placed in the system at once. A gripper arm selects one tube from the rack and carries it to the camera. The camera then detects the laser-friendly part of the tube, which tells the gripper arm how to position the tube in front of the laser. After the tube has been positioned, the laser etches a permanent marking directly onto the tube’s surface.
The AFYS3G marking systems use a laser to engrave high-resolution markings, so there is no need to change labels or ink ribbons unlike traditional labelers or printing instruments. The laser engraved markings are resistant to chemicals, mechanical abrasion and extreme temperatures, which means they can never be separated from the labware and can never wear off. The laser can even be used to mark labware under extreme circumstances. For example, both the Lambda8 and Lambda576 can easily mark sample storage tubes directly out of a -80°C freezer. Overall, the systems ensure the absolute traceability of sample storage tubes for long-term use.
User-friendly software lets researchers create, select and laser a variety of markings: 2D codes, 1D barcodes, logos, text or sample IDs directly onto the tube’s surface. Markings can be engraved into a non-transparent area of a sample storage tube, allowing them to be read regardless of the type or color of the sample.
Tubes from various suppliers such as Brooks Life Sciences and Micronic are compatible with the laser marking systems from AFYS3G. By simply changing the racks (or adapters) and software settings, one system can be used to laser-etch a variety of brands and tubes.
AFYS3G’s laboratory benchtop equipment is designed and assembled in-house by specialists at the AFYS3G headquarters in The Netherlands. Because AFYS3G assembles equipment in-house, the laser marker systems can be made to accommodate specific applications.