A new product aims to help biobankers rapidly identify and keep track of multiple samples. While enhancing overall productivity, the VisionMate High Speed 2D and Linear Barcode Reader (Thermo Scientific) is ideal for benchtop use or robotic platforms. It also works with other similar products from Thermo Scientific such as the Matrix and Nunc 2D bar-coded tubes.
Design and functionality
The VisionMate reader is capable of handling multiple tube formats, including the Thermo Scientific 2D storage tubes in 24-, 48-, 96- and 384-well formats. It reads tubes rapidly in less than one second per rack. Between reads, the lights turn off to preserve energy and reduce glare. The device also has built-in frost-mitigation features and a closed system, making it compatible for use with frozen samples. To prevent unnecessary freeze-thaws that can degrade samples, the VisionMate is fully functional in cold storage environments reaching temperatures as low as -40°C.
Streamlined software support
The VisionMate software is capable of automatically recognizing and optimizing plate parameters based on the specific orientation of the samples. The VisionMate software suite is very versatile and supports output to multiple file formats, including CSV, HTML and XLS, which makes it easier to share data with other programs. Moreover, any supplementary updates available to the VisionMate software can be downloaded directly from the Thermo Scientific VisionMate support page.
Also available as an add-on device, the VisionMate Linear Barcode Reader accessory can simultaneously read both tube bar codes as well as those etched on the sides of the rack. For more information about the VisionMate High Speed 2D Barcode Reader, click here.