Computype & Agilent: Linked by labels

Computype partners with Agilent Technologies on launch of new microplate labeler, and with Biosero on storage tube label applicators

Lloyd Dunlap
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Computype Inc. and Agilent Technologies announced recently that Computype will sell the new Agilent Microplate labeling system for automated on-demand and barcode print-and-apply applications in life science laboratories. The relationship combines the strength of Agilent's automation capabilities with Computype's ability to customize for unique laboratory applications.

Computype will become Agilent's first official value-added reseller and was chosen due to its expertise in barcoding technologies, media and identification technology hardware and software solutions, according to Dean Papoutsis, senior product marketing manager for Automation Solutions.

Computype will sell the Agilent Microplate Labeler and Agilent BenchCel Print and Apply Workstation used in automated microwell plate labeling, as well as plate stacking/destacking associated with the labeling process, initially targeting the U.S. market. Computype will also provide labels and ribbons for unique/custom applications in the event that the standard Agilent consumables are not compatible with the application. Custom applications include non-standard label sizes, colors, materials, adhesives, laminates and labels with pre-imaged portions.

"We approached Agilent about a year ago," says Eric Isberg, marketing manager at Computype, "because we were discontinuing our plate labeling system. Computype is committed to providing high-quality automated plate labeling to customers and the Agilent Microplate Labeler meets our rigorous quality standards. The partnership with Agilent helps us meet industry demand and still provide custom applications to scientists."

Computype was looking for a state-of-the-art, automated plate labeling solution, says Dean Papoutsis. Coincidentally, at the time discussions began, Agilent was putting the finishing touches on its next generation labeler. The new Agilent Microplate Labeler includes a thermal label printer that provides 600 dpi resolution using a CAB printer and an array of 1D and 2D coding symbologies especially selected for life science applications. Its ability to print and apply labels at speeds of up to one label every four seconds allows users to achieve ambitious throughput goals.

"Our customers need to identify and keep track of millions of samples," Papoutsis notes, "requiring in-depth knowledge of the growing range of identification technologies and solutions. Computype's knowledge, experience and customer focus makes than an ideal partner to help Agilent provide more customized solutions to the end user."

In a second development, Computype and Biosero are partnering to market the Biolabel Microtube Label Applicator in North America. The partnership aims to increase the efficiency of the labeling process for scientists by automating the tedious task of applying human-readable bar code labels to storage tubes. Under the agreement, the companies will jointly market the BioLab l Microtube Label Applicator throughout North America.
The machine will use Computype consumables including thermal bar code labels, which have been tested and qualified for use with the BioLabel machine. The labeler is made by Cedrex, Isberg notes, and is available from any of the three companies. The labeler has been tested and qualified for use with Computype thermal bar codes.

Founded in 1975 as a computer typesetting operation, Computype is a Minnesota-based, global developer of product identification and bar code labels for the laboratory and blood industries. The company provides a full range of customizable label-based products for identification and tracking, all of which are designed to improve efficiency and reduce errors.


Lloyd Dunlap

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