Save lives by assigning COVID-19 samples uniquely
The COVID-19 virus presents new challenges to the country, its economy and people. Hospitals are in urgent need of professional equipment to diagnose, treat and monitor patients. Testing demands additional capacities in the short term. We have just received an express order by Nypro Healthcare located in Knittlingen, Germany.
A global leader in medical diagnostic products instructed the manufacturer of precision parts dedicated to medical tools to expand the production of micropipetier cartridges and plates. These may carry, for example, saliva samples and reagents to detect the COVID-19 virus in polymerase chain reactions. Due to the safety of patients and lab staff, each product must be traceable by a unique serial number. Of course we support in this. Our production facility at present is manufacturing SQUIX label printers rapidly. These have added a S3200 applicator to attach printed labels to microtitre plates in the same operation. A Plexiglas housing provided on the applicator protects the operator from injury.
- Label printer SQUIX with applicator S3200
On the S3200 applicator, a rotary and a stroke cylinder combine to attach labels to the plastic parts. By setting the supporting and suction air as well as the stroke speed, highly reliable processes are enabled. If applications are sensitive to touch, the tamping force can be reduced or labels be blown on products without contact. On our applicators manufactured for Nypro Healthcare, the product retainer is set so that two microtitre plates different in heights can be labeled without the need of adjustment. Sensors connected to the printer via an I/O box detect the container carriers. Products are detected by the system using extended ABC programming. Our SQUIX printers are able to act as a full-fledged PC, i.e. product detection is possible also in stand-alone operation. Assigned serial numbers are read from a database by our Database Connector and a barcode is printed on each label. The printer on its peel-off plate transfers the labels to the applicator, which then attaches them to the microtitre plates automatically. This way of processing prevents from samples being mixed up.