Ziath reports on widespread adoption of its DataPaq Cube rack reader in Covid-19 testing labs for tracking of sample tubes cryogenically stored in cryoboxes.
Keeping track of Covid-19 RNA extraction samples can be an onerous task. Many labs around the world are using 2ml screw cap tubes with 2D-barcodes on the base, including those laboratories equipped through the UN/IAEA supply program.
Screw cap tubes with 2D barcodes are supplied in cryoboxes which can hold eighty-one 2ml tubes or up to 100 smaller tubes in a 13 x 13cm square format. The DataPaq Cube has pre-loaded sample management templates which can be selected for the 81-, 100-, 121- or 196-tube cryobox formats supplied by various manufacturers.
Special pre-cut ‘masks’ enable the Cube to firmly hold cryoboxes of different formats and dimensions from various suppliers. Using Ziath’s latest AI-powered DP5 software, reading a full cryobox of 100 Covid-19 sample tubes and decoding their barcodes takes only one second.
The resultant Covid-19 sample tube barcodes are displayed in tabular format, together with a useful image showing the successfully decoded tubes. Data can be exported as .csv, .png, .txt, .xls, .pdf or Python format to any connected LIMS or inventory management system such as Ziath’s Samples software program.