At around one second for a full 96 position rack, the high-speed reading and error-free decoding offered by Ziath’s DataPaq Mirage 2D tube rack reader, make it the instrument of choice for many life science labs.
The Mirage provides easy, out-of-the-box set up and is supplied pre-calibrated and ready to go. It can scan all commonly used standard SBS format racks, and its low profile means that it can be easily added into liquid handling platforms and other automation systems. In combination with an economic price point, this makes it a suitable replacement for a traditional flatbed scanner.
Neil Benn, Technical Director of Ziath, said: “Drawing upon our long experience of designing high performance 2D barcode readers – the Mirage employs a unique arrangement of LED lights and ‘light shelves’ to reduce internal reflection and unwanted illumination effects. This patented optical design enables the reader to decode badly printed tubes more easily as well as to discern codes that are covered in a layer of ice.
“By using a high intensity of light close to the tubes, but with the light shelves blocking direct illumination of the camera, a very high contrast image can be obtained enabling most manufacturers tubes to read easily and reliably. Images are only taken in monochrome which again increases the contrast and reduces the transfer and processing time enabling the Mirage to decode a full rack of 96 tunes in less than one second.”