A powerful solution for PCR sample management in molecular diagnostics
11 Jul 2023
The Mirage 2D barcode reader from Ziath has been optimised for reading Individual Access 2D coded PCR plates from 4titude, both part of Azenta Life Sciences.
The Individual Access PCR plate is part of the Framestar range, which combines the rigidity of a polycarbonate frame with the excellent thermal transfer properties of polypropylene in each thermal cycler well.
Individual wells of the versatile plate can be removed and independently sealed using an Azenta semi-automated sheet or individual access heat sealer. This, enables customers to use between 1 and 96 wells of each plate during a PCR run, offering full workflow flexibility and mitigation against consumable wastage. Each well in an Individual Access PCR plate has an individual, randomly generated Data Matrix 2D barcode on the base giving it a unique ID that cannot be erased or lost.
Codes can be read by placing the Individual Access PCR plate on a Ziath Mirage 2D rack reader and opening the DP5 software. On selecting the Framestar template from the menu, reading each plate becomes a one-touch operation. In less than a second, the Mirage can read all 96 plate wells, decode, and display the data on screen. Results can be exported automatically in a wide range of common formats including .csv, xls, pdf, png, JSON and Python.
For lab scientists who wish to access a single Individual Access plate well, the budget priced Ziath Uno can read the 2D barcode of a single PCR plate well and put the result into any open program on the desktop using Microsoft Keyboard Wedge software.