Test Tube Label Applicator

The Covid-19 pandemic, and resultant push for fast viral laboratory testing, has accentuated the need for increased automation in the medical laboratory world. In January of 2021, The Medical Diagnostics Lab (MDL) was situated to test roughly 10,000 Covid-19 samples per day. MDL currently uses 5 mL plastic vials to collect patient spit samples to analyze if the Covid-19 virus is present within the sample. Before sample collection, each vial is required to have a horizontal label adhered to the base shaft of the vial. Each label is printed with a unique tracking number and scannable barcode to ensure patient data is accurate as well as increase MDL’s sample cycle time (time from collection to sample testing to response of results).