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Cryogenic Labels

cryo-labelguide.jpgCryogenic labels for the identification of vials, microtubes, freezer boxes, microplates, cell culture plates, plastic bags, and other containers for short and long-term storage in liquid and vapor phase liquid nitrogen (-196°C), laboratory freezers (-120°C, -80°C, -20°C), and transportation on dry ice.

Storage in liquid nitrogen and laboratory freezers poses a risk to accurate sample identification, as specimen labels can detach or become smudged and/or faded. It’s important to choose labels that are made for a specific application in order to avoid label failure.

When choosing a cryogenic label, you should ask yourself the following questions, in this order:

  1. What type of container am I trying to label? Tubes, vials, boxes, plates, racks or straws?
  2. What environmental conditions will it be subjected to? Water, frost, chemicals, heat?
  3. Do I require special features? Color, transparency, removable, tamper evident?
  4. What printing method can I choose from? Laser, inkjet, thermal transfer, direct thermal, or DYMO?