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Low and ultra-low-temperature durable labels

Freezer and cryogenic laboratory storage down to -196°C

The CILS low and ultra-low-temperature label range provides clear and secure sample identification that resists conventional or low-temperature laboratory storage, liquid nitrogen (LN2) freezers, and transportation on dry ice.  

Typical resistances

Typically cryovials, tubes and liquid straws labels need to withstand low-temperature storage at -196°C or transportation in cryo boxes at -80°C, as well as exposure to alcohol and flash freezing. In addition, they likely need to resist moisture, solvents and detergents.

What are the features of freezer and ultra-low-temperature labels?

  • Sizes start from 5mm x 5mm and are available in any shape or format.
  • They feature a computer printable area with a self-laminate or clear wrap-around tail to completely protect your print.
  • Coloured labels can be supplied in any label set configuration (e.g. cap and tube). The colour coded options allow for quick sample identification.
  • Variable data (lot numbers, barcodes etc.) can be added ‘in minutes’ straight from a standard laser (using the manufacturers’ original toner) or a thermal transfer printer that requires a special printer ribbon to achieve the good durability. This saves time and eliminates the risk of smudged/illegible handwritten data, providing reliable sample ID for Liquid Nitrogen storage.
  • Blank or part-printed labels can be supplied for you to print data on-demand or CILS can pre-print all variable data (patient ID, barcodes, expiry dates etc.), so labels arrive ready-to-apply.

What are the benefits of these labels?

  • Labels stay attached and data remains clear down to -196°C.
  • Secure adhesion to plastic and glass surfaces; flat or curved including a ‘wraparound’ label format for microvials and biological liquid straws.
  • Perfect for all low-temperature processes, including pre-cooling alcohol, solvents and multiple freeze / thaw cycles.
  • Ideal for all low-temperature transit and storage, including dry ice, conventional freezing and liquid nitrogen.

Where are these labels typically used?

  • Cryo-tubes and cryo-vials
  • IVF liquid straws
  • Tube caps
  • Microplates / well plates
  • Cryo-boxes
  • Low-temperature sample transit
  • Long-term storage at -80°C and below

How to get the best performance from your labels?

For best results in cryogenic conditions, labels should be applied on clean dry surfaces at room temperature. Laboratory storage and use can vary significantly, and customers should test samples in the intended environment.

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