Brady Corporation R&D teams have developed extremely durable and printable identification labels for laboratory samples.

“These labels have been engineered to stay attached to samples even when frozen with liquid nitrogen or heated in an autoclave. The ink used to print them can resist chemicals typically used in laboratories to ensure their legibility and to avoid sample loss”, says Tugba Sert, EMEA Product Manager at Brady.

Sample Identification Challenges

Identifying samples for life in laboratories is not easy. “Samples are stored at -196°C, they are heated in autoclaves and any laboratory has a number of chemicals present that could easily damage any regular label and render it illegible. When they can no longer be identified, samples become unusable for further scientific research. The average cost of losing one sample has been calculated, in a clinical lab setting, at 550 euro. With all of the above arguments in mind, Brady scientists and engineers successfully set out to discover new label constructions to ensure sample trace-ability for life.”

Identifiable For Life

“Brady laboratory label materials resist the challenging conditions in laboratories, and can withstand a range of chemicals commonly used in laboratories. Using its specifically developed lab label constructions, Brady then created user friendly label formats to easily identify vials, tubes, slides, straws and tissue cassettes. In the right conditions, these engineered label constructions can even be applied to already frozen samples.”

“Next to sample labels, Brady also supplies easy to use printing systems with label wizards and built-in symbol libraries enabling scientists to accurately and swiftly label any sample. The printers barcode capability ensures that all necessary information can be attached to the sample itself, on a label that stays in place and saves researchers from a potentially sticky situation.”

Sample Certainty White Paper

Brady researchers have created a white paper explaining their point of view and outlining any governmental and regulatory requirements regarding sample traceability. Also available are technical data sheets on Brady’s laboratory labels showing results from all tests conducted. Contact Brady at for the white paper ‘Sample Certainty’ or for technical data sheets on Brady’s laboratory labels.