RFID Eppendorf tubes

Monday, June 23th, 2008 by hinrich

RFID Eppendorf Tubes

For some time barcodes and more recently 2D barcodes have been used to label Eppendorf tubes (small vials that typically hold 1.5ml and are frequently used e.g. in molecular biology). Passive RFID tags should be an even better alternative as they can be much smaller (less than 1 x 1 mm), but could hold more data than a barcode. Biobanking (a collection of biological samples stored e.g. in a freezer) and tracking samples could potentially be easier. However, as these reaction tubes are considered as "consumables", the adoption of RFID technology will probably only take place for tubes intended for sample storage as the cost for producing the tags is still too high.

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