Label Specifics

After deciding on an identification scheme for specimens, consider the mechanics of creating and affixing labels. The type of label and ink is determined by storage conditions and projected length of storage. It is not a good idea to cut corners with cost or effort in this area. Re-labeling specimens because their original tags, though cheaper, were inappropriate for storage conditions. Labels fading or falling off is obviously an undesirable outcome.

  • Label everything at room temperature for optimal adherence

  • Label freezer racks as well as specimens

  • Label freezers

  • Consider what is being labeled -- plastic, metal, cardboard -- and environmental conditions that are often moist and extremely cold.

Three methods of printing labels: MS Word on a PC ---> Tools ----> Letter and mailings ----> Labels

  • Necessary supplies to create labels include a laser printer and labels. Avery is a recommended brand because they carry products that are weatherproof, resist moisture, and come in a variety of sizes (5520, 5523, 5524, 5526). Hand held label maker such as the P-touch PT -1400 with TZS tape. Use white tape with black writing.

  • While only a little more expensive than laser printer labels, each label has to be typed into the P Touch. This can be time consuming.

    Also the P touch method has the advantage of being used as needed.  No elaborate preliminaries are needed.

  • High tech option: Print from specialized tracking database on customized cryogenic labels run through a special printer.

pictures of Avery labels

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