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Agilent Microplate Labeler
Agilent Microplate Labeler
Data Sheet
1. Print 1D (linear) barcodes, 2D barcodes
and human readable content on adhesive
How is this repeatability and
reliability achieved?
• Improved registration — ideal imaging and
picking positions
• Custom small label peeling mechanism
2. Apply adhesive labels with printed
content on microplates
3. Verify 1D (linear) barcodes and 2D barcodes
when used with a barcode reader
4. Create data clones and log microplate
activities when used with a barcode reader
• Tensioned peeling system — ensures label
backing stays taut
• Buckling-resistant die-cast aluminum
• Agilent’s certified, designed-for-automation,
clear-backed, adhesive labels
When introduced in 2000, the original
Agilent Microplate Labeler G5404A quickly
became a widely-used platform for ondemand, barcode print-and-apply applications
in the life sciences. The Agilent Microplate
Labeler G5404B/G retains the easy-to-integrate form factor, speed and proven label
applicator, and combines it with the next
generation in thermal label printers, featuring a design optimized for
Additional product enhancements
• Provides 600 dpi high resolution, crisp
images and more flexibility in sizing codes
• Reduced particulate generation — via
cleaner label backing
• Bright, easy-view transparent printer cover
• 100-240 volt auto switching power supply
• Small labels
• Repeatable label presentation position
• Automated label applicators
• Extended MTBA (Mean Time Between
Walkaway Time =
Printer Reliability
+ Applicator Reliability
+ Consumables Reliability
Laboratory automation is our business. We’re listening and understand the goal: speed-to-opportunity. Agilent helps
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Modes of Operation
Standalone: The Microplate Labeler can be
operated in a standalone (manual) mode in
which the user loads and unloads
microplates from the microplate stage. This
mode requires the use of a host PC running
the powerful labeling application, PlateTag,
which is included with the instrument.
Although used in a manual mode, the
Microplate Labeler coupled with the PlateTag
software allows the user to leverage these
benefits of automation:
• Print and apply up to four labels per plate
on any size batch of plates
• Use databases, files, or counters to define
unique data to be automatically printed on
each successive label
• Use constants to put the same data on
multiple labels without needing to type
that data multiple times
• Use the optional barcode reader to clone
data from existing labels onto new labels
• Use the optional barcode reader to verify
data on each label after application to
the plate
Automated in Agilent
Workstations/Systems: When automated
in an Agilent System or Workstation, the
Microplate Labeler is controlled by the
flagship software application, VWorks.
Providing the widest range of instrument
and applications support, VWorks allows
complete automation of the labeling function
when used with a compatible microplate
handler such as Agilent’s BenchCel. In
addition to automating the plate handling
for the labeling process, VWorks offers a
broad variety of data integration options,
supports the use of multiple Microplate
Labelers, and provides innovative errorhandling.
End-user has a choice of two convenient automated placement positions. Left microplate features centered label placement, right microplate could have label in the same relative position (label with dotted line), centered relative to this
microplate’s height or placed higher towards the top of the microplate.
Barcodes, data sources
With the optional integrated barcode
scanner option, you can instantly create
data clones or log microplate activity.
Bundled software can access a variety of
data sources, including comma- or tabdelimited files and spreadsheets, and can be
integrated with an ODBC-compliant LIMS.
Labware Compatability
The Agilent Microplate Labeler accommodates a wide range of microplates that meet
the ANSI Standards ANSI/SBS 1-2004
through ANSI/SBS 4-2004. Compatible
labware range includes many deep-well
microplates, full-skirt PCR microplates and
tube racks.1 A two-position microplate stage
allows for two vertical label application
positions that automatically adjust for labware
with special requirements such as tall
microplate skirts or tall deep-well microplates.
Compact size and speed
The Microplate Labeler’s compact size fits
easily on a benchtop, while its speed allows
users to achieve aggressive throughput
goals. The 600-dpi thermal transfer printer
allows the Microplate Labeler to print up to
six fields (of machine or human readable
content) per label.
Integrated into a 3rd Party Automation
High quality consumables
System: ActiveX control software is provided
with each Microplate Labeler allowing the
instrument to be incorporated into an integrator’s own host automation software. The
instrument features an RJ45 Ethernet port
to enable communication with the host PC.
Labels and ribbons designed and tested for
laboratory use, withstand exposure to wide
temperature ranges (-80°C to 100°C) and
various reagents including DMSO—important features in many biotech applications
Automated Labeling
Print-and-Apply Solution
For high-throughput labeling needs,
the Agilent Microplate Labeler can be
integrated with the Agilent BenchCel
Microplate Handler. The BenchCel
allows up to 360 plates to be labeled at
one time, at a rate of three microplates
per minute, making quick work of even
the tallest stack of microplates.
Features & Benefits
• Flexible Label Formats: The Microplate
Labeler offers a wide range of fonts,
linear barcodes, 2D matrix codes and
magnifications for maximum flexibility;
users can label up to four sides of most
compatible labware using a variety of
data input sources.
Cycle Time: Less than 4 seconds per label
• Easy to Integrate: With a small footprint,
an easy-to-access plate stage, and
straightforward device drivers, the
Microplate Labeler is an excellent choice
for integration projects.
• High Speed: The Microplate Labeler can
repeatedly print and apply labels at speeds
of up to one label every 4 seconds.
• Machine Code Verification: With the
optional barcode reader, the Microplate
Labeler can verify and reapply barcode
labels. The barcode reader can also be
used to clone existing labels or for
systematic microplate tracking.
Printer Resolution: 600 dpi
Interface: 10 BaseT Ethernet Port
(Recommended), RS-232
Label Application: ± 1.0 mm horizontally
and ± 0.5 mm vertically
Certification: CE certified
Symbologies: Code 128
Code 39 (full ASCII)
Interleaved 2 of 5
Code 93
Data Matrix
PDF 417
Micro PDF 417 (2D)
Label Media: Agilent Microplate Labeler
certified, designed-for-automation, adhesive
labels plus high performance, applicationmatched ribbon for biotech applications.
For complete media specifications, please
download a PDF copy of the Microplate
Labeler Consumables Selection Guide
found in the Agilent Microplate Labeler
product section at
Labware Compatibility Microplates:
Microplates that meet the ANSI Standards
ANSI/SBS 1-2004 through ANSI/SBS 4-2004
Operating Requirements
Electrical: 100–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 2.75A
Air: 70 Lpm at 5.5 bar [2.5 cfm at 80 psi]
Software: Use Microplate Labeler
Diagnostics for real-time, manual control
(setup/troubleshooting). Employ PlateTag
Software to process plates with the
Microplate Labeler in a stand-alone mode.
Use Agilent VWorks software when part of
an Agilent lab automation system. Utilize
ActiveX commands when using third-party
software to control the Microplate Labeler.
Optional barcode reader/arm assembly.
Controller: PC running compatible software
per above
Requires G5404B/G Microplate Labeler
enhanced software (VWorks,
BenchWorks, PlateTag, ActiveX) —
contact Technical Support or your
Agilent Technical Sales Professional for
details on available upgrades for your
software platform.
Agilent’s second generation, Microplate Labeler
automation-certified labels with application-matched
ribbon guarantee the highest level of system performance
and superior instrument and applications support
Label Dimensions: 50.8 mm W x 6.35 mm H
[2 in x 0.25 in]*
* The instrument design has been optimized for the use
of this Agilent standard label size. For non-standard
labels, contact the Agilent Automation Solutions
Technical Support Team or an Agilent Technical Sales
Professional for additional information or to discuss
your requirements.
Roll Length: 6,500 or 13,000 labels per roll.
Labels are sold with enough ribbon to print
the corresponding amount of labels in Agilent
G5404B/G Microplate Labeler “Media Kits.”
Temperature Range: –80°C to 100°C
Durability: DMSO and acetone resistant
62.2 cm
28.7 cm
Width: 28.7 cm [11.3 in]
Depth: 62.2 cm [24.5 in]
Height: 35.1 cm [13.8 in]
Weight: 21 kg [46.7 lbs]
View of Instrument with Open Hinged
Cover for Consumables Replacement
(Users with height constraints may choose
to operate instrument with snap-off seethrough cover removed when instrument is
placed within a safety enclosure free from
aggressive chemicals or vapors)
48.8 cm
Part No.
Part No.
(Instrument Order/Configuration)
G5404B/G Option 260
G5404B/G Option 264
G5404B/G Option 267
(Standalone purchase of
component only)
Microplate Labeler. High speed, microplate label printer/applicator, for robotic
integration or stand-alone operation. Variety of symbologies, fonts, and magnifications.
(Includes 1 ea. 6.5K Media Kit)
Labeler Barcode Reader (1D). Verify or clone linear (1D) barcodes.
Includes mounting arm and cable.
Labeler Media Kit 0.25" 6.5K. Ribbon & labels for 6,500 labels. DMSO resistant,
-80°C to +100°C. 6.35 mm H x 50.8 mm W. 0.25” H x 2” W. Compatible w/06497-001,
0.25" Vac Pads. (Includes 6,500 labels and ribbon to print 6,500 labels)
Labeler Media Kit 0.25" 13K. Ribbon & labels for 13,000 labels. DMSO resistant,
-80°C to +100°C. 6.35 mm H x 50.8 mm W. 0.25” H x 2” W. Compatible w/06397-001,
0.25" Vac Pads.
Not Applicable
Misc. Related Components
Labeler, Shipping Carton Kit. Original packaging kit to return instrument to factory.
(Intermec-printer based platform only.)
Labeler, Shipping Carton Kit. Original packaging kit to return instrument to factory.
(CAB A2+ printer based platform only.)
Labeler Upgrade. Parts & Labor to replace/upgrade printer.
G5404A Intermec-based Labeler to G5404B CAB A2+-based. Includes CAB printer, risers, etc.
Labeler Vac Pad Kit .25". Vacuum pads for .25" (6.35mm) high labels.
Maintenance spare, replace when stiff/cracked. Set of six. End-user replaceable.
(Suction cups used to pull label off backing.)
Microplate Labeler Data Sheet Notes:
1. Labware Compatibility. The use of this
instrument platform requires the use of
microplates that meet the ANSI Standards
ANSI/SBS 1-2004 through ANSI/SBS 4-2004.
Since customer application requirements
can vary, customers should make an effort
to confirm the suitability of this product for
their needs as Agilent does not warrant or
make claims as to the suitability of an
instrument for customer applications.
Product Specialists and Application Scientists
are available to assist the customer in determining if the instrument is a good match for
the workflow under consideration.
2. 3rd Party Media: Labels and Ribbons.
The performance of the Agilent Microplate
Labeler has been optimized using Agilent
media. If you choose to try third-party labels
or ribbons and experience poor performance/
instrument problems and contact Agilent for
support, it is your responsibility to immediately notify the Agilent support representative
that you are using third-part media. Use of
third-party labels and ribbons may be outside
the scope of the terms of the Microplate
Labeler instrument warranty and may result
in the user paying for any necessary repairs
and applications support, as a result of
using these materials. If you are considering
the use of third-party consumables because
the Agilent consumables do not meet your
requirements, please give Agilent the
opportunity to try to help.
3. Reference. This information is for
reference only and subject to change.
Instrument Warranty: One year. Details are
available on the Agilent website.
Agilent shall not be liable for errors contained
herein or for incidental or consequential damages
in connection with the furnishing, performance, or
use of this material.
Information, descriptions, and specifications in this
publication are subject to change without notice.
© Agilent Technologies, Inc. 2014
Published in the USA
November 4, 2014
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