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Barcodes & Labels

Barcodes are machine-readable unique codes that are used for labelling and tracking products in your laboratory. Running an inventory system with barcode enables you to quickly locate samples, simplifying the process of tracking and updating inventory in real-time.

Yes, BrightLab generates a unique barcode — a 6-digit alphanumeric value (“Material ID”) and a longer value to be backwards-compatible with previous versions (“Legacy UUID”) — for every product added to the inventory.  Click the material in your inventory list and select the barcode tab to view details.

Every product label includes:

A) Product name
B) Received person’s initials and date added to the system
C) SKU-Pack size
D) 6-digit unique Material ID
E) Expiration date
F) Barcode

The label will include a Data Matrix 2D barcode.

The fields on the label can be edited by updating information on the material details tab. Once you have updated details, select the material to view and print label.

There is no limit to the number of products you can select if you have chosen the correct printing template and have enough labels for selected materials.

The size of the label must be defined depending on the printer since the requirements can differ. Labels can be sized according to your requirements prior to printing.

Label aspect ratio 2:1;

Minimum recommended label: 1.0″ x 0.5″, can be scaled to 4.2″ x 2.25″ or more

To print labels with barcode and product details, first select the product(s) and click the barcode icon located along the top right navigation of the inventory landing page. Then select the material(s)and click the print icon to print labels.

Selecting product(s) for printing will automatically select all materials added to that product, unless you choose to unselect specific materials. You can also select the materials you’d like to print from the Material tab.

Yes, you can provide a custom barcode number for products.

To add custom barcode, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the products for which you want to print labels.
  2. Click the barcode icon located along the top right tool panel.
  3. Click on “Add New Barcode” to add a custom barcode.
  4. Click on save to update the changes.

UUID stands for Universally Unique Identifier. BrightLab generates a unique 24-bit unique value, expressed as mix of numbers and strings, for every material barcode. While we also provide a more user-friendly 6-digit alphanumeric code, the “Material ID,” we still include the UUID for backwards compatibility.

Any scanner that can read a barcode while being connected to the computer will work.  Therefore, the scanner needs to be able to read data matrix, and it must be compatible with your device (e.g., if the scanner is Bluetooth, the computer must have Bluetooth compatibility).  Otherwise, you use a scanner just like a keyboard, you click to place the cursor, and then instead of typing, you scan.

You can also use the free BrightLab mobile app for iOS or Android to scan labels from your smartphone.

The labels are generated as a PDF file, which can be used on any label printer that supports PDF.  We have tested Dymo printers to a PC via USB port. You can also use any other printer if it is connected to your device and tested prior to printing.