Four Downfalls of Hand Labeling Tubes in the Lab

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4 downfalls of labeling tubes

If you hand label tubes in the lab, you can probably relate to the issues discussed in this post. Whether you are labeling 10’s, 100’s or 1000’s of tubes daily, weekly, or monthly, we understand the frustrations and issues that go hand in hand (no pun intended!) with hand labeling tubes. We wanted to highlight the four most common downfalls (from our experience) that people in the lab face when labeling tubes, and maybe even offer you a solution that can rid you from this mundane task and give you FREEDOM IN THE LAB!

  1. Human Error

If you are hand labeling tubes it is inevitable that you will have slip ups from time to time. There are many mistakes that can happen- mislabeling tubes or labeling the wrong tube, spelling and grammatical errors, or placement inaccuracy. Not only can these mistakes result in inaccurate results, but the time it takes to fix them is also be problematic. After all you are only human, these errors are bound to happen sooner or later, but it would be better if they didn’t happen in the first place!

  1. Repetitive Injuries

If you are regularly hand labeling tubes, over time this can start to take a toll on your hands. Performing repetitive tasks, such as hand labeling tubes, can result in stress injuries in the hands and fingers. Wouldn’t it be great to eliminate the chances of this happening to begin with?

  1. Valuable Time Wasted

If hand labeling tubes is taking hours out of your work week, it might be time to consider a different solution. Your time is precious and your goals in the lab are much bigger and much more important than hand labeling tubes. Think about what you could do with those extra hours that you spend hand labeling tubes?  Your time is valuable and your research is important- your time should be spent on the goals you are ultimately trying to accomplish, not on the mundane task of labeling tubes.

  1. Money

If your work in the lab requires labeling tubes, you must consider the cost of labor. Some labs have several technicians solely dedicated to labeling tubes. Think about the long term cost benefits associated with reallocating this labor! These lab personnel could be using their time for more specialized tasks in the lab, completing more important things faster.


If you want to put an end to hand labeling tubes, we have a solution for you! Scinomix has helped many customers find solutions for their labeling needs- from pharmaceutical companies, to research labs, to government facilities to agricultural companies- we are committed to working with our customers to help find customizable solutions that best fit their needs. We understand the struggles you face in the lab and we are here to help you! For more information, check out our website at and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.