MicroPlate Handling Instruments

Hudson‘s PA1000 Microplate-Barcode-Labeler laboratory instrument is a high performance automated microplate barcode labeler. These print and apply label systems print multiple format barcode labels on any SBS footprint microplates. The PA1000 prints 1D, 2D and/or human readable text on 1, 2 or all 4 sides of a microplate.

Easy to use software allows for anyone to set up a run. Print 1 plate or a 1000 using the scalable stacker system. The PA1000 microplate barcode labeler is an ideal choice for any budget and space. The PA1000 can be used manually loaded or load the optional microplate stackers and run the system in any number of batches.

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The system can be expanded to 15+ microplate stackers holding over 350 microplates with lids or 420 shallow well microplates without lids. Configure the right number of stackers for your needs and budget. Additional stacking options are available allowing for up to 1000 microplates to be processed per run.

Print & Apply Label Systems for Microplate Barcode Labeling

The PA1000 is supported with Hudson’s PlateCrane™ robotic arm and SoftLinx™ scheduling software. SoftLinx offers ready to go interfaces to 150+ laboratory instruments allowing the PA1000 to be integrated as the first stop of an automated process.

With the PA1000 and SoftLinx the barcode will be applied as defined in the easy to use software, the initial data recorded, the microplates tracked through the assay process and results delivered with the microplate data. Eliminate the need to manually move the microplates from stacker to stacker or loading a database. Microplate barcode labeling can be done within the work cell process saving time and money.

Already have barcodes on your microplates? Need to replace them with new labels? Need to add human readable text? The PA1000 can read the existing barcodes and print and apply a duplicate or text label on any side of the microplate.

Using 2D barcodes for some applications? The PA1000 can read the existing 1D barcode then print & apply a label with the 2D barcode on another side of the microplate. SoftLinx tracks which side has which barcode.

The PA1000 is as reliable as it is versatile. Print 1000s of labels without incident. Adjust the position of the label on the microplate to meet individual needs. Whether high throughput use or convenient small scale data tracking the PA1000 fits any budget and application.


When configured with a PlateCrane with rotating gripper, the microplate labeling workcell allows labels to be applied to any or all sides of a microplate. This picture shows a close-up of the PlateCrane rotating gripper, the Plate Nest, and the microplate label applicator. A 600 dpi printer provides the resolution needed for reproducible printing on labels sized for microplates. The capability to use labels up to 3.3″ wide allows use of longer bar codes and the printing of human readable text next to the bar code.

The Print & Apply Workcell offers individual laboratories Walkaway Automation for labeling microplates. Depending on the configuration, up to 420 microplates can be loaded and then automatically labeled. The potential inaccuracies (as well as operator tedium) of manual labeling are therefore avoided.

  • 600 dpi Zebra printer provides the best resolution available
  • Compatible with a wide variety of microplate label types and sizes available
  • Print and apply blank microplate labels “on-site”, or feed and apply preprinted color labels
  • Compatible with all bar code formats
  • Positive tamping applicator provides reliable application within +/- 0.020″
  • Compatible with standard and deep well microplates
  • Walkaway automation of printing and applying for up to 420 microplate labels
  • Typical throughput of 100 microplates/hour (single label)
  • Handles SBS standard footprint microplates


Size (H x W x L): 16” x 19” x 32”

Weight: 80lbs

Pneumatic operation: 80 – 100 psi; 2 CFM clean/dry air

Power: 110v or 220v; 100 VA

Printer: 600 dpi Zebra 96XiIII printer

Capacity: Up to 420 microplate capacity with PlateCrane EX