by Ashley Carter


Barcodes are not just for grocery stores and virtual menus! Integration of barcodes in your LIMS can significantly improve throughput and help eliminate typos.

Utilizing barcodes in LIMS can streamline processing within the laboratory. They allow users to find a particular sample with a quick scan, or update of statuses without much effort at all. Therefore, the use of the barcode has quickly become a requirement in most laboratories, especially those with high volumes of tests and samples moving through.

Wavefront LIMS not only integrates easily with most barcodes, but it can create the barcodes as labels to be attached to samples and paperwork. Therefore, you always have traceability as the work moves through the lab.

An example of a 2D QR Barcode in LIMS

Example of a 1D barcode in LIMS.

Printing Barcode Labels

Wavefront LIMS can create 1-D and 2-D barcode labels, which can be printed from orders or samples throughout the system. Check out this document to see all the different barcode types supported by Wavefront.

Using Barcodes

Different system providers utilize barcodes in different ways. Wavefront LIMS has integrated the use of barcodes throughout its system. A few examples include:

  • Easily pull up samples in LIMS.
  • Quickly update the status or populate a field on samples, tests, or orders.
  • Scan groups of barcodes to update statuses or fields in bulk.
Cartoon Wavefront caped helper scanning vial barcode labels

Setting up barcodes to work with your laboratory is an exciting project that can have excellent returns; however, there are a lot of considerations to take into account before jumping in. Send us a request for a free demo of Wavefront LIMS via the “Schedule a Demo” button above, and learn how Wavefront LIMS and barcodes can help your laboratory.

About the Author: Ashley Carter

Ashley Carter is the technical sales engineer at Wavefront Software. She has been with Wavefront for several years in both the sales and project management capacity. Prior to joining Wavefront Software, she implemented Wavefront LIMS at the advanced materials laboratory where she worked as a technical quality engineer. In addition to her PMP certification, Ashley has two master's degrees in Metallurgical and Mineral Process Engineering and Engineering Management.


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