DP5 Cube Rack Reader

A compact, versatile, quick and robust scanner with minimal cabling.

The Cube Rack Reader is a 2D datamatrix tube camera reader with a scan & decode time of 1-2 seconds. The Cube can read all racks on the market including Cryoboxes and SBS racks; even 384 racks.

Cube Rack Reader

Key features

  • Compatible with 24, 48, 96, 240, 384 SBS racks
  • • Compatible with 81, 100 and 196 cryoboxes
  • Smallest 'scan all' scanner on the market
  • Camera based instrument resulting in rapid imaging and decoding
  • Footprint ideal for benchtop and integration
  • Minimal cabling

Easy to Set-Up and Easy to Use

The DP5 Cube 2D reader is easy to set-up, and can be ready to use only a few minutes after taking it out of the box. The rack reader arrives fully calibrated and is ready to read all makes of SBS format and Cryobox 2D barcoded racks and tubes. Our patented Cube is a camera-based instrument and is significantly quicker than scanner-based 2D barcode readers: just one second and you can load the next rack! Our DataPaq™ / DP5 software makes it simple to export data to Excel/CSV, XML or text, and scanned images can also be saved. The DataPaq™ / DP5 software can connect with Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres and other databases.

DataPaq software is ten years in development and is not only an amazing barcode reading tool but also intuitively easy to use

Reader Software

The software is designed and written in-house at Ziath. Decoding 2D barcodes is achieved using our own algorithm which we specifically developed for ‘tube sized’ codes It is not a global, generic "off-the-shelf" algorithm that was designed to read a barcode in a supermarket. DataPaq™ / DP5 displays the results of the scan and can identify the difference between a correctly scanned tube (green), a damaged tube (red) and missing tube (grey). Also, any tube image can be clicked on and the individual scan is shown (on the right hand side) with the tube location and barcode.


Ziath's Cryoprotection™ reduces condensation caused by cold racks. It uses no heat, no fans and does not add any heat into the rack being scanned.

Cryoprotection™ Option

The formation of condensation on the instrument window whilst scanning tubes straight from cryogenic storage is a well known problem. Ziath's Cryoprotection™ is a special coating that eliminates the condensation and ensures uninterrupted scanning. Ziath's method for eliminating condensation uses no extra electrical components, resulting in no risk of accidentally thawing your samples, increased reliability and ensuring that the cost of this option is at acceptable levels.


Cube Order Details

Code Description Quantity
DP5-C-STD DP5 Cube Standalone and DP5 Standard 1
DP5-C-STD-80 DP5 Cube Standalone with Cryoprotection and DP5 Standard 1
DP5-CYS-C DP5 Side barcode reader for Cube 1
DP5-3UP DP5 Upgrade from 3.18 to DP5 Standard (Requires return to UK workshop) 1

If you are integrating your reader onto the deck of a liquid handler or LIMs please contact [email protected] as you may require our Datapaq 3 software.

DataPaq™ Cube Rack Scanner

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  • "Easy to use! Quick and reliable."
    - Brigitta Witte, Charles River Laboratories

  • "Fast and very reliable instrument, easy to connect to automated solutions."
    - Stephen Hauri, Jako Meditech, Hungary

  • " We've received the scanners and I've tested them out, they work great! Thanks so much for servicing them!"
    - The Broad Institute, Massachusetts, USA

  • "Very comfortable to work with."
    - Nasir Sheikh, Cambridge Epigenetics

  • "It’s a great scanner. The best around by far."
    - Paul Kelly, UK Biostores