DP5 Express Rack Reader

The Express Rack Reader is a 2D datamatrix tube camera reader with an image capture time of only one second. The Express is marginally larger than the SBS rack itself, making it ideal for robotic integration.

Compatible with all 2D barcoded tube racks in SBS format, the Express is the smallest rack scanner currently available. Its camera-based instrument delivers rapid imaging and decoding.

Express Rack Reader

Key features

  • Compatible with 24, 48, 96, 240, 384 position SBS racks
  • Scan all makes of 2D barcoded tubes
  • Export data to Excel, Text, XML, JSON and Database
  • Essential tool for sample tracking
  • Compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista & XP
  • Compatible with Windows 10
  • Simple to install

Easy to Set-Up and Easy to Use

The Express Rack 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 2D barcoded racks and tubes. Our patented Express 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 DP5 software makes it simple to export data to Excel/CSV, XML or text, and scanned images can also be saved. The 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

Datapaq / DP5 - 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.


Express Order Details

These are the most common readers for benchtop or integration
Code Description Quantity
DP5-E-STD DP5 Express Standalone and DP5 Standard 1
DP5-E-STD-80 DP5 Express Standalone with Cryoprotection and DP5 Standard 1
DP5-CYS-E DP5 Side barcode reader for Express 1
DP5-E-NET DP5 Express LAN and DP5 Network 1
DP5-E-NET-80 DP5 Express LAN with Cryoprotection and DP5 Network 1
DP5-3UP 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™ Express Rack Scanner

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