Swisslog Hole Repair, Stop Wasting Expensive Drugs

We have developed a label to help save thousands of dollars in wasted medication.

If your pharmacy gets back unused medication from the patient floors with ruptured Swisslog pouch holes then this product could help you to save time and avoid expense.

The Problem:
Unused medications are returned to the pharmacy. Sometimes the hole in the Pillpick pouch has been broken. These pouches obviously cannot be put back into the robot without the protracted time and administrative process of opening the pouches and putting the meds back into the correct bulk bin. Often, instead, the pouches are collected and stored only to wind up being discarded at a later date.

The Solution:
Once the hole is repaired, the pouch can be put back into the robot. Our clear film label easily and effectively repairs, or mends, the hole in the Pillpick pouch. This inexpensive solution may save thousands of dollars in otherwise wasted medication. The process can be a manual one or can be semi automatic if using an available dispenser specifically designed to handle the process.

Water Dissolvable Labels – HIPPA compliance

All-Tek’s water dissolvable face stock and adhesive construction incorporates a 40# super smooth paper with WD-1 adhesive. Perfect for a temporary label that is environmentally benign or can be removed from substrates easily and economically. This product is suited for anything from food service trays with date coding to returnable containers requiring temporary identification or tracing. It is a potential solution to HIPPA compliance with specimen, IV, and other containers. It is available for Thermal or write on labels.

Our water dissolvable face stock has been optimally designed to provide the necessary performance and durability while in use and the ease of removal when products need to be washed and/or re-used or if patient information needs to be removed. Both the paper and adhesive dissolve quickly and wash easily away in room temperature water.

Seeing is believing. Watch the informational video here. dissolvable labels

SwissLog Pharmacy Automation Tags

In an answer to long lead times form other sources, All-Tek now has the Swisslog Tag in stock. The tag is used in Swisslog’s Pharmacy Automation System in the Unit Dose packaging, storage, and dispensing system. They are available for immediate shipment. Packaged 475 Tags per roll on a 3″ ID core. The All-Tek part number is 9060

Xylene Resistant Labels – finally a solution that works!

Microbiology users have expressed concerns over labels whose manufacturers claim to be Xylene “resistant” but ultimately do not live up to their expectations.  Typical label materials fail for various reasons.  Some fail due to label face material deterioration, adhesive weakening, or image smearing.  Regardless of the reason for the failure it often results in unidentified specimens.  Some label products may offer a certain amount of resistance to these failures.  While that is not good enough, unfortunately there have not been very good alternatives.  The current alternatives have been to label specimens after processing or to apply a costly and time consuming over laminate to the printed label prior to processing. 

All-Tek Labeling Systems has a new low priced solution.  EnduraThermPlus© thermal transfer film labels when used with EnduraThermPlus© ribbons are truly Xylene “proof”.  The proof is due in part to a proprietary process creating a unique synergy between the ribbon and the label material. 

EnduraThermPlus© also resists many other chemicals that typically destroy labels.  EnduraThermPlus© products are excellent choices for Microbiology labels that are exposed to Xylene, stains, and other harsh chemicals. 

Request preprinted samples for evaluation in your own processes.  We think you will be very happy with your results!  For a look at the actual test results, click the EnduraThermPlus© link below. 



FAQ on CryoTek materials and Cryogenics

Cryogenics technically means a few degrees away from absolute zero degrees which is 0K on the Kelvin scale and as −273.15°C on the Celsius scale and as −459.67°F on the Fahrenheit scale. This is a theoretical value that in practice is not reached. Liquid Nitrogen which is used in Cryogenics exists between the temperatures of 63 K and 77.2 K
(-346°F and -320.44°F). Below 63 K, nitrogen freezes and becomes a solid. Above 77.2 K, nitrogen boils and becomes a gas. Since when liquid nitrogen is used in laboratories and in cryogenics it is in a boiling liquid state, it shows a temperature of 77.2 K. This is approximately -320 degrees Fahrenheit and -195.555556 degrees Celsius.

In practice, specimens may be submerged or held in the cryogenic vapor. In testing of our CryoTek material, vials were tested both ways and when frozen and thawed. Labels held throughout. See my earlier Blog post for more specifics on the testing that was done.

Short Run Label Program

To augment its full line of stock and custom medical labels All-Tek Labeling Systems launched its Short Run Label Program in the Spring of 2010 . The program was designed to cost effectively provide very small orders of custom printed labels.

The SRLP is simple. Under the program, All-Tek offers 10 label sizes, with a choice of 10 basic colors, and either permanent or removable adhesive.  In all, there are two hundred possible combinations.  Of course, when you add copy or symbols/logos to the labels, the combinations are unlimited.

The concept is to meet the need of universal auxiliary type labels (UAL’s). You will find that our prices and turnaround time compare very favorably with the traditional suppliers of these types of labels.  All-Tek’s brand, as is customary with these labels, all come packaged in dispenser boxes.  Convenient for storage, the boxes are all the same size except for their widths, which accommodate the various label sizes.  Utilizing this program, will enable you to purchase all of your universal auxiliary type labels quickly, easily, and at great prices.

Placing an order is easy.  Five things are needed.
1. Quantity
2. Label Size
3. Color
4. Adhesive
5. Copy

Our order form is a convenient way to communicate the required information. Customer service will be happy to email you a brochure containing a reusable order form. On the form, in the label outline of the appropriate size, you simply sketch the label copy, making what is bold, bold; underscored, underscored; etc. Then Fax or email it to All-Tek. Once received, your order ships within 48 hours. If a sketch does not do a particular design justice, you can send a Word or other type of document to communicate the copy and layout. Alternately, if another supplier’s product number should exist, that will suffice.

In 2011, we will have a link on our website that will enable registered users to design and submit a short run order online, Web to Print.  The page will have a typesetting tool that will allow the user to design the look and content of the label precisely as they will receive them. After one click and 48 hours your order will ship.


New Cryogenic Label Material

All-Tek has tested and approved its CryoTek® label material on glass slides and plastic vials in liquid nitrogen at -196°C (-320° F).

From time to time we all have run into applications that require a label material that will need to withstand and perform well in a cryogenic environment.  In the past, we have had solutions but our new product, CryoTek®, has proven to be far superior.

CryoTek2® (2mil adhesive) and CryoTek1® (1mil adhesive) are 5 mil,vacutainers1 woven nylon material with a permanent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive and high opacity matte white color topcoat. The nylon label is an ideal choice to adhere to vials, test tubes and other rounded surfaces due to its flexibility.
These two products also provide excellent chemical durability when exposed to harsh chemicals such as: Sulfuric acid solution, Sodium hydroxide solution and Mineral Spirits to name a few.  CryoTek2® & CryoTek1® are designed for thermal transfer, dot matrix or write-on printing.
CryoTek1® has been tested and recognized to meet UL969 and CUL standards.



• Vial labeling
• Glass slide labeling
• Cryogenic labels
• Test tubes
• Plate labeling
• Extreme low temperature applications





Test Objective:

Attach nylon label samples to glass slides and polyethylene cryogenic tube vials and immerse in liquid nitrogen for a period of one hour to determine if they adhere to the substrate during and after immersion.

Sample Information:

A total of four samples had two label samples affixed to the substrate as shown below in Figure 1.  The materials used for evaluation were the CryoTek2® & CryoTek1® both 5 mil nylon cloth materials.  CryoTek® films with a high opacity, matte white colored topcoat specifically designed for thermal transfer, dot matrix or write-on printing. The samples were labeled as A, B, C and D.  Substrates for samples A and B were nunc™ polyethylene cryoTube™ vials.  Substrates for samples C and D were glass slides.


Figure 1

Testing Method:

The samples were immersed in liquid nitrogen (temperature is -196°C or -320°F).

The samples were monitored during immersion at 15 minute intervals until testing was completed.

The immersion period was for one hour.

Immediately after removal from the liquid nitrogen, each label was lightly probed with a stylus to determine if it was loose or easy to peel.

The samples were allowed to return to room temperature.

Test Results:

Samples A and B (plastic vials)

•  During testing: all labels held firm

•  Immediately after testing (still cold): all labels held firm

•  At room temperature after testing: all labels held firm

Samples C and D (slides)

•  During testing: all labels held firm

•  Immediately after testing (still cold): all labels held firm

•  At room temperature after testing: all labels held firm


AHRMM 2010 Show

All-Tek Labeling Systems attended and displayed at the 2010 Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management of the American Hospital Association Conference in Denver Colorado August 1st to August 4th.