Perception™ HD SBS Whole Rack 2D & 1D Barcode Reader

Gain clarity with the Perception HD barcode reader

  • Better speed, smaller footprint, and reliable reading
  • Compatible with all 2D-barcoded tubes in SBS-format racks
  • Less than 1 second total read time for a whole rack of tubes
  • Supplied with Active Cryoprotection® system
  • The option of integrated USB Linear 1D Barcode Reader


  • Now featuring an HD camera for more reliable reading of broad range of tube types
  • Our range of single-tube and whole-rack sample tube readers are the result of over 15 years of continuous development and innovation, bringing the best products, with the most useful features, to the sample storage market

  • Perception HD Rapid SBS reader has a proven track record as part of sample storage and tracking systems, for applications including biobanks, compound libraries, and other high-throughput storage environments

  • The Perception HD Rapid SBS whole rack 2D & 1D barcode reader offers fast identification of racked, 2D-barcoded sample storage tubes, without the need to remove tubes from racks

  • Compact, very fast whole rack scanner for SBS-format racks of 2D data matrix barcode labeled sample storage tubes, ideal when speed of decoding and small size of reader are important

  • Supplied with Active Cryoprotection® system and integrated USB Linear 1D Barcode Reader

  • Option available: Integrating a USB Linear 1D Barcode Reader for automatic and simultaneous reading of rack 1D barcodes

  • Given the variety of 2D-barcoded tubes on the market, Perception Rapid SBS is designed and developed with broad compatibility in mind. Perception Rapid SBS can read any 2D barcoded sample tube currently on the market, not only those supplied by FluidX

  • Perception Rapid SBS is supplied with a 5-year warranty

Key Features

Compatible with any 2D-Barcoded Tubes in SBS-Format Racks

  • All FluidX Perception whole rack scanners are compatible with all FluidX sample storage tubes as well as most other 2D data matrix barcoded tubes, including those supplied by Greiner, Matrix, Nunc and Micronic
  • Perception Rapid SBS will quickly scan tubes in 24, 48, 96, 240 and 384-well rack SBS formats

Smallest, Most Compact Reader Available

  • The Perception Rapid SBS has a much smaller footprint than any other whole rack reader on the market, saving precious bench space
  • Operates without compromise for sample temperatures of -20°C

Better Speed

  • Perception Rapid SBS Rack Readers will present decoded data for a complete rack of 96 tubes in only 0.75 seconds
  • At FluidX, we believe the real measure of speed is the amount of time it takes from pressing “scan” to receiving the decoded data
  • Other readers measure speed in terms of grab time, capture time or decode time

Dependable Decoding

  • The FluidX team were involved in developing the very first 2D-barcoded sample storage tubes
  • FluidX Perception whole rack scanners are the result of more than 15 years of continuous innovation and development

Wide Range of Data Output Options

  • Simple and intuitive Graphical User Interface, results can be viewed directly or integrated with other applications
  • Perception Rapid SBS can output data to common LIMS-compatible files, such as text, TCP/IP, CSV and Excel
  • Integration with database applications can easily be achieved via ODBC

Easily Integrated into Automated Systems

  • Perception Rapid SBS features TCP/IP Winsock connectivity for remote control of the reader functions for integration into robotic and liquid handling work cells
  • Incorporates a gripper cut-out section around the scanning window to provide easy robotic access and handling of shallow racks

Additional Sample Security

  • FluidX storage tube racks can be supplied with the option of carrying a unique 2D barcode identifier
  • All FluidX whole rack readers are capable of reading both tube and rack 2D barcodes simultaneously, to provide automatic rack orientation and greater sample security

Rack Templates Save Set-Up Time

  • Custom templates can be set up when a specific rack layout is used routinely, such as when a row is left empty or control tubes are placed in specific positions on a regular basis

“No Tube” Feature Eliminates Errors

  • Perception Rapid SBS is able to discriminate between a tube with a barcode that cannot be decoded and an empty rack position.
  • The reader will not attempt to decode empty tube positions, so data files are kept clean
  • Reading speed is optimized as wasted data entry is eliminated

Active Cryoprotection System

  • All FluidX whole rack readers fitted with our Active Cryoprotection® System achieve 100% decoding after reading more than 40 racks straight from a -20°C freezer

Option: Integrated Linear 1D Barcode Reader

  • Integrating the USB linear 1D barcode reader provides automatic and simultaneous scanning of rack 1D barcodes for another level of sample security
Perception HD Rapid SBS Whole Rack Reader
Code formats read Datamatrix , ISO 16022 , square and rectangular format, ECC200, 0 to 20 grid sizes, white on black, black on white, numeric, alphanumeric option: 1D linear rack barcodes
Sensor type 13 megapixel variable-focus CMOS sensor
Light source 2 x diffused LED light boards
Read time 0.75 seconds total decode time for rack of 96 tubes
Ambient operating temperature 20°C to 55°C
Operating humidity 10-90% (non-condensing)
Tube compatibility All 2D Data Matrix labelled tubes in SBS-format racks 24, 48, 96, 240 and 384-formats, includes glass compound storage tubes, cryo tubes, biological sample tubes
Dimensions 160mm (H) x 97mm (W) x 137mm (D)
Power requirements
Cable interface USB 3.0
Operating system(s) Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Ordering Information

20-4008           Perception HD Rapid SBS Whole Rack Reader

Whole rack reader for racks of SBS-format 2D labeled tubes; small-footprint, camera-based solution for very rapid reading; ideal for integration, with Active Cryoprotection, single USB connection