Computype Inc.

Computype Inc.

Computype is a tracking and management solutions company dedicated to reliable sample identification & automation. We produce custom label solutions for the most demanding of laboratory environments; known for engineering solutions that survive exposure to strong solvents and stains, high heat, and cryogenic environments down to -196C. We offer a variety of products and services, including pre-printed and blank labels, label printers, automatic label applicators , software, and our Label Ease pre-labeled & Tare Weighed labware services. Our nations` donated blood supply relies on Computype labels- and so can you.

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2285 West County Road C , St. Paul , MN 55113 USA
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Industry Type:
Laboratory Equipment
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Nearly every company says it’s unique.  But after you’ve read about Computype, we think you’ll agree there are few companies in the world with the capabilities we have and the mix of markets we serve.  If your company makes, handles, stores, or distributes items that have unique value—from a bag of human blood to a library book to an electronic component buried in a mobile phone—chances are we can help you uniquely identify and track it.  What follows is a short description of how we got here. . .

Computype, Inc.'s started in 1966 when a small group of St. Paul, Minnesota investors formed a computer typesetting operation.  After several changes in ownership, it came under the control of one family.  In 1975 the company was primarily involved in publishing and typesetting corporate directories and the Daily Addendum and Intercept Record published for the telephone company.  Computype's bar code production began in the early 1970s and eventually became its sole focus in 1984 when the company sold its directory and typesetting operations.  

The company's initial success in bar codes was achieved in the library market.  Computype successfully engineered bar code labels for books which were resistant to ultraviolet radiation, and then determined that there were other industries that could benefit from its engineering capabilities.  A group led by The American Red Cross had explicit requirements for product performance that exceeded any other bar code label users.  Image quality needed to be perfect, die-cutting of a double (“piggyback”) adhesive was required, and sequence integrity was literally a life-or-death issue.  Computype was one of the few companies in the world capable of rising to all those challenges and became the dominant supplier in that market.  That success was then leveraged into other critical identification applications such as the automotive and electronics manufacturing markets, the tire and rubber market, and life sciences.  

Computype continuously updated its print technology capabilities from photographic to digital offset, ink jet, and thermal transfer.  A short-run/quick turnaround firm specializing in thermal transfer printing was acquired in New Hampshire, along with a similar company in Paris, France.  Computype also has two other European subsidiaries; Computype, Europe, a manufacturing facility in Hull, England and Computype GmbH, in Hanau, West Germany.  

During the early 1990s, Computype began to provide integrated printing solutions for use at customer sites.  Combining thermal transfer printers with scanners, label stock/ribbon, and custom interface software, the company developed intelligent print stations for a broad range of application needs.  

ISO certification has been maintained since 1991.  In addition, the company vertically integrated by installing a custom coating line to enable the production of special adhesives and materials without the onerous minimum order requirements of large raw material suppliers.  Today, the company has significant production capabilities in several print technologies, including digital offset, ink jet, thermal transfer, and flexography.  They have also been involved in several successful RFID applications, and intend to bring the same technical leadership and customer focus to that area as they have to every other area which they serve.

We believe that nothing truly exists unless it has a name. After all, names give us an identity, a reference point, an understanding of what something is and where it can be located. Without an accurate and efficient naming system, there would be mistakes, confusion, and waste.

A unique name allows for the ability to track, test, organize, store, or distribute an item in a manner that improves business efficiency through faster throughput, increased communication, and more accurate data output.

At all of our widespread Computype locations, we believe the best method for utilizing a naming/tracking system comes through the adaptation of barcodes and labels; and we've collected over thirty-five years' worth of data to support that belief.

Every year, Computype produces billions of barcodes and labels that are shipped to blood banks in Miami, tire plants in Manchester, laboratories in Mexico City, and everywhere in between. While it may seem that these industries and locations have nothing in common, we understand the shared value in providing a unique naming system to any and all organizations that manufacture, distribute, or warehouse assets of value. 

Over the last three decades, we've learned a lot about print technologies, sequence integrity management, and on-demand automation systems. Our wide array of knowledge and capabilities can be attributed to our customers; many of our advances and breakthroughs occurred because of a customer demand. We’re local and visit on-site, so we can easily collaborate with your team, better understand your project, deadlines, and goals, all of which will lead to a more efficient and customized solution. No matter the scope of your needs, our strategy-based business approach guarantees an entire Computype team be dedicated to seeing your project through from start to finish.

The longevity of our customers speak volumes to our endless pursuit of perfect customer service. Running in the veins of every department in all Computype locations, the mentality of ‘nothing less than everything’ is how we view every label, every project, and every customer. Implementing the right solution to ensure customer success is in turn how we measure our own success, because after all, perfect naming systems are the only versions that truly lead to efficiencies, improvements, and accuracy.