An administrator may edit both the properties and the composition of storage units within a given freezer.

Open Freezer Editing

You can edit a freezer definition via two pathways:

Edit Freezer Properties

The Freezer Properties panel can be edited using the same interface as when it was originally created.

Edit Freezer Hierarchy

Open the freezer definition for editing, then click Freezer Hierarchy. The interface for editing the freezer hierarchy is the same as when you created it. Drag and drop units to where they should be. Use to expand sections in the hierarchy.

When a freezer is empty, i.e. before any Samples have been stored in it, you have more flexibility in changing the layout and storage location contents.

Once some samples are stored in a freezer, you will see a icon marking storage units that cannot be deleted. You can still add additional storage units to "locked" non-terminal storage. For example, you can add more boxes to a rack that shows as "locked" because it already contains boxes containing samples.

Add New Storage Units

Drag and drop new storage units to the positions in the hierarchy where you want them. Adding additional storage will change the capacity and usage percentages for the freezer.

Adjust Existing Storage Units

Edit the Name given to storage units to help your users identify the specific locations and containers they need.

Drag existing storage units to different parts of the hierarchy to move them within the current freezer. You can rearrange storage units in the freezer even if they already contain stored samples.

Changing the position or name of a terminal storage unit in a freezer will change the current information shown for all stored samples, but does not register as a timeline event for samples provided it stays in the same freezer.

Learn about moving a storage unit to a different freezer, which will be tracked as a timeline event for any samples it contains, in this topic: Move Stored Samples.

Remove Storage Unit

When removing a storage unit from a freezer, first check to ensure that the physical samples stored there have been moved to new locations in the system, otherwise you will lose the tracking data associated with the first location.

Learn more about moving samples in this topic: Move Stored Samples.

Change Storage Unit Type

If you find you need to change the type of a storage unit, either because the wrong initial type was created or because your labelling system has been changed, first create the new/corrected unit "parallel" to the one you are replacing.

  • If you are changing a non-terminal storage unit (such as replacing a shelf with a rack) you can drag the contents of the old unit into the new one.
  • If you are changing a terminal storage unit type, such as a box, you must specifically move the samples from the old to the new unit.
Once the "old" unit is empty, it can be removed.

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