Once you have configured at least one storage system with some terminal storage units, you can assign samples to the virtual location corresponding to their physical location. Any protocol about where to place samples of different types can be accommodated in this system.

To add samples to storage, the user must have been granted the Storage Editor role or be an administrator. This topic assumes the user has this role.

Start from the Storage System

Start from a List or Grid of Samples

Start from the Storage System

Find Available Space

If you know the name or label of the storage unit you want to use, you can search for it directly. Click it in the search results, then skip to adding your samples to it.

Otherwise, start from the Storage List on the application home page, or the Storage dashboard. You'll see a summary of storage and how many spaces are available for samples in each to guide you.

Click the name of the storage to open the details page.

  • Here you'll see the top level of the storage hierarchy you defined. A note of the number of free spaces in each section is provided to assist you.
  • Click the to expand the nested hierarchy.
  • Each level will summarize space available and in the case of terminal storage, will show the specific storage unit name (i.e. bag size or box dimension).
  • As you browse, the system will remember where you were in the hierarchy if you need to go back to a different branch.
  • Click any level to see more details in the panel on the right.

Continue to use the to expand until you find enough capacity in terminal storage units where your samples can be stored. Note that if you cannot find sufficient space, you can also add new storage when you are adding samples to storage from a grid.

Click any location in the left panel to show it's summary information on the right. You can only store samples in "terminal" storage locations: bags, boxes, canes, plates, and tube racks.

  • Click Go to Storage View to open it.
  • You can also click the location name in the 'breadcrumb' trail along the top of the panel.

You are now on the Storage View tab for this storage, open to the location you selected.

Select Space to Fill

There are two categories of terminal storage units to which you can add samples.

  • 1. Bags and Canes use a simple numbering scheme for positions.
    • For bags and canes, you don't need to do anything except click Add Samples to activate the sample panel on the right.
  • 2. Boxes, Plates, and Tube Racks have a 2D layout of row and column positions (aka cells, spaces, wells, etc.) within the unit. You have two choices here:
    • Click cells or drag within the layout to select a range of positions, as shown below, then click Add Samples. The selected positions will be eligible for placing samples, provided they are not already occupied.
    • OR, click Add Samples without making any selection. All available positions will be eligible for placing samples.

A popup modal will help you add the samples.

For a box, plate, or tube rack, the left side of the panel shows the storage layout, with any selection you made. The right side of the popup offers both a grid entry option and a way to search for samples.

For a bag or cane, there is no layout preview, but a single panel for the grid entry option or searching for samples.

Position Already Occupied

If you select a range of cells and one (or more) are already occupied by samples, when you click Add Samples, you will see only the unoccupied positions in the grid.

Identify Samples to Store

Edit Location Properties

On the Edit Location Properties tab, you can paste into the grid from a spreadsheet or by typing directly into the grid:

Values added to the Sample ID column must already exist in the system. If you start typing you will see a narrowing list of available samples. Note that this means if you received a new set of samples, you must first add them to a Sample Type before you can assign them to locations using this interface.

Search for Samples

Click the Search for Samples tab to get more assistance with finding specific samples.

First, select the desired Sample Type from the dropdown.

Once a Sample Type has been selected, you can:

See below for how to Assign Positions once you've identified the samples you want to store.

More Filters

Click More Filters on the Search for Samples tab to select on or more of the filter options:

  • Created By: Find samples added by a specific user.
  • From/To: Find samples created in a specified date range.
  • Click Show Results to see the samples that match your filters.
    • Use checkboxes to select the samples of interest, then click Assign Positions, or return for More Filters.
    • Once some filters are applied, you'll be able to click Clear all filters to clear them.
  • Use Back to Grid to return to the previous set of selected samples.

Assign Positions

Once you've filtered to find the samples you want, use checkboxes to select the ones you will be adding to this storage unit.

  • Note: If you select more samples than there are spaces available, you will see an error message telling you to reduce the number of selected samples before proceeding.
Click Assign Positions.

The selected samples are shown in a numbered position-assignment table on the right. You can directly edit the grid to provide:

  • Position:
    • In the case of a bag, the numbered position is not meaningful.
    • For a cane, it could be numbered from top to bottom (or bottom to top) as your convention dictates.
    • For boxes, plates, and tube racks, the "Position" column shows row/column position numbers corresponding to the layout on the left. Learn about choosing the Fill Order and Direction below.
  • Sample ID: the selected samples are listed, but you can add more rows directly. Sample IDs must already exist in the system.
  • Amount: Volume
  • Units: Units for that volume (mL, mg, etc.)
  • Freeze/Thaw Count: The default is zero. If you know the sample has been thawed and frozen before, you can edit this value.
Bag or cane:

Box, plate, or tube rack:

Choose Fill Order and Starting Location

When you start from a set of samples to add to storage, you'll be able to select the order, starting point and fill direction in the storage to use. Starting from preselected storage locations only offers the fill direction option.

  • Fill Order:
    • Samples Grid Order (Default): This option reads "Manual" if you did not start from a sample grid.
    • Sample ID Ascending
    • Sample ID Descending
  • Starting Location:
    • By default, the first available spot in a storage unit is selected. You can specify another starting location if desired using the dropdown.

Choose Fill Direction

For either automatic or manual fill options, the samples will be placed in the first available layout positions, by default using left to right, then top to bottom sequencing. If you want to use first top down and then left to right positioning, use the Fill Direction radio button.

You can further adjust these assignments by using copy/paste to move the rows in the assignment grid to other available position in the layout.

Add to Storage

Click Add to [Storage Type] to complete the position assignments.

After assignment is complete, you will see the Storage View for the location.

  • The newly added samples will be selected in the grid.
  • In the case of a box, plate, or tube rack, the cells containing the newly placed samples will also be highlighted.

Start from a List or Grid of Samples

Instead of starting from the Storage, as described above, you can add Samples to storage starting from the sample grid, either while viewing the Sample Type as a whole, or starting from a curated picklist or Sample Finder search results.

Select Samples to Store

Open the grid of Samples of interest. Either select the Sample Type from the main menu, or choose Picklists from the user menu and click the name of the picklist you want. On the grid, identify the Samples you want to store. Only Samples with a Storage Status of "Not in storage" can be added, so applying this as a filter can be helpful.

Use checkboxes to select the Samples, then select Storage > Add to storage above the grid. On narrower browsers, this option will be on the More > menu.

If you are viewing details for an individual sample, you can also click Add to Storage from the Storage Location panel.

Note that there are some situations where samples cannot be added to storage, such as a status that prevents the action or the user's permission in the folder where the sample is defined. You will see a banner warning describing any issues with the selected samples.

Find Storage Location(s) for Samples

In the Assign Samples to Storage popup, you will see storage systems with available storage space. The number of spaces available at each level will help you see easily where there is room for your new samples.

Use the icons to expand the hierarchy of the storage of your choice, seeing available spaces at each level. You'll see unit names, as well as the type/size of terminal storage units to assist you. When you find the desired terminal storage unit, click Select. If necessary, you can also add new terminal storage units by clicking the for the level where you want them.

For boxes and plates, you'll see a Preview on the right, highlighting the locations preselected for your new samples.

The Select link will switch to Clear, in case you change your mind at this point and want to select another location.

Once you have selected a storage location with enough space for all selected samples, you can now click Next to go to the same interface for assigning locations to your selected samples as if you had started from the storage system to store them.

  • Populate the grid with storage properties.
  • For boxes, plates, and tube racks, the samples will default to the first available slots in the structured layout.
  • Click Add to [Storage Type] to complete the position assignments.

Store Samples in Multiple Locations Simultaneously

When you're storing more samples than can fit in one terminal storage unit, you'll be able to select multiple storage locations in the "Add Samples to Storage" modal. For example, if you have a rack of many 10x10 boxes and want to continue filling them in sequence with arbitrary numbers of samples to store in each batch, you might have a situation where there are 6 spaces left in a box. Rather than having to first pick 6 samples for that box, then the remaining samples for another box, you can select all your samples and choose multiple locations. You can even choose storage locations across different storage systems if desired.

Samples are added to storage in the order they appear in the grid.

As you find storage locations for your selected samples, clicking Select, you'll see a tally of the number of samples you still need to find spaces for before you can click Next. The Select button will change to Clear once you've clicked it in case you change your mind. In this example, we have 9, so only 3 more for the next box, but you could have hundreds and fill as many boxes as needed.

On the next panel, you can edit the Stored Amount, Units, and Freeze/Thaw Count for the samples you are storing. You start on the Edit in Bulk tab; only enable the fields where you want the same value assigned to every sample and provide that value.

You can also switch to Edit Individually where you can edit these values in a grid.

When finished, click Add to Storage. The samples will be added directly to storage in the locations you selected. You will not see the same location assignment interface as when using a single destination storage unit and cannot further adjust positions at this point. After the action, you'll see a banner with the number added and a clickable link letting you View their storage locations here.

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