Creating storage containers

You can create containers with or without using the container types. Using types, you have the option to create a whole hierarchy at once i.e. the freezer, rack, boxes all at once or individually.

Create Container Types

Container type is a 'template' that can be used to create containers. Refer to the wiki page for creating container types.

Creating container hierarchy using types

You can create containers in a hierarchy using the newly created or default container types.

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  1. Click on 'Containers' from the homepage
  2. Click on 'Create' button 
  3. Select 'Container Hierarchy' option
  4. Under the 'Type' field select type of container you wish to create, for example "-80 Freezer"
  5. Enter necessary details and click on 'Create' button

  6. You will be able to see your container in the list. This will create the whole freezer with all racks and boxes with names auto-generated based on the format specified at container type level.

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    Field TitleDescription
    TypeType of container you wish to create for your repository.
    Parent SiteThe site where the physical container exists.
    Parent ContainerThe parent container under which the container has to be created.
    DimensionThe size of the container in rows and columns. For example, Freezer has 5 shelves, each shelf having 4 racks, dimensions will be 5 and 4.
    Approximate CapacityThis is automatically calculated by default. The user can also manually specify in case the whole freezer is not created at once. Based on this the utilization presentation is shown.
    Position LabelingWithin the container map, the user can choose how the positions should be displayed - 'Linear'(1,2,3,....81) or 'Row and Column'(1,1;1,2;1,3.....)
    Labeling SchemeIndicates the position labels, e.g. Alphabets Uppercase, Numbers : (A, 1)
    Position AssignmentsThe position assignment of the container, e.g. Horizontal, top down, left to right etc.
    TemperatureThe temperature of the container.
    Store SpecimensIt depends on the type of container that directly holds the sample. e.g. a freezer or a rack does not store specimens, whereas a box stores specimens.
    Display in MapWithin the container map, the user can choose to display specimens stored by their PPID (participant protocol ID of the participant) or specimen label.
    Collection ProtocolTo dedicate a container to specific collection protocol.
    Specimen TypesTo restrict the container to hold only specific types of samples.

Create Single Container

You can create a single container with or without using the container types.

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  1. Go to containers list page and click on 'Create' button
  2. Select option 'Single Container' of the 'Create' field
  3. Enter all the details and click on 'Create' button

Create Multiple Containers

You can create multiple containers of the same properties with or without using the container types.

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  1. Go to containers list page and click on 'Create' button
  2. Select the option 'Multiple Containers' of the 'Create' field
  3. Enter all the details, specify the number of containers to be created and click on 'Next' button
  4. Enter all details and click on 'Create' button

  1. Parent Container is used only when you are creating sub-containers.
  2. You can create single or multiple containers without selecting any container type.
  3. Create containers in the top-down hierarchy. I.e. Freezer->Rack→Box.
  4. Restrictions set based on Collection Protocol and Specimen Types on any container is carried forward to all child containers below it by default. Restrictions can be set at any level.

Create dimensionless container

The dimensionless container is a container with no fixed size. This is useful if you use a temporary "hold" freezer or automated freezers.

Refer 'Dimensionless containers' to create dimensionless containers

Create sized containers under the dimensionless container

You can create sized containers under any dimensionless container. Refer 'Creating sized containers under dimensionless container' section of the page 'Dimensionless Containers' for more details.

Create containers in bulk

You can create multiple containers in bulk, refer 'Create/Update Storage Containers' for more details.

Edit Containers

You can edit the details of the container you created at any time by selecting each level and then clicking on 'Edit' button.

Delete Containers

You can delete the container of any level, click on 'Delete' button from the overview page to delete the container.