If a container has been created in Locations, but the row/column dimensions are incorrect, then it is possible to correct this.
To correct the size of a container with specimen:
- In the Locations manager, highlight the box, either click the right mouse button and select Edit or use the Edit Container Properties icon to open the Location Editor.
- In the Location Editor, select the correct container from the Container Type drop-down options. Click the Save icon. If none of the specimens in the container require a change in row or column assignment to fit into the new container, then the save will automatically complete.
- If the new container type size does not accommodate all of the specimens assigned to the container, you will receive an error when trying to save it. If, the new container type accommodates the number of specimens in the container but requires a change in row or column assignment, upon trying to save the new type, you will receive a warning. Clicking OK will re-assign row and column to specimens based on the new box size, in the pattern based on your user preference. BSI pulls the specimens from the original box size in the order for your User Preferences and reassigns them to the new box layout in order of your User Preferences.
If multiple specimens are in a single location and are automatically re-assigned a row/column, they will be kept as multiple specimens together in a single location.
For example: Dr. Smith’s lab is getting new freezer racks. To maximize the number of specimens in each rack, they are changing to 7x7 boxes instead of their 9x9 boxes. Most of their boxes are not full, but they are concerned about keeping the specimens in order as they get moved into smaller boxes. In her Location manager, Dr. Smith clicked on the box and selected Edit to choose a 7x7 Box in the Container Type field. When she clicked the Save icon, the specimens were auto-assigned new row and column values based on their former locations within the box and Dr. Smith’s User Preferences, filling each row from left to right.
Dr. Smith’s Preferences from Tools/User Profile/Locations:
Dr. Smith was pleased that the specimens were auto-assigned new locations that kept the integrity of their box position when their box size changed from this 9x9 layout to the 7x7 layout below.