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Printing and Barcoding

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Create a Barcode Label

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to set up a label printer. Barcode printing can be found within the admin section under system preferences.

eCAT works with profiles. A profile is basically a specific label command associated with a specific printer. A single printer can have multiple profiles within eCAT -- each profile will represent a different label. 

eCAT comes pre-loaded with an example container label profile and a sample label profile. You can easily test these by selecting a profile from the table.

Change the name of the printer in the label profile form to the name that your operating system uses to identify the printer. Then select the test print button, and your label printer should produce the example label. Don't be concerned if the label is unreadable or not positioned correctly. Due to the large variety of labels and the various ways printers are built its impossible to provide examples that will suit all printers. As long as the printer prints then that means you are ready to create your own labels. 

To create a new profile select add new label profile in the barcode printing section. 

You will need to fill the following fields in the printer form.

Printing a Container Label

Before you can create any container labels you must first create a container within eCAT and also have a container label profile setup and ready to be printed to. The profile will need to have the print type "container" or "both".

First select the target container from the inventory section. On the left hand menu under the heading container you will find the "Print Barcode option". Select this and the following popup will appear.

The drop down list allows you to select  a target profile for the container. Select a profile and then select print. You should notice that your label printer has produced a label for that container.

Printing a Sample Label

Before you can print a sample label you must create them in eCAT, and they must also be assigned to a parent container. The profile will need to have the print type "sample" or "both".

Select one or more aliquots from the sample container, then select the print barcode icon from the toolbar which runs along the top of the container. The icon looks like this 

The following popup will appear.

 

The drop down list allows you to select a target profile for the sample. Select a profile and then select print. You should notice that your label printer has produced a label for that sample. If multiple samples are selected a label will be produced for each selected sample.