Getting started with the FLUICS CONNECT app
You are only a few clicks away from testing FLUICS CONNECT for free:
- Downlad the app
- Register your FREE Workspace
- Add locations and items to your Workspace
- Explore the Excel import feature
What you need:
- A smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS)
- An email address
- A working internet connection
- A label printer is NOT required to get started. 😉
I. Download the app
II. Set up your workspace
Open the app and register with your email address.
Authenticate yourself with the confirmation code you receive via email
Follow the instructions to register your FREE workspace and give it a unique name. This could be something like “FLUICS lab” or an acronym that all your lab members can easily understand.
Invite an unlimited number of colleagues to your workspace (can be also done later)
III. Personalize your workspace
Once logged in to your workspace personalize your database to make it fit your lab:
1. Add locations and sublocations
Locations in your workspace are the digital twins of real locations in your lab.
Freely specify the name of each location and add to it as many sublocations as you need. A typicial location tree would be: Room->Freezer->Drawer->Box.
Freely move any location (including all sublocations and stored items) to another location at any time. In the example above one can add a new location for “Building” at a later time point and move the “Room” with all sublocations into it: Building->Room->Freezer->Drawer->Box.
Print a label for each location with a QR code and a unique ID to quickly access and update its content. For more information watch the “locations tutorial” on youtube.
Add virtual locations like “Templates” to save templates for different item categories. Learn more about templates in the step-by-step screenstory “Working with templates”.
2. Add items
Items in your workspace are the digital twins of your samples, reagents, instruments, etc.
Every item contains a required minimal information (name, owner, storage location) and optionally additional information such as properties and uploaded a pictures and files.
When adding new properties choose a name and select from one of the following input types:
It is also possible to add item series. All series items inherit the properties specified in the series. The individual items of a series can be later edited as they will be treated in different ways.
A typical example would be freezing 10 aliquots (tubes) of the same sample (same location and same content, concentration, volume, etc) where every tube gets its own label. Being identical at the beginning, each item will develop it’s own history.
Watch also our “series tutorial” on youtube for more information.
3. Excel Import
To upload your sample inventory form existing Excel sheets, use the email Excel import feature.
Important: First add the locations to your workspace to which items shall be uploaded. Once you tap on “GET TEMPLATE” you will receive an email with detailed instructions and an Excel template where you can paste your sample information from your existing spreadsheets.
Before sending the email back for upload, check the preview sheet to see if you pasted the right files and the what information will be printed on the limited space of the labels.
IV. Upgrade to a PRO Workspace to print labels
When you have explored the app’s inventory features it’s time to move on and start printing your own labels.