Getting started with the FLUICS CONNECT app

In the following tutorial you learn step-by-step how to get started with the FLUICS CONNECT sample inventory app.

  • You only need a mobile device (Android or iOS), email address and a working internet connection.
  • No label printer is required.
  • No costs or hidden fees.

I. Set up your workspace

Step #1 Scan this QR code with your phone or visit your app store to download the “FLUICS CONNECT” app.

Step #2 Open the app and register with your email address.

Step #3 Authenticate yourself with the confirmation code you receive via email

Step #4 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.

[Optional] Invite an unlimited number of colleagues to your workspace (can be also done later)

II. 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.

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