In Labguru, you can scan barcodes, QR codes or DataMatrix of your samples and equipment. Find below the purposes of those functions and how you can use them in the system.
Scanning labels with barcodes allows you to quickly add stocks and equipment into experiment (into Samples or Equipment elements) and to better network your lab work:
Connect your barcode scanner. You can use any scanner or handheld device that is capable of reading barcode code 128.
Quickly add your stocks or equipment to your experiments by clicking on the 'Scan barcode' field in Samples or Equipment elements:
Add samples or stocks to an existing experiment, scanning your stocks barcode in the sample element
Add equipment by scanning its barcode to the equipment element
How to add barcodes to Labguru
If you already acquired samples with barcodes you need to add the barcode value to the stocks's 'Barcode' value" in the following options:
In the stock page. Edit the stock add the barcode value to the 'Barcode' field by scanning or typing it in.
2. Using the import/update function. Fill the barcode value in the 'stock barcode' column in the stocks import template, when importing new entries or updating existing ones.
You can also use Labguru's Label Wizard to create labels with barcodes of your own. When doing so, there is no need to define a barcode value, the Label Wizard will create for each stock or equipment a unique barcode.
QR codes can be generated using the LabelWizard, the matrix encodes to the unique URL of the stock/plate/storage/equipment items.
The QR can be used by scanning it with a mobile device using its camera. This will allow to click the link to open the stock page in Labguru and update it.
DataMatrix can be generated using the LabelWizard as well, the DataMatrix encodes to the unique ID of the stock/plate/storage/equipment items.
The DataMatrix can be used to add stocks to an existing experiment, scanning your stocks DataMatrix into the sample element.
Note that it won't code for the URL of the stock, only for it's ID.