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LabCollector offers integration of rack scanners to increase the automation process in labs thereby reducing data entry errors. LabCollector scan server uses TCP/IP server that can send results over local/remote networks. Thus, data can be imported from rack scanners & a file can be generated that is then integrated into LabCollector LIMS. Our add-ons like tube sorter can work hand-in-hand with rack scanners to ensure automated efficient sample tracking.

Scanners always work with their own software. Micronic Tracxer code reader work with tracxer code reader software.

However, AgileBio’s ScanServer allows for the conversion of scan results into a rack/tray map file comprehensible by LabCollector using Batch generator (Rack Scanner) tool. 

To set up the scan server follow the below steps:-

1. AgileBio ScanServer Installation & LabCollector set up

2. Micronic Tracxer code reader scanner setup & configuration

  • Configure AgileBio Scan Server with Micronic Tracxer code reader

3. Scanning the Racks

1. AgileBio ScanServer installation & LabCollector set up

  • LabCollector offers integration of rack scanners to increase the automation process in labs thereby reducing data entry errors.
  • LabCollector scan server uses TCP/IP server that can send results over local/remote networks.
  • Please read further our KB to know how to setup Scanserver with LabCollector Batch generator (Rack Scanner).

2. Micronic Tracxer code reader setup & configuration

  • Install your scanner and the latest version of Tracxer code reader software
  • Ensure that Tracxer software has the default value for the Output file option
  • To use the ScanServer and Batch generator (Rack Scanner) tool with Tracxer software (see KB-Rack scanner installation), default values have to be used in Tracxer software Code Reader from Micronic.
  • Under Advanced menu, Output File, check that you have the same default values and apply new settings.

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    NOTE: Be aware that a license for both the scanner and LabCollector software is required for proper functionality.  If one or more licenses are missing (or on demo mode), the connection may fail or only provide a selection of the items scanned.   

  • Configure AgileBio Scan Server with Micronic Tracxer code reader

    • Under the AgileBio Scan Server, click on the Options.

    • When you click on the OPTIONS the below box will pop-up.
    • 1. The server port is the same as in section 2 (Port 5151).
    • 2. Check the box Autostart if you want to start scanning using Batch generator (Rack Scanner) tool. 
    • Click on the Traxcer option in the AgileBio scanner and you will see the below options.

    • In the Traxcer section, the IP address, & timeout (60sec)are by default.
    • 3. You can choose the rack type defined in Tracxer software from the list. 
    • 4. Use the Register Control button to register DLL.
    • NOTE: Check your firewall about the Ports security.

3. Scanning the Racks

  • Start your scanner and open AgileBio ScanServer (DataPaq™ will be open in the background)
    NOTE: Tracxer software needs to be open in the background.

  • Start the AgileBio Scan Server process.

  • In the LabCollector go to TOOLS -> Batch generator (Rack Scanner) tool. Below the Batch generator options are explained in detail.
  • A. 1. Direct Scanner trigger input

    • This tool allows direct imports of scanned well rack/trays from several manufacturers (Micronic, BioMicroLab, FluidX, Thermo, Ziath, Biotillion…). 

    • The scanner generates a rack/tray map file that is loaded into LabCollector.

    • This accelerates sample registration with direct storage definition.

    • LabCollector recognizes scanner file formats automatically.

    • 1. Choose the rack that you set up in LabCollector from the list,

    • 2. Then click on Scan! button, the rack/box map preview will appear.
    • NOTE: JAVA has to be updated to allow the Scan! button to be active.
    • NOTE: If you have problems after the Process step, such as the list of positions not loading fully, please ensure that your php.ini file has a sufficient memory limit. The php.ini file can be found via the LabCollector -> Server Manager -> Configure Servers -> PHP Search for “memory_limit” in this file and increase the figure as needed e.g. 512M. Check the KB for more information on LabCollector server manager.
  • B. 2. Scanner Output or File Import

    • This mode allows you to import a file produced by a rack scanner and you can choose the correct format of the file.

    • 3. Here you can select the output file for the rack scanner.
    • 4. You can choose the file format from the options if you want the position, RackID, tube code, etc.
  • C. 3. Generic

    • The External Data Source part can be used together with the Direct scanner trigger mode if you want to import additional information about the samples at the same time.

    • 5. You can do generic settings like rack or box (which rows and columns) you don’t want to scan.
    • 6. You can choose the options depending upon if it’s a storage box or microplate.
    • 7. Here you can choose to automatically name the record.
          – You can assign an automatic name or add a prefix and suffix according to your requirement.

  • D. Processing options.

    • 8. Processing options allow you to process the box or plate by either forcing the specific position by row and column or labels.
    • 9. You can choose a field separator that you want in your CSV.
    • 10. If you want to add and merge more data together with scanned vials you can choose the format of the CSV.
    • 11. You can choose the file that you want to upload.
  • E. Rack origin and template

    • 12. Based on the template [choose a template to apply].
      NOTE: You can create this template by going to ADMIN -> SETUP -> RACK SCANNERS. Check section 2 of this linked KB.
    • 13. You can choose if you want to create a new tube/rack existing rack with a direct barcode read.
    • 14. This option allows you to choose the existing tube rack, enter the rack ID/barcode corresponding, which is already in LabCollector.
    • 15. Here you can replicate the existing rack, select tube rack/box in the list. In this case, the box will be saved as secondary storage of existing samples.
    • 16. This option allows you to derive to a new record from the existing rack.
    • 17. Here you can select the master tube or rack from the below options.
      NOTE: You can create the storage by going to ADMIN -> STORAGE -> MANAGE STORAGE. Check this linked KB.
    • 18. Once you have entered all the details you can click on process.

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