Note: you must configure your box schemas (e.g. 9x9, 10x10) and plate schemas (e.g. 96 well plate) before creating individual boxes and plates as shown in this article

Box Creation

Once the location hierarchies are created in Benchling, you can begin to create new Boxes.

  1. Single Box Creation:
  • Click into the Storage section of the registry and select the “+” button → Create Box.
  • Choose the Box type you would like to create and then search for the location you'd like to store the box within.
  • Choose the name for your box (if no name is specified Benchling will use the barcode as the name).
  • Fill out the Project field if you want to limit access to this box with a specific project's permissions.
  • Click the Create button.

Note: If the Project field was not filled out at creation, access controls can be implemented at a later date.

2). Bulk Box Creation (via a spreadsheet):

You can also bulk import boxes via a spreadsheet and Benchling's data importer.

  • Click into the Storage section of the registry and select the “+” button
  • Select the Box tab → Import Boxes.
  • The spreadsheet only requires 1 column to list the barcode of the parent location where the boxes should be created and stored. 

Note: If this is the only field that is specified, Benchling will auto-generate a new Box (and assign that Box a barcode) for each row in the spreadsheet.

  • If you would like to use your own barcodes, include a second Box Barcode column in your spreadsheet (make sure to map the "box barcode" column in the spreadsheet to the "barcode" field in Benchling).
  • You can also specify a "box name" or additional metadata fields in your spreadsheet.

Plate Creation

You can create plates in a similar way to creating boxes.  

  1. Single Plate Creation:
  • Click into the Storage section of the registry and select the “+” button → Create Plate.
  • Choose the Plate Schema you would like to create and then search for the location you'd like to store the plate within.
  • Optionally, choose the name for your plate (if no name is specified Benchling will use the barcode as the name).
  • Optionally, fill out the Project field if you want to limit access to this plate with a specific project's permissions.
  • Click the Create button.

You can create plates in bulk just like you can boxes, using a spreadsheet as well.

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