Matrix plate scanners are handy tools within the lab to quickly scan a plate/box to read all the barcodes exposed at the bottom. Benchling has the ability to read the output csv of the matrix scanners to perform actions within the Inventory application.
One scan will be able to perform any or all of the following actions:
- Container/well creation
- Moving existing containers/wells into a box/plate
- Moving existing containers/wells out of a box/plate
- Reposition containers/wells within a box/plate
- Make no changes to a box/plate
Matrix scanning will only work for boxes or matrix plates because both of these location types allow for physical container movement. Fixed plates will not work with matrix scanners as their wells are immovable.
How to use the Matrix Scanner in Benchling
To get started follow these steps:
- Navigate to your box/matrix plate that you’d like to provide updates to
- Select the “Actions” button on the right hand side of the box/plate
- Select the “Set from matrix scanner” option
- Paste the csv from your matrix scanner output
- Select the container schema that you’re modifying (Note: only one container schema at a time can be modified)
- Select next
- Review the changes to your box/plate and select next to finalize the changes
What should the Matrix Scanner csv look like
When pasting your Matrix Scanner csv into Benchling be sure that every container is separated by a tab or by a comma. Each cell of the input should reflect the barcode of the container in its respective position.
For example, if you had tubes in A1 B1 C1, and your spreadsheet indicates there are tubes in A1 B2 C3 then it will give you a summary of which tubes are moving within the plate (i.e B1->B2) or out of the plate (C1--> out) or newly in the plate (new tube in C4).
See this video tutorial for the full usage of this feature: