Location Constraints and Restrictions

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General Rules being enforced

If ‘Allows boxes, plates and containers’ is false, creating or moving plates/boxes/containers in that location is not allowed.

If ‘Allowed inventory schemas’ is specified, any plates/boxes/containers being created or moved into that location are required to be one the specified schemas.

If ‘Inventory Capacity’ is specified, creating or moving in plates/boxes/containers in excess of that limit is not allowed.

If it’s already over capacity, no plates/boxes/containers can be moved in.

If it has n available spaces, n or less items can be created/moved in, but if n+1 are being created or moved in bulk, it will error.

Restrictions will be enforced in the following flows

Bulk spreadsheet import

The "Import" flow will display an error if boxes, plates, or containers are moved into a location not configured to accept them.

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Box, Plate or Container Creation Tables in a Notebook Entry

Inventory creation tables will display an error if boxes, plates or containers are moved into an incompatible location. 

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“Move” Modal from a Box, Plate or Container creation page

Errors will occur when attempting to move boxes, plates, or containers into a location not configured to accept inventory items.

The Location will not be selectable if it is not configured to accept Inventory items.

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Bulk move modal (e.g. from search/grid page or update containers table shortcut)

Bulk moving Inventory items into a Location not configured to allow Inventory items will trigger the following error when attempting to select the Location. Selecting multiple Inventory items and attempting to bulk move them into a Location not accepting Inventory items will cause the modal to display this error when selected.

Create box, plate or container modals (e.g. from inventory or global create)

Creating a box, plate, or a container and attempting to place it in a Location not configured to accept any Inventory items will result in this error when trying to select the Location.

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Creating or moving boxes, plates and containers from the Benchling API

Using an API endpoint to create or move a box, plate, or container into a location not configured to accept inventory items will generate the following error in the response body.

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Surface capacity of a box or plate in a lookup table

The available space of a box or plate will be shown in a lookup table. For example, this feature can be used to monitor the capacity of a dropoff box or can be used to view the fullness of an analytical plate to be tested.

Surface capacity of a box or plate on the box or plate metadata page

The available space a box or a plate has is shown in the metadata of the box or plate.

Find locations that are invalid 

In Global or Inventory Search, the filter can be used for locations that have a ‘Location Validation: Status’ that is “Failed”. 

The filter can also be used for locations that have failed due to a particular reason i.e. Search for locations that are “Over capacity”. 

Resolve location validation errors

If a location is shown as invalid, please reach out to your Organization's admins to resolve the errors or refer to the Structured Locations and Capacity article for Admins. 

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