Upon saving the object properties, the new data is stored as a temporary session variable (that lasts as long as the browser stays open indefinitely). For long-term storage into a file, then you need to select the “Save objects” button which will save the data into a JSON file. There is a tool available for selecting, downloading, and uploading JSON object files that is accessible by clicking the “Manage object files” button.
The software contains a filemanager that stores object profiles. This makes it possible to store templates. This tool makes its possible to save, select, upload and delete files.
The robotic deck display is designed to work with different-sized robotic systems like small 3D printers or larger liquid handling workstations. At the top of the deck display, there is a tool for adjusting the width and height. The location of the objects is relative to the zero position being at the bottom left corner of the instrument this is where the instrument should be homed to.
This tool is used to craft macros segments. Here referencing the color codes are the different types of macros that can be developed:
- Custom macro list (green) – Select saved custom macros to make other macros
- Tip washing macro (blue) – Wash or just dry pipette tips
- Position to object (red)
- Position 4-way valves (orange)
- Multichannel syringe pump (blue)
- Wash, waste and pressure compensation pump (gray)
- Camera takes photos (green)
- Thermal block control (red)
- Macro assembler (orange) – This is the place where the macros are inserted
After selecting a macro segment and entering the data, the macro can be inserted into the macro assembler. Using the macro assembler tool, macros can be selected and saved or deleted. If saved you can see the full LabAutoBox macro syntax in the Edit/Run view.
The ‘Build Macro’ tool is useful for crafting macros but they need to be tested and this is done in this view. Since there can be some syntax to some of these macros. The macros listed in the ‘Macro assembler’ box at the bottom of the ‘Build Macro’ view are abbreviated and so the full syntax is shown in this ‘Edit/Run Macro’