Each sample needs a barcode. It is not possible to analyse a sample without it. We advise to print at least 3 barcodes per order. One barcode is placed on the original sample bag, the other barcodes are kept with the sub-sample during processing. One barcode should be placed on the small sample tube that is used for the original analysis. The last barcode is placed on the pot that contains the remaining processed sample as a spare.
It is necessary to activate the barcode printing application before you can print. The application is accessible from your desktop and should always be activated before you add a barcode to the print queue. The application can run in the background while you work with the Portal. SoilCares has installed the printer application before the lab was shipped to you. It is possible to download the app again. We explain how this works later in this article.
Print barcode after registration
The option to print the barcode is shown during the order registration. Select the number of requested barcodes and the ‘Add to print queue’ button.
The new barcode will be added to the list of barcodes in the printer application. Check in the app the box of the barcode(s) you want to print and click 'Print Barcode' as shown in the image below.
If you need an extra barcode for a sample, then you can print new ones via 'Analysis tracking – Unfinished soil orders' tab. If the report is already produced then you can print extra barcodes via the 'Reports' tab, double click the green arrow in the first column and select the 'print barcode' option.
Pre-printing barcodes is only needed for users who work with the SoilCares Sample Take app on their phone. Each barcode can only be used once, so first check the last barcode that you registered in the Portal. Barcodes consist out of a predefined set of letters and numbers that need to be maintained, e.g. AAAON01234A17. The first 3 letters (AAA) are the spectrometer code of your lab, letter 4 and 5 are related to your Portal account. These letters should not be changed. The numbers 01234 are counting the number of barcodes that are registered that year. The next barcode in line should be 01235. The letter A is used to define the sample type. All soil samples have the letter A on this location. All feed samples have the letter B on this location. The number 17 defines the year, 2017 in this case. At the start of the new year, the registration also starts anew. The first barcode to be pre-printed in 2018 in this example is AAAON00001A18. Registered barcodes from a previous year can still be finished when the new year starts.
Let's say the last registered order is AAAON01234A17 and the user needs a 100 pre-printed barcodes. In that case the information in the Barcode printer app should look as shown in the image below.
Barcode printer application
The barcode printer app needs to be installed on your computer before you can print. SoilCares does this for you before the lab is shipped to you. If you replace your computer or connect an extra computer to your lab then you need to install it again. You can do so via the Settings option that is accessible via the menu in the upper right corner of your window. Select 'Settings' and click the download button of the Barcode Print Application.
Unzip the folder on your C drive and create a shortcut of the 'SoilCaresPrinterApplication.exe'. Place the shortcut on your Desktop.