The OneLab protocol designer is an interactive webpage, where you have the possibility to design a pipetting protocol. You can:
1. Add/arrange a labware on the virtual workbench.
2. Add reagents to the desired labware.
3. Design pipetting actions.
The protocol designer looks like this:
1. Main menu bar: The main menu bar consists of several parts. When you click on the area in the middle, which contains the protocol name and the project folder name, you are brought to the "Edit protocol" menu where you can change several general parameters. More details can be found in the article called “How to change general protocol parameters (“Edit protocol”)”. When you click on the contextual menu ( ⋮ ) on the right of the main menu bar, a drop down list with two options will appear: One of them brings you again to the "Edit protocol" menu, while the other exports the protocol as a “.onp file” on your own computer, giving you the possibility to locally save the protocol for later upload or sharing with other colleagues. Finally, when you click the triangular "Execute" button, a new menu is opened where you can choose the mode of execution (manual, semi-automatic with Pipette+ or fully automatic with Andrew+).
2. Protocol menu bar: The protocol menu bar contains four icons. The top two icons allow you to change the interaction mode between drag and drop pipetting and labware movement. Clicking the third icon, opens the "Add labware to the bench" menu. More details can be found in the article “Adding labware to the virtual bench”. Finally, the bottom icon opens a pop-up menu: the “Actions menu". Here you can choose from several actions or steps, that will be added to your protocol. Each of the actions is discussed in detail in its own article in the OneLab Help Center.
3. Importing multiple reagents button: The new function enables you to import a list of reagents into several tubes (or wells in a multi-well plate) directly onto the bench from any tabular data source (e.g. Excel, Word, Notepad, etc) with a simple copy/paste operation.
4. Steps tab: On the right hand side of the protocol designer, two tabs are present. The steps tab is by default visible and contains all the steps you add between the already present default steps: "Start" and "End".
5. Labware info tab: The second tab on the right side of the protocol designer is the labware info tab. When you select a labware on the virtual bench, more detailed information about this labware is displayed here. Besides information about the labware, you can also edit information about the liquid it contains at the start of the experiment. Finally, you can optionally add some extra user comments.
6. Protocol step list: This list is visible when you select the Steps tab. When you click a step in the list, the corresponding action is automatically made visible on the virtual bench (by means of an arrow). You can edit, duplicate or delete each of the steps, by clicking on the contextual menu ( ⋮ ) on the right, which opens a pop-up menu with these four options. By clicking the “reorder” button at the top, you can move the different steps that are already designed to update the order of execution.
7. Virtual bench: The virtual bench is the digital representation of your real laboratory bench. Here you may add labware and design your pipetting actions. We recommend to organize the labware on the virtual bench the same as the labware on your real laboratory bench, to avoid any confusion and to assist you in setting everything up both digitally, as well as in reality.
8. Zoom button: You can change the zoom level by clicking the - and + symbols, or alternatively you can fit the virtual bench with all of its contents to the screen.
9 Intercom Messenger: The intercom messenger gives you the possibility to contact the Andrew Alliance Service & Support team easily and conveniently in case help is needed. Additionally, a search field gives you access to our “Intercom Help Center”.