In the left hand menu, select System Settings- Settings. There are a number of tabs to help you customize your mLIMS system. Be sure to save your settings after completing all tabs. The general system settings may only be accessed by the group manager or by users with access to System Settings. These settings are applied to all users in the group.
Select a tab to learn how to edit each setting.
The Main tab is for your general settings. On this tab, you can:
Add PI name (appears on cage card)
Choose Time Zone
Choose Name and Date Format and Currency Symbols
Enable an Audit Trail
***Remember to SAVE settings!***
The Cages Tab allows you to define your cage capacity, assign barcodes for cage cards, and determine if a protocol is required when setting up a cage.
Cage Identifications allow you to set up your location type and level to create a cage map.
When you set up your cage capacity, mLIMS will automatically create an alert on the home screen if a cage is over capacity (mLIMS does NOT include pups in overcrowding count).
If Is protocol Required? is set to yes, protocol will be a required field when setting up a cage.
Duplicate cage names can be allowed or disallowed. For example, if a cage is discarded, you may want to use the same cage name again.
You may add custom fields to your cage area. These fields will appear in your database view and in your add cages menu.
mLIMS automatically generates two types of cage cards: Breeding Cage and Holding Cage. A standard barcode and a QR code are provided.
You can choose a pre-designed card or choose your own.
See Also: Customizing your Cage Card
See Also: Printing Cage Cards
See Also: Scanning Cage Cards
The Animals Tab is the most detailed setup area, and has 3 sections. Be sure to save your settings after completing these sections.
1. Main Information: In this section, define adult age, the number of dams and sires per animals (if using trio or harem matings), your preferred age format (days, weeks, or year/month/day), and whether or not you will use automatic naming.
You can also disable strain category if desired (some labs prefer to just use genotypes for identifying purposes).
2. Animal ID (Optional): If you use animal ID's such as ear tags, you may indicate here. You may also choose Auto Increment to add ear tag numbers automatically, as well as perform a unique check when adding ear tags. You may indicate up to 6 types of animal IDs. If you do not wish to use this feature, simply leave them blank.
If you want mLIMS to name your animals numerically in chronological order, enter your starting number in the Prefix/Initial box. (ie: Enter 1 or A1 to have mLIMS name your animals 1, 2, 3... or A1, A2, A3...). Use unique check if you do not wnat animal names duplicated.
See Also: Naming Animals Automatically
You may use any animal ID you wish, simply type in the box to add a new item to the dropdown menu.
The Matings tab defines your breeding workflow. Up to 5 dams and sires may be assigned to a mating.
Define yuor delivery and plug days, and mLIMS will calculate dates for you automatically. You may also use duplicate mating names, if you would like to reuse a mating name of a completed mating.
Choose Create Mating Record Automatically to automatically create a mating when a cage is defined as a breeding cage.
See Also: Adding Matings
See Also: Completing Matings
Up to 5 Custom Fields are also available to add at the bottom of the page.
When you add a litter in mLIMS, it will automatically add the pups and set up a progress tool with releated tagging, weaning, and genotyping dates. Enter your standard tagging and weaning days to allow mLIMS to automatically calculate dates and create reminders.
Select from the Pups dropdown menus how you will add information when editing pups (share the same value, or may be different). The litter tool will automatically assign the same value or allow you to choose different values when adding pups. The fields shown will include custom fields added in the animals tab that aredropdown menus.
You may also add up to 5 Custom fields to the litter tool.
Define whether or not a total number of animals is required for protocols. This will prompt the number field in Protocols Setup to be a required field.
You may also add up to 5 custom fields. Any fields added may be viewed in your search and review settings.
See Also: Create IACUC Protocols
The projects tab allows you to specify if billing and/or protocols are required in the Project Setup. You may also add custom fields that can be added to your view and sort settings.
See Also: Working in Projects
The Users Tab contains 5 Custom fields to add more information about your users (Such as phone number).
See Also: Adding Users
Automatically Generated Dropdown Lists
All mLIMS Drop-Down lists are editable. If a choice is not available, you may type a new choice directly in the box. By default, all dropdown lists are set to auto-generate when new values are typed in.
Customized Dropdown Lists
You can also customize any drop down list available in mLIMS and limit users from introducing new values.
See Also: User Permissions
1. Begin by selecting the category to edit, and choose customized. Select your category to edit.
2. Add More fields by clicking the Add More link. Enter your field.
You may reorganize the order of your dropdown fields using drag and drop.
Delete unwanted fields with the Red X.
Your dropdown list will now appear when the field is needed.