Facilities can be used to capture information about a particular building, laboratory, or even an area within a large lab. Once a facility has been defined, equipment can be associated with that facility and arranged on a floorplan image of the lab. Real time status from the equipment will then be added on a dashboard view to give you an at-a-glance picture of the state of that facility.
Here is an example to show how a facility can be defined:
Here is an example of a suitable floorplan image to use for the Facility. It is a png file extracted from an architects scale drawing of the lab. Black and white images work well when the colour equipment images are placed on top later.
To associate equipment with the new facility, visit the equipment record and start typing the name of the facility as shown below. You will be offered matching facility names to select from a dropdown list.
Once equipment has been associated with a facility, go back to the facility edit screen to arrange it on the floorplan as follows:
|Move equipment||Click and drag anywhere near the center of the equipment image.|
|Resize equipment||Click and drag from the bottom right corner.|
|Move status info||Click the rotation icon in the title of the status box.|