Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #83, Custom Fields

By August 22, 2018

Tip #83: Creating Custom Fields in Empower (Part 2)

Welcome back to Get Empowered! In the last Empower tip-of-the-week post for Empower CDS Software, we learned how to create a Custom Field (Tip #82).

This week, we will continue with Custom Fields and learn how to create a Custom Sample Set Field.

A Sample Field is something that identifies a sample and each sample can have its own set of unique identifiers. A Custom Sample Set Field is something that identifies the entire Sample Set. Common Custom Sample Set Fields are method type, column used, and mobile phase used. (View Tip #82 for the basic steps on creating a Custom Field.)

Let’s get started.

Step 1

Launch the new Custom Field wizard. On the Data and Type Selection screen, select Sample Set for Field Type and Enumerated for Data Type (Figure 1). The Enumerated Data type will allow us to create a list of choices for our Custom Field.

Empower Tips: Custom Field Wizard/Select Sample Set for Field Type and Enumerated for Data Type | Figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

On the Source Selection screen, a new selection is available called “Use As.” We will discuss Use As in a future tip, but for this Custom Field example, leave it at default (Figure 2).

Empower Tips: Source Selection screen/Select ‘Use As’ | Figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

On the Translation Definition Table, create the list of choices in the Translation column by clicking in the empty cells and typing. In this example, we have a list of three methods (Figure 3).

Empower Tips: Translation Definition Table/create the list of choices | Figure 3

Figure 2

Step 4

On the Name Entry screen, enter the name and click Finish (Figure 4). Remember to click OK on the warning message when it appears.

Empower Tips: Name Entry screen/Enter the name | Figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Open the project, launch the Run Sample window, and load the Sample Set Method. To make the selection for the Sample Set Custom Field, click the Sample Set Information tool in the toolbar (Figure 5).

Empower Tips: Select the Sample Set Custom Field/Click the Sample Set Information tool | Figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

The Sample Set information window will open and you will see a column for our new Custom Field. Click in the first empty cell and the created list will appear. Make selection and click OK (Figure 6).

Empower Tips: Column for new Custom Field/Click in the first empty cell/Created list will appear | Figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Save the change to the Sample Set Method (Figure 7).

Empower Tips: Save changes to Sample Set Method | Figure 7

Figure 7

Step 8

Create a View Filter to include the new Sample Set Field (Figure 8).

Empower Tips: Create View Filter with new Sample Set Field | Figure 8

Figure 8


It’s that easy!

Final Notes:  

  1. Sample Set Fields can be included in the report method as well.
  2. You can enter values for both Sample and Sample Set Custom Fields post run in the Alter Sample Set window.
  3. This procedure can be followed using the QuickStart or Pro interface.


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Next week in Empower Tip #84 – We’ll continue our series on Custom Fields and learn how to create a Component Custom Field


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