A plate is a visual representation of a 96-well plate, primarily used to select, group and separate samples.

FCS samples on a plate go through particle analysis together using a single barcode.   If multiple different barcodes are mixed in the same plate, it is imperative to break the plate down into its sub-plates, otherwise the results will be unreliable.   For instance, if one barcode is a 70 plex and the other is a 20 plex, there is no appropriate basis for analyzing the samples from each barcode together. 

Plates can be broken down either through the GUI or by using a sample sheet.

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