Integrating Lab Instruments with LIMS
Technological advances have led to a proliferation of analytical data that must be managed effectively. While this increased data volume presents the opportunity to improve innovation and enable timely and effective business decisions, it also presents significant data management and processing challenges. In order to meet the challenge of turning this data into knowledge, laboratories are looking to automate and integrate laboratory operations and processes as much as possible in order to provide digital continuity throughout the product lifecycle.
A LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), like any other information system, becomes more responsive and productive when it is integrated with other systems and applications in the laboratory environment. It is so for a number of reasons. Some of the most prevalent ones are discussed below.
Reason #1: Increase Productivity/Effectiveness
One of the best reasons to interface your instruments to your LIMS is the increase in lab productivity and scientist effectiveness. Removing the manual entering of data, or even the cutting and pasting of data from the instrument to the LIMS, saves a ton of time and effort.
Reason #2: Increase Data Quality / Data Integrity
Another key reason to interface your instruments to your LIMS is the increase in data quality and integrity that it yields. By removing the “human element” from the data transfer and entry equation, a huge source of error is removed.
Reason #3: Increase User Satisfaction and LIMS Adoption
No scientist enjoys the task of writing down results and entering data manually. Scientists want to do science! By integrating instruments with a LIMS, you save scientists a lot of time and tedious effort, ultimately improving job satisfaction and encouraging LIMS adoption.
Eusoft has a wealth of experience of interfacing instruments with the LIMS system. The ACQUIRE module takes data directly from the instrument or imports it from a results sheet.
The approach we adopt is to create a communication tool between a raw data file, produced by the instrument analysis, and the LIMS. This interface allows the user to track and acquire the results – not only to speed up the data acquisition when you have a large amount of results, but also to reduce the mistakes that can creep in when manually entering data.
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