In almost every lab we mainly distinguish 3 major processes, which are, on the other hand, also very closely linked to each other. Firstly you have the administrative and business processes, which are focusing on optimizing your entire workflow. In addition, you have the numerous measuring instruments. By linking these and integrating them into the entire process flow, your lab becomes an even more efficient workplace. And last but not least, what about the huge amounts of data that are produced every day? Check out below which process automation solutions can bring your lab to the next level.
Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
A laboratory information management system (LIMS) is software that supports your modern laboratory's operations & daily routines. By using a LIMS, your lab can automate workflows, manage samples, track data, integrate instruments and much more. The features and uses of a LIMS have evolved over the years from simple sample tracking to an enterprise resource planning tool that manages multiple aspects of laboratory informatics.
A LIMS needs to be dynamic because the laboratory's requirements are rapidly evolving and different labs often have different needs, challenges and budgets. Therefore, a working definition of a LIMS ultimately depends on the interpretation by the people and labs involved.
Discover all the different functionalities, features and benefits of a LIMS below. You can start small and grow step by step, or immediately opt for a full-blown project implementation.
Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)
An Electronic Laboratory Notebook (commonly known as an ELN) spans far beyond just a replacement of paper. ELN’s are designed for scientists to streamline research activities, easily document research work and collaborate with researchers in or outside the organization. No more running around with USB sticks, copy-pasting, printing, cutting and gluing.
By using ELN, you can create projects, studies, experiments, add tasks…in your specific workflow. It captures, records, centralizes and protects scientific data in a way which provides a number of benefits to organizations such as searchability, shareability, reduced mistakes, password protection and making them ideal places to store intellectual property (IP). Additionally, moving to an ELN will gain your business considerable time, savings and lowered total research costs.
As we believe that a LIMS needs to be dynamic and an ELN is the user-friendly peel around it, it’s time to create your unique ELN.