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What are LIMS systems? They are laboratory information management systems widely used in industry (they are used for any type of industry where laboratory analyzes are carried out), which allow the management of quality control data in process.

A Laboratory Information Management System (Laboratory Information Management System – LIMS) is a software-based system that allows laboratory and associated data to be managed effectively by improve laboratory efficiency. An effective LIMS supports the operations of a modern laboratory and allows you to automate workflows, integrate instruments, and manage laboratory data and related information easily, simply, and reliably. LIMS also achieves that data is easier to store, track, and verify over time and through experiments so that laboratories can evaluate and improve operational efficiency.

From now on, all Cork Center Laboratory customers will have real-time access to all their data and histories through a web portal.

Main Characteristics of Laboratory Information Management

In addition to the key functions of sample management, instrument and application integration, and data exchange, there are numerous additional operations that can be handled in a LIMS. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Audit management: Track and maintain a full audit trail
  • Barcode handling: Map one or more data points to a barcode format; read and extract information from a barcode
  • Chain of Custody: Assign roles and groups that dictate access to specific data records and who administers them
  • Compliance: Follow regulatory standards that concern the laboratory
  • Document management: Process and convert data to certain formats; manage the way in which documents are distributed and how they are accessed
  • Instrument calibration and maintenance: Program fast and reliable interfaces so that data is entered by a human or electronic component
  • Quality assurance and control: Measure and control sample quality, data entry standards, and workflow
  • Reports: Create and schedule reports in a specific format; schedule and distribute reports to designated parties
  • Time tracking: Calculate and maintain processing and handling times in chemical reactions, workflows, and more
  • Traceability: Show audit trail and/or chain of custody of a sample
  • Workflows: Track a sample, a batch of samples, or a “batch” of batches through its life cycle