Even within a field as narrow as environmental analysis, there are different requirements for different laboratories. A wastewater site lab, for example, may need different functionality than that required by a commercial environmental lab. Most environmental scientists understand the benefits a LIMS can bring to their operation. Among the more obvious ones, a LIMS can help to:
Improved Turnaround Time and Work in Progress
One of the most critical parameters in many environmental labs is turnaround time since many environmental samples are time-sensitive, and the accuracy of the result can be impacted if holding times are exceeded. By automating data entry tasks and utilizing pre-defined templates for sample analysis and entry, routine sample lists can be created and in seconds.
Many labs include sample turnaround statistics in their month-end reports. SampleManager LIMS allows managers to generate these reports simply and quickly, and to view trends over longer periods. Furthermore, SampleManager LIMS allows several filtering and grouping options, so that managers can identify problems within particular areas, such as sample preparation, or with certain analytical equipment. This type of information is invaluable and allows managers to make informed decisions to improve the efficiency of resource allocation.
For most labs that analyze environmental samples, accreditation is mandatory for regulatory agencies, however tougher standards are making it increasingly difficult to meet accreditation or certification guidelines. SampleManager LIMS is specifically designed to conform to state or national accreditation standards such as ISO 17025 and UKAS, allowing lab managers and QA officers to concentrate on other areas, knowing that the data management requirements such as audit trails, electronic signatures and data integrity are fully met.
Real Time Data Analysis and Quality Control
By providing operations with up-to-the minute analytical data, SampleManager LIMS allows them to adjust process conditions in a timely manner, and to respond to upsets with the minimum of delay.