Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

SG Systems is delighted to announce it’s latest software module available for Profession and Enterprise Versions (click here for versions).  The LIMS System (or ‘Lab Testing’ Software) allows manufacturers of products to perform a configurable set of attribute testing routines (often referred to as LIMS or Laboratory Information Management systems) in order to generate a Certificate of Analysis.

Lab Testing Made Easy!

Ensuring compliant formulations and products, V5 Lab Test System forces automatic quarantine of selected finished goods, pending the results from your laboratory testing process.

Standard Functionality

  • Ensures all LIMS testing is performed according to product specification.
  • Co-ordinate the approval of materials where multiple samples and approvals are required.
  • Prevent usage of expired or unapproved materials.
  • Create Certificates of Analysis from test results and store results for easy retrieval.
  • Testing of in process samples (WIP batches), finished goods or pass through raw materials.
  • Customized list of testing parameters, questions and responses.

Laboratory Information Management System

V5 allows batches to be sampled multiple times (or once), tracks the results and generates a Certificate_Of_Analysis for all your testing parameters.

Laboratory Information Management System 

From the main tile menu, a simple user interface presents the user with a choice of produced products and batches which require lab testing.

LIMS System Screen

Once the product is selected for lab testing, the user will be presented with a product image and a selection of questions with Pass / Fail or variable (numeric) input parameters.  Questions can be optional or mandatory

Products may be tested once or multiple times (See Certificate_Of_Analysis_Detailed Report.  The samples average and standard deviation is calculated automatically.  Successfully tested products are released from quarantine (hold) and cleared for shipping.  COA’s are available to print or email and automatically archived. What is a COA?  Find out here

LIMS Sample Hold Labels

Labels can be printed to identify samples currently in Lab Testing mode with the option to place on hold (auto quarantine) and suspended from shipping.  Several pre-formatted options exist which satisfy the majority of  customer installations.  Data matrix symbology is robust and allows multi directional scanning (perfect for industrial applications).

Laboratory Information Management System

Printing options exist for direct serial, usb and networked printing (wifi or hardwired) and support existing for ZPL (Zebra), IPL (Intermec) plus FTP printing for use with print servers such as Loftware & Bartender.

Lets take a step back – What is LIMS?

A laboratory information management system (LIMS) is a software-based solution with features that support a laboratory’s operations. Key features include — workflows and data tracking support, flexible architecture, and data easy to use exchange interfaces, which fully “support its use in regulated environments”. The software features in LIMS have evolved over the years from simple sample tracking to an enterprise resource planning tool that manages multiple aspects of laboratory informatics.

There is no definition of the term “LIMS” as it is used to encompass a number of different laboratory informatics components. The spread and depth of these components is dependent on the LIMS implementation itself. All LIMS products have a workflow component and some summary data management facilities but beyond that there are significant differences in functionality.

Laboratory Information Managment System Software

Historically the LIMS, LIS (Laboratory Information System, and process development execution system (PDES) have all performed similar functions. The term “LIMS” has tended to refer to informatics systems targeted for environmental, research, or commercial analysis such as pharmaceutical or petrochemical work. “LIS” has tended to refer to laboratory informatics systems in the forensics and clinical markets, which often required special case management tools. “PDES” has generally applied to a wider scope, including, for example, virtual manufacturing techniques, while not necessarily integrating with laboratory equipment.

Modern LIMS functionality has spread even further beyond its original purpose of sample management. Assay data management, data mining, data analysis, and electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) integration have been added to many LIMS, enabling the realization of translational medicine completely within a single software solution. Additionally, the distinction between LIMS and LIS has blurred, as many LIMS now also fully support comprehensive case-centric clinical data.

  1. What is the V5 LIMS Module? It’s a software module designed for product attribute testing and analysis, aiding in generating Certificates of Analysis.
  2. How does the LIMS system support laboratory testing processes? It offers a user interface for selecting products and batches for lab testing, with a system of questions and input parameters to guide the testing process.
  3. What are the main functionalities of the V5 LIMS? Key functionalities include compliance enforcement, coordination of material approvals, prevention of expired material usage, customizable testing parameters, and creation and storage of Certificates of Analysis.

  4. Can the LIMS system handle multiple sample approvals? Yes, it can coordinate the approval process for multiple samples.
  5. How does LIMS ensure material compliance and prevent expired material usage? The system has built-in controls to prevent the use of expired or unapproved materials.
  6. Is it possible to customize testing parameters in the LIMS? Yes, the LIMS offers customizable testing parameters.
  7. What kind of user interface does the LIMS offer for lab testing? It provides a simple interface to select products and batches for lab testing, with visual aids and input fields.
  8. How does the LIMS handle product testing and quarantine procedures? Successfully tested products are released from quarantine and cleared for shipping, while others are held until they meet the required standards.
  9. Can the LIMS system print labels for lab samples? Yes, it supports printing labels for samples in Lab Testing mode.
  10. What are the printing capabilities of the LIMS system? It offers various printing options, including direct serial, USB, and networked printing.
  11. What defines a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)? LIMS is a software-based solution that supports laboratory operations with functionalities for workflow and data management.
  12. How has LIMS evolved over the years? LIMS has evolved from simple sample tracking to an enterprise resource planning tool managing various aspects of laboratory informatics.
  13. What are the differences between LIMS, LIS, and PDES? LIMS is typically used for environmental, research, or commercial analysis, LIS for forensics and clinical markets, and PDES for broader applications including virtual manufacturing techniques.
  14. Does the LIMS integrate with electronic laboratory notebooks? Modern LIMS systems often integrate with electronic laboratory notebooks.
  15. How does LIMS manage assay data and data analysis? LIMS manages assay data through data mining, analysis features, and integration with other informatics tools.
  16. Is the LIMS suitable for regulated environments? Yes, LIMS systems are designed to fully support use in regulated environments.
  17. What industries typically use LIMS systems? Industries like pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, environmental research, and clinical laboratories typically use LIMS.
  18. Can LIMS handle comprehensive case-centric clinical data? Many modern LIMS are capable of handling comprehensive case-centric clinical data.
  19. How does LIMS support workflow and data tracking? LIMS supports these through its flexible architecture and easy-to-use exchange interfaces.
  20. What are the data exchange capabilities of the LIMS? LIMS typically offers robust data exchange interfaces for efficient data management and analysis.

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