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High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Ion Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (IC-MS), Gas Chromatography (GC),
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS and GC-MS/MS), and software (Chromeleon CDS, LIMS, and ProteinCenter).

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Question for LIMS Users: Are You Optimizing Your Investment?

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Remind yourself what that laboratory software is there to do - and attend a complimentary one-day event with industry professionals in the UK, London, Thursday May 1.

Take Control of Your Lab Workflow with SampleManager LIMS

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Exciting things are happening at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and I wanted to keep you informed of our latest developments. We’ve just come back from Smart Lab in Germany and Pittcon in Chicago - and are preparing for a full show season – Arab Lab is next week, and Analytica, the largest of the European events, will take place first of April. What are we excited about?   We’ve just launched our Lab Execution System (LES), the newest set of functionality for SampleManager LIMS.  Now SampleManager LIMS offers instrument integration capabilities through our Integration Manager, raw data storage and retrieval through our SDMS capabilities as well as the new LES functionality, making SampleManager LIMS the most comprehensive paperless lab solution available today.  SampleManager is currently the only Informatics solution to combine LIMS, LES and SDMS functionality on one enterprise-level platform.  The new LES is web-based, built on and fully integrated with the Thermo Scientific enterprise-level LIMS platform, allowing the LES functionality to be executed from the LIMS or from any web browser. I’ve got a short video  for you to watch, featuring Trish Meek, from Thermo Fisher. She took the time on the floor of Pittcon to talk about some of the key features of the new Lab Execution System and why this functionality brings our paperless lab offering full circle for our customers. 

LIMS Delivers Lab Data that can Transform a Business

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There’s a lot of conversation these days about data, where it comes from, who needs it and how to manage it. For industries in all market segments, data is being generated at such a pace that it requires new thinking in terms of how that data is captured and managed.  For companies that rely on laboratory data as a key contributor to their business metrics, the issue is compounded by regulatory concerns, the need for more collaboration and data sharing with multiple parties and, in some cases, privacy concerns where individual or patient information is captured.  For all of these businesses, a laboratory data management system (LIMS) is an essential component of a sophisticated laboratory environment, enabling the lab to fully integrate all of its instrumentation and equipment, and by further integrating the laboratory with existing enterprise systems, enabling the use of lab data as a key business metric delivered to management.  Companies that fully explore and invest in enterprise integration strategies have more opportunity to capitalize on new growth opportunities and give themselves the agility to take active steps to transform the business as management requires.

LIMS Webinar - Lean Lab Informatics and the Paperless Lab

A LIMS Solution for Pharma Manufacturing

Many organizations have made significant investments in enterprise and laboratory tools, technologies and solutions to improve productivity, better manage data and optimize their business processes.  ERP systems are used for enterprise connectivity, PIMS and MES are implemented at the manufacturing level and LIMS, CDS, ELN and SDMS are in place to support the laboratory environment.   While these solutions are designed to optimize each specific area of operation, they are not often integrated with each other. The result is that these solutions become data islands that are accessed by different users, with little connectivity to enable a smooth flow of information across the enterprise. This lack of connectivity is one of the key reasons many companies do not realize a full return on investment (ROI) or the efficiency gains they had planned.

LIMS and the Paperless Lab - An Introduction to Integration Manager

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There’s no question that one of the key drivers in lab-centric businesses today is connectivity – integrating all of the disparate instruments in the laboratory, such as chromatography and mass spec,  with data management systems like LIMS (laboratory information management system) or CDS (chromatography data system). What’s needed further is complete integration of these laboratory sources of data with enterprise systems such as ERP, PIMS or MES.  This type of integration now makes data available across the organization to anyone needing it, in real time, and this greatly enhances the ability of management at any level to make knowledgeable decisions that achieve key business metrics.

LIMS the Engine for the World's Largest Gas to Liquids Facility

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“A project of Pearl GTL’s magnitude hasn’t been attempted before,” said Ajith Kumar, senior business analyst for Qatar Shell GTL. “With billions of investor dollars and tens of thousands of jobs at stake, data management was a major priority. To maximize production with quick decisions, we needed condensed, accurate information at our fingertips at all times.”

LIMS Essential to Achieving a Paperless Lab

Just how costly are manual errors?

Imagine what you could do if you reduced the amount of time your staff spend manually collating reports, preparing samples, performing calculations, etc. There are significant savings to be found by reducing the time spent on these manual tasks and your scientists and lab personnel will be able to spend more time on value-added activities that generate revenue. Integrating the lab’s workflow and instrumentation within a laboratory information management system (LIMS) gives your lab personnel the freedom to focus on the science of the lab, while knowing that the data and documentation necessary for reporting and compliance is available for access within the LIMS when it is needed. 

Notes from a NELAC Auditor: LIMS for Compliance and Lab Efficiencies

LIMS for Water and Environmental Testing Laboratories

While many water laboratories currently use a LIMS for some activities related to managing samples or lab workflow, on the whole much of the sample and related data management is still done using manual collection and reporting processes using either paper lab notebooks or spreadsheets.  Manual processes introduce a certain level of risk: manual processes are error prone, the data is not searchable or collaborative in any way, and any manual process is more time consuming, taking lab managers and systems operators away from more value added work. 

LIMS Deliver - Improved Quality, Increased Yields and ISO Compliance

LIMS important component in chemicals manufacturing laboratories

Today we’re talking about the use of LIMS (laboratory information management systems) at chemicals manufacturing companies. These companies are challenged to be more agile than ever in their business processes. Because market forces are continuously driving these companies  towards a more diverse portfolio of customers, all with more specific product requirements, the organization must keep pace with these competitive changes. Agility in business requires agility in the laboratory.  Your day to day concerns in the laboratory are now the concerns of the business and just might have to do with the improving margins, maximizing yield and resolving quality problems.

LIMS and LIS: Converging Technologies Are Moving Science Forward

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One of the major goals of the translational research movement has been to bridge the gap from bench to bedside and any initiative to blend the LIS with the LIMS can be understood as an extension of this quest. The lesson from all of this is obvious. We now need to make an effort to understand the relative strengths of LIS and LIMS and proceed to develop new systems that capture the best features of each of them."

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