Integrating your instruments and instrument systems to your LIMS, ELN, and other laboratory information systems (LES, SDMS) has long been recognized as an industry best practice. By doing so you will reduce transcription errors, thereby improving quality while simultaneously improving your throughput. Additionally, lab instrument interfacing greatly improves the scientist’s workflow by removing tedious manual data entry and cut and paste tasks. Improving the workflow of the scientist is a key factor in increasing laboratory information system adoption and utilization. Interestingly, it is not unusual that lab instrument integration is relegated to “Phase 2” of many ELN and LIMS implementation projects. If this is the case in your lab, you should remedy this oversight immediately.
How We Can Help with Instrument Interfacing to Your LIMS or ELN
We have developed and implemented instrument interfaces for virtually every type/brand of instrument and instrument system to a wide range of laboratory information systems. CSols, additionally, has expertise with a variety of commercial instrument integration systems including; LimsLink, Integration Manager, Instrument Manager, and LabStation. Instrument interfaces that CSols have developed and implemented run the gamut from simple one-way data transfers to sophisticated, workflow driven, multi-step programmatic interfaces.
Some of the more popular instruments and instrument systems that have been integrated to LIMS and ELN systems include:
- Chromatography Data Systems (CDS)
- Mass Spectrometers (MS)
- Gas Chromatographs (GC)
- Liquid Chromatographs (LC, HPLC).
- Instrument interface program/code
- Requirements Definition
- Design and Configuration Documentation
- Test scripts
Benefits Derived From CSols Integration of Lab Instruments to LIMS and ELN
CSols’ customers have realized tangible benefits by engaging with us to develop and implement their instrument interfaces to their LIMS, ELN, LES, and SDMS systems. These benefits include electronic record and IP protection, increased productivity and quality, and enhanced laboratory information system adoption and utilization rates. Once the scientists have gotten a taste of how interfacing their instruments to the LIMS or ELN solution improves their workflow and efficiency they quickly start envisioning how else these tools can free up more of their time to devote to science as opposed to mundane tasks like cutting a pasting chromatographs into their notebooks.
At CSols, we practice Excellence by Design™. When we work with you to integrate your LIMS and ELN systems to your instruments your laboratory workflow and work processes will become excellent. Your scientists will have more time to devote to science and your laboratory throughput and productivity will soar.