Integrating your instruments to your ELN, beyond simple cutting and pasting, has long been recognized as an industry best practice. Doing so will reduce transcription errors, increase data quality and integrity while simultaneously improving your lab’s productivity, effectiveness, and innovation level. Additionally, integrating your lab instruments 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 the integration of a laboratory’s instruments is relegated to Phase “N” of many ELN projects and that phase never seems to get kicked off! If this is the case in your lab, you should remedy this oversight immediately and integrate your instruments to your ELN.
How we can help you integrate your instruments to your ELN
We have interfaced 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 middleware systems and several traditional integration packages that may or may not be utilized depending on the ELN you have implemented. Instrument interfaces that CSols have developed and implemented run the gamut from a simple one-way data transfer to sophisticated, workflow driven, multi-step programmatic interfaces.
Some of the more popular instruments and instrument systems that have been integrated include:
- Interfacing of Instruments to the ELN
- Chromatography Data Systems (HPLC, UPLC, LC/MS, etc.)
- Plate Readers
- Liquid Scintillation Analyzers
- Gamma Counters
- Balances, pH Meters, Calipers
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Benefits derived from interfacing laboratory instruments to ELN
CSols’ customers have realized tangible benefits by engaging with us to integrate their instruments and instrument systems to their ELN or LES. These benefits include electronic record and IP protection, increased productivity and quality, increased levels of innovation and discovery, and enhanced laboratory information system adoption and utilization rates. Once the scientists have gotten a taste of how interfacing their instruments to the 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 and pasting chromatographs into their notebooks.
At CSols, we practice Excellence by Design. When we work with you to integrate your ELN or LES 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, productivity, and rate of discovery will soar.