Driving Business Efficiency With a LIMS
No matter by who or where the testing is done one of the keys to making the analytical laboratory work is the management of data. While it is possible for third party laboratories to send results and certificates of analysis in the form of files by email to their customers, this can risk inboxes becoming overfilled and vital results being overlooked.
The alternative methodology is to provide the information in a format that a Sample Tracking system can upload directly, and associate it with the relevant samples, product, or batch. This information is available more quickly as it does not need to be processed manually, and it also avoids typographical errors through manual data entry. If certificates of analysis are provided these can also be associated with the relevant samples, product, or batch. Adopting this approach ensures that the data needed to make product usage or release decisions is quickly available, accurate and accessible.
An additional benefit is that the data is available in the Sample Tracking application and can be used for data analytics. The use of data analytics provides further opportunities to investigate trends and outliers, optimize processes, and make further cost savings. Statistical Process Control charts enable sample results within and across batches to be compared to find trends and warn of possible issues before they cause a line stop, or worse.
Management charts can be derived from the imported result data showing efficiency of the contract laboratory through turn-around time charts and other data. Multiple data sets from across the organization, including the Sample Tracking application, can be interrogated by data analytics tools, such as Microsoft’s PowerBI, to provide even more granularity and flexibility during investigative research.