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How open-source software could finally get the world’s microscopes speaking the same language

October 6, 2023
When it comes to laboratory data management, just like data management in every other industry, the trend is toward creating one unified infrastructure that can handle all of the many apps, databases and data communications that are often involved. But the problem is that they all seem to want their…
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From Vine to Glass: The Role of a Wine Testing Laboratory

October 4, 2023
A wine testing laboratory provides analytical testing services that support winemakers in ensuring the quality, safety, and compliance within the Food & Beverage industry. These laboratories play a vital role in the wine industry by helping maintain product consistency and providing consumers with high-quality and enjoyable wines. There are several…
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Exploring the Work of an Environmental Monitoring Lab

October 2, 2023
In an era when environmental concerns loom large and sustainability takes center stage, environmental monitoring (EM) laboratories stand as beacons of scientific inquiry, tirelessly conducting various tests that hold the key to understanding and preserving our natural resources. In contrast to other environmental laboratories that concentrate on specific areas like…
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Oops! Accidental Laboratory Discoveries

September 29, 2023
As Bob Ross, the American painter and host of The Joy of Painting used to say, “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” Apparently, painters aren’t the only ones can who turn a mistake into something amazing. Throughout history, some of the best scientific discoveries were the result…
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Making the LIMS Business Case: Getting Approval for a New LIMS

September 25, 2023
Download PDF There’s always a final straw. A file goes missing. A vital order’s turnaround time sets a record for tardiness. An urgent client report sits waiting for approval after a supervisor goes on vacation. Whatever that threshold event, it becomes obvious that the way your lab has always worked…
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Healthcare: Choosing Convenience Over Primary Care

September 18, 2023
In our lifetimes, health is the truest form of wealth, and maintaining health and a high standard of living depends on access to and availability of quality healthcare. To cure the numerous illnesses that one could suffer throughout their lifetime, it is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle and have…
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Informatics Tools in Clinical Diagnostics

September 18, 2023
Clinical diagnostics: From the doctor’s office to a more complex organization… Diagnostic laboratory testing can involve quite a few moving parts: health insurance companies, having the doctor’s orders directed to them and the lab, dealing with forms (or completing them on a computer or smartphone), actually having samples taken, and…
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Soil Testing Labs Offer Insights Beyond Crop Maintenance

September 13, 2023
When we think about the Earth beneath our feet, we often overlook its remarkable complexity. Unseen to the naked eye, the soil holds a wealth of information crucial for agriculture, environmental management, construction, and beyond. Soil testing labs play a pivotal role in unraveling the secrets hidden within this resource,…
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Determining the Best LIMS Vendor for Your Lab

September 11, 2023
Choosing the best laboratory information management system (LIMS) for your lab will require careful consideration and typically starts with an introductory meeting with a LIMS vendor. During the initial consultation, you can expect to have a detailed discussion about your laboratory’s specific requirements, workflows, and challenges. The consultation allows both…
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28 Signs Your Lab Might Need a LIMS

September 6, 2023
There comes a point in every lab where the way things work just doesn’t anymore. Data gets scattered across paper files, spreadsheets, and a patchwork of laboratory systems. Manual processes can’t keep up with rising demand. Ultimately, customer satisfaction plummets with profound implications for the lab. All these challenges stem from…
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LIMS Functionality Spotlight – Portal for Oil Exploration Labs

August 30, 2023
Does your oil exploration laboratory need a client portal and why? For most of us, including oil testing labs, clients are the most important part of our laboratory’s business, whether they are external or internal. Let’s consider this: how easy, convenient, and fast is the sample submission and tracking process…
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A Fully Integrated View of LIMS for Manufacturing R&D

August 28, 2023
Executive Summary In the case of a manufacturing R&D laboratory serving a range of clients not only as an R&D resource but also as a quality and support/troubleshooting partner, there comes a time when the ever-increasing stockpiles of project documentation in the form of spreadsheets and, even worse, paper, become…
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Optimizing Multi-Lab Environments with a LIMS

August 23, 2023
Imagine this scenario: You have a cutting-edge DNA sequencing laboratory on the East Coast and a talented scientist who excels at chemical synthesis and compound screening working in your West Coast lab. Recognizing the potential synergy between their research specialties, the labs collaborate to accelerate their progress. However, they soon…
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Protecting Sensitive Data in Oil and Gas Labs with LIMS

August 21, 2023
In May of 2021, Colonial Pipeline, a prominent operator of a fuel pipeline network in the United States, became the target of a ransomware attack.1 This incident prompted a temporary pipeline shutdown. This caused disruptions to the fuel supply from Texas to the East Coast. The attack focused on operational…
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LIMS for Medical Device Testing Ensures Safety and Compliance

August 16, 2023
The medical device testing industry has high stakes, as laboratory results and recommendations directly impact public health and trust. The demand for safety and compliance is ever-present, prompting laboratories to seek innovative solutions to keep pace with the evolving regulatory landscape. Laboratory information management system (LIMS) software is a formidable…
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20 Key Features to Look for in a Modern LIMS

August 14, 2023
When evaluating a laboratory information management system (LIMS) solution, you should consider several key features. Here we choose 20 critical features your modern LIMS should have. Sample management: This includes sample tracking, identification, and storage capabilities, including barcoding and RFID integration. Efficient sample management ensures accurate tracking and identification, in…
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LIS vs. LIMS: Does it Matter in Healthcare?

August 9, 2023
Whenever a healthcare laboratory decides to upgrade the way it manages its data, managers must confront questions regarding LIMS and LIS like: Do we get a laboratory information system (LIS) or a laboratory information management system (LIMS)? How exactly is a LIS different from a LIMS? Are an LIS and…
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Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Innovations

August 7, 2023
By the third grade, most children have been taught that about 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. However, of all the water on our planet, more than 99 percent of it is unusable by humans and many other living things.1 Scientists, business owners, non-profit organizations, and governments…
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Technology Trends in the Mining Industry

August 2, 2023
Mining is not a new industry and as it has evolved, the industry has benefited from various technology advances including the invention and advancement of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). In the beginning, miners would use primitive tools, digging mine shafts by hand. Eventually, miners learned that starting a fire…
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Out-of-Date Lab Tech Means Management Challenges

July 31, 2023
How informatics tools like a laboratory information management systems (LIMS) can help save your lab’s data and budget When was the last time you sent a fax?  They still find use in business where security is a concern although that presumption of a secure means of communication might be as…
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