Seamlessly Streamline Workflows Using CloudLIMS - A SaaS, in the Cloud Environmental LIMS Solution
Environmental testing is crucial to protect public health and our surrounding environment. Environmental testing laboratories perform a wide array of inorganic and organic chemical, microbiological, physical, and radiochemical tests on diverse environmental samples, such as air, soil, and wastes (liquids, solids, or sludges).
Laboratories face a myriad of operational and regulatory challenges. They are expected to screen new contaminants, meet strict detection limits, adapt to evolving regulatory changes, meet quality standards to assure testing accuracy, and report results in the fastest turnaround possible. Choosing the right LIMS is the key to overcoming these challenges.
CloudLIMS is a cloud-based SaaS LIMS purpose-built for environmental monitoring laboratories. It helps automate laboratory processes, configure workflows to screen new and existing contaminants, scale up operations to meet the increasing testing needs, and report test results to clients and federal and state regulatory agencies seamlessly.
CloudLIMS is easy to deploy and configure and enables laboratories to quickly transition from manual, paper-based processes that are inefficient and error-prone to an automated system for maximum efficiency. With CloudLIMS, environmental testing is swift, secure, and profitable.
Schematic Representation of a Typical Environmental Testing Lab Workflow
CloudLIMS - An Out-of-the-Box, Flexible, Ready-to-Use Environmental LIMS System
CloudLIMS is an out-of-the-box and ready-to-use automation solution for laboratories that conduct environmental testing. It offers several benefits such as end-to-end sample tracking, document management, instrument integration, and support for regulatory compliance. It also offers adaptable test definitions with adjustable action limits which can be specified for each test. With easy configuration tools, workflows and reporting templates can be customized to meet unique needs of each laboratory. Furthermore, since all data is stored in the cloud, CloudLIMS enables your staff to securely access data anytime whether your staff works from home or visits a client site.
CloudLIMS customers have realized benefits in the following ways:
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CloudLIMS helps manage QC samples such as blanks and spikes, automate calculations such as gravimetric calculations, Langelier Index, MPN, BOD, and others, and compare QC results with the actual test results to identify analytical anomalies. It supports test result validation and flags out-of-norm values in real-time to ensure that all results are accurate before they are sent out.
CloudLIMS supports instrument management through timely calibration, record management, and scheduled maintenance alerts. CloudLIMS tracks important details of all instruments used in environmental laboratories such as the date of manufacture, serial and model number, and the scheduled maintenance dates. It also sends out alerts ahead of the next maintenance and calibration so that all instruments are ready-to-use when needed.
CloudLIMS manages and maintains an up to date record of both internal and external documents including SOPs, testing manuals, drawings, and validated test methods. It tracks revision history of all documents and enables all authorized users to securely access the latest version of documents at all times.
CloudLIMS maintains an up to date record of all lab personnel, their qualifications, current and upcoming training schedules, and competency of staff for performing different tests offered by your laboratory. You can generate staff competency reports and send out notifications on upcoming training based on the unique training needs of each staff member. This enables you to prevent assignment of tasks to staff whose training is incomplete or is not current.
Monitor the movement of environmental samples throughout their entire life cycle by maintaining an electronic Chain-of-Custody (CoC). Furthermore, you can generate CoC reports in PDF and MS Excel file formats.
CloudLIMS - A Secure, Truly Configurable Environmental LIMS with a Built-in Quality Management System
Instrument & Software Integration
Environmental labs receive tons of varied samples on a daily basis and they also generate volumes of data continually. Manual transfer of data from instruments such as balances, spectrophotometers, pH and oxygen meters, Ion Chromatography instruments, particle counters, FTIR, PCR machines, GC, HPLC, and ICP mass spectrophotometers, to a LIMS can be time consuming and error-prone. For effective management of growing data volumes and laboratory automation, instrument and software integration is indispensable. Instrument and software integration facilitates data transfer from analytical instruments and software to a LIMS respectively, thereby eliminating chances of transcription errors, data redundancy, and ensuring data integrity. Furthermore, it helps digitize laboratory workflows, saving time and resources and ensuring fast turnaround.
How CloudLIMS Supports Instrument and Software Integration
CloudLIMS supports instrument and software integration in environmental testing in the following ways:
- Instrument Integration: Most analytical instruments generate files in the form of CSV/XLS as standard outputs. CloudLIMS reads CSV/XLS files and maps the headers with matching fields in CloudLIMS. This enables a seamless transfer of analytical data from different analytical instruments to CloudLIMS.
- Software Integration: CloudLIMS supports integration with ERP, such as SAP, JD Edwards, Great Plains, Sage, statistical analysis software packages such as NWA Quality Analyst and SAS JMP, and others. The statistical software packages enable advanced downstream data analysis. Furthermore, CloudLIMS supports integration with third-party billing software such as QuickBooks, Peachtree. This enables laboratories to seamlessly manage critical business metrics and streamline their business operations.