WinLIMS Improves Efficiency at Contract Lab
Feb 26 2008
Before WinLIMS, a largely paper-based system was used to record samples and results. There was a bottleneck at the reporting stage, with significant implications for clients holding stocks of foodstuffs pending a microbiology report.
MicroCheckâs invoicing was also affected, with an obvious impact on cash flow. Two years on, with the same staffing levels, sample throughput has increased by 50% and many of the formerly manual processes have been automated, as described by Erik Thompson, Site Leader at the Coventry laboratory:
âSamples are booked into WinLIMS via an electronic spreadsheet. Labels are generated automatically, and laboratory worksheets printed off in minutes. Results are automatically checked against customer specification limits held in the system. Because WinLIMS holds information in intuitively linked tables, itâs easy to extract data and present it in the clientâs chosen format. One customer has said that because of this, his internal reporting has speeded up by 2-3 days. Invoicing is also done direct from the LIMS data, which has improved our cash flow. Weâve also been able to seamlessly integrate data from our new laboratory in Coventry into the âparentâ WinLIMS system in Trowbridge.â
âWe couldnât have grown as we have without WinLIMS, and itâs now hard to
imagine life without itâ said General Manager Bill Thompson. Referring to QSIâs new software rental scheme, he added âWinLIMS Rental wasnât available when we started, but we think itâs the ideal solution for
companies like ours â our support contract with QSI is now on a rental basis.â
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