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Innovative Laboratory Information Management System

AIS LIMS is a multifaceted software-based laboratory information management system which hosts a selection of technical features that support the running and efficient management of a laboratory. The system can be configured to meet virtually any organisation’s specific needs and requirements. Time can be saved and project costs reduced by automating tasks, integrating equipment and systems and streamlining processes.

Security

Protecting your AIS LIMS software is important to us. Our LIMS software is protected by 64 bit encrypted password security which ensures only designated and trusted users are able to access your sample data. Should you wish to have different security levels and accessibility rights; users can be given profiles which restrict them to certain areas. Users will normally log themselves out of the system, but the system can also be configured so that it automatically logs users out after a specified period of inactivity.

Navigation

AIS LIMS is accessed via a simple series of user-configured menus and toolbars controlled using various security levels or user profiles. Navigation can also be achieved via a “Control Centre” showing views and actions relevant to particular user activities. Different security levels and profiles may be assigned to users allowing management of access to restricted activities such as sample and results approval.

Automation

AIS LIMS can be run from the command line enabling scheduled automation of many routine tasks including data collection from instruments. By collecting data in this way, transcription errors are minimized which reduces the need for costly retesting.

Sample Registration                                                           

AIS LIMS allows samples to be registered quickly and efficiently into the system. Samples logged into the LIMS are given unique sample numbers. All actions performed against a sample are recorded to ensure traceability and regulatory compliance. Samples can be registered individually or in groups and can be registered from files created from sampling programs, stability profiles, or other systems such as AIS labPortal. We are able to incorporate familiar terms of reference into sample registration screen designs, thus reducing errors and saving the user time and effort. Labels displaying sample numbers as barcodes, plus relevant and useful sample information, can be designed and produced, as can complete lists of registered samples and required tests. Sample receipts containing registered sample details and pricing can be emailed directly to clients for confirmation prior to commencing analysis.

Scheduling                                                            

AIS LIMS software offers several ways in which work can be scheduled and automated. Worksheets can be generated to serve as either loading lists for instruments or result entry forms. These are simple to use and allow the inexperienced user to enter data into the system quickly and accurately, limiting the opportunity for errors.

Results Entry  

AIS LIMS software allows results to be entered in a variety of formats supporting all required input. Our software allows results to be entered manually at the keyboard or automatically from instrument files and for simpler interfaces (e.g. balances) through a keyboard capture system. Data captured directly from laboratory instruments gives benefits in data accuracy and in the speed of data entry which improves the performance and efficiency of the lab. User training records, instrument records and analytical quality control (AQC) targets are utilised by the software for results entered or generated in order to ensure validity, accuracy and precision.

AIS LIMS supports the use of user-defined calculations in its worksheets, and has the ability to automatically extract results from the database and process calculations internally. This automation removes errors made during manual calculation processing and eliminates the need for costly retesting. Any changes to the input values automatically triggers recalculation of derived values.

Validation and Approval                                                    

The sample approval process allows designated users with the designated permissions to allocate “validated”, "approved", "failed", or “withdrawn” status to a sample or group of samples. During the approval stage, (which may also be automated) the user is able to examine all data associated with the sample. This includes associated documents, audit trail, quality (AQC) data and historical results so that these can be evaluated prior to approving samples. General, specific, or statistical limits which are applicable can be displayed and limit infringements highlighted and brought to the attention of the user prior to approving results.

Reporting                                                             

AIS LIMS includes a proprietary report designer which allows trained users to create any number of report templates. AIS LIMS also supports third party reporting tools such as Crystal Reports and Microsoft Excel. This flexibility in 'output source' ensures compatibility and customer satisfaction.

AIS LIMS reporting modules allow you to deliver results to your customers in a number of different formats. We offer several different report styles for both hard copy and electronic output of both individual and multi-sample reports which the user is able to select and customise.

Views                                                    

AIS LIMS supports any number of user-defined views of LIMS data as tables or graphs from which many actions can be launched. Views may be associated with user profiles so relevant views are shown upon logging into LIMS. View contents can be automatically updated on a timed basis or on completing certain actions.

Analytical Quality Control                                                

Analytical Quality Control (AQC) is a framework for monitoring accuracy and precision of analytical measurements. The main purpose of AQC is to:

  • Provide confidence in analytical measurements
  • Demonstrate compliance with performance targets
  • Obtain timely warnings of deteriorating trends
  • Validate new analytical methods or instrumentation
  • Meet requirements of accreditation schemes (e.g. FDA, GLP, UKAS)

AIS LIMS AQC software is an optional accessory which can be purchased alongside the LIMS to provide a basis for interactively scheduling, recording and checking analytical results against known quality standards.  This ensures reliability of results and helps to improve performance and maintain accuracy.

The AQC module is capable of measuring multiple standard and known reference materials as well as duplicate sample analyses and recovery in spiked samples.  AQC warnings and actions are audited and are displayed during result entry and approval processes. AQC results can be reported as a statistical summary and control charts can be generated to allow trends to be monitored. Automated processes can be configured to generate a series of AQC charts for selected determinations. AQC breaches are automatically logged and stored as part of the software’s audit trail which is essential for traceability.

For further information about AIS LIMS Software solutions please call +44 (0) 1531 828930 or alternatively email sales@ais-lims.com

Customer Quotes

SRUC Ths Scottish Agricultural College

The use of AIS LIMS at nine SAC laboratories plus all four Scottish Public Analyst laboratories and several contract analysis laboratories ensures that AIS maintains a strong presence in Scotland...

Glasgow Scientific Tracy Macbeth - Laboratory Manager

Glasgow Scientific Services, one of the largest Local Authority Public Analyst Services in the UK, has been using AIS LIMS since 2000, processing some 30,000 diverse sample types every year. The initial capital investment in moving to AIS LIMS was...

Tata Global Beverages Dr. Andrea Petronda

I found AIS extremely professional. They were able to design and implement a fantastic LIMS which has greatly improved our sample turnaround time. The staff were very helpful and accommodating, willing to offer advice and solutions. AIS have...

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