Quantum TIME Savings with LIMS Deployment

Oral Presentation

Prepared by D. Gandhi, C. Paszko
Accelerated Technology Laboratories, 496 Holly Grove School Road, West End, NC, 27376, United States

Contact Information: [email protected]; 910-673-8165


As analytical testing laboratories increasingly adopt more automation (auto samplers, automatic data uploads, automated calculations, etc.), the price per test for quality analytical data/results remains fairly consistent. The competition among contract analytical testing laboratories is fierce, so laboratories that can leverage automation to save time, will have a strong competitive and financial advantage. Contract environmental testing is a mature market and once laboratory managers have optimized their operations, wise managers and leaders turn their attention to automating the human resource aspect of their operations and their processes. ATL’s subject matter experts have over two decades of expertise in laboratory automation and have performed hundreds of gap analysis’ or needs assessments. We have learned that key areas that draw the most resources and frequently cause bottlenecks are sample login or accessioning, importing instrument data (if done manually), and quoting/invoicing/reporting. In addition, customer service, which includes calls regarding a sample status, re-sending invoices, questions on requested testing, understanding the results, and IT concerns such as unavailable servers, PC problems, email issues, failed data backups, viruses, etc., are recurring siphons of time. Part of the needs assessment that we perform includes detailed workflow analysis with recommendations for maximizing resources and productivity. This talk will describe tools that we have deployed which have significantly maximized our client’s technology investment and enormously enhanced productivity. These tools include an integrated LIMS/ERP solution, secure web portal for 24/7 self-service data access, a LIMS Kiosk for clients to submit samples directly to the laboratory, Positive ID, Instrument and Enterprise integration, and leveraging Software as a Service (SaaS). Outsourcing IT makes financial sense, allowing our clients to focus on their core competency – enhancing data quality, growing their laboratory business and maximizing productivity and profitability. To learn how your laboratory can become more efficient and experience quantum time savings, request our free LIMS Guide and a private consultation.