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LIMS system aids contract laboratory processes

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QSI’s WinLIMS has brought major efficiency improvements to a contract laboratory. MicroCheck Technical Services has laboratories in Trowbridge and Coventry, UK and offers testing and consultancy services to the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and allied industries.

Before WinLIMS, a largely paper-based system was used to record samples and results. This created a bottleneck at the reporting stage, with significant implications for clients holding stocks of foodstuffs pending a microbiology report.

After applying the LIMS system, throughput has increased by 50 per cent and many of the formerly manual processes are now fully automated.

‘We couldn’t have grown as we have without WinLIMS, and it’s now hard to imagine life without it,’ said MicroCheck’s general manager Bill Thompson.