Marine consultancy turns to LIMS

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A leading UK marine consultancy, survey and laboratory testing specialist, Emu, is using QSI's WinLims Rental solution for laboratories to enhance the accuracy, efficiency and traceability of its lab procedures to improve the organisation's microbiology and water quality laboratories’ customer service.

Emu employs worldwide services in support of infrastructure planning, consenting and development, environmental protection and resource and facilities management. The company supplies services to support organisations working in the marine aggregates, power and renewables, oil and gas, water utilities, ports and harbours, coastal engineers, facilities management and leisure sectors.

Emu is using the WinLims Rental system in the company's microbiology lab and its water quality lab which are both based in Portsmouth, UK.  Currently the system processes on average 120 water quality sample tests a day.

'When samples arrive at the lab we immediately register them on WinLims and then enter all results on completion of testing; WinLims then produces reports to be sent to our clients. The WinLims Rental system helps us with traceability of samples from our laboratory,' explained Christina Scott, microbiology lab manager for Emu. 'Emu is a UKAS accredited laboratory. From a traceability point of view the WinLims system's reporting feature is a major help.

'We needed the LIMS system to help us develop and expand. We used a paper-based system before and the WinLims system is definitely more efficient. We opted for the rental package due to cost efficiency. We had two or three companies come in to show us their LIMS systems and we didn't really see any difference between the services or the products being proposed apart from feeling that the QSI seemed the most cost effective. The other companies did not offer a rental option. The cost of licences was a key consideration. Some of the LIMS packages being offered by QSI's competitors would have required us to buy as many five or ten licences as a minimum which for our current use was too many.'