Thermo Electron has updated its laboratory information management system (LIMS) for global enterprises. SampleManager Version 9.0 is built on the Microsoft .NET platform, incorporates a Service Oriented Architecture, and has a new user interface.
Thermo also announced that it will work with customers to build industry- and application-specific functionality into SampleManager’s core to reduce customisation for industrial labs. Purpose-built functionality and workflows will be offered as standard in industries served by SampleManager – petrochemical, chemical, and mining, among others. This commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) approach reduces the risks and costs associated with customised implementations, maintenance and upgrades, and, for regulated industries, the cost of validating the system.
Because it is based on .NET, SampleManager will support Microsoft’s open, industry standard development tools. This allows Thermo to continue to support its single-use technology, VGL, thus preserving the custom code written for SampleManager’s extensive installed base.
The new ‘inductive’ user interface prompts users to take specific, pre-defined steps, making training and day-to-day use of the LIMS much easier, reducing errors, and offering a familiar ‘drag-and-drop’ look. Web result entry is all new, enabling remote users to get a sample and enter results over a web client.