Applied Biosystems and Mettler Toledo have released an integrated solution that is expected to improve the workflow and the transfer of information in laboratories for many scientific disciplines, including the life science, chemistry, food and petrochemical industries.
The solution provides researchers in these fields with the means to exchange data between precision instruments and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
The solution integrates Applied Biosystems’ SQL*LIMS with Mettler Toledo’s LabX Data Management Software.
The combination creates the ability to manage data more efficiently, while saving time and costs in day-to-day laboratory processes, when compared to using instruments that are controlled by their own software and that operate independently of any information management systems.
Applied Biosystems will sell, install and maintain SQL*LIMS systems and implement the integration of LabX software.
SQL*LIMS can be used by laboratories to manage the entire laboratory workflow, including raw materials, sample tracking and data collection. LabX Data Management and Instrument control Software controls all Mettler Toledo precision and analytical balances as well as titration instruments and manages the data they produce.
Once the two packages are integrated, SQL*LIMS takes sample data and, using LabX Data Management Software, sends all operator instructions to the Mettler Toledo instrument screen as a simple and intuitive user interface, so that users can operate the laboratory instruments as normal.
The software guides the operator through each step of a work list, ensuring standard operating procedures (SOPs) are followed to avoid procedural errors. It performs full data acquisition, data storage, and automated reporting and documentation for audit trails; data can be stored within the LabX database and/or the LIMS as appropriate.