Category: 2023

QLIMS for Water & Environmental Testing

QLIMS for Water and Environmental Testing

As a long-time supplier to the Environmental and Water & Waste Water public sector we understand that lab managers are facing pressure to meet testing demands with fewer resources. They need to do more with less and identify workload issues or bottlenecks. This is where QLIMS comes in. With a large global presence, we understand the fundamental issues our customers are facing. In this blog post, we will dive into QLIMS features for Water and Environmental Testing. 

First things first, what are the issues? 

  • Growing demand for transparency in testing means labs need to be increasingly transparent with their process, including auditable results and the removal of human error.
  • Lab managers are feeling the pressure to meet testing demands with fewer resources. The need to be able to do more with less and identify workload issues or bottlenecks.
  • Increased pressure to comply with new or increasingly tight industry regulations and often reliance on legacy systems. 


Sample and Test Management
  • Extensive sample and subsample scheduling functionality, including site sampling ensures end-to-end traceability and management of field sampling information. 
  • Preparation of analytical batches and their associated sample types and methods are linked to sample, customer, site, and project data.
  • Rounding rules can be configured per result to satisfy customer or regulatory demands. 
  • Add attachments to samples, batches, or projects and generate reports specific to the water industry to facilitate regulatory compliance 
  • Powerful calculation engine reduces the risk of human error and can accept both numeric and textual result entries. 
  • Automatic sample scheduling includes maintaining methods and limits of detection, which removes manual interaction. 
Customer Management
  • Capture all contacts, attachments, and manage specific reporting requirements of each customer (internal and external). 
  • Customer Portal with complete chain of custody allows customers to submit their own samples and have results and reports posted by the lab for their consumption. 
  • Project, job and sample templates capture customer and sample information to guarantee chain of custody. 
QLIMS Business Intelligence Suite

QLIMS offers Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards and visualisations that are powered by Kibana, an open-source data visualisation and exploration platform. Kibana is capable of analysing and presenting data in various forms such as charts, graphs, maps, and tables. It will take your laboratory data to the next level in line with our core philosophy of empowering scientists. OnQ Software enables customers to truly take a step forwards being more data-driven by:


  • Ability to connect to other systems and integrate with ERP. 
  • No need to include your IT department for extracting data in an understandable format, these in-built tools help you to become the owner of your knowledge.
  • Pre-configured interactive visualisations highlighting key laboratory metrics such as, batch, sample and test turnaround time, customer work analysis, cost analysis, site sampling analysis, cost per sample, error rates and more. 
  • Build your own visualisations to tailor the information to your lab.
  • Quickly display information for operational and or management reporting.QLIMS BI extends OnQ Software’s philosophy of breaking down data silos and enabling the laboratory to be its best.  

To learn more about how QLIMS can revolutionise your lab contact us today. 

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    Mastering the Data Maze: LIMS in Action

    Data Management with LIMS

    As laboratories continue to grapple with an increasing volume of data, implementing a solution becomes a necessity. LIMS is a solution designed to help laboratories manage their data effectively. With the increasing volume of data generated in labs, LIMS offers advanced features to streamline workflows and improve data accuracy. From sample collection to analysis, LIMS ensures seamless integration of data across the entire laboratory workflow. By adopting LIMS, laboratories can improve their efficiency and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs. In this blog article, we will dive into how LIMS optimises data management in laboratories.

    Data Management Benefits with LIMS

    Let’s Move Beyond Traditional Notebooks

    Navigating through the maze of lab data stored in notebooks can be a challenging task. While it may seem easy to jot down numbers or attach result printouts, the real challenge arises when you need to retrieve that information months later without any hassle. This becomes crucial when compiling reports or facing audits. Managing lab data often involves manual transposition into spreadsheets or databases, followed by constructing control charts and turnaround time calculations, which is a time-consuming and error-prone process. However with the introduction of a cutting-edge Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), these inefficiencies can be transcended.


    LIMS not only takes the hassle out of data management but also enhances control and accessibility. No longer do you need to manually transfer results; LIMS can seamlessly integrate with instruments and other systems. This integration brings forth a wealth of functionalities, significantly reducing the likelihood of manual data errors. Moreover, it fosters interdepartmental collaboration by providing convenient access to manufacturing data for easy comparison with lab data. In essence, LIMS doesn’t just simplify; it revolutionises lab data management, freeing your team from tedious manual tasks and empowering them to focus on what matters most—accelerating scientific progress.

    Understanding the Data Lifecycle

    Successful data management begins with a thorough understanding of the data lifecycle. LIMS takes a comprehensive approach, starting with the initial stage of sample collection. The system facilitates the seamless entry of sample data, ensuring accuracy and eliminating the risk of manual errors. As samples progress through various stages of processing, LIMS maintains a detailed and traceable record, capturing every step in the laboratory procedures.

    Automating Workflows

    A key strength of LIMS lies in its capacity to automate workflows, addressing the challenge of diverse laboratory processes. By optimising tasks such as sample preparation and analysis, LIMS not only reduces manual effort but also minimises the potential for errors, contributing significantly to enhanced data accuracy.

    Upholding Data Integrity

    Data integrity is of paramount importance, especially in regulated laboratories. It involves protecting and ensuring the compliance of data and records with regulatory standards. LIMS plays a crucial role in upholding these principles by providing a solid foundation for adhering to industry regulations and ensuring quality assurance. It ensures data integrity by meticulously documenting sample journeys and implementing strict quality control measures, making it an essential component of the laboratory workflow.

    Did you know QLIMS has been at the forefront of lab management for a quarter of a century? You can read one of our case studies with Comvita, one of the largest honey companies, here and discover how QLIMS revolutionised their processes, making data-driven decisions a breeze and boosting productivity by 20%.

    Our extensive experience has empowered numerous laboratories, transforming their data management and accelerating scientific progress. If you are ready to revolutionise your lab’s efficiency, just fill the form above to learn more!

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      QLIMS Business Intelligence

      QLIMS Business Intelligence

      Data has become one of the most valuable assets for any organisation, and laboratory data is no exception. However, accessing laboratory data has been difficult so far due to the use of outdated applications and architectures that underpin many LIMS applications.


      Business intelligence (BI) and artificial intelligence (AI) are now supporting the field of data science, making data analysis tools more accessible. QLIMS has traditionally managed all laboratory data to become the source of truth.


      Tools such as QLIMS BI can help organisations visualise this data and convert it into knowledge, which can take their organization to the next level.

      Continuous Development and Agile Methodology

      QLIMS is under continuous development, driven by agile methodology. Our full-time software engineers prioritise high-value feature additions through agile sprints, ensuring responsiveness to evolving customer needs. 


      Our team follows a sprint-based approach to work, which means that we break down our work into two-week cycles. This helps us stay responsive to any changing customer needs and priorities. Also, before we deploy any code to clients, we ensure that it undergoes rigorous manual and automated testing for both new functionality and regression issues.

      Ready to embark on a journey of enhanced laboratory efficiency and data-driven decision-making? Explore the transformative capabilities of QLIMS Business Intelligence today. Contact our team to schedule a personalised demonstration and learn how QLIMS can unlock the full potential of your laboratory data. Empower your scientists, streamline operations, and revolutionise your laboratory management with QLIMS.

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      LIMS for R&D Laboratories

      LIMS for R&D labs

      In Research and Development (R&D) labs, innovation is the most crucial aspect, and the data generated during the process holds the key to unlocking new possibilities. However, many labs face the challenge of efficiently managing vast amounts of data. This article explores how cutting-edge Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) provide solutions to these challenges and pave the way for streamlined R&D operations.

      Challenges in R&D Labs

      R&D organisations face several common challenges when dealing with outdated data management processes. Legacy systems, such as paper records and Excel spreadsheets, often result in inconsistencies in testing methods, variations in lab processes, and data access security issues. These challenges can lead to significant time wastage on administrative tasks, ultimately hindering the overall efficiency of the lab.

      Overcoming Challenges with LIMS in R&D Labs

      These challenges can lead to the question of how to navigate these challenges effectively. The answer is simple: implementing LIMS. Unlike traditional methods, modern LIMS acts as a centralised system that harmonises procedures and consolidates data across labs and locations. Laboratory Information Management Systems are designed to overcome the challenges faced in organising R&D data. 

      It helps to optimise resource utilisation, simplify request submission, and enable quick data extraction for further analysis. LIMS provides a comprehensive solution for ad-hoc and on-demand workflows and offers several tools for resource monitoring, work assignments, and an easy-to-use request and sample submission function. It also provides enhanced client interactions, allowing secure, sample submissions, and result retrievals. LIMS integrates seamlessly with various tools for efficient data analysis and export. It is possible to migrate your data within a few weeks.

      These benefits increase performance, enhance productivity, reduce errors, and integrate with other systems for automated data collection in R&D labs. With browser-based access, they reduce IT maintenance costs and provide flexibility in accessing lab information from any device.

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      Discover QLIMS

      Now, let’s shed light on what makes QLIMS stand out: 


      •  QLIMS is not just a traditional LIMS; it’s a state-of-the-art Software as a SaaS solution. Experience the ease of cloud-based accessibility, eliminating on-premise challenges and ensuring efficient laboratory data management from anywhere, at any time.
      • QLIMS boasts a best-in-class user interface, offering unparalleled user experience. Effortlessly manage and visualize data with a focus on efficient and visually engaging data presentation. 
      • QLIMS stands out with its flexibility achieved through a configuration-centric approach. Say goodbye to extensive customization through complex coding.

      As we explore the incorporation of advanced LIMS solutions in R&D laboratories, it becomes clear that this partnership is changing the scientific research and testing landscape. This is not just a technological upgrade, this is unlocking new horizons in exploration. Let’s pave the way for a future where innovation has no boundaries. Contact us today. 

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      How is AI Used in Labs?

      AI in Labs

      Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) transforming various industries, including laboratories. With AI revolutionizing laboratory operations, it’s time to explore how it enhances efficiency in the future of scientific innovation.

      What exactly does AI mean? 

      Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to computers that can perform tasks that usually require human-like intelligence, such as reasoning, decision-making, and problem-solving. In a world where technology is rapidly advancing, AI is transforming every aspect of our lives.

      Artificial intelligence (AI) technology has become widely used across various industries, governments, and scientific fields. It includes advanced web search engines, recommendation systems used by companies like YouTube, Amazon, and Netflix, speech recognition systems like Siri, self-driving cars, and generative and creative tools like ChatGPT, and strategy games. 

      How is AI used in Labs?

      The world of laboratories is constantly changing, with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning leading the way towards greater efficiency and expanded capabilities. The potential applications of AI in laboratories are extensive and can work alongside human efforts. Labs rely on extensive data use and constant analysis, and integrating AI and machine learning can significantly benefit these operations. 


      Machine learning allows devices to retain knowledge from past data patterns, enabling them to make informed predictions and decisions. This technology is transforming various scientific domains, including robotics and biomedical informatics, among others, offering many advantages for scientific research entities. As companies increasingly turn to AI for laboratories, the potential benefits become clear.

      The Benefits of AI in Laboratories

      AI algorithms can process large amounts of data quickly and accurately. In laboratories, this means accelerated data analysis, allowing researchers to obtain meaningful results in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes.

      Imagine having an AI-powered assistant in the lab, capable of suggesting optimised experiment parameters or predicting potential outcomes. AI is making this a reality by learning from vast datasets and offering insights that contribute to more efficient and successful experiments. 

      Artificial Intelligence

      An Example of How the AAII Research Lab Uses AI

      Imagine stepping into a virtual reality (VR) space to explore the complexities of the human genome, a realm crucial for understanding the biological mechanisms of cancer in patients.

      In an innovative approach, machine learning and data analytics methods were developed to model patients in this VR space and highlight genomic similarities and differences. This groundbreaking technology allows cancer experts and analysts to navigate a 3D representation of patient groups, bypassing traditional statistical clustering methods. Clinicians can now explore genomic relationships in unprecedented detail, providing the information they need to make informed decisions about treatment regimens. This transformative VR technology,  at AAII Research Lab in collaboration with institutions like The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Western Sydney University, represents a significant leap forward in precision medicine. It brings a new level of precision to clinical decisions, especially in the field of childhood cancer treatment.

      As we explore the blend of AI and laboratories, it’s clear that this partnership is transforming scientific research and testing. Adding AI isn’t just a tech upgrade; it’s a big change that can open up new opportunities for discovery.

      Our QLIMS is a perfect solution to help laboratories seamlessly embrace the transformative power of AI. Stay tuned for more insights into the collaborative journey of AI and labs, we’re heading towards a future where innovation has endless possibilities. Contact us today to explore the possibilities that our advanced LIMS solutions can offer your laboratory. 


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      3 Reasons Why QLIMS

      Why QLIMS

      Are you on the hunt for the perfect Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for your business? Look no further. Here are three compelling reasons why QLIMS stands out from the crowd. 

      1. SaaS as a Solution

      QLIMS is not just a traditional LIMS; it’s a state-of-the-art Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. What does this mean for you? This means that you no longer have to deal with the challenges of on-premise installations and can enjoy the benefits of cloud-based accessibility. With QLIMS, you can effortlessly manage your laboratory data from anywhere and at any time.

      Traditional software installations can be a lengthy process. SaaS QLIMS changes the game with fast deployment, getting your lab up and running within a few weeks. It streamlines laboratory work by offering efficient workflows for sample preparation, validation, approval, and reporting activities.

      2. Best-in-class Interface and Visualization Focus

      QLIMS prides itself on delivering an unparalleled user experience. Our user interface is not just good; it’s best-in-class. With QLIMS, you can ensure that users can effortlessly manage and visualize data. The focus on visualization sets QLIMS apart by providing an efficient and visually engaging data presentation.


      In addition, configurable options further enhance user interaction, allowing the system to be tailored to meet the specific needs of your laboratory. QLIMS is not just a data management system; it ensures that your data is presented in a way that promotes quick and informed decision-making.

      3. Flexible Configuration

      One of QLIMS’s defining features is its flexibility – a characteristic achieved through a configuration-centric approach. Unlike systems that require extensive customization through complex coding, QLIMS provides a non-code, configuration-based solution. This allows users to shape QLIMS to fit their business needs seamlessly.


      The difference lies in giving users tools for configuration, not complex customisations. QLIMS grows hand-in-hand with your business, adapting to changing industry standards and evolving workflows without the need for extensive coding efforts. The power is in your hands, making QLIMS an ideal partner for laboratories seeking not just a solution, but a growth enabler.

      Essentially, QLIMS goes beyond the traditional to offer a comprehensive solution to suit the needs of the modern laboratory. With its SaaS architecture, user-friendly interface and unparalleled flexibility through configuration, QLIMS is a testament to innovation in the field of Laboratory Information Management Systems. 

      Choose QLIMS today and take your laboratory operations to new heights! 

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      Industries in LIMS – PART 2

      Industries in LIMS

      Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are transforming multiple industries, not just one. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various industries where LIMS is playing a crucial role by revolutionising processes and ensuring compliance with strict standards. To reach Industries in LIMS Part 1 click here


      Before delving into the examination of industries, let’s not forget that there are many new and upcoming industries, as well as emerging scientific technologies, that can be explored and supported by LIMS.


      6. Medical Cannabis

      In the rapidly growing field of Medical Cannabis, precision and compliance are crucial. LIMS facilitates the tracking and testing of cannabis products, ensuring compliance with ever-changing regulations. 


      QLIMS streamlines processes, from seed to sale, providing a comprehensive quality control, inventory management, and regulatory reporting solution. Manage every aspect of cannabis testing, including potency, microbial contaminants, heavy metals, aflatoxin, residual solvents, and pesticides. Our system supports full ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001:2015 compliance, GLP (Good Laboratory Practice), and 21 CFR part 11, ensuring that your cannabis laboratory can be relied upon for accurate information.

      LIMS Medical Cannabis Industry

      7. Forensics

      Forensic laboratories rely on LIMS to streamline their case management, evidence tracking, and analysis processes. LIMS is a secure and centralised platform that allows forensic data to be managed efficiently, ensuring the integrity and traceability of evidence. From the crime scene to the courtroom, LIMS is essential in maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and accountability.


      With QLIMS, cases, samples, and testing can be handled efficiently, ensuring data integrity. A secure chain of custody, audit trail, and granular role-based permissions ensure that only authorised users can perform necessary tasks. Managing a complicated variety of data types, such as DNA, chemical testing, and ballistics has never been easier.

      8. Clinical Laboratories

      In the realm of Clinical Laboratories, LIMS is instrumental in managing patient samples, maintaining accurate records, and ensuring compliance with healthcare regulations. QLIMS streamlines processes, reducing turnaround times, and improving patient care. Its configurable nature allows clinical labs to tailor workflows to specific testing requirements.


      With QLIMS, you can perform complex analyses easily and intuitively, and then create visually impressive patient reports. Whether it be NGS, QPCR, Micro-Array, Pathology, or nutrition and amino acid panels, all can be handled by QLIMS. Communication via HL7 means QLIMS supports your lab end-to-end.

      9. Metals and Mining

      Metals and Mining laboratories rely on LIMS for precise analysis of ore samples, ensuring quality control throughout the extraction and processing phases. QLIMS provides a comprehensive solution for managing sample data, tracking analysis results, and ensuring compliance with industry standards. It plays a crucial role in optimising operational efficiency and maintaining high-quality standards in the extraction industry.


      QLIMS provides real-time feedback on sample deviations, reduces paper and automates processes to increase efficiencies and enable faster and better-informed decision-making. Integrating with instruments and laboratory and business systems, including PIMS, MES and ERP solutions. It also enables remote and onsite laboratory managers to track, monitor, analyse and report critical events and actions in real-time.

      10. Agriculture

      In Agriculture, LIMS is a valuable tool for quality control in soil testing, seed analysis, and crop research. QLIMS supports the agriculture industry by providing a structured framework for data management, ensuring traceability from field to market. It aids in making informed decisions for crop improvement, pest control, and overall agricultural productivity.

      With QLIMS, you can explore the potential and assistance available to drive innovation across multiple fields. Contact us now to discover how QLIMS can revolutionize your laboratory experience. Your success is just a click away!

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      Industries in LIMS – PART 1

      Industries in LIMS

      Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are transforming multiple industries, not just one. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various industries where LIMS is playing a crucial role by revolutionizing processes and ensuring compliance with strict standards. 

      Before delving into the examination of industries, let’s not forget that there are many new and upcoming industries, as well as emerging scientific technologies, that can be explored and supported by LIMS. 

      1. Pharmaceutical

      In the pharmaceutical sector, LIMS is a cornerstone for research and development. From managing vast datasets in drug discovery to ensuring regulatory compliance in manufacturing, LIMS enhances efficiency and traceability, accelerating the entire product lifecycle. 


      You can ensure your pharmaceutical laboratory runs efficiently with QLIMS supporting the manufacturing and quality control processes surrounding the management of raw materials, finished products and formulations. Real-time KPI business intelligence dashboards mean that laboratory and QA managers are always on top of the operation.

      2. Food and Beverage

      Especially in the Food and Beverage industry, ensuring the quality and safety of food and beverages is paramount. LIMS provides comprehensive solutions for quality control, from raw material testing to final product analysis. It aids in maintaining consistency, meeting industry standards, and swiftly addressing any quality deviations.


      QLIMS supports GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and multiple disciplines such as microbiology and chemistry in the food and beverage process. Sample planning and scheduling of environmental swabs as well as integration of instruments ensures large sample volumes are kept under control.

      3. Dairy

      LIMS proves invaluable in the production of milk, providing a systematic approach to quality control. From testing raw milk for contaminants to monitoring pasteurization processes, LIMS enhances efficiency and accuracy, ensuring that each batch meets the highest standards.


      Also, microbiology testing and issuing certificates of analyses for high sample volumes can be easily streamlined. Sample planning and scheduling of environmental swabs as well as integration of instruments helps to reduce bottlenecks and maximise laboratory resources.

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      4. Environmental and Water

      Environmental laboratories rely on Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to navigate complex regulatory landscapes. LIMS facilitates the tracking and analysis of environmental samples, ensuring adherence to stringent standards. Real-time monitoring capabilities contribute to swift responses in the face of environmental challenges.


      With QLIMS, we offer a tailored solution that addresses the unique challenges of international environmental testing and contract laboratories. Our system ensures strict compliance with regulations, maintaining environmental purity from the source to the end consumer.


      In addition to managing the entire batch, sample, and testing lifecycle, environmental and water labs that use QLIMS benefit from batch sequencing and worklists that incorporate controls, blanks, duplicates, and spikes. The inclusion of GPS coordinates for all sampling points ensures data integrity. Dynamic rounding rules, quality control charts, and multi-tiered limits streamline the validation process. Integration with SCADA and Water Outlook has never been more seamless.

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      5. Oil and Gas

      LIMS empowers oil and gas companies to uphold the highest standards of quality, safety, and compliance, ensuring the seamless exploration, production, and distribution of energy resources.


      QLIMS offers a configurable system that uses standard ASTM methods with established limits, reference ranges, and dynamic rounding rules to ensure accurate and consistent testing, leading to high-quality results. It also provides a comprehensive API, making it easy to integrate with ERP, MES, ELN, and CDS systems.

      With QLIMS, you can explore the potential and assistance available to drive innovation across multiple fields. Stay tuned for PART 2 as we reveal more industries that have been revolutionised by LIMS.

      Curious about how LIMS can revolutionise operations in your industry? Contact us now.

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      5 Reasons Why LIMS

      5 Reasons Why LIMS

      Adopting Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) in the modern laboratory landscape is no longer a luxury but a necessity. LIMS can transform your laboratory operations and elevate your productivity.  If you’re unsure whether LIMS is right for your laboratory, here are 5 reasons why LIMS:

      1. Streamlined Data Management:

      LIMS streamlines manual data entry and paperwork. A centralised digital hub ensures accuracy, accessibility, and data integrity, eliminating the need to search through stacks of paperwork.


      One of our dairy industry trailblazers shared their experience:  “QLIMS has been a real time-saver for us, giving us an extra 3 hours every day! Instead of spending time on data management and manual work, we now focus on what truly matters – production and innovation.”

      2. Enhanced Efficiency:

      Laboratory processes can be intricate and time-consuming. LIMS automates routine tasks, reduces human error, and optimises workflows. The result? Faster turnaround times, increased productivity, and efficient operation.

      3. Unparalleled Quality Control:

      LIMS offers real-time monitoring and quality control checks throughout the testing process. It helps detect deviations and ensures consistent accuracy and reliability in your results.


      Yet, the story doesn’t end there. Have you ever explored the insightful narratives showcased in our QLIMS case studies? These detailed accounts shed light on how QLIMS has revolutionised quality control by simplifying data-driven decision-making, resulting in an impressive 20% increase in quality assurance productivity, read more here. 

      Why LIMS

      4. Regulatory Compliance:

      Meeting industry regulations and standards is non-negotiable. LIMS simplifies regulatory compliance with audit trails, electronic signatures, and documentation to meet stringent requirements. You can face inspections with confidence.


      For instance, QLIMS is used in a wide range of laboratories and industries standing up and supporting:

      • 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 conformance for auditing, e-signature and security for manufactured items under GMP.
      • ISO 17025
      • Industry standards such as GAMP.
      • Security and data privacy to meet HIPAA, GDPR, CAP, CLIA, Privacy Shield and others
      • Support for Right of Access and Right to be Forgotten requests under GDPR.

      5. Enhanced Sample Traceability:

      Track your samples from the moment they enter the lab to the moment you report the results. LIMS offers complete traceability, helping you manage and locate samples with ease.

      In conclusion, LIMS isn’t just a tool; it’s a game-changer for laboratory operations. It revolutionizes data management, boosts efficiency, ensures quality control, aids regulatory compliance and encourages collaboration. The investment in LIMS leads to long-term cost savings and enhanced laboratory performance.

      Ready to unlock the potential of LIMS for your laboratory? Contact us today to explore how LIMS can reshape your operations and drive your laboratory to new heights.

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      QLIMS Case Study: Confectionery Brand

      Confectionary LIMS

      In this LIMS case study, we delve into how one of the world’s leading confectionery brands faced challenges and how QLIMS has worked to bring the highest levels of testing for their raw and packaging materials. 

      The Challenge

      To meet high-quality standards, all materials entering the factory are tested before being approved for use. This sees the onsite laboratories testing between 15,000 and 20,000 samples a year.

      The senior Site Chemist explains, “We have over 150 raw materials for our products and hundreds of packaging materials as well. Some materials are made at multiple sites by the same supplier, and each site will potentially have a different rating.”

      The laboratory faces not only a high volume of materials but also complex testing protocols. Materials are graded by risk level and supplier rating, with high-risk materials from reputable suppliers undergoing more frequent testing. Testing occurs on every fifth or even tenth delivery. To manage this complexity, automation is essential. QLIMS is crucial for maintaining control over the testing process.

      The Solution

      QLIMS has allowed the manufacturer to test large volumes of materials, with algorithms managing test frequency depending on their risk assessment of the material, supplier and site.


      Their Site Chemist explains how QLIMS helps manage this, “From our warehouse deliveries I’ll simply key in the QLIMS material codes, batch numbers, container numbers, palette numbers, and all the data that we need to clear material into the plant.”


      QLIMS allows laboratory users to configure the supplier testing requirements via the Sample Type Manager. Using the reduced testing methodology, we can specify how often testing is required on materials on a per-supplier basis. Customized QLIMS reporting aligns with the confectioner’s strict testing criteria. Materials receive a green or red light, indicating whether they can proceed into the warehousing system.

      The Results

      In food manufacturing laboratories there is simply no room for error. The QLIMS system is essential for the business to manage traceability to guarantee the quality their customers expect and to protect its valuable brand reputation.


      The Site Chemist highlighted QLIMS as a vital component of the confectioner’s quality assurance for over 11 years. In case of a recall, they can quickly trace the pallets of raw materials used in a particular item. QLIMS provides immediate visibility from the material’s delivery into the warehouse to its exit from the site. This level of tracking, including the production line and end product details, would be impossible without QLIMS.

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      Ready to take your laboratory operations to the next level with QLIMS, just as the confectioner did? Your path to streamlined lab operations begins with a simple click, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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