STARLIMS Laboratory of the Future & Digital Transformation – Part 1

STARLIMS Laboratory of the Future & Digital Transformation – Part 1

There will be an evolution of laboratory software resulting in more complete and fully integrated solutions from conception to the marketplace. Systems, lab technicians, and clients will be better integrated as a cohesive whole, allowing the single-entry of data and its smooth flow throughout the entire business process.

Abbott Informatics’ STARLIMS Solution offers a laboratory informatics platform that provides full integration, supporting laboratory digitization, automation of workflows and processes, and system interconnectivity. In addition, data visualization and analysis, as well as mobile functionality, are provided in real time. Across many industries, the STARLIMS suite is configurable for QC laboratory, structured manufacturing, and R&D environments.

Implementation efforts are reduced because STARLIMS provides standard workflows involving environmental monitoring, incoming, in-process & production controls, raw materials, and stability testing.

Regardless of geolocation, the STARLIMS suite of modules and interfaces is capable of capturing and integrating data from various business systems and labs. STARLIMS eliminates manual data entry and tasks, as well as paper-based processes, by supporting the automation of data management and laboratory processes.

Lab of the Future and Digital Transformation

The STARLIMS platform was designed to allow a laboratory to model itself after the Laboratory of the Future (LoF) and implement Digital Transformation (Lab 4.0), which calls for a modular working environment that is automated and digitized, a key feature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The STARLIMS solution’s heart is its laboratory information management system (LIMS). It oversees entire lab workflow, handling analytical instruments, sample handling, and software featuring ERP (enterprise resource planning), MES (manufacturing execution systems), and PIMS (product information management systems).

QR codes or RFID chips allow the automated tracking of lab materials, including chemicals, equipment, reagents, and samples, through mobile devices. The consumption of materials can be tracked, and items needed are automatically reordered in a timely manner.

Part 2 will discuss several key features of STARLIMS, including Scientific Data Management System (SDMS), Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN), and Advanced Analytics.

Alpha Engineering LIMS Implementation

Alpha Engineering Associates, Inc. has been involved with the implementation of over 50 LIMS systems ranging in size from small, “off-the-shelf” software systems to very large, highly customized, multi-functional systems, including STARLIMS, for both governmental agencies and private enterprises. For affordable client-focused network consulting services and solutions, please call Alpha Engineering Associates today at (410) 295-9500.