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The only purifier on the market that dispenses all 3 types of science ready water from a compact, economical and easy to use system!
19/06/2020 Veolia Water STI

When you need unmatched value, proven reliability and uninterrupted discovery, PURELAB Quest provides the perfect solution. Consistently delivering three types of laboratory water, the PURELAB Quest supports every application in your lab.

The Purelab Quest provides a reliable supply of:

  • Type I water for applications such as HPLC and molecular biology techniques.
  • Type II water for general reagent preparations and buffers.
  • Type III water for glassware rinsing and water baths.

Water purity is measured using multiple quality sensors and displayed clearly on the system.
Its fast-flow rate and walk-away design delivers water at 1.2 l/m, keeping interruptions to a minimum. Volumetric dispensing means researchers can multi-task, saving time and money.
The PURELAB Quest has been tested through 150,000 cycles of dispensing which is equivalent to over 20 years of lab use.

An intuitive design which is simple to operate and maintain, with easy to change consumables, periodic recirculation and a simple, pre-programmed sanitisation process.
It is a compact system measuring just 232 mm wide and 510 mm high. It’s wall mountable, enabling you to save valuable lab space.

IoT connectivity offers optional remote monitoring which reduces interruptions, costs and environmental impact

Designed with sustainability in mind, the PURELAB Quest is made from more than 85% reclaimed materials and utilises long-lasting consumables.

Release of the new Shimadzu triple quad LCMS-8060NX
18/06/2020 Shimadzu Benelux

We are pleased to announce the release of the next version of the successful platform LCMS TQ together with the latest version of LabSolutions LCMS version.
The LCMS-8060NX is the crowning achievement of Shimadzu’s triple quadrupole MS range, inheriting its excellent speed and world-class sensitivity from the LCMS-8060 while displaying improvements in robustness and ease-of-use. Taking into account recent advancements in workflow and increasing demand for cost reductions, key customer needs for LC/MS systems are expanding from sensitivity to robustness, operability and efficiency. This instrument improves efficiency of the overall analysis workflow from analysis preparations to data processing, meeting customer needs through increased productivity.

1) World-class sensitivity and speed
The LCMS-8060NX inherits the world-class sensitivity and speed of the LCMS-8060. It boasts a polarity switching time of 5 ms including stabilization time (UFswitching), ultra-high scan speed of 30,000 u/s (UFscanning) and max. 555 ch/s MRM measurements (with min. dwell time 0.8 ms and min. pause time 1 ms). The desolvation efficiency has been improved through increasing the heating efficiency of the ESI heater and the maximum flow rate of the heating gas. This means that a wide variety of compounds can be analyzed with optimum ionization conditions and high sensitivity.

2) High robustness minimizes downtime
The newly developed IonFocus unit introduces ions into the detector with greater efficiency while leaving contaminants away to reduce noise and provide more stable data. The new ion guide UF-Qarray II (in LCMS-8060/8060NX) and the QF-Lens II increase the robustness of the instrument while maintaining a high ion transmission rate.
The UF-QarrayⅡ prevents build-up of detritus on electrodes. The design retains the high frequency quadrupole field with high focusing power while improving the shape of its parts to enhance robustness. In addition, the UF-Lens II has a new function to remove unnecessary ions, protecting the QP rods from contamination and minimizing instrument downtime.

3) Excellent operability improves overall workflow efficiency
The LCMS-8060NX includes various Analytical Intelligence features to improve the quality of the user’s analysis and the efficiency of the workflow. For example, in the newly developed ion source, the IonFocus unit, the initial parameters have been adjusted according to know-how accumulated by Shimadzu. This allows excellent results to be obtained for a wide range of compounds displaying varying properties without the bother of investigating analysis conditions. In addition, start-up and shutdown can be carried out automatically at a specified time with LabSolutions Connect MRM, improving workflow efficiency and saving power. Using LabSolutions Insight, significant time savings can be achieved in data analysis of a large number of samples and/or target compounds. If the instrument is combined with a new Nexera series LC, the workflow can be further improved with automated features from analysis preparations through method settings to instrument shutdown.

For information please contact Shimadzu Benelux

Shimadzu Benelux B.V. Belgian Branch Neerhoflaan 2, 1780 Wemmel Tel.: **32(0)3 440 19 70
https://www.shimadzu.nl/lcms/lcms-8060nx

Shimadzu Benelux B.V. Australiëlaan 14 NL 5232 BB ´s Hertogenbosch Tel.: **31(0)736 43 03 20
https://www.shimadzu.nl/lcms/lcms-8060nx

LABMAKELAAR, SPECIALIST IN RE-USE OF LAB MATERIALS

TOGETHER FOR A STRONG CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Do you have laboratory instruments that you no longer use or will soon be taken out of service? Or are you looking for an extension of your laboratory inventory?
Then you are at the right place at LabMakelaar.

New laboratory instruments are often very expensive. LabMakelaar Benelux B.V. strives for a world with a strong circular economy, in which companies have easy access to a total solution for furnishing and equipment of their laboratory with high-quality and recycled material. We help our customers realize their projects with recycled products and quality material at a relatively low price. LabMakelaar provides mediation between buyer and seller to complete the purchase or sale.

We do this by collecting high-quality material in various ways and then offering it attractively via a central point to companies that want to set up a laboratory so that they can be operated via a central organization. Simple, efficient, affordable and often with a guarantee.

You can easily get in touch with suppliers of second-hand laboratory instruments and laboratory inventory via our laboratory marketplace. This way you can probably find your desired laboratory equipment at a very affordable price.

Curious what we can do for you? Then visit out virtual booth for more information.

Suurmond introduceert nieuwe producten op Laborama
11/06/2020 Suurmond

Batch platform en basis glas reactor voor gebruikersvriendelijk en efficiënt gebruik

Sinds jaren leveren wij specifieke glas- en hoge druk reactoren voor veeleisende processen in R&D, scale-up, pilot plant en productie. Voor chemische en farmaceutische ontwikkeling en productie.

Vandaag zijn wij erg trots aan te mogen kondigen dat wij twee nieuwe producten hebben toegevoegd aan ons portfolio in de Business Unit REACTOR SYSTEMS:

 

suurGLASS basis glas reactor

Suurmond introduceert het nieuwe product suurGLASS. Een eenvoudige reactor voor uitwisselbare, glazen reactorvaten met mantel van 1 tot 5 liter. Ontworpen en geproduceerd door Suurmond!

De suurGLASS reactoren zijn eenvoudig in gebruik en ontworpen voor een snelle uitwisseling van het reactorvat waarmee de productiviteit verhoogd kan worden. Met ons gamma reactorvaten, bent u verzekerd van de juiste apparatuur die voldoet aan uw wensen.

 De reactor wordt gebruikt voor:

  • Chemische synthese,
  • Procesontwikkeling,
  • Roeren, oplossen, mengen, en extractie.

Pre-geconfigureerd reactorsysteem met optionele componenten om aan uw individuele specificaties te voldoen. 

Batchington batch platform voor versnelde R&D screening en optimalisatie

We zijn zeer verheugd de samenwerking aan te kondigen tussen Suurmond en Avantium voor de exclusieve verkoop van de Avantium Batchington.

Dit batch platform is geschikt voor de bediening van twee modules, die elk 12 parallelle miniatuurautoclaven bevatten. Onafhankelijke parameterinstelling voor elke 12-reactormodule in termen van temperatuur, druk, headspace, reactietijd en roeren.

Check de video hier!

Tomorrow’s catalysis today!

Wij denken in oplossingen, niet in producten. Let’s talk!

Vaisala unveils high-end industrial Indigo transmitter to enable world-class data and smart decisions
10/06/2020 Vaisala Oyj

Vaisala’s decades of success as the market’s most popular humidity transmitter manufacturer continues with the newly launched Indigo 520 Transmitter that combines the latest technology with outstanding new features. Capable of accommodating up to two probes simultaneously, the transmitter brings enhanced convenience, compatibility and continuous accuracy to even the harshest of industrial measurement environments.

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements, introduced today the new industrial level Vaisala Indigo 520 Transmitter, which has been designed to bring extensive benefits and ease of use to demanding industrial applications.

“I am very excited to welcome the new Indigo 520 Transmitter to the modular Indigo product family. The Indigo compatible products are the premium choice for providing high-quality data from a multitude of industrial processes. The new transmitter has what it takes to perform even in the harshest and most extreme industrial environments,” says Product Manager Jarkko Ruonala from Vaisala.

“Industrial systems depend heavily on reliable sensors. The data must not only be accurate and reliable, it also needs to be easily accessible and clearly visualized. This way, users can base their decisions on the best possible data, which is where the new Indigo 520 excels. As we know; decisions can only be as good as the data,” Ruonala says.

The Indigo 520 is a durable, metal transmitter, compatible with Vaisala’s comprehensive range of Indigo compatible smart probes for humidity, temperature, dew point, carbon dioxide, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and moisture in oil measurements. It can accommodate up to two detachable measurement probes simultaneously, measuring the same, or different, parameters at the same time. The probes can be swapped quickly and easily whenever needed. The transmitter has an IP66- and NEMA 4 -rated robust metal enclosure, and a touchscreen display made of hardened glass.

“Ensuring smooth and continuous process measurements, even during calibration and maintenance activities, is key to greater reliability and efficiency. The dual-probe connectivity puts the Indigo 520 Transmitter into the front line of your favorite tools; not only does it make installation and setup easy, but it also enables continuous measurements and extensive connectivity options,” comments Ruonala.

The Indigo 520 Transmitter displays live measurements and transmits them to automation systems through analog signals and relays, or digitally using Modbus TCP/IP protocol over the Ethernet. The transmitter's Ethernet connection also provides a web interface and cybersecurity that meets modern standards.

The Vaisala Indigo 520 Transmitter will be available in June 2020.

Vaisala’s Indigo family - a smart solution to a range of industrial measurement needs

The Indigo product family provides an ideal solution for multi-parameter measurements with flexible connectivity. A modular design allows users to choose and mix the elements that are a needed to operate in the most demanding industrial environments.

The product family consists of interchangeable smart probes, robust transmitters, and Vaisala Insight PC Software. Together they create a strong chain of data to improve industrial processes in terms of ensuring energy-efficiency, safety, and end-product quality.

The probes employ Vaisala’s renowned sensor technologies, such as HUMICAP®, CARBOCAP®, DRYCAP® and PEROXCAP®, which Vaisala continuously develops to guarantee leading edge performance.

Backed up by the world-leading measurement sensor technologies, the Indigo family covers a comprehensive range of measurement parameters, such as humidity and temperature, dew point, moisture in oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and vaporized hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

Indigo transmitters enable data visualization, easy access to probe configuration, and more options for connectivity, supply voltage, and wiring. Vaisala’s Insight PC Software facilitates on-site configuration, diagnostics, and self-calibration.

Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements. Building on over 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,800 professionals worldwide and is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

 

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Vaisala brings extended device integration to its continuous monitoring system with the new viewLinc 5.1 Enterprise Server Software
10/06/2020 Vaisala Oyj

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements introduced today a new Enterprise Server Software, which brings seamless interoperability and extended device integration to GxP-regulated and other critical applications.

 The Vaisala viewLinc monitoring system is one of the most trusted solutions in continuous monitoring in life science and other demanding industries. The viewLinc monitoring system assures product quality in applications where continuous monitoring is critical, such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, biotechnology, distribution, semi-conductor manufacturing and healthcare.

The new enhanced viewLinc Enterprise Server Software version 5.1 ensures improved interoperability with other systems, integration of a wider range of devices with viewLinc, and more flexible alarming. It now also incorporates direct Modbus connectivity.

 “With viewLinc’s new Modbus capability, viewLinc 5.1 can include unlimited parameters,” said Vaisala’s Product Manager Steven Bell. “It simplifies the system structure and is an enormous time-saver to have all of your environmental measurements managed in one software.”

For improved interoperability, the latest viewLinc includes options for Open Platform Communications - Universal Architecture (OPC UA) and an Application Programming Interface (API) to allow third-party systems to access data directly from viewLinc’s database. The Vaisala OPC UA Server allows viewLinc data to integrate with data historians, manufacturing execution systems, building automation systems, and other systems. The new viewLinc API enables direct connection between the viewLinc database and any system or software, allowing a flexible customized interface.

“The new viewLinc options for API and OPC UA will let our customers configure their high-quality viewLinc environmental data to be utilized in their existing operations and processes, rather than trying to fit their business needs to their monitoring software,” said Bell.

Further enhancements to viewLinc’s alarming features make the system even more flexible for users.

“The increasing trend towards mobility in many industries means that customers need to be able to manage their environments from anywhere,” said Bell. “The latest version of viewLinc provides more options to notify staff in the event of an alarm: onscreen, email, SMS, alarm towers, relay to existing alarm service, and a voice call service that can prioritize recipients.”

The viewLinc 5.1 Enterprise Server Software release comes from Vaisala’s commitment to fulfilling customer needs and anticipating industry trends.

“It’s crucial that viewLinc not only fulfills its promise of accuracy and reliability; our customers need monitoring systems to fit their operational environments. We saw that interoperability and flexibility were the keys to streamlining viewLinc while still increasing its capabilities,” Bell concluded.

You are welcomed to join our webinar “A future-proof monitoring system: Ensuring your system can adapt to the future of GxP” to learn more! The webinar will be held on October 24, 2019 at 17:00 EET.

Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental and industrial measurements. Building on over 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,800 professionals worldwide and is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

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LabVantage Solutions Announces New Purpose-Built Biobanking LIMS Accelerator for Managing COVID-19 Testing

—Comprehensive Turnkey System Based on Industry-Leading LabVantage LIMS Platform Allows Laboratories to Implement COVID-19 Biobanking, Testing and Research Almost Immediately—

—Purpose-Built SaaS-Based Solution Eliminates Need for Infrastructure and Complex Implementation; LabVantage World-Class Know-How Ensures LabVantage COVID-19 LIMS is Powerful, Flexible and Easy-to-Use—

Somerset, NJ, April 28, 2020 – LabVantage Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of laboratory informatics solutions and services including purpose-built LIMS that allow labs to go live faster and at a lower total cost, today announced the availability of its new purpose-built COVID-19 LIMS solution. The new solution is designed to jump-start the ability of laboratories everywhere to enter biospecimens into a biobank and rapidly begin conducting COVID-19-related testing and research. The LabVantage COVID-19 Biobanking Accelerator is built on the company’s industry-leading LIMS and Biobanking platforms used by clinical laboratories around the globe.

LabVantage CEO John Heiser commented, “Widespread laboratory testing is a critical component in the battle to control the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. At LabVantage, we mobilized our decades of expertise to rapidly deliver a new purpose-built Biobanking LIMS to support COVID-19 testing and research. It incorporates our deep knowledge of biobanking along with numerous features designed to make it easy for laboratories to acquire, implement and use the most powerful LIMS on the market for their COVID-19 testing. The LIMS Accelerator is also scalable, an important attribute as testing volumes escalate. Our outstanding service team stands ready to help customers begin using the package almost immediately. We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the laboratory testing and research that is critical to controlling and ultimately eliminating this devastating pandemic.”

Delivered as a comprehensive Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) solution, the LabVantage COVID-19 Biobanking Accelerator requires no infrastructure investment. Being pre-configured means minimal implementation time is needed with a go-live start possible in less than four weeks. The LIMS Accelerator includes full biobanking capabilities and COVID-19 extraction and testing workflows with related master data for rapid use. It incorporates multiple protocols defined by the CDC for COVID-19 testing, and it can easily accommodate the addition of standard and customer-determined protocols for testing using a variety of approaches, such as RT-PCR, isothermal nucleic acid amplification and serology.

Leveraging LabVantage SaaS, customers pay an annual subscription fee to access the full LabVantage platform – laboratory information management system (LIMS), Biobanking solution, workflows and methods, consumables management and Seagull Scientific Bartender® barcode labeling software. The package also includes start-up, training and ongoing support services along with daily data backups and high availability support.

The LabVantage COVID-19 Biobanking Accelerator is available immediately. For more information on LIMS for COVID-19 testing, visit https://www.labvantage.com/labvantage-covid-19-biobanking.

About LabVantage Solutions

A recognized leader in enterprise laboratory software solutions, LabVantage Solutions dedicates itself to improving customer outcomes by transforming data into knowledge. The LabVantage informatics platform is highly configurable, integrated across a common architecture, and 100% browser-based to support hundreds of concurrent users. Deployed on-premise, via the cloud, or SaaS, it seamlessly interfaces with instruments and other enterprise systems – enabling true digital transformation. The platform consists of the most modern laboratory information management system (LIMS) available, integrated electronic laboratory notebook (ELN), laboratory execution system (LES), and scientific data management system (SDMS); and, for healthcare settings, a laboratory information system (LIS). We support more than 1500 global customer sites in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical device, biobank, food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, oil & gas, genetics/diagnostics, and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Somerset, NJ, with global offices, LabVantage has offered its comprehensive portfolio of products and services to enable customers to innovate faster in the R&D cycle, improve manufactured product quality, achieve accurate record-keeping, and comply with regulatory requirements for four decades. For more information, visit labvantage.com.

Update toeleveringsketen
10/06/2020 Ansell

Ansell heeft meer dan 100 nieuwe en verbeterde veiligheidsprotocollen opgesteld om tijdens de COVID-19-crisis producten veilig te kunnen blijven produceren en aan onze klanten te leveren.

Bekijk onze video met enkele van onze productie- en distributieteams in actie.

Release of Ion Chromatograph HIC-ESP with New Anion Suppressor ICDS-40A
08/06/2020 Shimadzu Benelux

Shimadzu is pleased to inform you about the European release of the HIC-ESP, an anion analysis ion chromatograph equipped with the new anion suppressor ICDS-40A.

The HIC-ESP for anion analysis is equipped with a new suppressor and employs the slim column oven CTO-40S, contributing to the effective use of laboratory space with a compact installation width.

The ICDS-40A is an electrodialysis-type anion suppressor using an ion-exchange membrane. The continuous regeneration system eliminates the need to switch between analysis and regeneration processes, contributes to shortening the analysis cycle time and provides a simple system configuration.

Key features

  • Newly designed suppressor for anion analysis with highly effective ion-exchange performance

The ICDS-40A replaces sodium ions in the eluent with hydrogen ions with high efficiency using hydrogen ions obtained by electrolyzing water. This reduces the electrical conductivity of the eluent at the time of detection, enabling the analysis of anions with high sensitivity. 

  • Smaller peak dispersion

The ICDS-40A has a small volume and can detect each ion with high sensitivity.

Also, the water dip is small, so it is possible to accurately measure fluorine peaks that elute early in a chromatogram.

  • Small footprint 

The HIC-ESP ion chromatography system combines with the Nexera slim oven CTO-40S for a compact installation width of 420 mm. wich enables a space-saving installation.                                                 

For information please contact 

Shimadzu Benelux

info@shimadzu.be 

ABBOTT INFORMATICS NAMED ONE OF THE 10 BEST TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION PROVIDERS OF 2020
08/06/2020 Abbott informatics

Digital transformation is a term that is hard to define concisely, but for organizations in multiple industries will at least point to the adoption of a data management infrastructure that allows their laboratories to work faster and more productively, with greater transparency. More than just working towards a paperless lab, digital transformation may allow companies to derive more intelligence from their data, ultimately improve product and process safety, and enable faster regulatory audit or approval timelines. At the level of data that labs generate and interact with, smart digital solutions should help to safeguard data integrity, and make data more accessible, contextual, and usable over the long term.

Abbott Informatics has developed its STARLIMS informatics platform as a mission critical laboratory information management solution (LIMS) application that supports this digital transformation from the ground up, while addressing the issues of “technical debt.” As laboratory instruments, platforms and software are updated and replaced, out-dated systems are retired from use, but many will still need to be maintained at significant cost in order to access data held in proprietary formats. It's a fact of laboratory life that has existed within the LIMS industry for 30 years, suggests Mark Spencer, vice president and general manager at Abbott Informatics.

The prospect of technical debt should represent a caveat for laboratories that are chasing the latest, ‘revolutionary’ vendor-locked technologies, which may promise to support digital transformation in the short term but may result in technical debt five or ten years down the line. In contrast, Abbott has taken an evolutionary approach to informatics development, so that its STARLIMS suite of tools can grow and adapt in parallel with the data requirements, formats and requirements of laboratories taking on new analytical technologies and workflows. It’s about empowering manufacturing, R&D and testing laboratories with the ability to negotiate the rapidly evolving technological and data landscape seamlessly, so that they can protect their investment and derive maximum insight from virtually every piece of data, enterprise wide.  Mark Spencer’s goal for Abbott Informatics and STARLIMS is to constantly innovate.  In the world of technology especially data management, staying ahead of the innovation curve and anticipating future customer needs is key.

“We have taken an evolutionary, rather than a revolutionary path to digital transformation,” Spencer suggested. “Revolutionary approaches can require building entirely new platforms. In contrast, an evolutionary stance to product development understands and protects customers’ investments, guards their data, and allows them to leverage new technologies stepwise and derive a strong return on their investments.  Importantly, customers shouldn’t have to replace systems that become outdated or tie themselves to the costs associated with maintaining legacy systems.”

This evolutionary approach to product development has been embedded in the Abbott ethos since its establishment more than 30 years ago. “We helped to invent the industry,” Spencer suggests. Foundation of the company was rooted in the critical need for laboratory quality assurance and quality control testing, and the data management tools to accompany that. “Abbott Informatics’ first client was petrochemicals company Chevron, which carried out testing in its refineries.”

The STARLIMS concept was from the start focused on developing an agile informatics platform that would automate the QC lab testing workflow, to ensure the quality and efficacy of manufactured products. Technologically, Abbott Informatics has evolved its STARLIMS offerings through the adoption of early PC-based systems and early web-based platforms, to current-day hosted, cloud solutions, mobile computing and the development of applications based on HTML5.

Abbott Informatics’ product development today marries extensive capabilities in data management and integration, artificial intelligence-driven analytics, virtualization and visualization, and the massive capacity of cloud computing through Amazon Web Services. And while the platform  is used across multiple industries, today, Abbott Informatics sees the biggest growth opportunities for the STARLIMS suite across the life sciences, from pharma manufacturing QC to outsourced testing, and R&D.

For companies in this sector, challenges include the need, on the one hand, to digitize and make legacy data accessible and searchable so that drug development workflows that were undertaken generated decades ago are still relevant going forwards, and on the other hand to incorporate the latest high-throughput technologies, such as next-generation sequencing, and other high–throughput and high content workflows, into the drug development and testing processes. “STARLIMS has been developed to adapt to the particular challenges of the life sciences industry, which has to manage data from laboratory testing across the four pillars of a product life cycle; research and preclinical, clinical, manufacturing and post-market surveillance, in the global context of that product’s development.”

STARLIMS is designed to interface and integrate with an organization’s existing instrumentation and software solutions and platforms, across an enterprise, both locally and globally. This facilitates the secure, safe and fully traceable exchange of disparate data types across laboratories and continents, throughout the product lifecycle. And as organizations adopt new technologies and processes STARLIMS can directly acquire a diverse range of instrument data. Through the STARLIMS SDMS [scientific data management system] customers can aggregate data and produce an audit trail from the original sample through all the instrumentation, and then be able to review and make actionable decisions based on that data for quality purposes, audit purposes and longitudinal history, Spencer noted.  “STARLIMS allows customers to harmonize that flow of data through multiple plants from an operational, procedural and quality management perspective, to comply with GLP and CFR 21 part 11 requirements.”

The development of STARLIMS has been focused on easing the regulatory burden by automating the collation of raw and standardized data, together with generating requisite reports and generating searchable audit trials. “STARLIMS has certification for how we manufacture our product and the level of quality around data security.” One of the greatest costs to the customer in implementing a LIMS is user validation.  Abbott Informatics has built its platform to allow upgrade of the infrastructure without changing the user experience, and so limiting the amount of user training that needs to take place. “That return on cost of ownership increases, and the ability to pass on to customers the cost savings associated with purchasing computing power through Amazon Web Services further reduces their own internal IT burden”

Importantly, and particularly in the QC arena, STARLIMS’ sophisticated analytics suites and visualization tools are transforming laboratories into predictive, rather than reactive environments.  Artificial Intelligence guided algorithms can model future processes, predict bottlenecks and highlight trends that may lead to batch failures, based on real-time data. STARLIMS advanced analytics can then uncover where potential and actual process, instrument, or workflow faults lie, identify areas for improvement or resolution.

“STARLIMS’ advanced analytics and predictive modelling give QC and manufacturing labs the ability to analyse the details of their key processes and workflows, quality and productivity issues, and ancillary factors, from material supply chain, to current and predicted capacity, and allocation of personnel time,” Spencer notes. The bottom line is ensuring quality and expedited turnaround time, and identifying problems before they get the point that manufacturing or testing has to stop.

For one of Abbott Informatics’ pharmaceutical industry clients in the Asia-Pacific region, these insights have led to increased productivity and efficiency.  The customer implemented the STARLIMS platform to manage its internal QC lab testing processes. “Through the use of STARLIMS the customer was able to reengineer laboratory processes and was able to make 6 FTE savings, a significant achievement. More importantly, Spencer noted, the lab was able to significantly increase capacity. “So, through implementing STARLIMS as an automated LIMS they were able to relocate resources in the lab and streamline their manufacturing workflow. As a result they were able to take on new drug manufacturing streams and so increase productivity and profitability, without having to increase their personnel.”

With the life science industry relying heavily on outsourcing routine testing to third party service providers, Abbott Informatics offers a user-friendly, real-time portal for implementing testing requests, and visualizing sample and testing data. The portal saves time, and removes the potential for manual errors in ordering or reporting. “For both internal and external customers this portal is how the sample gets in the front door and how it gets reported out the back door,” Spencer says. 

Where some informatics providers grow through mergers and acquisitions, Abbott Informatics has developed and evolved its unified STARLIMS platform organically, by developing new products, including electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) and SDMS, in house, and not through the acquisition of third party products that then have to be skewed or re-engineered to fit. “We’ve implemented an agile R&D development methodology that allows us to accelerate the development of new products and new capabilities,” Spencer comments. It’s a ‘DevOps’ (development and operations) model whereby the innovation is driven by the customer and by market needs, and which Abbott Informatics can respond to rapidly through a fluid relationship between developers and IT specialists. “This Agile DevOps strategy has allowed us to enhance our service portfolio to meet tomorrow’s needs more quickly.”

Organizations will base their LIMS purchasing decisions on the product meeting functionality requirements – and whether it has already been proven in the marketplace – as well as on price, but also on which provider they will feel most comfortable doing business with. Technology notwithstanding, what sets Abbott Informatics apart as a company is its ethos of partnering with customers, not just selling products, Spencer believes. “It's a philosophy that is grounded in taking the time to learn about customers’ businesses, where that business has come from and where it is going.” Abbott customers are customers for life. It's an added value proposition that we believe is unmatched in the industry, and which is grounded in the customer service, support and knowhow that we can offer. As our customers’ businesses change, we can advise them on how our informatics solutions can support that change.”

This ongoing and close relationship – or intimacy, Spencer suggests – with clients also helps to drive evolution of the STARLIMS suite. The insight that Abbott derives from close two-way discussion and partnership allows it to understand and predict how the informatics landscape needs to change, and speed the development of functionality that will support current and future requirements for different industries. “A quality product must come with excellent customer service and support, to win business and differentiate what may on paper look like equivalent technological capabilities,” Spencer adds. “And that’s why some of our longstanding clients have been with us for 30 years plus. Our customers participate in our advisory boards to help inform how to continue evolving the product. Part of what we do is to challenge our customers, and give them new insights through our experiences and industry insight, to help them implement best practices and new processes. This then becomes a tool for change.”

Engendering this relationship with customers requires teamwork, and an outlook that is focused on local, as well as global needs and expectations. “We take pride in our people culturally as well as professionally, and personally,” Spencer notes. “All of our people are encouraged to leverage their strengths, and our executive teams look at the talents of every individual and work with them to develop their roles, give them the best training and experiences at all levels.”

Spencer foresees continued organic growth for Abbott Informatics, as it expands its global customer base, further develops its product suite and scales business through cloud computing.  The aim is to focus on high growth markets and high growth geographies. “While serving our existing and new clients across industries, we will have a particular focus on high-growth markets, which include the pharma, biotech, crop sciences, and food & beverage sectors.” Through its work with Allotrope Foundation, Abbott Informatics is also helping to drive and inform the development of data standards, support for which vendors are now incorporating into their new product offerings. Such standards will make data more accessible, searchable, transferrable, and insightful, Spencer concludes.  “We want to promote that ability for data exchange and utility, across laboratories and organizations.” 

Hoe weet u zeker dat uw pipet goed functioneert?
08/06/2020 METTLER TOLEDO

Voor betrouwbare en nauwkeurige meetresultaten moeten uw pipetten periodiek gekalibreerd worden. Maar hoe weet u zeker dat deze in de tussenliggende periode ook goed functioneert?

METTLER TOLEDO biedt u nu een innovatieve oplossing om binnen 60 seconden de prestatie van uw pipetten te valideren.

RAININ SmartCheck™

Deze nieuwe technologie biedt u de mogelijkheid om op snelle en praktische wijze te controleren of uw pipet nauwkeurig werkt. Doseer vloeistof in de vloeistofkamer en de SmartCheck bepaalt automatisch het testvolume van de pipet. Binnen 60 seconden wordt een pass/fail resultaat gegeven, zodat u weet of uw pipet nog binnen de ISO 8655 gestelde toleranties presteert. SmartCheck is geschikt voor zowel mono- en multichannel pipetten, ongeacht het merk!

SmartCheck is snel en eenvoudig in gebruik, zodat prestatiecontroles gemakkelijk onderdeel worden van uw dagelijkse routines en dankzij de kleine afmetingen (slechts 10 cm x 10 cm) neemt de SmartCheck weinig ruimte in beslag. Zo voorkomt u OOS-resultaten, dubbel werk en onverwachte kosten. Bespaar tijd en geld door het risico op onnauwkeurige meetresultaten te minimaliseren!

SmartCheck is niet alleen een efficiënte oplossing, het is ook de enige automatische oplossing voor ISO 8655 pipet verificatie. SmartCheck neemt volumetrische metingen met behulp van de gravimetrische methode en berekent willekeurige en systematische fouten op basis van vier metingen. Vervolgens wordt de meetonzekerheid van het volume bepaald, welke vergeleken wordt met de vastgestelde toleranties. Op basis daarvan geeft de SmartCheck een duidelijke pass/fail uitslag binnen 60 seconden.

Ontdek de voordelen van SmartCheck op www.mt.com/SmartCheck

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