LIMS is a laboratory information management system, it is a software based system that supports modern laboratory operations. It can be implemented for the management of samples, laboratory users, instruments, standards, invoicing & workflow automation. It has a flexible architecture and a data exchange interface.
LIMS is a laboratory information management system, it is a software based system that
supports modern laboratory operations. It can be implemented for the management of
samples, laboratory users, instruments, standards, invoicing & workflow automation. It
has a flexible architecture and a data exchange interface.
LIMS majorly focuses on three industries that are, PharmaCeutical, Biotechnology and
Food & LifeSciences. It was first introduced in 1982, before that manual process was
used for reporting & managing feedback.
Initially LIMS has been just an integration of electronic laboratory notebook for
automated reporting features, but with the advancement of laboratory techniques the
LIMS becomes very advance. In 1990s, first client /server configuration was developed
using PC combined with the security of a minicomputer. In mid 1990s, the LIMS gets
more advanced, it was allowing distribution of client/ server functions over a network to
optimize processing & sharing capabilities. Till now, day by day new features are added
to the system.
LIMS mainly used to store & manage information associated with the laboratory. They
contain information related to customers, tests & test reports, collection sites, bottle
types, preservatives, sample matrix, analysis methods, parameters, employee details,
passwords, control limit, etc. Apart from these LIMS also work on Sample Tracking,
Integrated bar coding, Sophisticated Query Searching, Integrated QA/QC functions, Full
Audit Trail, Reporting Functionality, Instrument Integration, etc.
In order to have specific results and reports there must be a specific type of LIMS.
Though there are many instruments in the lab and result of any kind of biological or
pharmaceutical sample is very delicate or they can vary within seconds. Thus, there are
different varieties of LIMS dependent on the type of process or instrumentation used
like, Graphical Sample container management system, Protein Database Search Engine
Parser, Mass Spectrometer Instrument Parser, Web Based Sample submission &
retrieval system, etc.
The implementation of LIMS will be beneficial to any Laboratory or Industry because it is
very cost effective. Its implementation will save approximately $300,000 per lab
There are following benefits of LIMS in QA/QC as well as in general aspect of any
Track training records & employee certification
Track instrument maintenance & calibration
Full audit Trail and QC chart
User configurable QA/QC
Automatic Limit scheduling
Auto reporting (fax, laser printer, email (pdf) etc.)
Increased productivity hours
Improved Data quality
Integration with other departments and systems