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Meeting the Need for LIMS at a smaller laboratory case study

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EMS Inc (Environmental Management Services) offers environmental sample collection, VELAP (Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) accredited laboratory analysis, water and wastewater plant operations, and consulting services to both industrial and commercial clients. By introducing Autoscribe's entry level Matrix Express LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), EMS Inc has been able to significantly improve sample turnaround times and ease of reporting.

Background
EMS Inc (www.emsinclab.com) is a family owned and operated company, which has built its business over 20 years on the basis of reliability, fast turn-around times, accurate analytical results, and one-on-one approach to customer service. EMS is familiar with DEO and VDH regulations and permits, as well as pre-treatment programs and can work with clients to demonstrate compliance with permits, as well as perform any process control testing that may be needed. The company also offers consultation services and is involved with the local education community. Through its own VELAP accredited analytical laboratory and a nationwide network of subcontracted laboratories. EMS provides testing for drinking water, non-potable water and solids. Testing capabilities include microbiological such as coliform testing, general chemistry including BOD. COD. CBOD. metals analysis using ICP, ICP-MS, and GFAA. radiological methods, organics, TCLP and whole effluent toxicity.

Challenges

With the laboratory handling around 9.500 samples each year and anything between 1 and 20 tests being performed on each sample, the paper-based sample log-in system and spreadsheet-based recording of test results being used by EMS was slowing down sample throughput. Since fast turn-around time Is an integral part of the EMS service to customers, it was essential to remove this bottleneck.

The prime LIMS requirements for EMS were:

  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Easy configuration to their specific needs

As a relatively small laboratory, however, a major consideration was cost.

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