Illustrating how a flexible, configurable laboratory information management system can be adapted by the users themselves to meet changing requirements
A new case study from Autoscribe Informatics discusses the use of the Matrix laboratory information management system (LIMS) in the Cereal, Milling and Baking Science Laboratory at Allied Technical Centre (ATC).
It illustrates how a flexible, configurable LIMS can be adapted by the users themselves to meet changing requirements. Successive versions of Matrix have been implemented at ATC for more than 20 years, beginning with V2 in the mid-1990s.
Allied Technical Centre, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK, is part of Associated British Foods. ATC provides technical leadership in a number of areas. These include food safety, food law, product assurance and nutrition, bakery development, environmental management, consumer contact management and cereals, milling and baking science.
Matrix V2 was initially purchased for registering samples and logging jobs. Following training on the configuration of Matrix, the ATC Technical Support team took ownership of Matrix and began an internal development programme that has continued to the present day, extending the scope of the LIMS and utilising Matrix to the best benefit of the laboratory.
The case study, available for download, shows how Matrix has transformed the management of sample data at ATC. The major benefit offered by Matrix is the configurability and the flexibility it brings in allowing staff at ATC to evolve the system to meet their needs. The case study also shows how many of the individual functions within Matrix have been found to be particularly useful.
John Boother, President of Autoscribe Informatics, said: “This case study is the perfect illustration of how Matrix can provide a ‘LIMS for life’. ATC has ported its data through different versions of Matrix over many years and has used the inherent configurability of the system not only to meet their needs exactly but also to adapt to changing requirements for an extended period of time.”