Data Integration Protocol

Instrument-LIMS data integration to removing the manual entering of data

Integration

Challenge: Perhaps the best motivation to interface your instruments to your LIMS is the expansion in lab profitability and researcher viability. Eliminating the manual entering of data and saves a huge load of time and exertion. Another vital motivation to interface your instruments to SilverLIMS is the increment in information quality and uprightness that it yields. By eliminating the "human component" from the information move and passage condition, an immense wellspring of mistake is taken out.

Unfortunately, Instruments vary in the ways in which instrument data is obtained. Therefore the optimal instrument interface is dependent on your compliance requirements, the instrument, the integration outcomes, and the amount of effort to expend. Interface selection criteria depend on security, integration, setup and extraction of data. The aim of the protocol is to maintain the connection and the integration between lap instruments and Silver-LIMS solution, and it is offering two ways of implementation according to the customer requirements.

Solution: 

- Real-time instrument interface: Another way to connect instrumentation to a SilverLIMS is through a direct connection to the device itself. Real-time interfaces are typically established using a serial (RS-232) or network connection to a Silver-LIMS solution. Real-time interface provides immediate data capture from the instrument directly to the Silver-LIMS solution. The authenticity of the data is implicit as there are no steps between the instrument and the application. Once the instruments are interfaced appropriately, there is rarely a problem, but getting them set up is a little more difficult than the previous strategies mentioned. It is important to note that the setup of a “real-time” connection varies between instruments and can depend on the vendor and model. Some instruments may have only a serial connection, whereas others have network connections available.

- File Share: Direct printer capture uses a custom printer driver to capture the instrument report output and then stores the resulting electronic file in a secure space. A network file share, such as local file server or shared network drive, is easy to set up and use and can handle all file formats, including Word and Excel. File shares allow files to be easily shared among groups of people. Accessibility is both a positive and a negative characteristic. It is essential to employ a robust access control list on a file share that allows users to write files but restricts modification or deletion. Backup and archival processes must be well defined and adhered to.

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