The Labmin Laboratory Information Management System checks the results from data captured, and automatically validates instances that comply with the needed specifications; it also reports (but does not validate) results that are out-of-specification. It can also release or retain lots and batches according to a laboratory’s specifications and calculations.

Supervisors can also schedule tasks, as well as request specific tests.

These test requirements define the workload for the various lab stations. Instrumentation based data is loaded, processed through the calculation engine, and is then subjected to the Quality Control steps required for the assessment (based on certain standards, duplicates and blanks) to determine the validity of the results.

Mining Information Management

In the context of mining, Labmin assists the Laboratory, Geology and Production departments to manage samples through their analysis lifecycles. Laboratory users follow standardised processes based on sample preparation practices and standards. The use of certain instruments and other laboratory functions such as plate management and workflow automation allows the entering of samples directly into the Labmin Laboratory Information Management System, as well as tracking their progress through the different laboratory processes.

‘Sample tracking’ includes integrated bar coding, sample login, quoting, and invoicing. The Labmin Laboratory Information Management System also allows real-time access to analytical results from virtually anywhere in the world. Users can view rich reports, which include features such as flagging parameters where results exceed defined limits, thereby easing the review of data. Furthermore, it enables users to graph results and create control charts for any entered data. Selecting data to plot is simplified by using criteria such as test, sample number, analyst, etc. Selecting the samples used to generate the control limits are just as easy.

An organisation can configure its analytical parameters and calculations into the Labmin Laboratory Information Management System. After sample registration, the module prints barcodes that are scanned at the end of the analysis when loading results into the system.