For most manufacturers, an LIMS provides connectivity to critical, regularly updated lab data. Integration between LIMS and the lab allows external stakeholders easier access to information they need before and during tests. This can include manufacturing personnel who may need timely results in order to clear products for shipping.
While an RMM system provides benefits, without a link to LIMS, the lab must manually key data into the system, opening the opportunity for errors that could lead to investigation. On the other hand, an LIMS-integrated with an RMM system removes the manual step, ensuring colony counts are accurately recorded.
By eliminating the need to manually record colony counts, LIMS integration saves microbiologists time. With less time spent on repetitive work, users can spend more time on more value added activities such as standard-operating-procedure updates, test designs and investigations.
A goal for many organizations is to minimize or eliminate the use of paper whenever possible. Integration of an LIMS with a technology like Growth DirectTM can drastically reduce the amount of paper used in the lab while more efficiently communicating information to stakeholders.
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