Interfacing

Two Fold Software offer a range of interfacing solutions to allow you to integrate Qualoupe LIMS with your laboratory instruments and other business systems.

Interfacing to your LIMS system can offer one of the quickest return on investments (ROI) of any aspect of a LIMS solution. While there is a clear gain to be made in terms of the speed of data entry into the LIMS solution one of the other major benefits is in the accuracy of the data entered. Using an interface provides reliable and accurate data entry removing the time consuming and costly process of validating the data entered manually for typographical errors.

Instrument Interfaces

There are a number of different variations when interfacing with laboratory instruments, generally dependent on the capability of the instrument itself and the requirements of the workflow within the lab.

Uni-Directional Interfaces

These are typically the simplest interfaces to implement. An identifier is entered into the instrument to allow the data coming from the instrument to be linked to a record in the LIMS application. The Qualoupe LIMS interface captures the report being exported by the instrument, this is then processed and the data entered into the LIMS along with a copy of the original report.

Bi-Directional Interfaces

Bi-directional interfaces are more complex, as they are required to manage the flow of information from the LIMS to the instrument and vice-versa. But a bi-directional interface will offer the greatest time saving for the Analyst as it removes the requirement for them to generate the worklist/run for the instrument and also the transcription of results from the instrument into the LIMS once the analysis has been completed is handled by the interface.

Initially the LIMS would handle the creation of the run or worklist for the instrument, this information is then extracted from the LIMS database by the interface application and sent to the instrument. Once the analysis has been completed by the instrument the data is sent back by the instrument to the interface application, the interface imports the information into the Qualoupe LIMS system. Dependent on requirements there can then be a review step before the data is finally approved.

We offer an ASTM E-1394 compliant interface as well as bespoke bi-directional interfaces for instruments not compliant with the ASTM standard. We have provided bi-directional interfaces to instruments from a number of manufacturers including:

  • bioMérieux
  • Cobas
  • Coulter
  • Dynex
  • Elecsys
  • Hitachi
  • Idronaut
  • Kone
  • Sysmex

RS232 Interfaces

There are a broad variety of devices which require interfacing using RS232 including balances, pH Meters, environmental monitoring devices, etc. Qualoupe LIMS includes an RS232 interface program which can be connected to the RS232 device and subsequently used to ‘listen’ for data from the device, or send commands to the device and extract the responses to those commands. This data can then either be directly stored into the LIMS or a data review step can take place prior to the data being stored. This technology has been used to interface to devices from manufacturers such as Jenway, Mettler, Precisa, Sartorius, Shimadzu and others.

Other Business Systems

The ability to link Qualoupe LIMS to other business systems can offer major benefits to an organisation in terms of speed of data transfer and the accuracy of the data being transferred. Two Fold Software have experience in successfully integrating Qualoupe LIMS with a number of ERP, MRP, accounting, PIMS and other business systems. These can be bi-directional or uni-directional interfaces.

The interfaces have been achieved in a number of ways dependent on both system and customer requirements:

  • File transfers
  • Direct database table access
  • Middleware solutions
  • FTP
  • TCP/IP
  • Web Services

Some of the products we have successfully interfaced to include:

  • Allen-Bradley
  • JD Edwards
  • MFG/Pro
  • PI
  • PRISM
  • SAGE
  • SAP
  • Various In House systems

If you would like to discuss your interfacing requirements please contact us for more details.