What exactly constitutes a laboratory management system is continually evolving, with new features and functionality added regularly; however, the base set of functions that define the LIMS software include:
- Reception and logging of a sample with its associated data
- Assignment, tracking, and scheduling of the sample’s analytical workload
- Quality control associated with the sample and any utilized equipment and inventory
- Storage of data acquired from any performed analyses
- Compilation, inspection, and approval of data for reporting and further analysis
Barcode labels are an indispensable part of a functional LIMS system. Without the use of barcodes, it would be impossible to properly track samples or to automate analytical workflows, as you would need to manually enter information at every step of the analysis. However, barcode labels serve a purpose beyond their ability to label your samples with scannable barcodes.
In addition to the use of barcodes, you should also consider factors that might affect the quality of your labels, including loss of adhesion, smudging, or fading, all of which can result in the loss of information associated with the sample. As such, it is critical that you use the appropriate labels for your application. Luckily, a wide range of specialty labels exists that can match any laboratory storage and/or usage condition, making it possible to achieve a 100% accurate sample identification and associated data traceability.
Regardless of your lab’s specific needs, there is a smart labeling solution available to meet your demanding standards. Ideal for all SOPs in biomedical and clinical research, from blood work and molecular biology to diagnostics and the identification of medication in clinical trials. They can also be made compatible with various printing methods commonly used in all laboratories and research facilities, such as thermal transfer, direct thermal, laser, and inkjet, or even automated print-and-apply systems.