How Barcodes Can Work Within Your LIMS

Barcodes are the best way to keep track of units and test equipment in a laboratory. Barcoding can help laboratories save time and money by eliminating human error and improving data accuracy.

Barcodes can be a precious tool when used with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). By assigning barcodes to each of your test lab's units, you can ensure that everything is kept separate and organized. This can be especially helpful when you have thousands of units to track. 

LIMS is an Electronic lab system and testing hub. It enables you to link lab test equipment with work orders and with barcodes. This allows next-level data collection and streamlines lab work for engineers working with tracking samples/units. 

Barcodes can be used to track test units and test equipment. By having a unique barcode for each item, you can easily keep track of resources in your lab and streamline your workflow for test technicians.

Barcodes are a very versatile tool that can be used in various ways. If you are looking for a way to organize your test lab better, consider using barcodes. 

Laboratory workflow tracking

Barcodes play an essential role in automating data entry.  By scanning barcodes for tests, data entry is sped up and virtually eliminated for many operations. Testers can scan to bring up the work order rather than search through data.

Barcode scanning can also identify individual pieces of equipment and track their usage over time. This helps optimize laboratory workflow and troubleshoot any potential issues that may arise.

Barcode scanning is the oversight management needs

Barcode scanners play an important role in automating data entry into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). 

Scanning and barcodes are the future of lab management, and by using barcode scanners in conjunction with a LIMS, you can quickly and easily find the correct information. Assigning unique barcodes to each test lab's units ensures that everything is kept separate and organized. Choose barcode type, label printer, print, and scan barcodes easily. 

Tracking units

Capture data—inventory management.  Barcodes are essential for any business that wants to manage its inventory effectively. A barcode scanner reads the barcode and transmits the data to a computer, which can then be used to track work orders and other necessary lab information inside QATrax LIMS.

What Should We Use Barcodes to Track?

To address this concern, consider which real items in your lab need to be tracked with a unique identifier, such as a barcode. 

A barcode is usually the best solution for everything that might be readily confused or replaced with another physical thing. 

Three reasons why handwritten labels should not be used include:

  1. Engineers can quickly scan to pull up a work order. 
  2. You cannot count on team members to write an accurate or reliable description.
  3. Can't read handwriting 

Other items you can track with a unique barcode include:

  • Workstations
  • Test Equipment 

Generating Barcodes

Barcodes can be automatically generated in various ways. The most common way to automatically create barcodes is by using software that can create barcodes from text strings. 

This type of software is often used in conjunction with Barcode Labeling Software. 

Alternatively, some scanners come with built-in software for automatically generating barcodes.

Can we print barcode labels from QATrax LIMS?

Yes, our LIMS QATrax offers the ability to generate and print barcode labels right inside our LIMS. This allows you to print barcodes for test units and test equipment.

Consider using barcodes to track resources in your lab for an efficient and streamlined workflow. Barcode printers are also available as standalone devices or can be integrated with other lab equipment.

Can a test unit contain multiple barcodes?

It is possible to include multiple barcodes on a single test unit. However, it is essential to make sure that each barcode is unique and can be scanned properly. 

If you do include multiple barcodes on a single test unit, it is essential to ensure that the barcodes are placed in a location where they can be easily scanned. 

Using Barcodes in LIMS

When used together, barcodes and LIMS can be a powerful tool for tracking and managing your test lab's test units. Barcodes provide a quick and easy way to identify items, while LIMS can help you keep track of everything happening in your lab. With this combination, you can efficiently manage your lab's workflow and easily track real-time insights with this helpful tool. 

How to use Barcodes in the test lab with LIMS

QATrax is a testing lab management system created just for discrete manufacturers' test environments. QATrax includes a built-in work request and order process to meet process requirements. QATrax integrates equipment and personnel in the test schedule, enabling ISO 17025 recordkeeping.

The QATrax LIMS software helps to ensure that laboratories stay in compliance. ISO 17025 Article 6.4.8 requires that all calibration equipment with a specified duration of validity be labeled; QATrax supplies this data for equipment and units under test with barcodes for scanning ease:

  • the identity of equipment
  • the manufacturer's name, type identification, and serial number or other unique identification
  • evidence of verification that equipment conforms with specified requirements
  • the current location
  • calibration dates, results of all calibrations, adjustments, acceptance criteria, and the due date of the next calibration or the calibration interval;
  • documentation of reference materials, results, acceptance criteria, relevant dates, and the period of validity;
  • the maintenance plan and maintenance carried out to date, where relevant to the performance of the equipment
  • details of any damage, malfunction, modification, or repair of the equipment.

QATrax records equipment information, status log, and all work associated and stores it in one place, making it easier to manage. Quickly respond to audits by scanning equipment to identify a complete list of work orders and calibration history.

TEI information Fields include: 

  • ID, 
  • Type, 
  • Manufacturer, 
  • Serial # and more Abilities to attach certificates and all other verification evidence. 
  • Location, 
  • Calibration Dates, 
  • Date of Next calibration, 
  • Calibration Cycle, 
  • Certification Attachments, 
  • Non-testing events, 
  • Attachments, 
  • Photos.

Lab Barcodes: How They Can Help Your Lab's LIMS System

Barcodes and LIMS are two technologies that work together to help you track and manage your test lab's test units and procedures.

Barcodes provide a quick and easy way to identify items, while LIMS can help you keep track of everything happening in your lab. This is powerful for both technicians and managers. 

With our QATrax solution, you'll have the most power and precision available from a LIMS while keeping your test lab running smoothly and ensuring that it is ISO 17025 compliant.

Stop wasting time trying to keep track of everything manually – let our products take care of it for you.

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