HiLIMS™ Laboratory Information Management System
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A general development towards electronic documentation is becoming more and more evident. The FDA 21 Part 11 makes electronic documents with a digital signature legally equivalent to hand-signed paper documents. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is pushing the use of electronic media. Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are coming into laboratories where they are replacing paper-based laboratory notebooks or books. 

Even one single test which is unable to be retrieved can be more costly than the investment in a LIMS, as patent claims cannot be defended, claims for compensation cannot be rejected or tests must be repeated. 

The term LIMS covers a wide range. Laboratory Information Management Systems are just as varied as the laboratories in which they are applied in, for instance in a laboratory for medical diagnostics, a laboratory for production-related testing or a chemical development laboratory. 

HiLIMS™ is the special LIMS for an R&D laboratory. There, in addition to the increase of efficiency and shortening of the "time to market", the LIMS acts as protection of the intellectual property rights and as safeguard against liability claims through electronic documentation and archiving. The latter functions also enable the fast retrieval of information gathered in the tests (batch and continuous operation mode) by searching the electronic laboratory notebook. 

The data of test series, parallel experiments or freely arranged tests can be visually compared in various graphical forms and can be condensed in freely configurable reports. The data do not have to be “handled manually” any more as usual in the conventional way of workin. As a result of that, many error sources are excluded right from the beginning and the rework time is reduced drastically. According to a study (CENSA 2004), the increase in productivity in the research industry due to the change to an electronic system is estimated to be over 50%. 

Advantages of HiLIMS™

  • Support of internal laboratory procedures
  • Secure retrieval of test results
  • Increase in productivity
  • Prevention of errors
  • Making knowledge available internally
  • Protection of knowledge from outside
  • Protection of information from manipulation
  • Securing of information for re-use
  • Securing of own claims and prevention of liability claims
  • Fast relational SQL database
  • Self-explanatory user interface
  • Network and multi-user capability
  • Smooth integration into LabVision®/HiBatch™
  • Very versatile
  • Integrated forms and form designer
  • Integrated data mining, evaluation and reporting
  • Various import and export possibilities
Database systems Microsoft® SQL-Server® version 2005 upwards basic version is supplied with a free-of-charge SQL Server Express, limited to 4 GB
Number of users 1 to unlimited (depending on the database server and client licenses)
Client licenses 1 to unlimited
Modules Basic version (single user license)
Multi-user extension
SQL database server
User administration
Electronic signature
Device driver
Customer-specific adjustments to ERP programs
Customer-specific adjustments to chemometrics programs
Product code Description Impact on data point
SL-HILIMSL HiLIMS™ single user license, light option, for LabVision® and SQL Express, no external SQL server access yes
SL-HILIMSLSA HiLIMS™ single user license, light client an additional stand-alone workplace with access to HiLIMS™ light system no
SL-HILIMSSQL HiLIMS™ server license for multiple-user version
Please note: Requires additional SQL server license
no
SL-HILIMS HiLIMS™ option LabVision®
Please note: Assumes HiLIMS™ server and requires an additional SQL client license.
A license is required for each workplace which is logged in at the same time.
A license increases the maximum number of HiLIMS™ users which are able to be set up by two.
yes
SL-HILIMSSA Stand-alone workplace client (HiBuilder™ version, able to be run without LabVision®)
Please note: Assumes HiLIMS™ server and requires and additional SQL client license. A license is required for each workplace which is logged in at the same time. A license increases the maximum number of HiLIMS™ users which are able to be set up by two.
no
SL-SQLSERV SQL server license without client licenses no
SL-SQLCLNT SQL client license per workplace no