STP973: Local Area Networking in the Analytical Laboratory

    Kunz, FW
    Principal research engineer and principal staff engineer, Physical Analysis and Technical Services Department, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

    Cole, GS
    Principal research engineer and principal staff engineer, Physical Analysis and Technical Services Department, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

    Pages: 10    Published: Jan 1988


    Abstract

    The use of dedicated or shared computers or both for analytical instrument control, data accumulation, data reduction, and data reporting is now commonplace in most well-equipped laboratories. This paper details a local area network (LAN) concept for an analytical laboratory which improves the use of computers as well as reduces computing costs. Various instruments, including X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, electron microprobe, and surface spectroscopy equipment are connected to our LAN for file transfer and remote terminal logins.

    There is also an increasing demand for filing data, monitoring quality assurance, and generating composite management reports accumulated from these various analytical instruments; this can be accomplished by accessing an electronic laboratory notebook system.

    Keywords:

    laboratory automation, local area network, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, surface spectroscopy, electron microprobe, electronic laboratory notebook


    Paper ID: STP26158S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E01.22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26158S


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