STP944: Analytical Laboratory Information Management System (ALIMS)

    Blair, FA
    Manager of Analytical Laboratory Section, senior chemist, and chemist advanced, Inco Alloys International Inc., Huntington, WV

    Arritt, JM
    Manager of Analytical Laboratory Section, senior chemist, and chemist advanced, Inco Alloys International Inc., Huntington, WV

    Lundy, LJ
    Manager of Analytical Laboratory Section, senior chemist, and chemist advanced, Inco Alloys International Inc., Huntington, WV

    Pages: 11    Published: Jan 1987


    Abstract

    A computerized system has been developed that closely approaches total laboratory data automation. The system is menu driven, permitting the analyst to easily step through a hierarchy of works instructions. Data generation, calculations, dissemination, and retention are fully automated for instruments and automated for wet-chemical analyses prior and subsequent to raw data collection.

    The system begins with the log-in of samples for which unique identification numbers are automatically generated. The total routine workload can then be scheduled by the computer. Overrides permit appropriate variations. Work centers query the system for assignments. The system not only controls and monitors work flow but invokes analytical and quality control procedures as well. For management control, sample status is readily available.

    Instruments controlled by the system include inductively coupled plasma, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, optical emission spectrophotometer (ICP, AAS, OES), analytical balances, LECO analyzers, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS), and automatic titrators. Report capability exists for back-logs, sample status, quality control, cost accounting, and periodic performance.

    Keywords:

    data processing, data generation, data dissemination, calculations, analytical instruments, analytical sample, log-in, work scheduling, sample status, quality control, management control, past due reports, backlog samples, analyst performance, laboratory performance, menu driven, password control


    Paper ID: STP28600S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E03.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28600S


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