STP578

    Development of a Computerized Laboratory System

    Published: Jan 1975


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    Abstract

    Our experience in the integration of a computer into the regular daily operation of a conventional, research and development, physical properties laboratory is described— from the conception of the idea through planning, design, implementation, and startup to on-line operation. Development of the system paralleled closely the guidelines currently being formulated by ASTM Committee E-31 on Computerized Laboratory Systems. Detailed considerations of laboratory objectives and computer capabilities resulted in the design of a system based on a minicomputer. The system has the flexibility to handle various types of laboratory instruments within the design limits of data acquisition rate, storage capacity, and analysis program size. Experience has shown that the computerization of the laboratory has been readily accepted by both professional scientists and laboratory technicians, test results are more accurate, consistent, and error-free, costs to acquire the same type test results as were previously obtained are lower, and additional useful data may be acquired from each test without incurring additional costs.

    Keywords:

    computers, laboratories, computer systems programs, laboratory automation, yarns, stress strain diagrams, instruments


    Author Information:

    Lothrop, EW Jr
    Group head and supervisor, Chemical Group, Research and Development, FMC Corporation, Marcus Hook, Pa.

    Starr, SS
    Group head and supervisor, Chemical Group, Research and Development, FMC Corporation, Marcus Hook, Pa.


    Paper ID: STP33343S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E31.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33343S


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