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Consumables stock control capability extends WinLims benefits

Posted: Wednesday 24th February 2010

A new software application has been created by Quality Systems International (QSI) of Aylesbury that enables companies and laboratories to easily and efficiently manage their consumables stock control.

The new WinLims stock control module allows a stock record to be created for each consumable item used during an analysis procedure. The stock record includes the suppliers’ details, a description of the consumable item, opening stock figures, re-order levels, re-order amounts, shelf life as well as the cost per item or amount. With each receipt of stock the suppliers’ batch details are recorded including the cost per item, date it was receipted as well as the quantity for each specific shipment.

“Many types of laboratory analysis require consumables to be used to perform the analysis. There is nothing more frustrating if you run out of a required consumable which causes delays in the analysis workflow,” explained Clive Collier, QSI’s managing director. “With the WinLims stock control solution the user can define the analysis method, select the consumables used with this method and detail the amount of each consumable that is used to perform the analysis. So when processing samples, any assigned methods that use consumables will trigger the reduction of each consumable’s stock level by the amount defined by the method. When reorder levels are hit the users are prompted to order new supplies, which will prevent them from running out of stock”.

The new stock control solution also enables traceability of the consumables used to be associated with the analysis samples being processed. The system will not allow any consumables outside of their shelf life to be assigned to a method. The quality loop is effectively completed by being able to show for each sample tested, that the methods have been performed correctly and the consumables used, were in specification and within their shelf life.

The WinLims ‘Out of the Box’ solution combined with QSI’s unique WinLims rental scheme provides the first true ‘Off the Shelf’ LIMS within the market place, making LIMS technology available to all companies at low cost and risk-free.

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