LIMS as a concept for the central administration of measurement and control data
Laboratory information and management systems, LIMS for short, have proven themselves for central data processing. Fink & Partner also relies on this concept for its software for the metal finishing industry. The metal processing companies use numerous sensors for the aforementioned tests and inspections. These permanently supply data in digital form. One advantage of the LIMS is that data from sensors and measuring systems can be read indirectly. The data is transferred directly to the database via interfaces. The Fink & Partner system is compatible with devices from numerous manufacturers. Among others, it is possible to establish a direct connection to measuring and control devices from Bruker, Spectro, Hitachi, Thermo Fisher or Zwick.
In this way, it is possible to collect all measurement and control data in a central database. The automation via the digital interfaces allows this process to run continuously and without additional effort. At the same time, the laboratory information and management system are able to make the data available to other IT systems. For this purpose, the Fink & Partner system has modules to connect to enterprise applications. Thanks to this feature, the Fink & Partner system can also be easily integrated into existing IT infrastructures. The collected data can then be used in other programs, such as an ERP system.
The collected data is often the basis for further tasks. Here, too, the Fink & Partner system offers special modules that help with day-to-day work. With the job server, it is possible to automate various processes or have them monitored by the system. This way, limit values can be set and if they are exceeded, a message is sent to a specific person. With the module for the analysis administration, processing of the measured values is possible. With the SPC monitor, control data can be displayed graphically and clearly. This can be used in the laboratory, in quality control or directly in production to check the properties. Both displays and evaluations of older data over a longer period of time as well as a real-time display are possible.