The best time to automate your sample management is right now
Cannabis is a complicated plant; it takes advanced methodology to get accurate results, and competitive pressure and regulatory scrutiny are both growing. Future-proofing your cannabis testing lab to survive and be profitable in the long run isn't easy, but Agilent has the experience to get you there.
It doesn't matter whether you're an established cannabis testing lab looking to expand throughput and boost efficiency, or a startup hoping to hit the ground running and gain a foothold in a competitive market. Both scenarios face a common set of challenges, and both can achieve dramatic benefits by understanding how manual sample tracking can slow and complicate your path to success – and the many ways that dedicated lab management software like SLIMS can transform your operation.Get started
Consider these common situations where SLIMS clearly outperforms manual sample management for cannabis testing.
With SLIMS, you'll get answers quickly. At-a-glance graphical dashboard view of your samples helps you accurately estimate workflow timings and make quick business decisions.
SLIMS can automatically alert you when lab supplies are running low, so there is minimum risk of supplies-related downtime.
The amount of data associated with your samples can be large whether you are a small lab or an established one. Manage large volumes of data and know everything related to your samples so that you can respond on a timely basis. Get quick access to relevant data for timely decision making – critical for existing labs looking to expand as well as startups wanting to ensure future scalability.
SLIMS integrates with key systems in your lab such as Agilent and third-party instruments to help reduce delays accessing data, eliminate the need to manually enter data, and help you scale up on demand.
Summarize all data from all systems in your lab with the click of a button. Quickly produce COAs, create reports on instrument and sample status, and generate data packets for regulatory use.
SLIMS has been tailored for cannabis testing with pre-configured cannabis workflows, so your lab can get up and running quickly. Agilent expertise and support means implementation and ongoing needs are met.
SLIMS assists the user step-by-step through the workflow – choose the right instrument for the right task, make sure it is calibrated and solvent and consumables are not expired, and much more.
SLIMS tracks and flags errors so adjustments can be made quickly – no need to manually review multiple times. Efficient tracking allows for timely retesting (if needed) and prevents less experienced users from entering incorrect information that might compromise the quality of the results.
Staff and authorized customers can log into SLIMS remotely to register samples and receive reports. Powerful data management features let you quickly send data packets to regulatory bodies, minimizing compliance risk.
Examine These Common Myths About Laboratory Information Management Software
"SLIMS makes sense, but bringing in automated management software is just too much hassle."
Not compared to the hassle you'll experience if you adopt manual methods that build significant productivity and efficiency barriers into your near future.
In fact, the preconfigured SLIMS cannabis package gets you up and running quickly, and you can download it from the SLIMS store. Agilent expertise and support will ensure you get started with minimal downtime, and Agilent customer service will be there when you need it.
Leverage Agilent's experience and reputation in cannabis testing solutions. Our end-to-end portfolio coverage supports SLIMS to deliver a unique offering comprised of best-in-class instruments, software, consumables, services, and support.
"Automated software solutions for sample management may be better, but they're just too expensive."
Just think about the costs of missed business opportunities arising from an inability to quickly scale throughput – and the potential loss of reputation arising from missed deadlines, inaccurate results, or regulatory setbacks.
The efficiency benefits you can gain by investing in automated sample information management will generate return on investment on all aspects, e.g., manpower, cost savings, compliance, etc. Need to isolate the bottlenecks in the lab in order to increase sample throughput? It's much faster and easier when you have sophisticated software that tracks and reports issues, and "faster and easier" means "less expensive".
Systematic analysis errors can result in your lab losing business over the long run. What if your lab was systematically delivering inaccurate results? How would you know, and how would you figure out where the problem lies?
SLIMS can also save you money in unexpected ways. With SLIMS in place, training will be more straightforward, and your experts will be able to focus their expertise where your lab needs it most, adding value to your entire operation
"Dedicated sample management software is definitely more feature rich, but it's more than I need."
Consider how complicated it will be to manually track tens or even hundreds of thousands of pieces of sample- and process-related information across multiple formats, to demonstrate that it's all happening in a compliant manner, and to extract the vital information you'll need to move forward if something goes wrong.
Complicated is what happens when you find out too late that an instrument was not calibrated properly or expired reagents were used, meaning incorrect values were reported. Avoiding this scenario is part of what SLIMS delivers, by alerting the user before mistakes occur.
Complicated is what you'll face when auditors find issues with your Excel-based system: "It's not secure. It's too difficult to know who made what changes. It's too easy to erase files." SLIMS facilitates regulatory compliance through automated sample tracking, audit trails, and protocol management capabilities.
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