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Thermo Fisher Scientific has revealed that Northern Ireland Water (NI Water) has standardised on the Samplemanager laboratory information management system (Lims) across its laboratories.

This forms part of the water and sewage services provider’s continuous focus on improving sample management and maintaining high-quality water.

Samplemanager Lims is used to manage more than 150,000 samples per year taken from reservoirs, water treatment works and directly from the taps in consumers’ homes.

NI Water’s laboratories carry out the necessary testing to ensure that drinking water is safe for consumption and meets all regulatory and quality standards.

Thermo Scientific said that standardising on Samplemanager Lims across its laboratories allows NI Water to maintain the highest levels of testing and consistency in results.

To enhance the quality of the test methods and to reduce time associated with collecting and logging field samples, NI Water has integrated a handheld remote sampler, developed by CSols, with Samplemanager Lims.

This allows field samples to be taken, results recorded and input directly into the Lims, saving errors, ensuring the quality of the sample at log-in, and reducing manual transcription errors as well as providing a secure record of sampler locations.

The introduction of Remote Sampler at NI Water extends the use of Samplemanager Lims to field applications, therefore allowing more samples to be processed by in-the-field sampling.

Because Remote Sampler reduces the time necessary to collect and log-in a sample, it enables more efficient use of laboratory resources, as well as consistent compliance with various regulatory requirements for documented processes, such as those defined by the Drinking Water Inspectorate for the water industry.

Gareth Maxwell, Lims and compliance reporting manager for NI Water, said: ‘We have introduced Remote Sampler in the field for all our water quality samplers.

‘Remote Sampler runs on rugged handheld computers and integrates seamlessly with Thermo Scientific Samplemanager Lims.

‘The use of Remote Sampler allows us to ensure that all samples taken in the field are accurately recorded, taken where they are claimed to be, and inputted into the Lims at source.

‘This saves time and facilitates data management,’ he added.

Samplemanager Lims integrated with Remote Sampler has improved the efficiency and security of data entry as samples are taken in the various field locations, and greatly assisted sample identification and tracking.

As all samples are now recorded on a single electronic database, the integrated solution has provided NI Water with a means to retrieve and report data, while also ensuring the integrity of the field samples at log-in.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Informatics)

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