New: LabCollector v5.4!

We’re delighted to announce the release of LabCollector version 5.4!

We have added and made changes to several key features:

1. Multiple group membership. Please read it on the Knowledge Base.

  • You can now create a user and assign them to multiple groups and to a primary group to fit the need of your laboratory/industry life.
  • When the user is associated to a primary group this is the group that their records will be shared with by default and they can then choose the other group(s) that will have access to their records.

2. Block users temporarily

3. Option for stronger passwords

  • With the option “SHA + strong rules”, the user will have to change the default password given by the super-administrator and follow strict rules to create a new one. Please read it on our KB.

4. An extended optional pack for CFR 21 compliancy

(session auto lock, data encryption, electronic signatures, record edition block, reason to edit). Please read it on our KB.

  • Read-only or blocked record. Data are frozen: no modification is possible except for storage. Result is stored in versioning.

  • Electronic signature on blocked records to guarantee the integrity of the data. Result is stored in versioning.

  • New icon for signatures.

  • For each modification, the user must give a reason to edit.

  • This reason will be visible in the versioning.

  • Data in a custom field type text can be encrypted in the database.

  • Encrypted data in the database which is only visible in the UI.

5. Fully detailed audit trails with data integrity check (by checksum).

6. Added optional ownership on R&S module.

7. Links to LSM, ELN, Workflow displayed in record.

8. Maintenance in batch using memorized items tool. Please read it on our KB.

9. Quick lot derivations.

10. API improvements. Please read it on our KB.

11. Many more improvements and bug fixes: check the full change log for more details.


List of Knowledge Base Articles related to v5.4:




 

Check our Android app: TubeScan

In addition to this LabCollector version, we’ve released a new companion Android App: TubeScan App.

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LabCollector Tip6

ELN Templates

The LabCollector ELN is more than a text editor. It’s a tool designed to revolutionize the way you report your findings.


For those of you who have used the LabCollector ELN you may already know most of its features but perhaps you haven’t tried using the ELN Template feature.

Templates can really help to speed up your reporting and ensure consistency in your procedure-based experimentation.

Check out this Knowledge Base article for a step-by-step guide to making your first template.


Stay tuned for more tips!

Also, remember to check your RSS news feed on your LabCollector Home Page – we’ll be posting other tips to help you get the most out of your LIMS.

If you would like to see an article on a particular subject, don’t hesitate to ask for it via our social network pages or contact@agilebio.com!

LabCollector v5.31 Tip5

LABCOLLECTOR v5.31 #Tip5

LabCollector has created, improved and changed many key features just for you in its version 5.31! Every month, we discuss some of these changes and give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your LabCollector.


This month – To Delete or not to delete

 

Some of you may have noticed in your LabCollector that sometimes the deletion function is not available. This is because record deletion is not possible if a record has been modified a few times already or if it has storage or links associated with it.

Most of the time, people delete records because they were actually just trying out functions and adding test records. One way to overcome this issue, is to install the free version of LabCollector (in addition to your main LabCollector) in order to test new features before using them on your main LabCollector (production environment). In this way you can keep your LabCollector clean and tidy!

For more information on deletion and archival functions check out our Knowledge Base article.


Stay tuned for more tips!

Also, remember to check your RSS news feed on your LabCollector Home Page – we’ll be posting other tips to help you get the most out of your LIMS.

If you would like to see an article on a particular subject, don’t hesitate to ask for it via our social network pages or contact@agilebio.com!

LabCollector v5.31 Tip4

LABCOLLECTOR v5.31 #Tip4

LabCollector has created, improved and changed many key features just for you in its version 5.31! Every month, we discuss some of these changes and give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your LabCollector.


This month let’s talk about Alerts!

We’ve all been there.
You’ve carefully planned your lab tasks for the day. You’re all set to go and then you realise that someone (who shall remain nameless) has used up the last of a kit or reagent you needed. A new batch hasn’t even been ordered yet. A bad start to the day but it’s about to get worse. You switch to another task but find that lovely little notice on the equipment you need to use. “Out of order”. The faded sticker on the side tells you that its maintenance was due three months ago. Who knows when the engineer will be able to come out and fix it?
The stress builds up as you think of all the looming deadlines. All the last-minute experiments you want to do to convince those picky reviewers before the rival research group gets the scoop on you!
For the seasoned LabCollector users among you these problems have been eliminated in your lab with our LIMS and its handy alert system.
If you’re using the software correctly your lab manager is alerted as soon as they log into LabCollector that stocks are running low or going out of date and is reminded about equipment needing maintenance. The alerts can also be sent to them by email.
For those of you who are new (or not so new!) to the software here are some tips on setting up the alert system.

Reagents & Supplies Module

Reagents and Supplies lots – As well as alerting you to low stock levels you can also adjust the settings to tell you when lots are about to pass their expiry dates. Check out the last section in this FAQ which tells you how to activate these alerts so you’ll never run out of gloves or buffer again!

Equipment – Activate the equipment alert feature and each time equipment needs maintenance the person in charge of the equipment will get a notification. Take a look at this article for more details on setting up your alerts.

Finally, version 5.31 brought an added alert feature on the Date custom field – in any of the modules you can now set up an alert and decide its duration.


Stay tuned for more tips!

Also, remember to check your RSS news feed on your LabCollector Home Page – we’ll be posting other tips to help you get the most out of your LIMS.

If you would like to see an article on a particular subject, don’t hesitate to ask for it via our social network pages or contact@agilebio.com!

Our new design is on its way!

It’s coming soon!

We have already completed most of the work on the new look and feel of LabCollector to provide you with a more modern style while presenting our custom components in a more organized way. In addition, we’ve refined the animations and transitions to provide a more fluid experience for users. That’s why the new section “Preferences” will now be directly accessible from the header. We’ve also added new icons to help you navigate more quickly and easily .

Below you can see how LabCollector will look on your PDA or smartphone.

We hope you will enjoy LabCollector’s new look and layout!

New LabCollector v5.31!

We are happy to announce the release of the new LabCollector v5.31!

We’ve added some new features and made many improvements.

Users can now customize their DYMO tags (see Tip#3) and configure alerts for any Date field. See the full changelog here.


Next on our To-Do list:

  • To increase security our developers are now working on SAML integration for external authentication.
  • Also, LabCollector is getting a facelift and the new homepage interface will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

LabCollector v5.31 Tip3

LABCOLLECTOR v5.31 #Tip3

LabCollector has created, improved and changed many key features just for you in its version 5.31! Every month, we will discuss some of these changes and give you a few tips on how to become more comfortable using LabCollector v5.31.


This month let’s talk about this new feature: DYMO 450 Tag Customization!

DYMO Labelwriter 450 US users know how convenient this printer is when one wants to print record labels directly from LabCollector. It’s a Plug&Play device so there is nothing to configure to make it work with LabCollector. Based on a customer request, we now offer the possibility to completely customize the information that’s printed on your tags in LabCollector v5.31.
Our Knowledge Base has been recently updated by our Support Team. You can find all the information about this new feature here.
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If you want more info about the DYMO Labelwriter 450 US, visit our sister company website.

Stay tuned for more tips!

Also, remember to check your RSS news feed on your LabCollector Home Page – we’ll be posting other tips to help you get the most out of your LIMS.

If you would like to see an article on a particular subject, do not hesitate to ask for it via our social network pages!

Season’s Greetings From LabCollector!

Dear LabCollector Friends,

As another full year reachs an end, I would like in the name of the whole AgileBio/LabCollector’s team whish you all the best and a new year of 2018 full of success.
LabCollector continues its road to serve you all better. We had very challenging and interesting projects that as always helped the whole community by bringing new features.
I invite you to keep exchanging with us as needed so we can keep the pace to enrich LabCollector.On a side note, if you look carefuly to the greeting card above, you can have a hint of what’s next… Have you spotted it? Keep tuned!

Thank you all! We’re all commited to you and make your team work more agile!

Sincerely,
Pierre Rodrigues & the LabCollector team!

LabCollector v5.3 Tip2

LABCOLLECTOR v5.3 #Tip2

LabCollector has created, improved and changed many key features just for you in its version 5.3! Every week, we will discuss some of these changes and give you a few tips on how to become more comfortable using LabCollector v5.3.


This month let’s talk about the new Reagents & Supplies management!

Here’s a reminder of the changes that version 5.3 brought to Reagents & Supplies:
  • Reagents & Supplies module now has custom fields for the risks tab.
  • Risks tab fields can now be exported/printed in the Reagents & Supplies export/print.
  • Risks tab fields can now be used as filters.
  • Chemical lots: you can now upload a file/report and associate it with a specific lot.
  • Chemical lots now retain the original lot quantity.
  • Option to destroy chemical lots (only users with de-stock permissions can destroy lots).
For advice on how to import risk codes for reagents and supplies, go here!
For advice on how to associate a file to a chemical lot, destocking or destroying chemical lots follow this link!

Stay tuned for more tips!

Also, remember to check your RSS news feed on your LabCollector Home Page – we’ll be posting other tips to help you get the most out of your LIMS.

If you would like to see an article on a particular subject, do not hesitate to ask for it via our social network pages!

LabCollector “Give laboratories safe and efficient scientific management tools!”

8th Symposium / AFEM 2017

(Francophone Association of Microbial Ecology) in Camaret sur Mer, France.

AT AFEM 2017 Anne-Laure Sauvadet, Head of Support & Consulting at LabCollector, gave a talk on “How to give laboratories safe and efficient scientific management tools”.


But first let’s explain what AFEM Colloquim is:

Microbiomes : from Natural Environments to Man


The purpose of this VIIIth AFEM Symposium is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, tools, approaches, analyses, results and theories between microbiologists interested in different microbiomes and different fields of research. (bacteria and / or archaea and / or micro-eukaryotes, and their associated viruses) and to initiate or strengthen collaborations. The topics covered are intended to be very broad and aim to better describe, understand, control and value the microbial communities of the biosphere, from a fundamental point of view but also applied. Subjects will be grouped into 5 half-day sessions, each one introduced by an expert lecturer. A round table discussion dedicated to the problems of culture will close this colloquium.


Environmental microbiology in the era of “omics”

The aim is to discuss recent results obtained by conventional approaches and new technologies, in particular the omics tools (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, metabolomics but also culturomics), applied at the atomic level, the molecule, the gene, the micro-organism, the communities or the ecosystem.”

You can find the article in French by following this link.