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!