Instrument Calibration and Maintenance
Instrument Management Overview
ELab allows for comprehensive management of instruments and their associated details, maintenance and calibration schedules, etc.
To Add an Instrument
- Maintenance History
- Instrument Test Assignment
- Requisition form
New Instrument Detail page
Maintenance History may be entered and/or tests assigned, and documents uploaded to the instrument by default.
Adding Maintenance History
You can actually add both completed maintenance events and upcoming ones here.
In the Maintenance History frame, click the New button. The Instrument Maintenance Detail screen displays. You may enter either upcoming maintenance or maintenance already performed. Select the type of maintenance, dates and other required or desired fields.
Saved Instrument Maintenance event
Assigning Tests to Instrument
Assigning tests to an instruments defaults the selected test to that instrument when selected for sample analysis. Note: Unless the instrument is ALWAYS used for that test it is best not to assign tests.
The Test(s) assignment is complete.
Instrument Test Assignment frame showing assigned and unassigned tests.
Tests may also be unassigned, or additional tests assigned using this feature at any time (any ongoing batches will be unaffected).
Mapping Parameters between ELab and the Instrument
When instruments are interfaced with ELab, the parameters (analytes) they measure must be mapped to the system using exactly the terms it sends. When this must be accomplished, it is done in the Parameter Mapping screen, which is accessed by clicking on the Instrument Info button on the Instrument Detail screen.
This will display the Parameter Mapping screen, where instrument fields are mapped to the LIMS. Enter Instrument terms in the left column, and select the corresponding ELab parameter (using drop-down selection) in the right-hand column and Save . If the parameter does not show in the LIMS column, it may be inactive or need to be created. See Master Parameter Management in the Administrator's Guide.
NOTE: It is important that the instrument's parameters be entered exactly as shown in its manual, including case, spaces and any other characters.