While there are many types of specialty labs, the one thing that they may all have in common is the need for precision. Most specialty labs, with the help of specialty lab software, are tasked with the production of manufacturing products or machine parts that require a high level of exactitude in their processes. Others are responsible for diagnosing dangerous diseases that are difficult to differentiate from others. From the manufacture of radon test kits to testing for certain types of epidemiological phenomena, these facilities are tasked with doing their job reliably and accurately with the ability to replicate results without error.
To remain competitive and keep the pace with growing populations and economies, these facilities almost invariably must turn to automation. This is necessary not only to increase production, but to raise standards of quality, safety, and reliability. To achieve this, specialty labs require specialized laboratory information management systems (LIMS) that are specially designed to suit their particular process.
Because each type of specialty lab is so different from the many other types, creating a specialty lab software suite for an individual lab can be challenging. In some cases, the laboratory may work at volumes or tolerances that are unique to them. Others may have discovered completely unique ways and methods to achieve their desired result or to produce their product.
To meet the unique and exacting standards of specialty labs, laboratory information management systems designed for their use must be tailor-made to that specific laboratory. There is no one size fits all answer to specialty labs software. You cannot, for example, simply copy a LIMS suite designed to manage a clinical trial and apply it to a lab that tests high-end gyroscopes. These two processes are entirely different and require their own specialized information management software.
To meet this wide variety of needs, LIMS producers working for specialized laboratories should expect to have to build each new system from the ground up. Starting sometimes from a common programming kernel, software engineers develop an individual work request system for the specific process to be managed and/or measured. Screens, data sets, and features must all be designed specifically for the process at hand. Calculations and batching must be comprehensive for sensitive processes such as testing for radiation or hazardous substances. Sample identification fields must be highly configurable to match the needs of specialized labs.
Software engineers in this field have to be especially flexible, creative, and experienced to create a refined and professional end product for clients who cannot afford to risk making even the slightest error.