SPARCS, a dedicated LIMS for the metals industry
In close cooperation with Sandberg Analytical, PANalytical has developed a dedicated laboratory information management system (LIMS). Called SPARCS, this solution is now available through PANalytical's priority lane department.
The metals industry has long suffered from a lack of commercially available LIMS to match their specific requirements. Consequently, many users developed their own system according to their own needs, usually with high development and maintenance costs. As these systems were mainly implemented with older technologies, major problems occur due to lack of hardware and software support.
The SPARCS laboratory information management system carries out fully automatic data processing, whilst allowing operator intervention when it is needed. Manual intervention might be required under circumstances when results deviate from the expected, show unusual deviation between instruments or to carry out operator-specific adjustments. Since the amount of information being processed can be significant, and operators focus on other tasks, all SPARCS user interfaces are designed to be dedicated, efficient and easy to use.
To meet individual needs and operator preferences, SPARCS also allows each user interface to be configured. Key benefits of the SPARCS LIMS system include extremely rapid data processing for faster analysis, flexible configuration for broader applications, distributed computing for multi-user access, standard Microsoft-based user interface requiring less user training, wide database compatibility supporting integration with legacy systems and low hardware requirements.