The LIMS
for laboratory automation

Integrate your laboratory devices, sensors, robots and analysis software into efficient workflows with SAMPLES

Made in Germany by passionate lab people

SAMPLES is your LIMS and Lab Execution System that connects you with the applications and devices you use through state-of-the-art, open interfaces.

Our promise of maximum performance and connectivity offers you virtually unlimited possibilities for integration and automation in the lab – ensuring future-proof solutions. We rely on the latest interface standards such as LADS or SiLA-2 and actively drive these developments forward.

Lab devices

Actuators & sensors

Robots & Cobots

Analysis software

Your lab of the future – now

To remain competitive in the future, device integration and automation are essential: they shorten execution times through optimized processes, reduce the risk of errors, and relieve employees from inefficient, manual tasks – from logging to analyzing and calculating, all the way to evaluating and visualizing results.

SAMPLES equips you today for both current and future needs – including the deployment of solutions with Artificial Intelligence.

  • Integration of new and existing devices
  • Lab devices are automatically configured
  • Assisted step-by-step instructions (LES)
  • Reading measurement data directly from the device
  • Automated evaluations of raw data
  • Digital documentation of all processes
  • Minimized risk of error
  • Motivated staff with time for what really matters
  • Implementation of 24/7 operations and high throughput

Integrate Laboratory Devices

Almost anything is possible…

SAMPLES has everything you need to easily and quickly integrate your lab devices. If they have a modern driver based on LADS / OPC-UA or SiLA-2, they are virtually available in the LIMS via Plug & Play.

But older devices can also be made network-compatible through an adapter. Our partners and we are happy to assist you with driver development. Once developed, drivers can be used as often as needed.

SiLA-2

LADS

MQTT

Edge Device

AnIML

Provision of features

Once the device is integrated, it provides the available features of its interface in the device setup of SAMPLES.

These are clearly available for you to manually execute. This allows you to test all functions or execute them manually at any time.

Simple configuration

For semi- or fully automated device interaction, you can simply add the desired function to a method. Executing a method reduces interaction with the devices to entering the correct input parameters (or their presetting) and starting the method.

For configuration, you have three interaction options available:

    1. Transfer values from field to device
    2. Transfer values from device to a field
    3. Execute action on the device

Assisted device interaction

After starting the method, it can be processed step by step according to the configuration. The transfer of measurement parameters is carried out automatically by the device. Once the parameters have been transferred, they appear in real time on the screen.

In the case of full automation with the support of a workflow engine, the method progresses step by step on its own.

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Use case “Device integration” analytica 2024

Together with six partners, we have mapped out a specific semi-automated workflow for the special exhibition “Digital Transformation.” Using the example of analyzing a beer sample with numerous individual devices, SAMPLES acted as the centerpiece and timekeeper. Learn more in the accompanying video or in our special feature on this topic:

Interview followed by a live demo of a semi-automated laboratory process during the special exhibition “Digital Transformation” at analytica 2024.

Automate evaluations

Are you already using software for your routine evaluations that you wish to continue using? With SiLA and LADS, Python-based analysis scripts, such as those written in Jupyter Notebook, can be easily integrated into SAMPLES as a device.

The software continuously waits in the background to receive measurement parameters from SAMPLES, calculates the results, and returns them in an appropriate format.

Automate device control

Do you want to integrate and automate devices like plate hotels, pipetting robots, or cobots that are significantly more complex in their operations than scales, stirrers, or pipettes?

To control such operations with conditions, loops, status feedback, etc., SAMPLES utilizes workflow engines like Node-Red or specialized lab workflow software from our partners UniteLabs and Splashlake. Together, we create the best solution for your specific needs.

Automate methods & protocols

At the method level, processes can be defined using external workflow engines. For this, you can import LES workflows in the BPMN file format into SAMPLES and create method sequences from them.

Currently, SAMPLES supports linear workflows. To offer you support for complex workflows in the near future, this feature is currently in development. In projects, we prefer to use the Camunda workflow engine.

SAMPLES interface with a list view of samples, with a backend code view in the background.

Isabell

Come and talk to us!

You have questions or want to learn more about SAMPLES?

  • Use the live chat via the icon at the bottom right of every page. If no one is online at the moment, we will receive the message by e-mail.
  • Write us an e-mail.
  • Book a personal demo.
  • Or take part in one of our live webinars.

Isabell and the SAMPLES team look forward to exchanging ideas with you!

FAQ

General questions about SAMPLES

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What is SAMPLES and how can it help my laboratory?

SAMPLES is a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), but also a Lab Execution System (LES).

Depending on how you use it, you can use SAMPLES to manage all the information about your laboratory equipment (devices, consumables, methods, etc.) and the laboratory routine, i.e. the samples and details of their analysis. You can even automate your processes by connecting devices and other software systems.

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What kind of samples and data can I manage with SAMPLES?

From waste water to tensile tests, everything has its place. SAMPLES is the chameleon among LIMS systems. Basically, all departments can be set up with the specific devices, methods and sample types. Do you have special parameters? No problem, you can even configure measured variables and units yourself and add to them at any time!

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Is the LIMS compatible with other systems used in the laboratory?

Of course. SAMPLES is an absolute team player! Depending on which interface the other system offers, we can implement the connection to all possible systems (ERP, CRM, order portals, etc.). Connection to device and measuring systems for the automation of your laboratory processes is also possible.

Questions about use

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How do I start setting up SAMPLES?

As a rule, it makes the most sense to start with a laboratory process incl. of all master data, etc. in SAMPLES and to refine it over a test period. With the knowledge gained, it is easy to gradually transfer further processes.

The system makes it easy to set up, but you still need time to set it up. No problem! We also offer the setup of your systems as a service. You determine the scope, from start-up assistance to complete set-up, everything is possible.

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Can I import existing data into the LIMS and how does it work?

Yes, in principle you can import existing data in different places. The decisive factor here is the form in which the required data is available. We can support you with this as part of the system setup.

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How can I generate and customize reports?

Once the measurement results have been approved, you can create a report for each order. To do this, you need just one click to automatically generate a PDF report from the stored template and attach it. You can even adjust which data appears in the report during the test.

Questions about the operation

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What operating models are there?

SAMPLES is usually hosted on our Microsoft Azure Cloud. However, if necessary, it can also be rolled out on premise on your servers.

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How does the LIMS secure my data and guarantee data protection?

As part of our quality and IT security management, we place the highest value on the security of your data.

The systems are usually hosted on our Microsoft Azure Cloud and benefit from Microsoft's high security standards. However, if necessary, they can also be rolled out on premise on your servers.

In cloud mode, the data can be stored either in Western Europe (standard hosting) or on servers in Germany (premium hosting).

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What happens if I do not have a connection to the Internet?

SAMPLES is a web application. Data created in SAMPLES is stored online or in your internal network if you opt for the on premise version.

A stable Internet connection is required for cloud operation. We offer an optional offline-capable app for sampling.

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How are updates and upgrades for SAMPLES handled?

SAMPLES is alive and growing. Our development team works daily to add and improve features. Technical updates are provided regularly, and we offer you extended functionality as an optional upgrade.

Services around SAMPLES

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What training options are available?

Sure! In addition to a manual in the app and video tutorials in our media library, we also offer training courses with our service partners. Whether at your premises, at one of our locations or remotely - we will find a suitable solution!

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What kind of technical support is available?

In addition to assistance from our support team, we also offer help for self-help: you can find video tutorials for many work steps in our media library.

Every laboratory is different.

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