Does anyone here use software for tracking sample flow rate across protocols? How do you model your process volume, if at all? When I worked in commercial-scale manufacturing these tools were incredibly valuable for estimating overall production rate. I haven’t heard of anything similar for lab automation although I can imagine many of the same principles would apply.
If you don’t have any software for this, would that be useful to you? What features would you like to see?
We used Intelligen SchedulePro which is basically a mathematical Gantt chart for batch processes and suite/ facility-scale modeling. Many use Excel for the same purpose. And there are also many solutions for gathering process metrics in real time from automation equipment.
@Stefan I think grabbing in real time (or near end of run) is perhaps the easiest to implement. And mostly because I am unfamiliar with the software in that space BUT I can easily feed a DB with any info I deem important. And I don’t mean just start and end times. You can setup a DB that accepts process metrics akin to detection values, hardware data or environmental factors.
With scale, the minor metrics become essential to reduce troubleshooting time or anticipate purchases or issues before they become systemic problems.
For example the Run History dashboard groups all of the runs within a specific day and can be expanded to show granular run data such as number of Samples and Plates, down to the individual transfers in the Action Log. There are other tools to query this Action Logger data as well.
This deployment was for a Covid screening lab but it is repurposed in other environments. In this example the data is pushed from multiple Hamilton Vantages in real-time.
From what I hear Aspentech ( Aspen Plus and HYSYS) are well known process simulators widely used in chemical engineering. (and are competitors with SchedulePro) Could be worth looking into for analytic solutions. Hope this helps.
Our Sample Tracker/Action Logger started as a custom platform when Covid hit for a very large testing lab in late 2020. It’s now evolved into a complete enterprise solution after several iterations and is now running in several other domains, including regulated environments. Feel free to reach out to Kyle.Cook@Genovu.com if you’d like to know more or check out www.GeNovu.com.