iPlanner is an optional module for Matrix Gemini LIMS that optimises laboratory
instrument usage by taking into consideration the booking of pre-requisite tests,
the test order, sample availability dates, available instruments and their
capacities. Matrix iPlanner is another example of how Autoscribe Informatics
has enhanced the Matrix Gemini LIMS to further facilitate laboratory management
pre-allocation of instrument time to waiting samples allows laboratory
equipment to be used with maximum efficiency and automatically balances
workload across the laboratory. This enables the efficient management of
capacity in order to meet tight deadlines while minimising overtime and costs.
iPlanner’s impressive booking algorithm automatically books tests for the
selected sample(s) onto the available instruments for testing as soon as
possible before the target completion date. All tests for the selected
sample(s) are booked simultaneously. If the sample (or child sample) tests
cannot be booked within the allocated dates to the correct instrument type then
the user is immediately alerted so that work can be rearranged appropriately, or
if necessary, further instruments brought on-line.
iPlanner allows a colour-coded instrument plan to be viewed via desktop or
browser clients in the form of a Gantt chart. Colour coding allows easy
identification of the status of an individual instrument. This means the user
can see at a glance whether an instrument is not being used, is partially
booked, fully booked or even off-line for maintenance or calibration. This
highlights any capacity bottlenecks.
partial bookings, the system displays the number of sample tests booked and the
capacity. When an instrument booking is highlighted, a list box gives details
of the samples to be run on that instrument at that time point. A simple point
and click approach allows samples to be moved from the current booking to an
alternative date or instrument to allow waiting time to be reduced.
can be grouped together so that they are done in a particular order. Test
groups may also be ordered so that they are done in sequence. It is also possible
to group different samples together, where necessary, to ensure tests on these
samples are performed on the same instrument.