If you’re a lab in the oil and gas industry, you feel the squeeze: The entire industry is under a magnifying glass. Fuel prices continue to be monitored closely. There’s mounting competition from renewable energy sources. And every company wants new ways to reduce their operational costs.
All of this puts immense pressure on laboratories to deliver results quickly.
Selecting the right standardized software solution can help, but you must choose wisely. When shopping for the best informatics solution or chromatography data system (CDS), make sure you keep certain factors high on your list.
1. Software scalability – Your solution must be able to support your current and future evolution— from a single workstation to Workstation Connect to full-enterprise software.
2. Rapid decision-making – Results should be available at a glance and reporting options for customization should be built-in. Everything required to make rapid decisions and defend a result should be aggregated and organized in one place.
3. Low cost of ownership – Make sure your solution can grow with your organization by adding licenses, without having to change the existing license structure or the software installation.
4. Ability to ensure 24/7 operation – Your software should be able to operate during a network outage, preventing data loss during a network failure. It should also recognize analytical irregularities, reduce instrument downtime and manage consumables inventory based on average usage.
5. Ease of use – For utmost satisfaction, your software should meet the “five E’s”: effectiveness (ability to complete the task); efficiency (speed to complete the task); engagement (is pleasant to use); error tolerance (prevents user errors and helps recover from them); and easiness to learn.
6. Error-free workflows – The right software should provide user guidance to ensure workflow steps are executed correctly, helping to minimize errors and wasted samples.
7. Universal instrument control – Make sure your software has the power to manage data from a wide variety of instruments from multiple vendors — from simple pH meters to highly complex analytical solutions like gas chromatography (GC), ion chromatography (IC), mass spectrometry (MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
8. Regulatory compliance and ISO 17025 – Laboratory software generates massive amounts of data and must provide the technical controls to ensure data integrity. This includes user rights administration, security tools, user access records, audit trails and versioning, and record management.
As you evaluate oil and gas laboratory software solutions, be sure to check out the latest version of Thermo
Scientific™ Chromeleon™ Chromatography Data System (CDS) (version 7.3.1.). Introduced in January 2022, this software solution delivers all these capabilities and more.
Instrument-centric workflows in the oil and gas industries: See how Chromeleon CDS provides a comprehensive set of tools to streamline and simplify operations:
Take a deeper dive and see all the new features of Chromeleon CDS 7.3.1: https://www.thermofisher.com/uk/en/home/industrial/chromatography/chromatography-data-systems-cds.ht...
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