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Additional Modules

Scheduler

The Scheduler module allows tasks such as reporting to be automatically scheduled based on dates, times, days of the week and other parameters.  For example, a useful application is the automatic printing of worksheets at 7am every working day. The Matrix Scheduler module is fully audit trailed, allowing you to see and review all changes made to a schedule.  

In addition, Matrix Scheduler provides a clear and easy method of adding or modifying tasks. 

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SPC – Statistical Process Control

The SPC module allows the analysis of results using standard statistical techniques to detect data outliers and unusual trends.  It is used extensively in manufacturing and quality control environments to give early warning of pending problems.

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ICMS – Instrument Calibration & Maintenance Software

ICMS allows the tracking of the calibration and maintenance history of every piece of equipment in the laboratory. This module can be linked into the work allocation part of Matrix Gemini to prevent the allocation of work to an un-calibrated instrument or one that has not been maintained correctly. ICMS uses the instrument table which stores information such as instrument manufacturer, instrument supplier, location and other details apart from the calibration and maintenance information.

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Instrument Booking

Instrument Booking allows for the automatic allocation of samples to an appropriate instrument within constraints which include the booking of pre-requisite tests, test order, sample availability dates and instrument capacities. 

The benefits of employing this new module are more efficient use of expensive automated equipment and the ability to better balance the workload to meet testing deadlines. The instrument plan can be viewed over desktop or browser clients.

Instrument bookings are displayed on a plan which is colour coded to represent either an empty instrument, a partially used instrument, an instrument at capacity or an offline instrument. 

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Bulk Sample Registration

Bulk Sample Registration provides huge time saving benefits for customers dealing with large numbers of samples or where there is a variety of sample types being registered.

A grid with spreadsheet-like data entry functionality for registering large numbers of samples is offered. The columns in the grid may be configured to suit specific customer requirements but typically they will include Sample Number (automatically or manually allocated), Submitter, Substance/Product and Tests (automatically or manually selected). A fill down feature allows fast data entry without the need to enter the same data multiple times. A fill down series is also available where specified numeric cells are incremented for each row in the grid. Other supporting data (e.g. target completion date) can be specified in columns before the registration takes place.

The completed grid can be used as a template if similar sets of samples are registered on a routine basis.

Copy and paste functionality is supported, e.g. if sample details are in Excel format they can be directly copied into the Matrix grid. 

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Frequency Testing

The Frequency Testing module allows the automatic allocation of reduced testing thus saving laboratory time. Typically the following parameters may be specified:

  • Testing frequency can be specified for each test on a substance/product e.g. add test every nth sample registered
  • Tests may be forced for the first 'n' samples of a new substance/product
    Full testing may be automatically allocated if a specified time period has elapsed since the last sample of a particular substance/product
  • Full testing may be automatically allocated following the failure of the current batch when test results are compared against limits

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Grading

The Matrix Grading Module allows you to set up multiple specifications for a product.  This is typically used where various grades of manufactured product are in stock. When a new order arrives from a customer the appropriate grade of material is selected. However, repeated testing is unnecessary as the relevant set of limits required by the customer can be retrospectively applied to the existing test results in the database. 

The module has been developed to provide the functionality required to assign tests and apply limits to determine the grade of the manufactured batch of product. Specifications can be based on customer, country or other criteria and each defines the tests that are performed on the samples and their specific limits. The results can be either descriptive (e.g. pass/fail) or numeric. In the case of numeric results they can be a single value, greater or less than a specific value, or within a range of values. 

At the sample approval stage the results for the batch will be compared against all the grading specifications for the material. If none of the specifications are met then the batch has failed and is “ungraded”. A batch that meets at least one of the multiple specifications is classified as “graded”. By selecting a “graded” batch you can display which specifications have been met. This means that you can either decide which customers could accept this specific batch of material or determine if the batch is suitable for the intended customer.

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