Additional Matrix Modules


Extend the functionality of your LIMS or BIMS

Additional modules are available for our Matrix solutions which extend the functionality of our already highly configurable out-of-the-box laboratory and business management systems.

Further Details

Brief details of our Additional Matrix Modules are outlined below. To discuss individual project needs feel free to contact us so we can advise the best solutions for your company.

Matrix Scheduler

Matrix Scheduler is an optional module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS product range. It allows tasks to be automatically scheduled based on dates, times, days of the week and other parameters. The Matrix Scheduler supports a full audit listing, allowing you to see and review all changes made to a schedule.


In addition, Matrix Scheduler provides a clear and easy method of adding additional tasks, without the need for an entirely new distribution of the product.

  • Automatically schedule multiple jobs such as sample / batch registration thus saving personnel time
  • Schedule reports to run automatically at any date and time, or at regular intervals, thereby enabling out of hours 24/7 operation. It can also adjust schedules automatically to avoid weekends and holidays. Work lists, summary reports and operational status of samples / tests can be ready for the working day
  • Schedule triggering of external programs e.g. automate scheduled email reminders, reports, backups, any Microsoft program etc. so that they are ready for staff arriving at work or prior to important meetings or deadlines
  • Matrix Scheduler provides a clear and easy method of adding tasks to the schedule and is delivered with easy to use and effective on-line documentation making the system user friendly and easy to support
  • Matrix Scheduler automatically starts on server startup and is a server based standard Windows service background process that logs all work requests and their outcomes
  • The current / future schedules can be viewed from anywhere on the network to verify / check logs that schedules have been run
  • The system administrator has complete control over the schedule while allowing clients the benefit of scheduling times that are convenient for them

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Matrix Statistical Process Control (SPC)

The Autoscribe Informatics Matrix Statistical Process Control (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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Matrix Instrument Calibration & Maintenance Software (ICMS)


The Matrix ICMS module allows laboratories to easily track the calibration and maintenance history of every piece of equipment within 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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Matrix iPlanner (Instrument Booking)

An instrument booking system module is available for Matrix Gemini LIMS. The system allows for the automatic allocation of sample-tests to the appropriate instrument within constraints which include the booking of prerequisite 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 color coded to represent either an empty instrument, a partially loaded instrument, an instrument at capacity or an offline instrument. The view of the instrument plan can be expanded / compressed so that the user can view a wider or narrower range of dates.

Instruments are shown on the y-axis and time on the x-axis. At each interval where a booking is present the bar either displays the number of sample tests booked and the capacity (e.g. 4/10 showing 4 samples tests booked on an instrument with a capacity of 10) or “Offline” in the event of an instrument being offline for maintenance or calibration etc.

When an instrument booking is highlighted a list box gives details of the samples to be run on that instrument at that time point. Samples can be moved from one instrument booking to an alternative date using a point and click system.

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Bulk Sample Registration

The Matrix Bulk Sample Registration Module 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 according to a specified pattern 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 Matrix Frequency (or Selective) Testing Module allows the automatic allocation of reduced testing thus saving laboratory time. Parameters that may be specified include:

  • Testing frequency 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 was tested
  • 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 the limits can be a 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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Environmental Monitoring

The Environmental Monitoring module simplifies and automates environmental monitoring in QA Labs. It allows graphical mapping of test results to sample point locations, enabling instant visualization of where problems are occurring. Test results at each sample point are shown as a graph and table, filtered by timescale, allowing easy analysis. Out of specification test results may be linked to corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) which may be easily logged within the LIMS. Test failures can trigger more frequent testing of that sample point according to preset criteria, enabling best practice environmental/hygiene monitoring even by non-specialist staff.


The Matrix Gemini Environmental Monitoring module is perfect for a wide variety of industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Cosmetics and Healthcare - anywhere where regular testing with swabs, settle plates or air filtration monitoring is used to determine the level of microbial contamination to ensure hygienic/sterile conditions.

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To discuss individual project needs feel free to contact us so we can advise the best solutions for your particular project.