Using a LIMS for Product Grading



Whether you are manufacturing pills or shoes product variation is a fact of life. We may vary products deliberately, for instance adding extra raisins to a breakfast cereal to make it more luxurious for a particular customer or perhaps more oats for a more cost conscious customer. 


Manufacturing tolerance can also create variation that we have to take into account. For instance adding coloring to a food may create a range of color tints in the final product depending on the slight variation in fat content of the other products that day. Some customers will not mind taking these slight variations while others will reject them. 

Using LIMS for product grading allows you to set up multiple product specifications to define acceptable product variations. These specifications can be based on the customer, destination or other criteria. Different specifications may have different test limits and sometimes require different tests. 

The laboratory can keep a record of the criteria and quickly grade raw materials or manufactured product in order to fulfil a particular specification. When a new order arrives from a customer the appropriate product grading 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. 

In the Laboratory test results for each batch can be graded against the specifications in order to ensure the broadest range of compatibility ensuring you make best use of both raw materials and finished products to maximize profits. Doing product grading within the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) automates the process and avoids errors. 

Find out more about our LIMS Product Grading Module from our additional modules page.