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Lab Management Improvements

For lab managers and PIs, we have a flexible reporting system which allows us to very quickly add reports on nearly any data you could ask for. We have some reports already available, but if what you need isn't available, just let us know! We've also added several more powerful reporting pages, which can be indispensable for tracking your cage usage at TCP.


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Reports

As a lab manager, it's important that you be able to monitor and understand exactly what is going on in your lab. LIMS can be a phenomenal resource in helping with this task by presenting your lab's information using an easy, powerful interface. In LIMS, since we are trying to store much more accurate information, we have designed a powerful way of viewing that information in the form of our Reporting module. You are able to view a variety of reports which instantly summarize various data points from your lab. Reports are divided into categories, such as Colony or Finance, and are downloadable as an Excel file for your convenience.

Reports come with the ability to filter and sort on any of the data displayed in the report. This allows you to quickly tailor the report exactly to your needs, whether it's a broad summary or an in-depth analysis.

If you have an idea for a report that would be useful and you don't see it in the existing set, please contact us! We've designed reports so that they are incredibly easy to create, meaning that we can usually have a new report ready to go almost immediately, without having to wait for a scheduled service downtime window.

Where to Find this Feature: Report


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Lab Member Usage

Generating monthly reports detailing your lab members' cage usage can be time-consuming. Luckily, LIMS is happy to assist in this common task. The Lab Member Usage page gives an incredibly quick, and yet very detailed, view of the cage usage by each of your lab members, for an entire AUP and more than a month at a time. It generates a running tally of the cages active each day, an average for the whole period displayed, and it's even colour-coded for increases and decreases! This makes it easy to monitor and identify large swings in cage numbers without having to refer to any paper records or manual searches.

LIMS also includes a simple graph of your whole lab's cage usage over time, to give you a quick snapshot of where your numbers are in a historical perspective. It includes less detail than the usage report, but covers a much wider time range.

Where to Find this Feature: Cage > Reports > Lab Member Usage


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Cage Inventory

For more detail on your lab's colony, each Mouseline and each AUP also have Inventory tabs which allow lab managers to drill down and see specifically what cages each lab member is using. This can be useful to identify members who need help in managing their colony numbers and for ensuring that your research is progressing as expected.

Where to Find this Feature: Cage > Reports > Cage Inventory and View Mouseline > Inventory


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Unscanned Cages

Concerned about your cage numbers? We have a simple but powerful feature which can help you ensure that you're not being charged for cages which aren't actually being used. The homepage now includes a "Cages Unscanned in 14 Days" stat. If that number starts to creep up, you can click on it to get a listing of the unscanned cages. In some cases, these cages may have been mistakenly left unterminated. Now you can quickly catch that situation before unwanted charges are accumulated.

Where to Find this Feature: Home Page


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Mouse Inventory

For more detail on your lab's colony, this graph allows lab managers to drill down and see the specific genotypes and sexes of mice that are in their colony. This can be useful to identify members who need help in managing their colony numbers and for ensuring that your research is progressing as expected.

Where to Find this Feature: Cage > Reports > Mouse Inventory

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