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Lab2lab software design - 11.5 - Routing vials after analysis

If the analytical method proceeds normally then when the aspiration step has finished lab2lab will return the vial from the Receiver either to the Router or directly to the waste bin attached to the Router. The vial is only sent straight to waste if: 

  • the vial was registered to be sent to waste after analysis and 
  • the instrument’s pipe is plumbed to be directly above the waste bin chute and 
  • the appropriate check box in the Settings has been selected so that vials are not held in the Buffer until the method is fully completed 

In all other circumstances the vial is sent back to the Router where its barcode will be confirmed. It will then either be dropped into the Collection Point or sent to the Buffer. Vials which are in the Buffer and whose methods have all completed are automatically sent to the Collection Point unless they were registered with the non-default option of being retained. If retained the scientist then has the option to edit them through the Client software to add another method. This will result in their vial being automatically sent for further analysis. 

If there is another vial in the system which requires the same instrument, that vial will now be sent to it. It will wait in the Receiver, ready to begin analysis as soon as the current method has finished. 

If, through the software interface between lab2lab and the instrument, it is detected that a problem has occurred at the instrument, then the vial’s method status will change to Error and the instrument will be shown within lab2lab as being in error. An appropriate email will then be sent. The vial will remain in the Receiver until the issue has been resolved. If the vial’s method status is then edited to be Pending then lab2lab will re-submit it for analysis. 

lab2lab does not access any analytical data. It only detects when the data has been generated. The data is returned to the scientist using your current data distribution methods.