February 11, 2020
As I mentioned in a prior post, lab and technical service work is mission-critical and core to every chemical company’s operations.
Why is that? Servicing products that are in market drives sales today and new product development is the engine of future revenue.
ELN Today. However, despite that, many chemists do their formulating and testing work with the support of Microsoft Excel and a paper lab notebook for notes. After lots of analysis, formatting and charting, they copy and paste key data tables and charts into their legacy lab notebook software as a permanent record of the key data. Usually the data then sits behind an obscure project name that often only that particular chemist knows or an auto-generated number that provides a few high-level categories of info about the product category or project type. While this approach is well understood and efficient for the individual chemist, the challenges are that:
A Better ELN Experience. At Alchemy we have a different vision for this entire ELN experience. We digitize core lab workflows and embed ELN into them. This enables companies to connect opportunities to lab processes and technical data across the lifecycle of lab work from a concept through R&D, product development, in-market customer service and derivative products.
Out of the gate all lab project work resides in one digital space that enables opportunity assessment, project prioritization, staffing, a detailed plan of action in the lab. The built-in ELN powers the formulating, characterization, testing, analysis, and reporting portions of lab project work.
The benefits of workflow automation with ELN built in are:
Having analytical tools built in to the ELN allows users to formulate, test, analyze, and chart the resulting data with the click of a button. Imagine being able to visualize formulation performance data directly at the point of data capture. No more copying and pasting, no more multiple tools, no more moving tables and charts from file to file and saving versions of them on your laptop, the LAN and in legacy ELN. Instead, everything - the data, the tools, the charts, and the repository - is consolidated in one.
Every data table in your project can be charted at the click of a button. See the chart icon below in the turquoise box.
You can easily highlight the cells of data you want to graph and then choose the chart type:
Select how you want to analyze your data:
And format the chart:
While a seemingly simple feature, benefits accrue to both the chemist and their company.
At the same time, companies benefits from:
Overall, this feature feeds positive feedback loops in other processes and business objectives and this is exactly what should be happening with all features of a next generation ELN.
More on Product in Q2.