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Digital inventory management

Dec 20, 2022 11:45:00 AM / by Paul Planje

Increase your lab's productivity with digital inventory management

PaperlessDigital inventory management  can significantly improve the productivity of a laboratory - by ensuring that all materials and equipment are reliably available at all times to perform upcoming tests and experiments. One thing is certain: if the lab is constantly lacking materials and equipment, this can lead to delays and interruptions in the workflow, thus affecting the lab's productivity.

With effective, digitally supported inventory management, lab staff can ensure that there are always enough materials and equipment to get the job done without any additional work. This can be achieved, for example, by regularly checking inventories and selectively reordering materials. Tracking consumption patterns and forecasting needs can also help ensure that there are always enough materials and equipment in the lab.

Another important aspect of inventory management is the organization and storage of materials and equipment. By optimizing the storage and staging of materials and equipment, laboratory staff can ensure that they are quickly and easily accessible when they are needed. In this way, laboratory workflows can be improved and productivity increased.

How does digital inventory management actually work in the lab?

Digital inventory management is a method of managing materials and equipment that involves storing and processing inventory information electronically. This can be accomplished using various tools and technologies such as databases, barcode scanners, and inventory management systems.

In general, digital inventory management works as follows:

  • Materials and equipment used in the laboratory are marked with barcodes or RFID tags that contain unique identification numbers.
  • When materials and equipment are delivered to the lab, they are captured by a barcode scanner or RFID reader that enters the identification numbers into an electronic database.
  • Laboratory staff can use the electronic database to check inventory and reorder materials and equipment when the need arises.
  • When materials and equipment are used in the laboratory, they are captured by a barcode scanner or RFID reader that updates the inventory information in the electronic database.
  • The electronic database can also be used to track consumption patterns and create demand forecasts to ensure that there are always enough materials and equipment on hand.

Digital inventory management offers a number of advantages over traditional management methods. It allows for more accurate monitoring and tracking of inventory, better organization and storage of materials and equipment, and faster response to changes in demand. In this way, digital inventory management can help improve a lab's productivity and streamline workflow.

Do you already use digital inventory management in your lab - or do you see no need? We are eager to hear your opinion!

Tags: Lean Lab, Digitalisation, Platform, _Platform, iLES, Cloud Technology

Paul Planje

Written by Paul Planje

I have been working since 1992 on subjects such as efficiency and Productivity increase. Initially in the laboratory and research sectors. Here I made my experiences with analytical instruments and automation. With the change to sales, enterprise solutions such as Scientific Data Management Systems (SDMS), Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS), Laboratory Execution Systems (LES), Electronic Laboratory Journals (ELN) and Document Management Systems (DMS) were added. In the last years I was engaged in the digitization of processes and their measurements. Scince 2019 I'm running the iVention DACH region supporting our customers to move into the digital lab world.