Documentation: a love-hate relationship
Documentation is one of the most important and, at the same time, most unpopular tasks in the laboratory. Traceable documentation of research data is essential in any laboratory, both in academia and in regulated environments such as the pharmaceutical industry. Whether data, text, or figures need to be retained for scientific publications, or for the purpose of meeting GxP/GLP standards – the most challenging aspect is typically not the data creation, but rather the manual documentation effort behind it.
Paper-based documentation – still found in many laboratories today – has the disadvantage of different aspects of the data being documented in different laboratory books (e.g. a centrifuge logbook in addition to a personal laboratory journal). These locally stored data are not accessible to every employee and from every location, and they could be lost or damaged.
Documentation: efficient and safe
Our smart Centrifuge 5910 Ri records all the details of the run that would otherwise have to be noted by hand: user, time, temperature, speed, whether the run was stopped manually, which program was used, etc. The centrifuge stores up to 1,000 of these “run records”. The option of filtering by date, user, or program makes it very easy to export only the records you need. Data are exported as either PDF or CSV file, which can subsequently be documented in the eLabJournal.