LIMS and Printing

The following information applies to the : CAL3K-AP , CAL3K-U , CAL3K-A, CAL3K-F


All units in the CAL3K range are equipped with a powerful output (Data#1) which is useful to connect to a LIMS computer or to a printer. This output is ‘unsolicited’ which means that no action from the LIMS computer or the printer is required: the output happens spontaneously.

Of course the ‘solicited’ outputs operate on all three ports: USB, Data#1, Data#2 with multiple commands and features. But these commands require that a program sends a command and receives the answer. This method is therefore more complicated and it is not explained here. But the supplied CAL3K PC software can be used, and an operator can UPLOAD results and data and put these in to a ‘file’, which is then available to a spreadsheet or LIMS computer.

A different "solicited" output can be achieved with the special CAL3K-LINK software which requires no operator attention. This software is installed in the LIMS terminal and runs on a scheduled basis (Every minute, hour, day) and retrieves the latest results (in format "Y") and saves the data to a file. Of course this is the best way for data security, but it is rather technical because the software operates in the background while the PC is used for something else.

In addition to the two output methods (Solicited and unsolicited) there is a third method, which is a combination of the two: it is called ‘APPROVED’. In this method results are approved on one port and then printed on the output port Data#1. This procedure can be achieved with the CAL3K PC Software . It uploads the results for a day, and the operator approves them, and then the CAL3K outputs these approved result to a printer or a PC.

This section is about the ‘unsolicited’ LIMS and PRINTING and the APPROVE output. The outputs are on port Data#1 only. Two other outputs are available on the D1 port.

REAL TIME DATA

This output happens every 6 seconds from 0.5 minutes before firing to the end of the main period. This output can optionally be proceeded by a Customer header (Text info) and a parameter header and the output data are available in three different formats: A or B and C, if both A and B are selected.

STATISTICAL DATA

This output can be triggered from the keyboard or the CAL3K software. It produces a statistical analysis of the events for the specified time period.

RESULT DATA, LIMS

This output happens AFTER the main period is finished and outputs the RESULT from memory in four different formats F, X, Y or Z. A further option exists with result data: They can be approved. If the APPROVE option is selected then the F, X, Y, Z forms are NOT printed (after the main period ends), but the accumulated results can be approved later and then released to the port.

All this is setup with the SYSTEM DEFINITION:

D1 RT Data FormA Enables Real time (RT) data output to D1 format A every 6 seconds
D1 RT Data FormB Enables Real time (RT) data output to D1 format B every 6 seconds
Both ticked Enables Real time (RT) data output to D1 format C every 6 seconds
D1 RT Cust. Head Optional outputs the customer header text at 0.5 minutes before firing
D1 RT Para. Head Optional outputs the parameter header at 0.5 minutes before firing.
D1 LIMS APPROVAL Tick this option and results are NOT printed unless approved
D1 LIMS Form X Enables result printing after the main period in format X
D1 LIMS Form Y Enables result printing after the main period in format Y
D1 LIMS Form Z Enables result printing after the main period in format Z

The real-time printouts are long and comprehensive but are ideally suited for teaching institutions, which require raw data for further analysis. The result printouts are suitable for production laboratories, which require the result, and some associated data.

For testing purpose the following commands are available on the Keyboard:

Print the LIMS header:

HEADER PRT. LIMS {enter} YES {enter}

Print the real-time header:

RT HEADER PRINT {enter} YES {enter}

If result data must be printed at the end of a shift or after a particular test series then this can done from the keyboard with the:

PRINT RESLT. DAY [enter] DAY NUMBER {enter}

This last command simulates an ‘approval’ of all data for the day so they can be printed. Note that ALL data are printed and the command can be repeated to print the data again unlike the following approval method.

APPROVAL METHOD

The approval can be done on any port except Data#1 once the outputs are enabled. It requires the DDS CAL3K PC software . Once the ‘D1 LIMS APPROVAL’ is ticked together with any of the output boxes or nothing is ticked at all in the SYSTEM DEFINITION the results are send to the memory without an output. Then the CAL3K can mark these results as approved by opening the appropriate menu, enter the day number, and it displays the available results stored in the memory for this day. This is about the same as the above keyboard command ‘PRINT RESLT. DAY’. You can now approve (release) each result for printing and if the port D1 is setup already the approved results are printed. If you setup the port D1 afterwards then the results are printed as soon as the port is enabled for LIMS output. Once the results are printed they need to be approved again if a second printout is required.

Note that the terminology ‘print’ means output to the port D1, regardless where the port is connected to: a Printer, a PC, or a wireless bridge.

The terminology ‘LIMS’ refers to RESULTS, which are stored in memory, the ‘REAL TIME’ to data captured on the run and not stored in memory.


PORTS

The CAL3K has four communication ports for connecting to the outside. The operations of the RS232 ports #1 and #2 can be restricted via the USB port. In addition the PORT D1 can be assigned to printing or LIMS output only.

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LIMS OUTPUT

The LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) output must be enabled on the D1 port via the PORT DEFINITION. The data port D1 has the following specification: RS232, 8 bit, no parity, 1.2 to 115.2Kb.

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CONNECT A PC TO THE CAL3K

The two RS232 ports are functional the same, just the name changes. This means you can connect a BLUETOOTH device to either RS232 port. Connecting a BLUETOOTH or other wireless device to the USB port is not recommended.

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