Accreditations and Audits
NADCAP, ISO 17025, ISO 9001, any number of customer-specific accreditations, and more. A LIMS for a manufacturing industry should support all that an accrediting body requires. In addition, when those audits roll around, the LIMS should be a tool that makes them as stress-free as possible. Therefore, the LIMS should capture documentation, enforce security and authentication in all review steps, and allow a LIMS user to pull any data on demand.
One of the best examples where a good LIMS designed for manufacturing shines is in the random selection of an order. A well-designed system will allow the user to find the samples and tests assigned to the order, the complete and signed report, and instruments utilized for each test and their associated calibrations. In addition, they would be able to show the auditor that security roles prevent editing of any part of the order after the report was approved and created.