Test Management

Wavefront LIMS Test Management allows you to create new tests and manage existing tests to match the data you collect in your laboratory. Test Management is highly flexible and allows you to create user defined fields, add and edit analytes for tests, and assign specific LIMS users to tests.

Test Management Capabilities 

Configure Tab: Lab Administrator

The Test Management section in the Configure Tab in LIMS is where a Lab Administrator goes to add new tests and edit existing tests. Along with system fields that are built into Wavefront LIMS, LIMS Administrators can create user defined test definition fields and test fields. These fields are useful to capture the entire work flow of the lab.

Form Section:

Create New Tests in LIMS– Create brand new tests in LIMS

  • Copy Test- Use an existing LIMS test as a starting point for a new test

System Field Functions– System fields are fields built into Wavefront LIMS. These fields can be turned off if they do no apply to your lab.

  • Alternate Test Name– Gives LIMS admin a way to completely describe the test or create a name for reporting purposes
  • Default Dilution Factor– Determine a default dilution factor for each test
  • Method of Analysis– Record the Method of Analysis for a test
  • Procedure Document– Attach or link procedure documents for easy access for LIMS users
  • Default User Assign– Default a LIMS user to be assigned to a specific test

Test Definition Fields’ Functions–  LIMS Administrator can add these fields on the Test Management Screen in the Configure Tab to capture information about a test that is specific to their lab:

  • User Defined Fields you create that are specific to your implementation
  • These properties do no change from Sample to Sample
  • Classify tests for a certain purpose. Example: Create a field called “Department” and group tests together for reporting or searching purposes
  • These fields only show up for LIMS Administrators when in Configure Tab

Grid Section:

Add Analytes to Tests– An analyte is a measurement within a test in which data is collected

  • Analytes can be reordered in this grid by dragging them up or down 

Define Analyte Properties– An analyte in a test can have different properties than the same analyte in another test

  • Units– Define different units for each analyte
  • Method of Analysis– Define the Method of Analysis on the analyte level if it is different for each analyte within a test
  • Analyte Data Type– Choose a text or number data value
    • Free type textual box, predefined list, or numerical types are available
  • Method Detection Limit– Provide a cut off point for data
    • If the data entered is lower than the Method of Detection Limit, it will appear as < (less than) whatever you determined the Method of Detection Limit number to be
  • Required and Reported Check Boxes– Act as flags that define certain LIMS behavior
    • Required– When checked, a value is required in data entry
    • Reported– When checked, the report engine will report this value
    • An analyte can be required but not reported. An example would be for calculation purposes
  • Default # of Replicates– Set the default # of replicates per analyte if your lab does multiple measurements on that specific analyte
  • Formula– Input a formula for the analyte if the analyte measurement requires a calculation
  • Significant Type– Choose significant figures or decimal
  • Significant Value– Input the value in which you would like your data to appear
  • Rounding Algorithm– This is set to ASTM Rounding. If you lab uses a different rounding logic, Wavefront can customize this in LIMS

Other Lab Administration Capabilities

Add Test Fields– These are user defined fields that are different from sample to sample, unlike Test Definition Fields. These fields can be added so your lab can capture specific information about a test on the Test Screen. 

  • Fields that LIMS users are entering in test results
  • Record the information about the test on a sample that aren’t the results themselves
  • Define fields that are going to show up for some tests but not others

Add Test User Defined Fields to all Tests– Add UDFs to all tests instead of adding new fields individually to each test

Field Subsection– Allows you to group fields on the data entry screen into sub-tabs

  • This property is shared with all tests that have that field is assigned to it

Test Revisions– When a LIMS Administrator makes a change to a test configuration, updating the method or adding a new analyte, LIMS creates a new test revision in the system

  • This protects legacy data (data that was already logged in and captured in the system)
  • Apply test revisions to test your lab is currently working on
  • Reorder the sequence of tests after they were added
  • Gives your lab traceability when editing tests


LIMS User Logging in Work Once a Test is Created in LIMS

Once a test is created in LIMS by the LIMS Administrator, a LIMS Users can then add tests to samples to collect and record data for that specific test.

Test Page:

Adding Tests to Samples– After creating tests, you can assign them to a sample

  • Add a single test to a single sample
  • Add tests to multiple samples
  • Test Templates– Add a predefined collection of tests to a sample

Fields on Test Page– These are fields where the LIMS Users can record data about a test that is specific to the sample

  • Assigned to User– Allows the lab to assign a technician to the test
  • Test Scheduled Date– Assign a due date to the test, if desired
  • Sample Test Status– Track the status of a test
  • User Defined Fields (Test Fields)- These are fields that are created by the Lab Administration
    • Data entry is different from sample to sample . Example: Test Conditions, Location
  • Analyte Section– Enter test measurement results here
    • Edit what analytes are required and reported on a particular sample
    • Change the orientation of the Analyte Grid