Laboratory information management system module for integration into manufacturing operations management system
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Laboratorion tiedonhallintajärjestelmäpalvelun integraatio tuotannon toimintojen hallintajärjestelmään
Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) enhance the productivity of the laboratories as the data throughput and the market demand increase. Integrating the laboratory with a manufacturing operations management system (MOMS) is the key to improve the productivity in the whole production chain. In the field of the mining and metal industry the laboratory can be located at a different location. Thus a software module functioning as an integrator transferring and scheduling the data between the laboratory and the process is a justifiable investment. This Master's Thesis documents the feature design and specification of a LIMS software module by following the method of the system development life cycle. This Master's Thesis consists of the following parts: the theory of the method, the overview of LIMS systems, the designing of the LIMS module and finally documenting the specifications and realization of the features and the requirements. A comprehensive description of a complex information system like LIMS requires use of different models describing the system from several perspectives. The models used in this Master's Thesis are the user journey map, the requirement specification list, the database diagram and the system interface diagram. The research problem stated, that various process plants with a laboratory have some LIMS functionalities that are yet not uniform. The question was about finding methods and results of the set of features and architecture for a platform independent, uniform LIMS module that can be used as the actual LIMS itself as well. The feature and requirement specification was designed by studying the functionality of the existing systems and by interviewing the key users and the stakeholders. The platform independency was solved with a microservice architecture, that is a set of coherent smaller services, that can be added seamlessly into the LIMS module and connected to any external system.