Research collaborations with industry as drivers for sustainability
Companies are facing new challenges as a result of increasing globalization and technological progress. Increasing internationalization with previously unknown and highly innovative competitors means an increase in competitive pressure for companies. At the same time, the topic of sustainability in particular is becoming increasingly important in modern production. The Institute of Geology also cooperates with companies in the manufacturing industry to jointly find solutions for more sustainable production. Of course, not only the commissioning companies such as mines, landfills and steel producers benefit from the findings, but ultimately the entire environment.
Structured lab data management now possible thanks to FREE LIMS
In 2022, Patrick Kämpfer, part of the research group at the Institute of Geology at the University of Bern, approached the Fink & Partner team. He had come across Fink & Partner’s LIMS Technology Alliance Partnership Program (LTAP) by chance, which allows universities and non-profit organizations to acquire a free [FP]-LIMS license. His desire was to use LIMS to bring structure to the wet chemistry lab’s data management. Although it had previously been possible to organize all measured values using Excel files, the disadvantages of laboratory data management with Excel quickly became apparent: Excel did not allow several people to work on a file at the same time; analysis values from the history could not be easily retrieved; and the potential for errors was high.
Patrick Kämpfer is grateful for the opportunity for universities and non-profit organizations to obtain a license for a free LIMS: “A LIMS is normally rather a high-priced pleasure. We could otherwise never raise the budget with our resources. The program is really a good thing and takes us a decisive step forward in our research again.”
Field application, Patrick Kämpfer
source: University Bern