PCS Software™ Overview
Used in combination with the Artel PCS, the PCS Software ensures your pipettes and their operators are working together to generate accurate and reproducible results. The PCS Software provides scheduling for pipette calibrations and interim performance verifications; complete documentation and pipette inventory management – and is ideal for standardizing pipetting technique and assessing operator competency.
Intuitive dashboards provide a complete overview for managing and reviewing each pipette’s and operator’s status, from anywhere in your organization.
Email notifications for calibrations, competency assessments, and for overdue tasks. Review, approve and sign-off on calibration reports electronically. Generate calibration and inventory labels.
Pipette Inventory and QC
Maintain and manage your entire pipette inventory for complete QC of each device. Schedule calibrations and interim performance verification at defined intervals, and if required perform calibrations on an ad-hoc basis.
Schedule and document operator performance for internal and external regulatory compliance.
Customize tolerances based on your lab’s requirements to provide pass/fail results.
Facilitates compliance to 21 CFR Part 11. Allows user authentication and privilege management, versioning of calibration, training plans and electronic signatures. Provides a complete audit trail.
- Calibrate pipettes in the lab in which they are used; review results anywhere
- Standardize pipetting technique with scheduled and documented operator competency assessments
- Conduct interim performance verifications to supplement full calibration programs
- Verify pipette performance before and after maintenance, or following outsourced service
- Perform “quick checks” when pipetting performance or operator technique is in question
- x64 Processor: 1.4 GHz or faster
- Windows 7 or Windows 10
- 4 GB of Memory
- 40 GB of hard drive space
- 3 available USB ports
Dashboard & screens
PCS Software™ Dashboard & Screens
PCS Software features:
- an intuitive, dashboard-based user interface with a “Get Started” menu to guide users through initial set-up
- an overview of current and overdue tasks, with clearly-highlighted outstanding items
- customizable shortcuts to place the most relevant actions just a click away
PCS Software guides users through pipette calibration, and records details including pipette status (passed / failed), all calibration data points (including repeated attempts and audit comments), pipette ID, operator, reviewer, and all calibration solutions used. Electronic signatures enable a streamlined, paperless workflow.
Electronic Signatures and Compliance
An optional Security Suite offers essential features for facilities that maintain compliance with Title 21 CFR Part 11:
- unique user account credentials ensure all actions are tracked with a full audit trail
- user groups with specific privileges can be established
- new plans and plan updates require approval and are given specific version numbers
- laboratory managers can set an electronic signature requirement at any step (for full compliance with the lab’s own quality system)
- each auditable action requires audit comments when complete, and audit data is saved in secure SQL databases which may be placed on a mapped server to ensure regular back-ups
Pipette Calibration Report
This comprehensive report captures each pipette calibration, clearly identifying the pipette’s pass/fail status and all data: the pipette, operator, reviewer, all calibration solutions used, repeated attempts and corresponding audit comments. Electronic approval and sign-off simplifies both review and recordkeeping.
Click here to view a full pipette calibration report.
Operator Training / Competency Assessment
Regularly-scheduled assessments are now part of many laboratories’ own quality systems, and may be a regulatory requirement as well. PCS Software allows set-up of individual training and competency assessment plans, and the Operator Training Report provides documented proof of personnel training and skills appraisal. Trainees receive email notification for upcoming training events, and managers can digitally review and approve results.
Click here to view a full operator training report.
PCS Software™ Frequently Asked Questions
- I currently own a PCS2 / PCS3; can I use the Software with my instrument?
- I am currently using Artel Pipette TrackerTM (APT) Software. Can I migrate the data from APT to PCS Software?
- Can I use the barcode scanner I used with Artel Pipette Tracker?
- What is the Security Suite for PCS Software?
- Can the PCS Software be validated?
- I have multiple PCS instruments, how many licenses of the PCS Software do I need?
- How will the PCS Software be installed? Can it be networked?
- Will I need internet access to use the PCS Software?
- Will there be updates to the PCS Software?
- How will I be notified of due pipette calibrations and operator assessments?
- Is APT (Artel Pipette Tracker) Compatible with Windows 10?
I currently own a PCS2 / PCS3; can I use the Software with my instrument?
It depends on the version of PCS2 or PCS3. The first step would be to look up your PCS serial number to determine if your current system is compatible. If your PCS instrument serial number is above 703, you can use the PCS Software. We will supply you with a new PCS instrument firmware EEPROM, serial cable, and serial-USB adapter. There is no charge for the cables or the firmware EEPROM. However, if you require a barcode scanner and/or a label printer, you will need to purchase those items separately.
I am currently using Artel Pipette TrackerTM (APT) Software. Can I migrate the data from APT to PCS Software?
If you are using APT version 3.2 or 3.3, most of your existing information about pipette inventory, methods, test plans, groups and schedules can be migrated to PCS Software. Actual calibration results, however, cannot be migrated. A software tool will guide you through the migration process.
Can I use the barcode scanner I used with Artel Pipette Tracker?
It depends on the model of barcode scanner you currently use. The following models are compatible with the PCS Software: Honeywell Xenon 1900 and 1902, and Honeywell 4600G. If you are using another scanner model, please contact our Technical Services team to determine whether you will need to purchase a new one for use with the PCS Software.
What is the Security Suite for PCS Software?
The FDA has issued a set of requirements for electronic record management in 21 CFR Part 11. These include the requirements for electronic signatures, access control through unique user accounts, passwords, and permissions, clear indication of changes to existing instructions (such as calibration plans), availability of an audit trail, and measures of protecting the integrity of electronic records.
The Security Suite adds these requirements to the PCS Software, so that it can be used in an organization that complies with 21 CFR Part 11.
Can the PCS Software be validated?
Yes, a Validation Guide for the PCS Software is available, for conducting IQ/OQ validation.
I have multiple PCS instruments, how many licenses of the PCS Software do I need?
The PCS Software is licensed on a per-instrument basis. You will need to purchase one software license for each PCS instrument connected to the software.
There is no limit to the number of software client installs. This means, pipettes, operators and calibration/training plans can be set up, and calibration and operator assessment data can be reviewed and approved from computers not directly connected to the PCS instrument. This allows maximum flexibility of the software use.
How will the PCS Software be installed? Can it be networked?
The software will be delivered on a USB drive and will be installed from this source.
It can be installed on a PC or laptop that is directly connected to the PCS instrument (stand-alone installation), or the software’s database may be installed on a network server (client-server installation). In the client-server installation, the database can be shared by several connected computers with PCS instruments.
PCS Software will be delivered with SQL Server Express 2014, which will be automatically installed if there is no other supported version of SQL Server found on the PC or network server.
Will I need internet access to use the PCS Software?
The PCS Software does not require an active internet connection. Client-server installations require an active network connection within the organization to the database server.
Will there be updates to the PCS Software?
As any software product, the PCS Software will be actively maintained by Artel, and updates will be issued. Updates are free for the first year after purchase, and for customers participating in the Software Maintenance Plan.
How will I be notified of due pipette calibrations and operator assessments?
The PCS Software will send out reminder emails for due and overdue calibrations and operator assessments, as well as data pending review. Email timing is customizable.
Is APT (Artel Pipette Tracker) Compatible with Windows 10?
No, it is recommended that APT users upgrade to PCS Software for compatibility with Windows 10. Contact Artel toll-free at 888-406-3463 and speak with one of our sales representatives for details.
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