SLIMS version 6.5 is full of new features and quality of life improvements. The highlight video covers four of our more interesting upgrades: Categories for Content Types, Kit creation, and Reagent tracking in workflows and visibility in the Content module. This release also improves visibility for mixes and the content affecting/affected by other content, integration with OpenLab ECM 3.6, and much more.

Categories for content types

Content Types can be configured with a new role access permission layer as Categories. This means a configuration role can create Categories that contain the Content Types for your SLIMS, and other roles can easily add Content Types to the Category without having to worry about the customization. Categories can have custom fields like “amount of materials,” “expiration dates,” and more that apply across all of the Content Types within the Category.

Categories for content types

Content Types can be configured with a new role access permission layer as Categories. This means a configuration role can create Categories that contain the Content Types for your SLIMS, and other roles can easily add Content Types to the Category without having to worry about the customization. Categories can have custom fields like “amount of materials,” “expiration dates,” and more that apply across all of the Content Types within the Category.

Create Kits

Kits are a new category for version 6.5 that allows users with “Can Create Kits” permission to create and manage kits. A kit is the digital representation of the parts of a kit package that could be used in a lab. Combined with custom fields, kits can track the usage of reagent material amounts and barcodes, and other kit contents. Users with the role permission can add a new kit, which creates the main kit content and automatically derives all of the kit components as one action.

Reagents Tracking in Workflows

The Link Reagents protocol step in a workflow has many new options for Reagents. The step can be defined to allow or disallow particular content types, require usage tracking, automatically calculate usage based on an entered value expression, allow or disallow expired reagents, show a warning to the user or flag content used with expired reagents, and more. Further details can be found in the Release Highlights or Administrator Manual.

Reagents Tracking in Workflows

The Link Reagents protocol step in a workflow has many new options for Reagents. The step can be defined to allow or disallow particular content types, require usage tracking, automatically calculate usage based on an entered value expression, allow or disallow expired reagents, show a warning to the user or flag content used with expired reagents, and more. Further details can be found in the Release Highlights or Administrator Manual.

Reagents and Content Journey

Contents and Reagents used with them are tracked in the Reagents tab in the Content module. This shows details about contents that are linked in a Link Reagent protocol step, and can be adjusted using Views like other grids across the platform. A new filter can be adjusted for context: to show the Content used with the selected Reagent, or the Reagents used with the selected Content.

Ten Further Improvements in this Version

  • Groovy for Quantity
  • Flat Fields
  • Import and Export custom fields, tests, and protocols.
  • Display Mixes in Derivation Trees
  • Filter to “Also show results, reagents, events, runs, of contents Affected/Affected By” the selected content
  • Content and Reagents filters added to Runs
  • Value Expressions in Macros, Content macros in orders, location macros in workflows
  • Switch between Horizontal and Vertical layouts
  • SLIMS integration OpenLab ECM 3.6
  • Show Recent Notes and Experiments in ELN

Attached below is the SLIMS 6.5 Highlights document that lists all of the new features in this version with additional details.

If you have specific questions about the release, please contact a project lead from the team.