Try Before You Buy! The Benefits of Trialing New Lab System

August 26th 2021

As with anything, a free trial before you buy something is a great option for a lab system. There are so many positives, and very little negatives to doing so, a few of which are explained below:

  1. You can see how it works with your lab equipment

Most laboratories will have an already-established way of doing things. A set of instrumentation and machinery that works best for them. There would be nothing worse than investing a lot of money into a new LIMS system and it didn’t integrate seamlessly into all existing systems. With the “try before you buy” approach you can make 100% sure that the system you are looking at will be able to be integrated fully and will suit you and your whole workforce.

  1. You can see how your staff work with it

Similarly to the above, your laboratory scientists are even more important than your instrumentation and machinery, so you need to make sure that first of all they like it, and second of all they can use it with ease. It needs to make their job easier not harder.

  1. You can see if it optimises your workflow (& how well)

You need to be sure that you will get the economic output that you want and need from the LIMS system. By trialling for 30 days you will be able to get it up and running and start to put figures on how much time and money it saves you, enabling you to calculate if it will be cost-effective.

  1. You can get feedback from your scientists

Allowing the scientist team to use the system for 30 days, should give them enough time to learn the system and get used to using it. They may be able to identify some issues or problems or ways to further optimise in that time, allowing you to tweak the system to make it exactly what you will need by the time you do come to purchase it, making sure that you spend your money in exactly the right ways.

  1. You will save money

It saves those pennies. A free trial is not only that, but it is a free month of optimised working. During this month you may be able to make some real savings if your output increases due to the LIMS system, meaning you have even more money in the bank to pay for the system if you do decide to!

  1. You can do it in your own time

A free trial can be done whenever it is best for you, meaning that you could time it so that you are training scientists and getting used to the system on a week or fortnight where you have a slight lull in work. This will allow you to get up to speed with the system ready for when workflow increases again, so that you can hit the ground running.


You can get a free trial of VIDA for your lab at a time that suits you! Contact us today to let us know when you would like to start your trial…

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