Over the last 18 months Peter Keeton has been heading up a team at Keynetix to write British Standard and ASTM Standard compliant test definitions, laboratory worksheets and reports for KeyLAB. This work has now been included free of charge with the latest installer of KeyLAB and enables new users of the software to be operational much quicker than ever before.
Peter Keeton has over 40 years of experience working in and managing geotechnical laboratories for Soil Mechanics and was an influential member of the CEN European Standards working group on geotechnical testing. Over this time he has produced many versions of laboratory worksheets for each test.
“By including the latest versions of Peter’s work into the system we have already seen an increase in the number of customers who are running trials of KeyLAB” said Dr Roger Chandler, Keynetix Managing Director. “The out of the box value of KeyLAB has increased significantly with this work and many users are now adopting the system with the standard sheets and only need to modify them with their company logos and details.”
Peter has also been working more with small and medium sized laboratories to help them use the software efficiently and prepare for gaining accreditation status.
In order to assess the current status of a laboratory’s progress toward accreditation, Peter conducts an in-depth independent audit covering all of the accreditation elements. The audit report provides the laboratory with a good understanding of that status and more importantly, identifies any and all deficiencies. The laboratory can then, with guidance and assistance from the auditor and Peter, produce a detailed plan for improvement.
“Having been working in the background for the last 18 months with KeyLAB I am really enjoying the challenge of helping laboratories implement the software and working towards accreditation” said Peter Keeton. “We will have the final tests available over the next two months and by the end of April should have most of the standard BS, ASTM and Rock testing covered, as well as our previously announced enhancements for concrete cube, cylinder and core testing. As most LIMS systems charge per test, I have advised the board in Keynetix to raise the price of KeyLAB once all tests are available as the product will include around a man year of my work and allow laboratories to cut their implementation time by many weeks.”
KeyLAB trial copies are available to laboratories who wish to investigate the system further by visiting www.keynetix.com/keylab
Laboratories can employ Peter as part of their preparation for UKAS accreditation and should contact Keynetix directly at http://www.keynetix.com/contact-us/
Existing users can download the latest release from www.keynetix.com/keylab/downloads
KeyLAB is the leading laboratory management system built specifically for geotechnical and construction laboratories. It will improve your laboratory’s efficiency at every stage of the geotechnical and construction testing process from sample and storeroom management, through to electronic scheduling, testing and reporting.
Its clever integration with Microsoft Excel® allows you to easily customise worksheets and reports whilst staying in complete control of your laboratory data. This unique feature allows you to quickly implement the system and reduce the learning curve for all staff to the point where most laboratories report a full Return on Investment (ROI) period of less than 6 months.