Alex Mutin, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc, 7102 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD MD
There is a growing interest among analytical instrument users for multi-vendor support of their equipment in terms of instrument control, data acquisition and data processing capabilities.
Different vendors provide different software interfaces to control their instruments. Many users prefer to standardize on software to minimize validation and training costs, while keeping their hardware diverse. Because most laboratory software have limited multi-vendor support, often times when shopping for a new instrument users are burdened by a necessity to stay with one type of software.
XML-based web service embedded into an analytical instrument is a new technology that can potentially solve multi-vendor support limitations of current software. A web server equipped HPLC is directly connected to a computer network. Such system can be controlled from any PC without a need for any additional software except for a web browser such as the Internet Explorer. If laboratory software is linked with such web-service one can easily assemble systems out of multi-vendor hardware components while controlling them from the same application. In addition, the data can be interchanged between instruments, applications and databases using the Analytical Information Markup Language (AnIML) format.