I-Collector WebViewer (Current Version) - LabCollector

Search Knowledge Base by Keyword

I-Collector WebViewer (Current Version)

You are here:
← All Topics
This KB is dedicated to the latest version of I-Collector. If you have the older Windows version, please visit the following KB.

The I-Collector app helps laboratories integrate various instruments into LabCollector LIMS in order to streamline and automate their workflow.

By automating the process of transferring data to and from the instruments, the app helps eliminate error-prone manual procedures and increase efficiency.

There are many benefits to using I-Collector. It helps automate processes and eliminate manual data entry, it significantly increases efficiency and productivity in the lab. It also improves data quality and integrity by eliminating transcription errors, enabling compliance with regulatory bodies such as the FDA. Additionally, integrating instruments with LabCollector helps standardize lab processes, making it easier to consistently follow protocols and procedures. The high data throughput provided by I-Collector also enables faster and more efficient data processing and analysis.

In this KB, we will show you how the I-Collector interface looks like and what each button allows you to perform. Please, take a look into the screenshot below.
Here’s a full description of what each part of the above interface corresponds to:
1: When you click on the gear icon , a new tab appears, which contains a list of all your instruments (plugins). (As shown in the screenshot below).
Here, you will see the name of each instrument (plugin), its corresponding caption, and its status (when it’s green this means that the plugin is active, but when it’s red it’s inactive). Plus, you can click on to access each of the instruments (plugins).
2: This one corresponds to the plugin status, for example : if the icon looks like then this means that the plugin is disabled.
If it ressembles the start button then this means that the plugin is active and is working properly.
3: When you click on you have the option to either start the plugin if it’s disabled or stop it if it has already started.

4: When you click on you will have a list of three options to choose from:

  • Processing parameters: These parameters will be used by the code in its execution. You can define and select your preferred processing parameters. Once clicked, you will get the below tab, in which you can create new parameters, edit or delete already existing ones.

You then have the option to define a number of variables for each of your parameters, such as the name, code, unit, sample type, default value, link codes, worklist code, formula, and custom information. (As shown in the screenshots below).

Here’s a description of what each of these parameters correspond to :

    • Parameter name: The name of the parameter, which can be used to identify and describe it.
    • Parameter code: A unique identifier for the parameter, which can be used to reference it within the code.
    • Unit: is a measure of the physical quantity or attribute that the parameter represents. For example, if the parameter is a measurement of length, the unit might be meters or inches. If the parameter is a temperature measurement, the unit might be degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit. The unit is important because it helps to give context to the value of the parameter and allows it to be compared or combined with other values that have the same or equivalent units.
    • Sample type: The type or category of sample that the parameter is associated with.
    • Default value: The default value for the parameter, which will be used if no other value is specified.
    • Link code 1: It corresponds to the test ID used for mapping.
    • Link code 2: Here you can input the ID of your first test’s parameter.
    • Link code 3: You can use this one to set another ID for a second test, if there’s no other test, you can just input the value 0.
    • Link code 4: Here you can define the ID of an additional parameter for your first test, but it can also just be a parameter ID for the second test.
    • Worklist code: A code that identifies the worklist or set of instructions that the parameter is associated with.
    • Custom information: Here you can define additional test IDs and their corresponding parameter IDs, for example : (15:24 ; 78:63 ; 96:45).
    • Formula: A mathematical or logical expression that defines how the parameter should be calculated.


  • Plugin parameters: These parameters are necessary for the plugin to get started and perform its tasks, they define exactly what specific actions the plugin has to execute, the duration and frequency of execution, …etc. You can also set the email address in which you want to receive reports. In short, these parameters help to define the behavior and functionality of the plugin.
    You can define your plugin parameters, by adding new ones or editing/deleting already existing ones, you must input a name and a value for each new parameter that you create. (As shown below).

  • Connection parameters: They are variables or settings that are used to establish a connection between the I-Collector Core and various instruments or plugins. These parameters include details about the connection itself, such as the hostname, port number, and authentication credentials, as well as information about the specific instrument or plugin being connected, such as its type, version, or configuration settings.
Please note that you cannot create, nor edit or delete connection parameters.
5: This button re-sends the selected sample values to LabCollector .
6: This button finds all selected samples in LabCollector and makes them green.
7: This button will grant you access to the activity log. (As shown in the screenshot below).
8: Clicking on this button will export all selected samples and their details as CSV.
9: This is a list of all available records, with their respective status (either “active” or “inactive”), source file, timestamp. Plus, you can click on the button located to the right, in order to get a full list of all existing parameters.
10: This is a search bar, which you can use to look for a specific parameter by simply typing its name, or you can click on located right next to the search bar for an more advanced options. (See screenshot below).
11: By clicking on you will have the option to either, start, restart or stop the I-Collector Core.
12: You also have the option to filter your records by the date in which they were added.

Related topics: