What is BlueNotes?
“BlueNotes” is our dedicated software package that can be used to control our Flame Photometer range from a Windows PC. There are currently three versions, i) BlueNotes 410 for our M410* Flame Photometers, ii) BlueNotes 420 for our M420 series** of Flame Photometers and, iii) Regulated BlueNotes 420 for 420 series instruments being operated in an environment that requires adherence to 21 CFR Part 11 and similar regulation. (* – see FAQ 3 below) (** M420 series of Flame Photometers: M420, M425 and M420Cs)
Software requirements and compatibility
BlueNotes 420 and Regulated BlueNotes 420 require Windows 7 or later. BlueNotes 410 operates on Windows XP or later and must be a 32-bit operating system. The PC requires a serial connection to link to the flame photometer and an additional one for the optional autosampler accessory for which a USB to RS-232 adapter can also be used (supplied separately).
I already own a Model 410 Flame Photometer; does BlueNotes 410 software require any additional accessories?”
To work with 410 BlueNotes, the Model 410 requires a digital interface to enable output via a serial connection to a PC or printer. The Models 410 Clinical and Industrial are supplied with the interface already installed. The Model 410 Classic requires purchase and installation of the Digital Interface module to enable work with BlueNotes 410 software. A number of “Upgrade & Automate” packages are available: please consult your local supplier or contact Sherwood Scientific directly for more information.
“Does Regulated BlueNotes 420 comply with 21 CRF part 11?
Software alone cannot provide compliance to regulations pertaining to GCP (Good Clinical Practice), GLP (Good Laboratory Practice), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) or FDA 21 CFR part 11. No instrument or analytical software package can provide full compliance. The software must be operated in conjunction with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) defined by the end user and an organisation’s maintained quality management system. The software does contain features (in other words; provides the tools) that make it possible for the user to operate the connected Flame Photometer in a compliant manner.”
How is data integrity ensured in BlueNotes?
“All settings, methods, results files, etc. are stored locally on the host PC in a folder that is hidden, by default, in Windows. These files are stored in a digitally signed XML format and so are tamper evident. To guard against data loss, your IT administrator will be able to automatically back up this folder to a networked location using existing Windows features. In Regulated BlueNotes 420 there is no way to for a user to delete any results or method files through the software user interface once those files have been generated. In standard BlueNotes 420 it is only possible to delete these files via the password protected supervisor mode. Therefore, as long as regular backups of the BlueNotes main data folder are taken and supervisor
Can I export data to an external database?
“There is no built-in way to export to specific, external databases. BlueNotes software allows results to be exported as either a PDF report or a CSV* file which can be manipulated by spreadsheet software. While there is no way to automate this process from within the software, third party software such as Microsoft Excel could be used to automatically extract data from the CSV results files once they have been manually exported.”
(*CSV Files: only possible for 410 and 420 BlueNotes Software. Regulated BlueNotes 420 does not allow export of CSV files)