Ariadne |Ariadne (pronounced /æriˈædniː/) is an information, inventory, and safety management tool for chemistry and life science laboratories.
We offer Ariadne as a cloud-hosted service. That means there is no need to install, configure, or download anything to get started.
Your information is always backed up, and accessible from any web browser. We use industry-standard encryption to make sure your data is safe and confidential.Demo
Ariadne makes it easy to segregate hazardous or incompatible chemicals, such as flammable liquids and oxidizers.
Each storage location and each chemical are assigned one (or more) of 15 storage descriptors. It is only possible to store a chemical in a location with matching descriptors.Demo
Why Your Team Needs a Chemical Inventory
An accurate, up-to-date chemical inventory is one of the principal assets of any research laboratory. A well-implemented inventory system has the potential to:
- Make the laboratory safer, and help comply with regulatory reporting requirements
- Save money by eliminating duplicate orders
- Save the most precious resource of all, time
How Ariadne is Different
Ariadne is a web-based chemical inventory created by chemists, for chemists. It has been designed first and foremost as a research tool. Ariadne features a beautiful and intuitive user interface, a powerful search engine, real-time item tracking, and extensive reporting capabilities. Unlike a spreadsheet or a flat-list database (such as most other inventory systems), Ariadne ensures the list of items is always consistent and up-to-date. This is how it is achieved:
- Location of every chemical is assigned semi-randomly, making it hard (or impossible) to find items without relying on the database
- The system reveals the item location only after the item has been checked out (reserved) by the user
- Mandatory checkout ensures item movement is tracked in real time, with no extra effort from users
- Lost or misplaced items are immediately identified, and no longer show up in search results
Many jurisdictions mandate on-site access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Ariadne makes MSDS management and accountability easy. Close to 7000 data sheets are provided out-of-the-box.
Storage Segregation Policy
Ariadne automatically segregates incompatible chemicals, such as oxidizers and flammable liquids. Each storage location and each chemical are assigned one (or more) of 15 storage descriptors. It is only possible to store a chemical in a location with matching descriptors.
Labels and Signs
Create clear, informative labels and signs with two mouse clicks. Signs generated by Ariadne feature international hazard signs, applicable R- and S- phrases, and storage descriptors.
Barcodes Made Easy
Check the status of sensitive or hazardous inventory items quickly using a barcode scanner. Ariadne can generate unobtrusive and wear-tolerant DataMatrix labels. It is also possible to use pre-printed barcode stickers, or your institution’s existing asset tags.
Monitoring and Management
With Ariadne, it is trivial to plan and implement a safe chemical storage policy for your lab. Monitor the number of items checked out by your team members. Disable the editing of specific chemicals to ensure they are only stored in particular locations.
Item location is only revealed to the user after he or she checks out the item. This ingenious feature ensures items are always checked out for accurate, real-time inventory tracking.
Lost and Found
Has an item been lost or misplaced? There is a (big red) button for that! Everyone on the team is immediately notified that the item is missing. The name of the last user is included in the notification. The item will no longer show up in search results, saving valuable time.
Built for Collaboration
Ariadne was designed from the ground up for multi-group collaboration. If the collaboration features are enabled, researchers from other groups or departments can submit requests to loan chemicals. A supervisor can approve or deny these requests, and easily keep track of returns and overdue items.
PubChem search (by keyword or structure) is integrated into Ariadne. Use it to perform quick name-to-structure conversions, or to compile lists of synonyms.
Synonyms and Tags
Ariadne can keep track of an unlimited number of synonyms for every cataloged chemical. That means that you can find that container of N,N-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide by searching for “DCC”, “538-75-0″, or “208-704-1″. User-defined tags can be attached to chemicals (i.e. “coupling agent” or “peptide synthesis” for DCC).
Ariadne can search chemicals by structure similarity. ChemWidget is used for structure input, which means no browser plugins or Java are required. Structure input is easy to use and fully supported on touchscreen devices.
|Browsers||Safari 5+, Firefox 3.6+, Chrome, iOS and Android|
|Recommended Software||Adobe Reader 10+ for printing labels and signs|
|Label Format||.PDF, machine-readable with embedded DataMatrix codes|
|Barcode Scanners||Honeywell Xenon 1900, Motorola DS4208-SR, Motorola DS9208, Datalogic GD4430****|
|Label Printers||Zebra ZM400, Zebra LP2824, Zebra LP2824+****|
|Hardware||Display capable of 1024×768 or better resolution|
* Standards-compliant browsers based on WebKit and Gecko. Support for Internet Explorer and Opera 12 coming Q2, 2013
** Adobe Reader recommended for printing barcodes and labels
*** Ariadne can print labels to regular office printers, or use handwritten labels
**** Please contact our support team for the latest information on compatibility
|Monthly Fee per User**||$9||$12||$21|
|One-Time Setup Fee||$0||$200||$200|
|Included Custom Reports||0||1||1|
|Additional Custom Report Templates||$75||$200||$200|
|Yearly Subscription: up to 10 Users***||$779||$999||$1799|
** Charges are pro-rated for deactivated user accounts
*** Please contact our sales team for quotes for larger groups and discounted departmental rates.