Weighing items in the laboratory, especially animals, is a time-consuming and difficult process to achieve without a convenient software platform. Some of the software systems available are either very expensive or perform many functions that are unnecessary for general weighing purposes. To meet this need, UID developed the RFID weighing application, which is fully integrated in the UID pi software program. This application simplifies the weighing process, reduces data collection times, improves data quality and reduces overall costs.
The PI Suite weight application combines information from the UID RFID Reader, as well input from the balance to record the weight associated with the RFID number of the animal, vial, or item. The weight corresponding to each RFID number (i.e., animal ID) is directly and automatically recorded into the application for easy viewing and further evaluation.
The PI weighing application also combines additional study data, such as company name, facility name, and study number to create a more useful and robust data collection platform for repeated weights. The software also features a general weight section that allows for weight data recording after a scan without the need to enter study information.
This software platform is currently being improved to also enable daily food and water consumption activity tracking. Additional improvements will also incorporate the ability to associate weight data with other RFID-labeled laboratory samples (i.e., tissues and organs) or items (i.e., syringes, vials, flasks). These data can all associated and tracked down to the animal number.