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Tracking & Barcoding

Chemical Tracking and Barcoding

When you can accurately track your chemical containers, all your downstream efforts become easier, more accurate, and more trustworthy.

The difficulty here is a logistical one. How do you monitor the flux of all the containers, on the range of hundreds to hundreds of thousands? This is a critical place where your chemical inventory management system should be able to do some heavy lifting.

Barcodes and RFID tags are the most common and best ways to track your chemical inventory. Beware any vendor who assiduously pushes QR codes as an equivalent technique. QR codes often contain information that leads to a static URL, reducing their flexibility and transferability.


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When evaluating new chemical inventory software, be sure to consider the ability of the new system to integrate with and support your new initiatives for container tracking.


Important questions to ask of a chemical inventory tracking software

  1. Can it support barcodes and/or RFID tags?
  2. Does it bring along new best practices that might make chemical inventory management easier?
  3. Are the workflows for end users (scientists, personnel, custodial staff, etc.) around inputting new chemicals straightforward and simple?
  4. Does the system make it easy to find the information you want, even if you’re not sure where to find it?
  5. Does the software provide data about when inventory was last updated?
ChemTracker is the best solution I've encountered for managing laboratory chemical inventory and chemical reporting. It's exciting to know this system is supporting laboratory operations across the world!
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Sarina Schwartz-Hinds Manager, Chemical Solutions | SciShield

When I help onboard our customers with ChemTracker, I never get tired of hearing the appreciation they have for the system. Helping folks get up and running quickly and easily on a system that is so impactful on our customers' day to-day is really gratifying.
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Rachel Jordan Manager, Implementation Services | SciShield


We hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any questions about the ins and outs of vetting a chemical inventory software, email chemtracker@bioraft.com to let us know. And if you're wondering exactly what to look for in a high-quality, sustainable chemical inventory software solution, our team of experts is standing by to help you out.

Our experts are here to help

ChemTracker is packed full of valuable features like robust reporting, auto-converting units, an unparalleled chemical database, and barcode/QR code/RFID support.

Give us 15 minutes, and we'll review:

  • What you need from a chemical inventory system.
  • Whether we're a good fit for your needs.
  • Strategies for securing budget.
  • Overview of options for migration and implementation.