The IDEE laboratory software is a flexible and modular computer program for accompanying
the process of boar semen production. With the application of this program, all semen
collection and processing steps are standardised and optimised and a true integrated system
is composed. This integrated system consists of a network of computer workstations, semen
analysis and production systems and other hardware and facilitates data management from
the collection through analysis and production to quality control and statistics. IDEE is a
Windows based application with an Access database.
Not only is a complete package available. To those who find IDEE being too sophisticated,
basic software is also available and different modules can be added on at any time. Due to
this flexible concept, the IDEE system can be selected, combined and adapted individually
and specifically for each laboratory. Upgrades of the program are made available periodically
and Minitüb provides the technical support to all users worldwide.
With the complete software package, the entire process is supported and documented by a
single system, from the identification of the boar, to ejaculate data recording, through to
correct labelling of the semen tubes. Specific, customised reports allow a quick overview at
any time during and after production at every computer workstation within the network.
Production data are transferred to the sales and administration departments in real-time. All
data can be transferred to Excel and other applications. IDEE will thus greatly improve the
speed and efficiency of production and decrease the chances for human errors. It improves
the communication within the company and provides real-time data on boar performance and
production numbers to everyone connected to the network program. The Access database
makes combinations with other software applications possible.
IDEE automates the ejaculate analysis, extender dispensing, semen packaging in tubes, as
well as the record keeping of holding sample controls: with the working mode active, the
collection list of the day and the current production figures are shown on the monitor. For
each new ejaculate, a batch file is opened. Measurements taken by instruments integrated
into the system (e.g. the photometer and weigh-scale) are automatically transferred to the
computer and entered into the correct batch data file. Depending on individual software
settings, other data of interest can be added manually. Then the extender calculation is
performed and the process continues with an automatic semen dilution facility and data
transfer to the packaging machine.