HomeTIP Research Journal Quezon Cityvol. 5 no. 1 (2008)

Laboratory Equipment Monitoring System: Towards Paperless Management

Lorena W. Rabago | Donald A. Llaneta



This study aimed to design laboratory management software to effectively manage equipment maintenance, borrowing and returning, failure analysis, inventory, repair, scheduling, and flexible report generation process.

The development strategies used in the project analysis, design and development include a thorough analysis and evaluation of both the existing and the first prototype of the proposed system. Waterfall model was used in the development of the system. The system had undergone the following stages: requirements gathering and analysis, system design, implementation, testing, deployment and maintenance in the said development.

The study used ISO 9126 in the evaluation of the software, which determined the acceptability of the software in terms of usability, accessibility, reliability, and maintainability. The respondents were composed of ITE students, teaching and non-teaching employees. Comprehensive analysis of the results of the evaluation was applied as basis for conclusions.

The evaluation showed that majority of the respondents from the three groups assessed the software as very acceptable in terms of functionality, reliability, usability, efficiency, maintainability and portability. The software is also very acceptable in gaining real time visibility in equipment inventory, maintenance and borrowing and returning, and that it is also very acceptable in providing reports at the same time provide history recording of the different processes available.