IMI has an extensive library staffed by a full-time librarian and information specialist available freely to the research staff. Much of the acquisition is of individual articles, patents and standards available for online purchase or free over the internet. The researchers can order expert searches in online databases such as those provided by STN or use Scifinder to conduct their own searches.
In addition the researchers have access to a terminal connected to the Internet for independent use.
The research and development at IMI is supported by an extensive and experienced Technical Services Department. This is divided into electronic and instrumentation, mechanical, electrical and design departments. The day-to-day maintenance is performed jointly with our sister company, Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd.
All the researchers at IMI are equipped with personal computers based interconnected by the Local Area Network. The network is used for printing, backup, e-mail and accessing the VAX system which hosts most of the administrative programs. In addition, dedicated simulation programs are run both on the VAX and on the PC platforms, and the pilot and mini-pilot facilities are computer controlled.
The Central Store has been an integral part of the company since its formation in 1952. The Store is divided into two primary sections, the Chemicals and Laboratory Equipment Store and the Technical Store.
The Chemicals and Laboratory Equipment Store supplies chemicals, glassware and other routine items to all the laboratories and keeps in stock a wide range of common materials, the remainder being ordered in response to the needs of the R & D staff. Since the Store's inception, over 6500 chemicals and 3000 types of laboratory apparatus have been listed in the catalogue.
The Technical Store supplies the Technical Services Department and through them the R & D effort, from the laboratory level to the pilot level. This section stocks essential replacement parts and routine building, construction and maintenance materials, while over 7000 items are kept in stock.
The Store is staffed by an experienced and expert team who enable a smooth flow of items as required.