Meet Riffyn: Design Mode

With the launch of Riffyn’s design software for research and development, scientists everywhere are able to better design, measure, and analyze their experiments and data with precision and context.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be showing you more of the new features that are included in the release. Today we’ll talk about the all new Design Mode.

As a scientist or process developer, you have an objective: perhaps you are trying to improve the outcome of a process, or you might just want to test a single hypothesis. Perhaps you are trying to minimize cost without compromising quality. Your aim might be nothing short of total mastery - reducing variation in outcomes or mapping out the space of whats possible.

Riffyn's Design mode helps you to define, visually and precisely, how you want to achieve your scientific aims.

Design Mode is the foundation for your R&D processes and experiments.

A process consists of a series of connected Steps with material, sample, and equipment Inputs and Outputs on them. Pictured on the right is a step with inputs coming into the step and outputs coming out. The outputs of one step can become an input of another step, thus preserving the flow of resources between steps and providing necessary context to your data.


The material, sample, and equipment inputs and outputs on each step in the process are called Resources. Resources can be defined with Properties, Specifications, and Units. Formulas can be used to automatically calculate property values based on measured data.

Change is at the core of both discovery and development. As you apply the scientific method you try new things, you learn, and you adjust what you do. These changes reduce error and improve precision or perturb the system so you can see a stronger more certain response. All together these changes mean higher quality, more confident results.  We track all of these iterations on your process as new versions in Riffyn. 

You can easily navigate within versions of your process to track changes and see how your process has evolved. 

You may come to appreciate that your process can be separated into distinct subprocesses, each with its own inputs and its own outputs, each contributing in some way to the total process variation, or being executed by different teams. In Riffyn we call these subprocesses Groups and Linked Processes.

Groups are created by choosing multiple steps within your process and converting them into a group. You can also group steps within a group, thus creating multi-tiered processes. Linked processes are a great mechanism for steps that are often repeated in the lab - design the step once as a process then insert it as a step in any new or existing process. 

As Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." Riffyn's design mode helps you achieve this ideal by making it easy to try a method, iterate on it, and share it with colleagues who can then make it even better.

Next week we’ll dive into Measure Mode,  where you plan and execute your experimental design and upload your data.