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1. (EP0857295) AUTOMATED IMMUNOASSAY PROCESSING SYSTEM

Office : European Patent Office
Application Number: 96937406 Application Date: 28.10.1996
Publication Number: 0857295 Publication Date: 12.08.1998
Publication Kind : B1
Designated States: DE, FR, GB
Prior PCT appl.: Application Number:GB1996002627 ; Publication Number: Click to see the data
IPC:
B01L 99/00
G01F 23/24
G01F 23/26
G01N 35/10
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
L
CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE
99
Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
F
MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
23
Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume, indicating by means of an alarm
22
by measurement of physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure, or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water
24
by measuring variations of resistance of resistors due to contact with conductor fluid
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
F
MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
23
Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume, indicating by means of an alarm
22
by measurement of physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure, or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water
26
by measuring variations of capacity or inductance of capacitors or inductors arising from the presence of liquid or fluent solid material in the electric or electromagnetic fields
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
N
INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35
Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/-G01N33/148; Handling materials therefor
10
Devices for transferring samples to, in, or from, the analysis apparatus, e.g. suction devices, injection devices
CPC:
G01F 23/263
B01L 3/5082
B01L 13/02
G01F 23/245
G01N 35/1065
G01N 2035/1025
Applicants: DYNEX TECHNOLOGIES INC
Inventors: INDER DAVID JOHN
HIGGS PAUL ANTHONY
LE FEUVRE PETER JOHN
Priority Data: 9522056 27.10.1995 GB
9602627 28.10.1996 GB
Title: (DE) AUTOMATISIERTES IMMUNOTEST-VERARBEITUNGSSYSTEM
(EN) AUTOMATED IMMUNOASSAY PROCESSING SYSTEM
(FR) SYSTEME AUTOMATIQUE POUR DES ESSAIS IMMUNOCHIMIQUES
Abstract: front page image
(EN) A fluid level sensor and a washer unit are provided for an automated immonoassay processing system. A washer head (13) is vertically movable by a drive (2) above a reaction tray (8) having fluid (15) in separate cells. The level sensor comprises two electrodes arranged along a fluid path within aspirator tips (6). The electrodes are held at different electrical potentials and are effectively insulated from each other. If fluid is aspirated along the fluid path then the electrodes are bridged. Control means (1) is arranged to detect any change in conductance between the electrodes thereby indicating the presence of fluid (15). The vertical height of the washer head is determined relative to the sample thereby enabling the device to determine the level of the fluid (15).
(FR) Ce détecteur de niveau et cette laveuse sont destinés à un système de traitement de titrages. Une tête de laveuse (13) est déplaçable verticalement par un dispositif d'entraînement (2) au-dessus d'un plateau de réaction (8) dont des cellules distinctes contienent un fluide (15). Ce détecteur de niveau comprend deux électrodes disposées le long d'un trajet de fluide à l'intérieur de canules d'aspiration (6). Ces électrodes sont maintenues à des potentiels électriques différents et sont efficacement isolées entre elles. Si le fluide est aspiré le long du trajet de fluide, ces électrodes sont pontées. Un dispositif de commande (1) est conçu pour détecter tout changement de conductance entre ces électrodes, ce qui indique la présence de fluide (15). La hauteur de la tête de lavage est déterminée par rapport à l'échantillon, ce qui permet à ce dispositif de déterminer la niveau du fluide (15).
Also published as:
US6212949DE000069619120AU1996075008WO/1997/015809