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1. WO2000038046 - AUTOMATED CENTRIFUGE LOADING DEVICE

Publication Number WO/2000/038046
Publication Date 29.06.2000
International Application No. PCT/US1998/027283
International Filing Date 22.12.1998
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 21.07.2000
IPC
G01N 35/00 2006.01
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/-G01N33/148; Handling materials therefor
G01N 35/04 2006.01
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/-G01N33/148; Handling materials therefor
02using a plurality of sample containers moved by a conveyor system past one or more treatment or analysis stations
04Details of the conveyor system
CPC
B04B 2011/046
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
04CENTRIFUGAL APPARATUS OR MACHINES FOR CARRYING-OUT PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES
BCENTRIFUGES
11Feeding, charging, or discharging bowls
04Periodical feeding or discharging; Control arrangements therefor
046Loading, unloading, manipulating sample containers
G01N 2035/00495
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/00 - G01N33/00; Handling materials therefor
00465Separating and mixing arrangements
00495Centrifuges
G01N 2035/0406
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/00 - G01N33/00; Handling materials therefor
02using a plurality of sample containers moved by a conveyor system past one or more treatment or analysis stations
04Details of the conveyor system
0401Sample carriers, cuvettes or reaction vessels
0406Individual bottles or tubes
G01N 35/0099
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/00 - G01N33/00; Handling materials therefor
0099comprising robots or similar manipulators
Applicants
  • QUEST DIAGNOSTICS INVESTMENTS INCORPORATED [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • HUBERT, Ronald, M.
  • MILLER, Rodney, D.
Agents
  • STOUT, Donald, E.
Priority Data
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) AUTOMATED CENTRIFUGE LOADING DEVICE
(FR) DISPOSITIF AUTOMATISE PERMETTANT DE CHARGER UNE CENTRIFUGEUSE
Abstract
(EN)
A method and apparatus for an automated device for loading a centrifuge where tubes are presented to the centrifuge via an automated routing system. The device includes a stating area for tube adaptors, a dual function tool having a tube gripper which routes tubes between a transport device and centrifuge adaptors, and an adaptor gripper which transports the tube adaptors to and from the centrifuge.
(FR)
L'invention concerne un dispositif automatisé permettant de charger une centrifugeuse dans lequel des tubes sont amenés à la centrifugeuse via un système d'acheminement automatisé. Ce dispositif comporte une zone de transbordement destinée aux adaptateurs de tubes, un outil à double fonction muni d'un dispositif de préhension de tubes qui amène les tubes d'un dispositif de transport aux adaptateurs de la centrifugeuse ainsi qu'un dispositif de préhension des adaptateurs qui amène les adaptateurs de tubes vers la centrifugeuse et en provenance de la centrifugeuse.
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