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1. (WO2003061830) MODULAR ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR SAMPLE PROCESSING
Latest bibliographic data on file with the International Bureau   

Pub. No.:    WO/2003/061830    International Application No.:    PCT/CA2003/000106
Publication Date: 31.07.2003 International Filing Date: 27.01.2003
Chapter 2 Demand Filed:    25.08.2003    
IPC:
G01N 35/00 (2006.01), G01N 35/02 (2006.01), G01N 35/04 (2006.01)
Applicants: THERMO CRS LTD. [CA/CA]; 5344 John Lucas Drive, Burlington, Ontario L7L 6A6 (CA) (For All Designated States Except US).
HAAS, Hansjoerg, Werner [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
JONES, Trevor, Gordon [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
HERTZ, Roger, Barry [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
MCCRACKIN, Daniel, Curtis [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
OUTHOUSE, Edgar, Allison [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
HATHERLEY, Thomas, Ian [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
RIFF, Michael, Paul [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
LOWE, Gregory, Earl [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
KLINCK, Bradley, Kenneth [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
HUBER, Richard, Alexander [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
WITTCHEN, Jonathan, David [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only).
PECK, Michael , Macalister [CA/CA]; (CA) (For US Only)
Inventors: HAAS, Hansjoerg, Werner; (CA).
JONES, Trevor, Gordon; (CA).
HERTZ, Roger, Barry; (CA).
MCCRACKIN, Daniel, Curtis; (CA).
OUTHOUSE, Edgar, Allison; (CA).
HATHERLEY, Thomas, Ian; (CA).
RIFF, Michael, Paul; (CA).
LOWE, Gregory, Earl; (CA).
KLINCK, Bradley, Kenneth; (CA).
HUBER, Richard, Alexander; (CA).
WITTCHEN, Jonathan, David; (CA).
PECK, Michael , Macalister; (CA)
Agent: CHARI, Santosh, K.; Box 48, Suite 4700, 66 Wellington St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5K 1E6 (CA)
Priority Data:
60/350,943 25.01.2002 US
Title (EN) MODULAR ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR SAMPLE PROCESSING
(FR) SYSTEME ROBOTIQUE MODULAIRE POUR TRAITEMENT D'ECHANTILLONS
Abstract: front page image
(EN)A method of processing objects using a bilateral architecture. The method comprises the steps of: arranging a plurality of instruments around a bi-directional conveyance device, the instruments spaced at fixed pitch intervals along the conveyance device; assigning dedicated movers to each of the instruments, the dedicated movers for loading and unloading of the objects to and from the instruments and the conveyance device; and controlling the operation of the conveyance device to have an interrupted motion, the interrupted motion for coordinating the loading and unloading of the objects; wherein the dedicated movers are positioned such that adjacent movers operate independently of one another. The method can be operated on an automated robotic system having a modular architecture. The system comprises: a backbone having a plurality of backbone connectors; a module having a module connector for releasably coupling with a respective one of the backbone connectors; a bi-directional motion device connected to the backbone, the motion device for presenting an object adjacent to the module when the module is coupled to the backbone; a connection interface formable by coupling the backbone and module connectors, the connection interface for providing an operational coupling between the backbone and the module when adjacent thereto; wherein the connection interface provides a repeatable connection and disconnection capability between the backbone and the module for ready reconfiguration of the modular architecture.
(FR)Cette invention concerne un procédé de traitement d'objets à l'aide d'une architecture bilatérale. Ce procédé consiste à: agencer une pluralité d'instruments autour d'un dispositif de transport bidirectionnel, ceci à intervalles réguliers le long dudit dispositif de transport; attribuer des chargeurs spécialisés à chacun des instruments, chargeurs qui assurent le chargement et le déchargement d'objets entre les instruments et le dispositif de transport; et commander une interruption du déplacement du dispositif de transport afin de coordonner le chargement et le déchargement d'objets, les chargeurs spécialisés étant disposés de telle sorte que des chargeurs adjacents fonctionnent indépendamment les uns des autres. Le procédé convient pour un système robotique automatique à architecture modulaire. Il comprend une ossature dotée d'une pluralité de connexions; un module à connexion modulaire pouvant être raccordé libérable à l'une des connexions d'ossature; un dispositif de mouvement bidirectionnel connecté à l'ossature qui permet de présenter un objet contre le module lorsque ce dernier est accouplé à l'ossature; une interface de connexion qui s'obtient en raccordant l'ossature et les connexions de module, interface qui autorise un couplage opérationnel entre l'ossature et le module lorsqu'il se trouve contre l'ossature. L'interface de connexion permet de répéter les opérations de connexion et de déconnexion entre l'ossature le module, d'où reconfiguration rapide l'architecture modulaire.
Designated States: AE, AG, AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, BZ, CA, CH, CN, CO, CR, CU, CZ, DE, DK, DM, DZ, EC, EE, ES, FI, GB, GD, GE, GH, GM, HR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MA, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, MZ, NO, NZ, OM, PH, PL, PT, RO, RU, SC, SD, SE, SG, SK, SL, TJ, TM, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UG, US, UZ, VC, VN, YU, ZA, ZM, ZW.
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, SI, SK, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG).
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)