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1. (WO2018017757) SINGLE POINT CHAIN OF CUSTODY WITHIN A DISTRIBUTED AUTOMATION PLATFORM

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/017757    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/042926
Publication Date: Fri Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Jul 20 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: G01N 35/00
G01N 35/02
Applicants: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE DIAGNOSTICS INC.
Inventors: POLLACK, Benjamin S.
MELLARS, Colin
YAGCI, Baris
Title: SINGLE POINT CHAIN OF CUSTODY WITHIN A DISTRIBUTED AUTOMATION PLATFORM
Abstract:
Embodiments are directed to a combination of an automation system that continuously tracks the identity and positions of all of its pucks with a single sample identification station and covers/interlocks in order to provide sample chain of custody without the need to re-identify the sample at points of interaction (aspiration, de-capping, etc.). This eliminates the need to have sample identification stations at each interaction point. This reduction of hardware allows the system to be cheaper, smaller, and more reliable. It also allows not only the automation system, but also existing pre-analytical / analytical equipment connected to the automation system, to run more efficiently.