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1. (WO2018102663) LABORATORY AUTOMATED INSTRUMENTS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR TRANSPORTING SAMPLE RECEPTACLE CARRIERS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/102663    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/064179
Publication Date: Fri Jun 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Dec 02 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G01N 35/02
G01N 35/10
G01N 35/00
G01N 35/04
Applicants: GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED
Inventors: LAIR, Gary
Title: LABORATORY AUTOMATED INSTRUMENTS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR TRANSPORTING SAMPLE RECEPTACLE CARRIERS
Abstract:
A laboratory automated system can include a host conveyor assembly configured to transport a plurality of carriers and receptacles coupled thereto between at least a sample processing instrument and at least one assay instrument. The system includes an intermediate conveyor assembly configured to transport a plurality of carriers and receptacles coupled thereto from within sample processing instrument to the host conveyor assembly. The system also includes an intermediate conveyor assembly for each assay instrument configured to transport a plurality of carriers from host conveyor assembly to a respective processing position within the assay instrument. The intermediate conveyor assembly coupled to the assay instrument can include a buffer conveyor subassembly configured to receive carriers from the host conveyor assembly, and a spur conveyor assembly configured to transport a carrier to the processing position of the assay instrument.