Recherche dans les collections de brevets nationales et internationales
Certains contenus de cette application ne sont pas disponibles pour le moment.
Si cette situation persiste, veuillez nous contacter àObservations et contact
1. (WO2007122253) DÉTERMINATION DE POSITION ABSOLUE SANS CONTACT D'UN ÉLÉMENT MOBILE DANS UN DISPOSITIF D'APPORT DE MÉDICAMENT
Note: Texte fondé sur des processus automatiques de reconnaissance optique de caractères. Seule la version PDF a une valeur juridique

CLAIMS

1. A medication delivery device comprising a position determining assembly for detecting absolute positions of a first member relative to a second member of the medication delivery device, the position determining assembly comprising

- a plurality of transmitter electrodes arranged on the first member, the plurality of transmitter electrodes being arranged along a substantially helical path,

- a plurality of receiver electrodes arranged on the first member, the plurality of receiver electrodes being arranged along a substantially helical path, wherein a number of transmitter electrodes form pairs of interconnected electrode elements with a number of receiver electrodes, and

- a reading assembly fixedly arranged relative to the second member, the reading assembly comprising a plurality of transmitters arranged to electrically couple to one or more receiver electrodes of the first member, and a plurality of receivers arranged to electrically couple to one or more transmitter electrodes of the first member.

2. A medication delivery device according to claim 1, wherein the first member comprises a rotatably mounted member, and wherein second member forms part of a housing of the medication delivery device.

3. A medication delivery device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein interconnected pairs of transmitter and receiver electrodes are galvanically isolated from other interconnected pairs of transmitter and receiver electrodes.

4. A medication delivery device according to any of claims 1-3, wherein the transmitter electrodes form a first periodic pattern along the helical path.

5. A medication delivery device according to any of claims 1-4, wherein the receiver electrodes form a second periodic pattern along the helical path, wherein a periodicity of the first periodic pattern is different from a periodicity of the second periodic pattern.

6. A medication delivery device according to any of claims 1-5, wherein the plurality of transmitter and receiver electrodes are arranged on first and second exterior surface parts of the first member, respectively.

7. A medication delivery device according to any of claims 1-6, wherein the first member is adapted to perform a combined rotational and translational movement relative to the second member.

8. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the electrical coupling between transmitters of the reading assembly and receiver electrodes of the first member comprises a capacitive coupling.

9. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the electrical coupling between receivers of the reading assembly and transmitter electrodes of the first member comprises a capacitive coupling.

10. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the reading assembly comprises eight transmitters.

11. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the reading assembly comprises two receivers.

12. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the transmitters and the receivers of the reading assembly are arranged on a flexible carrier, such as a flex print.

13. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, further comprising an electronic control circuit for generating and handling electrical signals to and from the transmitters and the receivers of the reading assembly, respectively.

14. A medication delivery device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the first member comprises a rotatably mounted dose indicator barrel.

15. A method for determining absolute positions of a first member relative to a second member of a medication delivery device, the method comprising the steps of

- providing a plurality of transmitter electrodes arranged on the first member, the plurality of transmitter electrodes being arranged along a substantially helical path,

- providing a plurality of receiver electrodes arranged on the first member, the
plurality of receiver electrodes being arranged along a substantially helical path, wherein a number of transmitter electrodes form pairs of interconnected electrode elements with a number of receiver electrodes,

- providing a reading assembly fixedly arranged relative to the second member, the reading assembly comprising a plurality of transmitters arranged to electrically couple to one or more receiver electrodes of the first member, and a plurality of receivers arranged to electrically couple to one or more transmitter electrodes of the first
member, and

- providing first, second, third and fourth transmitter signals to respective ones of first, second, third and fourth transmitters of the reading assembly, the first, second, third and fourth transmitter signals being mutually shifted in phase.

16. A method according to claim 15, wherein the first member comprises a rotatably mounted member, and wherein second member forms part of a housing of the medication delivery device.

17. A method according to claim 15 or 16, wherein the first, second, third and fourth transmitter signals are approximately 90 degrees out of phase.

18. A method according to any of claims 15-17, wherein the electrical coupling between transmitters of the reading assembly and one or more receiver electrodes of the first member comprises a capacitive coupling.

19. A method according to any of claim 15-18, wherein the electrical coupling between receivers of the reading assembly and one or more transmitter electrodes of the first member comprises a capacitive coupling.

20. A method according to any of claims 15-19, wherein interconnected pairs of transmitter and receiver electrodes are galvanically isolated from other interconnected pairs of transmitter and receiver electrodes.

21. A method according to any of claims 15-20, wherein the transmitter electrodes form a first periodic pattern along the helical path.

22. A method according to any of claims 15-21, wherein the receiver electrodes form a second periodic pattern along the helical path, wherein a periodicity of the first periodic pattern is different from a periodicity of the second periodic pattern.

23. A method according to any of claims 15-22, wherein the plurality of transmitter and receiver electrodes are arranged on first and second exterior surface parts of the first member, respectively.

24. A method according to any of claims 15-23, wherein the first member is adapted to perform a combined rotational and translational movement relative to the second member.

25. A method according to any of claims 15-24, wherein the first member comprises a rotatably mounted dose indicator barrel.