SYSTEM FOR MANAGING INVENTORY OF BULK LIQUIDS

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14611607

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A system for managing bulk liquids for an automated clinical analyzer. The system comprises (a) at least one local reservoir for storing a bulk liquid for impending use, (b) at least one container for holding a bulk liquid before the liquid is transferred to a local reservoir, and (c) a controller for monitoring the level of a bulk liquid in a local reservoir. The local reservoir for storing a bulk liquid for impending use can be a trough. The use of troughs for storing a reagent, a diluent, or some other treating agent for impending use enables an aspirating/dispensing device having a plurality of pipettes to aspirate and dispense the reagent,diluent, or other treating agent at a high rate of throughput. The controller can monitor the level of a liquid in (a) a local reservoir for storing a bulk liquid for imminent use and the level of liquid in a (b) container for holding a bulk liquid before the liquid is transferred to a local reservoir. In the laboratory automation system described herein, the container for holding a bulk liquid before the liquid is transferred to a local reservoir can be a bottle. Other desirable features in the system include, but are not limited to, pump(s), valves, liquid level sensors.

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ABBOTT LABORATORIES100 ABBOTT PARK ROAD PATENT & TRADEMARK DEPT D377 AP6A-1 ABBOTT PARK IL 60064

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fritchie, Patrick P Southlake, US 26 504
Gardner, Gregory E Grapevine, US 16 338
Mahoney, Richard W Grapevine, US 9 180

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