Method and apparatus for the stepwise movement of items

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5352612
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08015120

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A sample analyzer for analyzing the characteristics of a plurality of samples. The analyzer includes a movable sample support for holding samples arranged in a first plurality of holders in a sequence for movement in a first direction. An indexing drive for the sample support advances the sample support in the first direction in a set of one or more increments, wherein one increment in the set is a net amount equal to a second plurality of holders greater than one holder and less than the first plurality such that the second plurality is relatively prime with respect to the first plurality.

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SIEMENS HEALTHCARE DIAGNOSTICS INC.TARRYTOWN, NY793

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Frye, Stephen L El Toro, CA 3 137
Huber, Michael D San Juan Capistrano, CA 4 39
Mazza, John C El Toro, CA 39 4566

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