Twin rotor incubator assembly

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5523056
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08235041

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An incubator assembly useful in a clinical analyzer having at least two incubators, each having a rotationally driven rotor assembly having a plurality of slide element holding stations, which incubators are stacked one above the other to define a substantially vertical arrangement. In a preferred embodiment, in which the incubators are of varying size, the smaller rotor assembly is horizontally offset so that the outside diameter of each rotor assembly is coincident in one location, preferably an input station, so that slide elements can be loaded into and removed more conveniently from either rotor assembly.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
CLINICAL DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS INC.ROCHESTER, NY112
Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.ROCHESTER, NY71

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Miller, James G Hilton, NY 26 279

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Technicon Instruments Corporation (1)
* 5075079 Slide analysis system 150 1990
 
Precision Systems, Inc. (1)
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CLINICAL DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS INC. (9)
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* 5073342 Reciprocating transfer mechanism 18 1989
* 4963333 Universal evaporation cover 10 1989
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JAPAN TECTRON INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
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HITACHI, LTD. (1)
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ORTHO-CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (6)
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