Device for automatic chemical analysis

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5575976
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08480281

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This invention provides an automated chemical analyzer with improved processing flexibility and ease. In one embodiment of this invention, the analyzer includes an incubation station, a wash station and a read station. The incubation station includes an elongated, movable track to carry reaction vessels along an incubation path, the wash station includes a movable track to carry vessels along a wash-cycle path, and the read station is adapted to move vessels along a read path. A first transfer station is positioned adjacent a first end of the wash-cycle path to transfer vessels from the incubation path to the wash-cycle path and a second transfer station is positioned adjacent a second end of the wash-cycle path and a first end of the read path for selectively transferring a vessel from the wash-cycle path to either the incubation path or the read path. Optimally, the first transfer station is positioned adjacent a second end of the read path, enabling the first transfer station to transfer a vessel from the read path to the incubation path, e.g., for disposal at a central waste container.

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BECEEM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.FULLERTON, CA457

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Choperena, Alfredo Eden Prairie, MN 7 419
Giter, Gershon St. Paul, MN 9 553
Krogh, Ross Minneapolis, MN 14 500
Prasad, Venkatesh Eden Prairie, MN 11 389

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