Process automation method and apparatus

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5737498
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08500765

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The invention provides in one aspect a method for generating a schedule for the performance of a process, wherein the process comprises a plurality of steps. Each step of the process comprises one or more operations. The method comprises first obtaining input containing information defining the process and then generating from the input a series of nodes definitions, each node definition corresponding to at least one step of the process. Each node definition includes duration and device usage information relating to at least one step and further includes information identifying at least one previous step and at least one subsequent step. Then, one or more tasks are generated using the series of node definitions, each task comprising at least one step of the process, such that every step in the process is associated with at least one task. Once the tasks are defined, a schedule of operations is generated using the generated tasks and the node definitions, said schedule of operations corresponding to the defined process. In a preferred embodiment, the method of the present invention employs a graphical user interface to obtain the input. Also, preferably, the graphical user interface consists of icons representative of operations that may be performed on the work sample.

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BECKMAN COULTER INC250 S KRAEMER BOULEVARD BREA CA 92821

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Murray, Carl Indianapolis, IN 4 76

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