Automated smear making apparatus

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9335334
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14692507

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An automated smear making apparatus used to prepare and smear samples on glass slides. In one embodiment, there is provided a smearing subsystem that generally includes a smear cartridge having: an input reel; at least one roll bar; a take-up reel; and a smearing tape. The smearing tape is initially wound within the input reel and coupled to the take-up reel such that the smearing tape can be drawn from the input reel and into the take-up reel. The smearing tape may include a plurality of perforations formed therein. The smearing tape may then be wrapped around the roll bar such that each of the plurality of perforations forms a blade that extends from the smearing tape to expose a smear surface as the smearing tape is drawn into the take-up reel. Alternatively, the smearing tape may be bent such that an edge of the smearing tape forms a smear surface between two roll bars. A slide transport surface is also provided to move a slide across the smear surface.

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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
Chacko, Koshy T San Jose, US 13 16
Shoffner, John Scott San Jose, US 6 5
Solomon, Roei San Jose, US 6 5

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