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Title:
試料カップ、カップ保持分与装置及びカップ取扱いサブシステム
Document Type and Number:
Japanese Patent JP4452939
Kind Code:
B2
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a cup handling subsystem for an automated clinical chemistry analyzer system which includes a nestable sample cup for holding sample mixtures, a cup dispenser mechanism for holding and dispensing a supply of the cups into a sample shuttle for transporting them, and an incubator for controlling the temperature of the cup and its contents. In one embodiment, the cups include a conical lower portion and a cylindrical upper portion having a top flange, a bottom flange and a groove formed therebetween. An apparatus is provided for holding and dispensing a plurality of such cups including a supply tube for holding the cups in a stack wherein the stack has a bottom-most cup and a next-bottom-most cup located above the bottom-most cup. The apparatus also includes an escapement located at a lower end of the supply tube which includes a disk having an aperture formed therein, a first leaf attached to a top side of the disk and a second leaf attached to a bottom side of the disk. The disk is movable between a first position in which the second leaf engages the bottom flange of the bottom-most cup and a second position in which the first leaf is inserted into the groove of the next-bottom-most cup and engages the top flange of the next-bottom-most cup and in which the second leaf no longer engages the bottom flange of the bottom-most cup. In the second position, the bottom-most cup is free to fall through the aperture formed in the disk.

Inventors:
Fredrik, E, Mouth
Karl, Ah, Gebauer
Frank, Beikoni
Nicola, Dumitress
Application Number:
JP17256699A
Publication Date:
April 21, 2010
Filing Date:
June 18, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SIEMENS HEALTHCARE DIAGNOSTICS INC.
International Classes:
G01N35/02; B65G59/06; B65G59/10; G01N35/04
Domestic Patent References:
JP53129668U
JP1158410U
JP6007048U
JP62287833A
JP8086787A
JP614151U
JP8277035A
JP7315576A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Hajime Tsukuni
Yasuo Yanagibashi



 
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