A system for a clinical lab that is capable of automatically processing, including sorting, of multiple specimen containers. The system comprises a central controller, a workstation, one or more analyzers, and an automated centrifuge. The workstation has automatic detectors for detecting the presence of a holder holding specimen containers. The workstation has a bar code reader for reading bar codes on the containers. The system has a transport subsystem, preferably a workstation robotic arm and an analyzer robotic arm for transporting the specimen containers, moving them to and from the workstation, to and from the analyzers, and to and from the centrifuge. The centrifuge is loaded with buckets containing specimen containers. The workstation can be provided with a balance system for balancing the weight of the buckets used. The workstation can also have a decapper for automatically removing caps from the specimen containers.

Title
Automated sample processing system
Application Number
12/182958
Publication Number
20090047179
Application Date
July 30, 2008
Publication Date
February 19, 2009
Inventor
Santiago F Allen
Yorba Linda
CA, US
G Andrea Pedrazzini
Ruediger F Rauskolb
Palo Alto
CA, US
Hendra Tanumihardja
West Covina
CA, US
Mark Gross
Mission Viejo
CA, US
Wing S Ping
Hacienda Heights
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
CA, US
IPC
B01L 11/00
B01J 19/00
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