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An automated analytical apparatus comprises an introduction station for receiving a plurality of reagent packages. Each package has a plurality of receptacles, at least one of which includes a sample liquid to be analyzed, and at least one of which includes a liquid reagent for forming a reaction mixture with the sample liquid. A liquid transfer station is included for transferring liquid contained in one or more receptacles of a reagent package into, out of or among different receptacles thereof, including the formation of the reaction mixture. A detector is provided for detecting a characteristic of the sample by analyzing the reaction mixture contained in one of the receptacles of a package. A storage area is included within the apparatus for storing a plurality of reagent packages. A shuttle system transports individual reagent packages in any order and in any direction between the introduction area, the liquid transfer station, the detector and the storage area.

Title
Automatic random access analyzer
Application Number
6/799238
Publication Number
4678752
Application Date
November 18, 1985
Publication Date
July 7, 1987
Inventor
Michael J Claus
Salt Lake City
UT, US
Scott D Miles
Orem
UT, US
Ruth D Goldberg
Salt Lake City
UT, US
Randall W Smith
Sandy
UT, US
Charles V Owen
Highland
UT, US
Gale H Thorne
Bountiful
UT, US
Agent
Richard J Rodrick
Assignee
Becton Dickinson and Company
NJ, US
IPC
C12M 1/34
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