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An automated, continuous and random access analytical system, having apparatus and methodology capable of simultaneously performing multiple assays of liquid samples using different assay methodologies, and providing continuous and random access while performing a plurality of different assays on the same or different samples during the same time period, is disclosed. A method is also disclosed of operating an automated continuous and random access analytical system capable of simultaneously effecting multiple assays of a plurality of liquid samples wherein scheduling of various assays of the plurality of liquid samples is followed by creating a unit dose disposable and separately transferring a first liquid sample and reagents to a reaction vessel without initiation of an assay reaction sequence, followed by physical transfer of the unit dose disposable to a processing workstation, whereby a mixture of the unit dose disposable reagents and sample are achieved during incubation. The system is capable of performing more than one scheduled assay in any order, and assays where more than such scheduled assays are presented. The automated, continuous and random access analytical system is also capable of analyzing the incubated reaction mixtures independently and individually by at least two assay procedures.

Title
Automated continuous and random access analytical system
Application Number
859218
Publication Number
5358691
Application Date
September 24, 1993
Publication Date
October 25, 1994
Inventor
David A Yost
Poolesville
MD, US
James A Vaught
Euless
TX, US
Apparao Tayi
Grayslake
IL, US
B Jane Smith
Vernon Hills
IL, US
Edna S Walker
Chicago
IL, US
Charles D Pennington
Lake Zurich
IL, US
Larry W Moore
Plano
TX, US
James E Mitchell
Lake Barrington
IL, US
Richard R Martin
Irving
TX, US
Peter A Lagocki
Park Ridge
IL, US
William J Kanewske III
Dallas
TX, US
Kendall B Hendrick
Southlake
TX, US
Gilbert Clift
Mesquite
TX, US
Frederic L Clark
Plano
TX, US
Agent
James L Wilcox
Daniel W Collins
Assignee
Abbott Laboratories
IL, US
IPC
G01N 35/06
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