05366896 is referenced by 316 patents and cites 8 patents.

The present invention relates to an integrated analytical system which includes a plurality of remote laboratories and a central monitoring station. The remote laboratories include a specimen analysis member and a plurality of peripheral devices. The central monitoring station includes a computer for controlling predetermined functions of the peripheral devices. A local area network provides communication between each of the remote laboratories and the central monitoring station. A computer interface provides bi-directional communication between analytical instruments, robots and peripheral devices and a computer. The system employs a robot which is responsive to computer commands and capable of performing mechanical functions.

The mechanical functions include manipulating an analytical instrument, transporting the specimens to be analyzed through a variety of locations, and the manipulation of the container in which the specimen is housed.

Title
Robotically operated laboratory system
Application Number
7/739204
Publication Number
5366896
Application Date
July 30, 1991
Publication Date
November 22, 1994
Inventor
Antonia Martinez
Charlottesville
VA, US
John Savory
Keswick
VA, US
Jonathan H Roberts
Charlottesville
VA, US
J William Holman
Earlysville
VA, US
James C Boyd
Charlottesville
VA, US
Robin A Felder
Charlottesville
VA, US
Keith S Margrey
Charlottesville
VA, US
Agent
Sheldon H Parker
Assignee
University of Virginia Alumni Patents Foundation
VA, US
IPC
G01N 1/00
G06F 15/42
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