05578269 is referenced by 146 patents and cites 11 patents.

A blood analysis system or instrument, generally, including an incubator station, a sample and reagent holding station, a pipette assembly, a centrifuge, an analysis station, and a transport assembly. Generally, the incubation station holds containers while reagents and fluids are being dispensed in those containers, and, if desired, for incubating the containers. The sample and reagent holding station holds samples and a plurality of reagents, and the pipette assembly transfers fluids from that sample and reagent holding station to containers in the incubation station. The centrifuge is provided for centrifuging the container, and the analysis station is provided to analyze the containers optically to identify reactions therein. The transport assembly carries the containers between the incubator station, the centrifuge, and the analysis station. Preferably, the pipette assembly is automatically operated to draw fluids and preselected reagents from the sample and reagent holding station, and to dispense fluids into the containers held in the incubation station to produce predetermined solutions therein. Also, the transport subassembly is automatically operated to carry containers from the incubator station to the centrifuge after the predetermined solutions have been produced in the containers, and then to carry the containers from the centrifuge to the analysis station.

Title
Automated blood analysis system with an integral centrifuge
Application Number
75303
Publication Number
5578269
Application Date
December 8, 1993
Publication Date
November 26, 1996
Inventor
Karl Puchegger
Salzburg
AT
Martin Kuster
Eschenbach
CH
Hansjoerg Kunz
Zurich
CH
Walter Imfeld
Hombrechtikon
CH
Beat Gretener
Meilen
CH
Martin Gander
Landquart
CH
Marco Forster
Grueningen
CH
Linus Flueler
Bubikon
CH
Gregor Batliner
Hombrechtikon
CH
Marcel Frischknecht
Oberduernten
CH
Rosemary Chachowski
Manville
NJ, US
Mykola Yaremko
Livingston
NJ, US
Assignee
Ortho Diagnostic Systems
NJ, US
IPC
G01N 9/30
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