05589137 is referenced by 30 patents and cites 39 patents.

A specimen carrier is designed for transporting specimen tubes throughout an automatic laboratory conveyance system. The specimen carrier includes a generally rectilinear carrier body with a forward face having an identification zone delimited thereon. An identification code is marked in the identification zone so as to permit mechanical sensing and identification of the carrier on a conveyor system. A plurality of holes of various diameters and depths are provided in the top surface of the carrier to receive specimen tubes of various types. The deepest holes are located centrally, so that the carrier is stable while retaining specimens therein. A groove is formed in the top surface of the carrier body which extends between the specimen tube holes, so as to communicate any fluid spilling from a test tube to the other empty holes in the specimen carrier, thereby retaining the fluid within the body of the carrier. A special vertical slot is provided in one of the vertical holes, utilizing a pair of opposing vertical channels, so as to retain a specimen slide in the specimen carrier.

Title
Specimen carrier
Application Number
8/418958
Publication Number
5589137
Application Date
April 7, 1995
Publication Date
December 31, 1996
Inventor
Michael R Newcomb
Papillion
NE, US
Rodney S Markin
Omaha
NE, US
Agent
Zarley McKee Thomte Voorhees & Sease
Agent
Mark D Frederiksen
Assignee
Lab Interlink
NE, US
IPC
B01L 9/06
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