05948360 is referenced by 61 patents and cites 29 patents.

A modular vial autosampler has a storage area for vials containing samples to be analyzed and at least one modular sampling station. A vial transfer mechanism includes an arm having a gripper that lifts a sample vial from the storage section, and the arm moves it to a station for identification and then to a sampling station, and under central control activates the sampling station for obtaining a sample for analysis. The vial transfer mechanism gripper is movable in X, Y, and Z directions to capture and move a selected vial and includes an alignment guide for the vials. Potentiometers are used for providing signals indicating arm position and the control is provided with updated information for calibration of the potentiometers and also updated position information for the arm relative to a fixed home position is obtained.

Title
Autosampler with robot arm
Application Number
273537
Publication Number
5948360
Application Date
August 29, 1997
Publication Date
September 7, 1999
Inventor
Michael A Hill
Goshen
OH, US
Greg J Herman
Cincinnati
OH, US
Larry J DaPrato
Cincinnati
OH, US
Harry W Schmidt
Fairfield
OH, US
Thomas B Green
Batavia
OH, US
Prabhakar P Rao
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Westman Champlin & Kelly P A
Assignee
Tekmar Company
OH, US
IPC
G01N 35/10
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