06066300 is referenced by 28 patents and cites 110 patents.

A vial carrier having plural reagent compartments disposed linearly along the length of the carrier. Each compartment is adapted for receiving one of plural reagent vials. The carrier is provided with indicia uniquely identifying it to an automated assay device. Similarly, each compartment of the carrier has associated with it indicia which are at least unique to the particular carrier. Lastly, each vial installable within a carrier compartment has indicia unique to the contents of the vial. A film seal is applied to the vial opening prior to an integrated cap/seal assembly for the purpose of ensuring that the assembly is liquid-tight. The carrier is configured to be disposed on a slide of an inclining tray within an enclosure. Data reflecting which vial is located in which compartment of a given carrier is collected and provided to the automated instrument prior to installation of the carrier into the enclosure. The automated instrument has, associated with the enclosure, an indicia recognition element to identify each installed carrier. In this manner, the instrument has information reflecting that a desired vial is installed in a particular compartment of a carrier which is installed on a particular slide within the enclosure.

Title
Reagent handling system and configurable vial carrier for use therein
Application Number
499271
Publication Number
6066300
Application Date
June 18, 1998
Publication Date
May 23, 2000
Inventor
David P Weber
Strongsville
OH, US
Scott E Mathis
Bay Village
OH, US
Glen A Carey
Grafton
OH, US
Assignee
Bayer Corporation
MA, US
IPC
G01N 35/04
B01L 9/06
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