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Waiting areas for allowing a plurality of sample racks to stop and wait are provided on by-pass line in each analysis unit. Sample racks introduced from ordinary sample inlet section or emergency sample inlet section, after waiting in the waiting area, are subjected to sample pipette operation by sample pipetting device. In the ordinary mode corresponding to ordinary sample processing, all of the stop positions of the waiting areas can be utilized, however, in the emergency mode corresponding to emergency sample processing, at least one or more of the stop positions of the waiting areas is prohibited to be used so as for the sample rack coming in to skip the stop position prohibited to be used.

Title
Sample processing system
Application Number
9/364061
Publication Number
6444171 (B1)
Application Date
July 30, 1999
Publication Date
September 3, 2002
Inventor
Hiroshi Mitsumaki
Mito
US
Taku Sakazume
Hitachinaka
US
Agent
Mattingly Stanger & Malur P C
US
Assignee
Hitachi
US
IPC
G01N 35/02
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