08038942 is referenced by 11 patents and cites 115 patents.

A system for a clinical lab that is capable of automatically processing, including sorting, of multiple specimen containers. The system comprises a central controller, a workstation, one or more analyzers, and an automated centrifuge. The workstation has automatic detectors for detecting the presence of a holder holding specimen containers. The workstation has a bar code reader for reading bar codes on the containers. The system has a transport subsystem, preferably a workstation robotic arm and an analyzer robotic arm for transporting the specimen containers, moving them to and from the workstation, to and from the analyzers, and to and from the centrifuge. The centrifuge is loaded with buckets containing specimen containers. The workstation can be provided with a balance system for balancing the weight of the buckets used. The workstation can also have a decapper for automatically removing caps from the specimen containers.

Title
Automated sample processing system
Application Number
12/182958
Publication Number
8038942 (B2)
Application Date
July 30, 2008
Publication Date
October 18, 2011
Inventor
Santiago F Allen
Yorba Linda
CA, US
G Andrea Pedrazzini
Segrate
IT
Ruediger F Rauskolb
Palo Alto
CA, US
Hendra Tanumihardja
West Covina
CA, US
Mark Gross
Mission Viejo
CA, US
Wing S Pang
Hacienda Heights
CA, US
Agent
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Assignee
Beckman Coulter
CA, US
IPC
G01N 33/00
G01N 21/00
G01N 31/00
B04B 5/02
B04B 15/00
G01N 9/30
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