Patents Assigned to Tecan Trading AG
  • Patent number: 11958051
    Abstract: An incubation cassette for reducing liquid evaporation from wells of a microplate that has a frame for receiving a microplate having wells. The frame has a central first opening that is surrounded by an inner wall and the dimensions are designed for the placement of the microplate therein, and an outer wall extends substantially parallel to the inner wall and adjoins the inner wall via an intermediate bottom such that a liquid reservoir for holding a liquid is formed by the two walls and the intermediate bottom, the liquid reservoir surrounding the first central opening. At least a portion of the incubation cassette that forms the liquid reservoir is provided at least in part with at least one transparent portion (TA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Manfred Lansing, Tobias Sawetzki, Nicole Eggenhofer
  • Patent number: 11951482
    Abstract: A cartridge, in particular a disposable cartridge, for use in an electrowetting sample processing system. The cartridge has a liquid input port for introducing an input liquid into an internal gap of the cartridge, the input liquid providing for at least one droplet, directly or via a liquid separation process within the internal gap, and the internal gap having at least one hydrophobic surface, at least one processing zone for processing samples located in the processing zone, and a delivery zone for delivering the at least one droplet from the liquid input port to the at least one processing zone. The delivery zone is configured to provide a repeating pattern of interacting electrowetting force for simultaneously transporting the at least one droplet within the delivery zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Tiffany Ding (Lay), Manjeet Dhindsa, Daniel Tran, Jennifer Ji, Sujata Iyer, Tin Ngo
  • Patent number: 11940457
    Abstract: A robotic arm of an automated pipetting system has a pipetting tip adapter and a slide switch to detect the presence of pipetting tips on the pipetting tip adapter is disclosed. The slide switch has first support member and second support member configured to slide relative to one another between first and second positions along a movement axis, an electrically conducting contact pad arranged on the first support member, an electrically conducting terminal physically attached to second support member in physical contact with the contact pad when support members are in first position, where the terminal is a first resilient wiping member expanding along the movement axis, first wiping member is not in physical contact with the contact pad when support members are in second position, and an electric current can flow between first wiping member and the contact pad when support members are in first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventor: Thomas Geiges
  • Patent number: 11933760
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in an electrowetting sample processing system, the cartridge having at least one inlet port for introducing an input liquid in an internal gap of the cartridge, wherein the gap has at least one hydrophobic surface and is configured to provide an electrowetting induced movement of a microfluidic droplet of input liquid, wherein the input liquid has a carrier liquid and a processing liquid and the gap has a capture zone that is configured to capture at least a part of the processing liquid as a microfluidic droplet by use of electrowetting force and the gap further has a transfer zone that is configured to provide a passage for the carrier liquid next to the microfluidic droplet, while processing liquid is captured in the capture zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Tin Ngo, Sujata Iyer, Daniel Hoffmeyer, Manjeet Dhindsa, Tiffany Ding (Lay)
  • Patent number: 11931731
    Abstract: A pipette tip extension attachable to a pipette tip is disclosed. The pipette tip extension has a proximal end, a distal end, and an exterior wall extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The exterior wall has an outer side and an inner side and forms at the proximal end a reception aperture for inserting a pipette tip. The pipette tip extension further has a bottom at the distal end, an inner cavity enclosed by the inner side of the exterior wall and the bottom, one or more distance elements arranged at the inner side of the exterior wall and protruding into the inner cavity, and a coating for interacting with a fluid present in a fluid uptake area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Adrian Sager, Philipp Ott, Sara Ferdi
  • Patent number: 11925936
    Abstract: A combinable cavity tray for liquid handling is provided. The combinable cavity tray has at least one cavity for receiving a fluid and at least one passage for leading through a cavity of a second combinable cavity tray and/or for connecting to a pipetting apparatus. The at least one cavity of the combinable cavity tray is formed integrally. An assembly of combinable cavity trays having at least two combinable cavity trays, a method of manufacturing a combinable cavity tray and the use of a combinable cavity tray or of an assembly of combinable cavity trays for liquid handling are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Adrian Sager, Philipp Ott
  • Patent number: 11878304
    Abstract: A receiving frame for a support plate for pipette tips that is formed from two opposing longitudinal walls and two opposing transverse walls, each has an upper side and a lower side and laterally enclose an interior space is disclosed. The upper sides of the longitudinal walls and transverse walls together form a circumferential support surface on which a support plate for pipette tips can be reversibly placed. The receiving frame has a footprint on the lower side of the longitudinal walls and the transverse walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Marina Knoppke, Sven Pflumm, Claudio Bohli
  • Publication number: 20230408541
    Abstract: A method for aspirating a first liquid medium from a sample container with a laboratory automation device, wherein the first liquid medium is above a second liquid medium, which has a higher density and/or viscosity as the first liquid medium comprises: detecting a surface position of a surface of the first liquid medium; calculating an estimated interface position of an interface between the first liquid medium and the second liquid medium from the surface position and calculating a safety position between the surface position and the estimated interface position by adding a safety offset to the estimated interface position; and lowering a pipette of the laboratory automation device into the sample container and aspirating the first liquid medium from the sample container with the pipette by generating an underpressure in the pipette until a pipette tip of the pipette reaches the safety position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Oliver SCHILLING, Dominik MAURER, Christoph HAUSHERR
  • Publication number: 20230393550
    Abstract: A method for determining states of a laboratory automation device includes: receiving a log file from the laboratory automation device, the log file including entries of events that occurred during a procedure performed by the laboratory automation device, wherein the events have been created by components of the laboratory automation device and each entry includes at least an event time and an event type; providing a state machine of the laboratory automation device, the state machine encoding states of the laboratory automation device and transitions between the states, wherein each transition is starting at a state and points to another state and wherein each transition is associated with an entry scheme in the log file, the entry scheme including at least an event type; setting a current state of the laboratory automation device to a beginning state; moving through the entries of the log file along increasing event time and associating the entries with the current state; during the moving, when an entry s
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Chiara Marie ZOK, Georg HINKEL
  • Patent number: 11819845
    Abstract: A digital microfluidics system with electrodes attached to a substrate and covered by a hydrophobic surface and a control unit for manipulating liquid droplets by electrowetting, providing in close proximity to electrodes a magnetic conduit for directing a magnetic field of a backing magnet to the first hydrophobic surface, providing on the hydrophobic surface a liquid droplet that has magnetically responsive beads moving by electrowetting the liquid droplet with the magnetically responsive beads until a part of which is placed atop of the magnetic conduit, actuating the backing magnet of the magnetic conduit and attracting/concentrating magnetically responsive beads while actuating the backing magnet, moving by electrowetting the liquid droplet with decreased number of magnetically responsive beads away from the specific magnetic conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Thomas Perroud, Dan Tran, Daniel Hoffmeyer, Tiffany Lay, Manjeet Dhindsa
  • Publication number: 20230333134
    Abstract: A method for generating a control program for a laboratory automation device includes receiving configuration data of the laboratory automation device, generating a three-dimensional model of the components of the laboratory automation device from the configuration data, the three-dimensional model additionally including a virtual pipette; displaying the three-dimensional model with a virtual reality headset; receiving movement data of a motion sensing controller controlled by a user wearing the virtual reality headset, the movement data indicating a three-dimensional movement of the motion sensing controller in space; determining a movement of the virtual pipette in the three-dimensional model from the movement data and updating the three-dimensional model according to the movement of the virtual pipette; and generating a control program for the laboratory automation device from the movement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventor: Ronan Leboudec
  • Publication number: 20230302442
    Abstract: A pipette tip extension attachable to a pipette tip with the pipette tip extension having a proximal end, a distal end, and exterior wall extending between the proximal end and the distal end is disclosed. The exterior wall having an outer side and inner side and forming at the proximal end a reception aperture for inserting a pipette tip, and at a distal end a dispense aperture. An inner cavity is enclosed by the inner side of the exterior wall and one or more distance elements connected to the inner side of the exterior wall. The distance element(s) being configured to position a pipette tip within the inner cavity and to establish fluid uptake area adjacent the inner side of the exterior wall with the fluid uptake area extending from the dispense aperture towards the reception aperture and being in fluid connection with the surrounding atmosphere at the reception aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2022
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventor: Adrian SAGER
  • Publication number: 20230304602
    Abstract: A rotary valve comprises a stator member with a stator face, the stator member having at least two stator channels for conducting a fluid and opening into the stator face; a rotor member with a rotor face facing and in contact with the stator face, the rotor member having a rotor channel in the rotor face, wherein the rotor member is rotatable with respect to the stator member about a rotation axis, such that in a conducting position, the rotor channel interconnects the at least two stator channels to be in fluid communication; and a rotary encoder assembly adapted for determining a rotary position of the rotor member, the rotary encoder assembly comprising an encoder member and an encoder module, which is adapted to sense a rotary position of the encoder member. The encoder member is rigidly connected to the rotor member and surrounds the rotor member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: John GREENE, Michael John KENNEDY, Torleif Ove BJÖRNSON, Werner HÄLG
  • Patent number: 11747357
    Abstract: A method for generating a control program (54) for a laboratory automation device (12) comprises: receiving configuration data (46) of the laboratory automation device (12), the configuration data (46) encoding positions of components (22) in the laboratory automation device (12); generating a three-dimensional model (58) of the components (22) of the laboratory automation device (12) from the configuration data (46), the three-dimensional model (22) additionally including a virtual pipette (60); displaying the three-dimensional model (58) with a virtual reality headset (14); receiving movement data (50) of a motion sensing controller (16) controlled by a user wearing the virtual reality headset (14), the movement data (50) indicating a three-dimensional movement of the motion sensing controller (16) in space; determining a movement of the virtual pipette (60) from the movement data (50) in the three-dimensional model (58) and updating the three-dimensional model (58) according to the movement of the virtual
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventor: Ronan Leboudec
  • Patent number: 11707847
    Abstract: A position detector for generating 3D position information of an object in a position determination space for the object. The position detector has a camera with a lens and an image sensor that defines an imaging area with one first light deflecting element arranged in the imaging area as the camera and the at least one light deflecting element are adapted to simultaneously produce on the image sensor at least two images of the position determination space, a first image being produced by light beams deflected at the first light deflecting element, the at least two images differ with respect to the viewing direction of the position determination space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Markus Wolf, Fred Schinzel, Claudio Monti
  • Publication number: 20230228776
    Abstract: A laboratory automation device comprises a workspace with liquid containers and a pipetting arm for moving liquids between the liquid containers; a housing enclosing the workspace; a door of the housing for accessing the workspace, wherein the door comprises a transparent display for displaying information and for allowing a person to view into the workspace and a tracking sensor for tracking an eye position of the person. The laboratory automation device is adapted for determining the eye position of the person from sensor data acquired with the tracking sensor; and for displaying information for a notification area in the workspace on the transparent display, such that the information is displayed from a perspective of the person in front of the notification area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Ciro MINIACI, Maximilian STIEFEL, Werner HÄLG, Ronan LEBOUDEC
  • Publication number: 20230204617
    Abstract: A method of measuring the alignment of one or more pipetting tips in an automated pipetting system where the one or more pipetting tips are mounted on one or more adapters of a pipetting head approximately perpendicular to the pipetting head mounting surface is disclosed. The orifices at the end of the one or more pipetting tips are mapped with an image capture device having a sensor placed in face and distant of the orifices. The method sends the acquired data from mapping the orifices of the one or more pipetting tips to the data processor, generating an image of the orifices of the one or more pipetting tips, determining the center positions of orifices, and delivering alignment information for the one or more pipetting tips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2022
    Publication date: June 29, 2023
    Applicant: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Max STUMPF, Volfgang VILAJ
  • Patent number: 11666914
    Abstract: A cartridge, in particular a disposable cartridge, for use in an electrowetting sample processing system. The cartridge contains an internal gap with at least one hydrophobic surface for enabling an electrowetting induced movement of a microfluidic droplet that has magnetic beads and further has a bead accumulation zone, into which the microfluidic droplet is transferable by electrowetting force and the magnetic beads are exposable to a magnetic force of a bead manipulation magnet. The internal gap has a bead extraction opening adjacent to the bead accumulation zone. The bead extraction opening provides a passage from the gap to an exterior space of the cartridge and is configured to removably receive the bead manipulation magnet for enabling an extraction of the magnetic beads from the microfluidic droplet by a removal of the bead manipulation magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Patrick Kinney, Sujata Iyer, Tin Ngo, Jennifer Ji, Marta Matvienko, Tiffany Ding (Lay)
  • Patent number: D1002866
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Marina Knoppke, Sven Pflumm, Claudio Bohli
  • Patent number: D1021135
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Tecan Trading AG
    Inventors: Sven Pflumm, Jan Beeli