Patents Examined by John McGuirk
  • Patent number: 11366128
    Abstract: A biological analysis system comprising at least one inlet and one outlet, at least two biological analysis devices connected to one another by a conveyor defining a closed circuit, each biological analysis device comprising a region for the exchange of tube holding racks with the conveyor. The conveyor and the at least one inlet of the biological analysis system comprise a reader of an identifier of a tube holding rack which reader is designed to communicate an identifier it has read to a controller of the biological analysis system, which controller is designed to apply a specific treatment to a tube holding rack identified by the reader of the conveyor and the identifier of which has not previously been read by the reader of the at least one inlet of the biological analysis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HORIBA ABX SAS
    Inventors: Florent Beauducel, Philippe Benezeth, Thibault Cres
  • Patent number: 11366131
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to transferring and opening reagent containers for use in a clinical analyzer in an in vitro diagnostics (IVD) environment. Contents of a reagent container may be automatically recorded, and the container is positioned and opened, making available its contents to a transfer probe. A set of mechanical fingers open and close relative to one another, to release and grip the reagent container on opposite sides thereof for transferring the container. Once the container is positioned, the mechanical fingers raise and are positioned above a seal concealing the contents of the reagent container. The fingers are configured to close together and travel in a downward trajectory to pierce the seal. The reagent container is originally presented as an un-opened package to prevent spillage and to control reagent life expectancy. According to an embodiment, a method of performing a cycle unload, transfer, and load, without operator intervention, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Gebrian, Joseph E. Brennan, Ronald G. Barlow, William E. Hudson, William H. Reigle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11366129
    Abstract: An automatic analyzer includes a plurality of storage container holding units, a dispensing container holding unit, a plurality of dispensing devices, a dispensing abnormality detector, and a drive control unit. The plurality of dispensing devices each include a dispensing probe. The dispensing abnormality detector is provided in each dispensing device. The drive control unit is configured to control driving of each dispensing device based on a detection result of the dispensing abnormality detector. If a dispensing device in which an abnormality is detected is a first dispensing device, the drive control unit is configured to cause a dispensing process of a cycle in which the abnormality is detected to be performed again. If the dispensing device in which the abnormality is detected is not the first dispensing device, the drive control unit is configured to end the dispensing process of the cycle and start the next cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: JEOL Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Asakura, Chikashi Nakai
  • Patent number: 11346851
    Abstract: Disclosed are high-throughput vessel sorting systems and methods of sorting sample vessels, such as samples stored in test tubes. A system for sorting a plurality of individual vessels that each contains a sample is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: David Wilson, Jay Krajewski, Kevin Meyer
  • Patent number: 11340241
    Abstract: An automated analyzer capable of continuously performing supply of consumables is realized while continuing measurement is performed, by a simple and small amount of mechanism. An automated analyzer includes a unit that executes processing necessary for sample analysis; a consumable supply unit that supplies consumables necessary for the sample analysis to the unit; and a control device that controls operations of the unit and the consumable supply unit, in which the consumable supply unit includes a consumable container holding portion that holds a consumable storage container in which consumables is aligned and accommodated, a preliminary storage portion that temporarily holds the consumables taken out from the consumable storage container, and a transport mechanism that transports the consumables to the unit, and in which the control device transports and stores at least a portion of the consumables taken out from the consumable storage container in the preliminary storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Sasaki, Takenori Okusa, Yoshihiro Yamashita, Hiroki Fujita, Kenta Imai, Toshiharu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11338297
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a sample rack, a sample access kit and a sample access system. The sample rack comprises: a rack body for placing a sample container; a position collector configured to acquire a position of the sample container placed on the rack body; and a communicator configured to transmit identification information of the sample rack and the acquired position of the sample container on the rack body. The sample access kit comprises the above-described sample rack and a sample container having an identification disposed thereon. The sample access system comprises the above-described sample access kit and a mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Maoyong Fu
  • Patent number: 11319572
    Abstract: A device (1; 2; 3; 4; 5) is provided for carrying out an integrity test on a sample of disposable components. The device has a medium chamber (10) with an inner chamber (11) that is bounded to the outside, for the purpose of receiving a culture medium. The device also has a sample holder (20) in which the sample (100) can be arranged in such a way that the sample (100) at least partially bounds the medium chamber (10) to the outside. The medium chamber (10) has a vent line (19) that is arranged on a side of the medium chamber (10) facing away from the sample holder (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Martin Dahlberg, Isabelle Gay, Marie Christine Menier, Nelly Montenay
  • Patent number: 11287365
    Abstract: A cuvette comprising: a main body having a sample chamber formed therein, the sample chamber communicating with the exterior of the cuvette by an opening formed in the exterior of the main body, wherein the sample chamber comprises a first sample chamber and a second sample chamber, the first sample chamber being in fluid communication with the opening, and the second sample chamber having a first end which is in fluid communication with the first sample chamber, and a second, closed end, the second sample chamber being in fluid communication with the exterior of the cuvette only through the first chamber, the first chamber having a width which is greater than that of the second chamber, and further wherein the greatest width of the opening is greater than or equal to the greatest width of the first sample chamber, the greatest width of the first sample chamber is greater than or equal to the greatest width of the second sample chamber, and the width of the sample chamber, passing from the opening to the clos
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Entia Limited
    Inventors: Millie Clive-Smith, Toby Basey-Fisher
  • Patent number: 11280804
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a carrier configured to hold and transport a vessel with a barcode label in an automation system in in vitro diagnostics (IVD) environment, with a plurality of peripheral readers able to read the barcode label. The reading of the barcode label on the vessel loaded into the carrier is achieved without the need to align (either manually or automatically) the barcode to the peripheral readers. A dual spring arrangement provides for consistent vessel capture when loading the vessel into the carrier and for retention in the carrier during transport operations. A centrally-located spring housing provides efficient space utilization. A mirrored dual slot design is provided so that an unobstructed space for each slot is complimentary such that a completely unobstructed view of the vessel is constructed by imaging the same vessel in both slots (one after another) and fusing the resulting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Malyarov, Benjamin S. Pollack
  • Patent number: 11268970
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic analysis device (100), including: a dispensing unit (20), configured to dispense a sample and/or a reagent into a reaction vessel; a reaction unit (10), configured to incubate the reactant in the reaction vessel and transfer the reaction vessel; a B/F unit (2), configured to wash the reactant in the reaction vessel; a detecting unit (1), configured to detect a reaction signal in the reaction vessel; wherein the reaction unit (10) includes one rotating device (11) provided with a reaction vessel position to bear and fix the reaction vessel. The technical solution of the disclosure eliminates the washing tray and the detecting tray, simplifies the system structure and the control flow, and also significantly reduces the size of the reaction unit (10), implements flexible incubation time, and improves the working efficiency of the analysis device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Increcare Biotech Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Zhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11249099
    Abstract: A liquid class including control parameters for controlling a laboratory automation device when handling a liquid of a liquid type assigned to the liquid class with a pipette tip of a pipette tip type assigned to the liquid class, and a method for optimizing the liquid class. The method can include initializing a genetic algorithm with a start liquid class by generating a set of liquid classes by modifying control parameters of the start liquid class. The method can further include optimizing the liquid class iteratively with the genetic algorithm by applying liquid classes from the set of liquid classes to the laboratory automation device, which performs at least one aspiration and dispensing measurement for each applied liquid class, as well as additional method acts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Anja Wolter, Michael Keller
  • Patent number: 11215629
    Abstract: An automated analyzer includes a container installation portion in which a container, such as a reagent container, has a protrusion and an openable and closable lid. A lid opening and closing mechanism opens and closes the lid and includes an arm portion having an arm and a horizontal driving portion which moves the arm in a first horizontal direction. The arm includes a protrusion contacting portion that includes a first surface having an angle greater than 0 degrees and less than 90 degrees when the horizontal surface is set as 0 degrees. The lid opening and closing mechanism portion opens the lid by moving the arm in the first horizontal direction, contacting the lid protrusion on the first surface of the protrusion contacting portion, and then moving the lid protrusion along a shape of the first surface in a vertical direction, until the lid is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kabe, Takenori Okusa
  • Patent number: 11209452
    Abstract: A sample transfer device includes a sample container holder including at least one jet that ejects air, and the sample container holder holds an upper surface of a sample container in a non-contact state by a negative pressure generated due to horizontally outward flow of the air ejected from the jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Komori
  • Patent number: 11199560
    Abstract: An automated analyzer that receives samples prepared for analysis in an automated pre-analytical module and a method of operation of such automated analyzer. The automated analyzer includes a shuttle transfer station that receives a shuttle carrier from the automated pre-analytical system. The shuttle transfer station has a clamping assembly for the shuttle. The clamping assembly has jaws that advance engagement members into contact with a bottom portion of sample containers disposed in the shuttle. The clamping assembly secures the sample containers in the shuttle when sample is aspirated from the sample containers. The automated analyzer also has a multichannel puncture tool that is adapted to be carried by a robotic gripper mechanism. The multichannel puncture tool has multiple puncture members that each defines a channel. Each channel is in communication with a different trough in the consumable. A pipette can pass through the channel in the puncture tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Michael T. VanSickler, Neil G. Terry, Brian Bell, Steven C. Rotundo, Stephen Robert LaChance, Alyssa Shedlosky
  • Patent number: 11186813
    Abstract: A device for placing disks contained in a cartridge comprises a disk cartridge receiving area, a piston, means for moving the piston between a high position and a low position to enable, in the state in which a disk is positioned in the path followed by the piston during the transition from the high position to the low position of the piston, the disk to be placed on a surface vertically in line with the disk, a transfer system capable of transferring a disk from the cartridge in the cartridge receiving area to a location, arranged in the path to be followed by said piston, the said transit area. The device comprises a disk motion assist guide positionable in the transit area and moveable in a direction parallel to the up and down direction of movement of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLIGENCE ARTIFIICIELLE APPLICATIONS
    Inventors: Christian Curel, Michel Roch, Jean-Louis Cariou
  • Patent number: 11181542
    Abstract: To suppress inflow of external air through a rack insertion opening while a sample rack is pulled out. An apparatus includes a housing, a temperature control space, and an air temperature control part. The housing has the rack insertion opening on one side surface for putting in and taking out the sample rack. The air temperature control part has an air intake portion for intake of air in the temperature control space, a fan for blowing air taken in from the air intake portion toward the sample rack accommodated in the temperature control space, and a cooling element provided to cool the air on a path of air taken in from the air intake portion. The air temperature control part is configured to reduce an amount of air flowing near the rack insertion opening while the sample rack is pulled out from the temperature control space as compared to while the sample rack is accommodated in the temperature control space, so as to suppress inflow of air through the rack insertion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Koki Miyazaki, Shinji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11175300
    Abstract: A biological sample processing apparatus, including: a pipette block with which a plurality of pipettes for sucking or discharging a biological sample in a multi-well plate in which wells are arranged in a matrix shape along row and column directions are detachably coupled; a pipette block forward and backward transfer unit configured to move the pipette block along a forward and backward direction along a process direction; a pipette block top and bottom transfer unit configured to move the pipette block along a vertical direction; a magnetic field applying unit disposed below the multi-well plate for applying a magnetic field to a well of the multi-well plate; and a heating unit disposed below the multi-well plate so as to be spaced apart from the magnetic field applying unit, for heating a well of the multi-well plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: BIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Han Oh Park, Yang Won Lee, Jin Il Lee, Jung Do Kim, Dae Jin Jang, Jong Kab Kim
  • Patent number: 11175302
    Abstract: There is provided an automated analyzer which has plural liquid tanks connected with a dispensing probe and which can efficiently switch the operative liquid tank according to measurement item. The automated analyzer includes a liquid dispenser having a dispensing probe and a pump capable of aspirating and dispensing a liquid from and into an open end of the probe, the liquid dispenser being operative to cause the liquid aspirated in the probe and a probe internal liquid to be dispensed into aliquot receptacles. The automated analyzer also includes; an internal liquid supply device having plural liquid tanks in which probe internal liquids corresponding to measurement items are stored, the supply device being operative to supply a probe internal liquid into the dispensing probe from one of the tanks. The automated analyzer further includes an input section and an operation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: JEOL Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Asakura, Yasushi Kondo, Kouichi Saika, Yasuhiro Fukumoto, Takeshi Muranaka, Mine Yamashita, Yoshikazu Tagawa
  • Patent number: 11175299
    Abstract: Described is an automated transport unit for use in a laboratory environment the automated transport unit comprising a drive mechanism for moving the automated transport unit, a control system for controlling operation of the automated transport unit, a power supply for powering the automated transport unit, and a storage compartment configured to hold a material obtained from a fluid storage vessel and/or to be delivered to a fluid storage vessel. Also described is a system comprising an automated transport unit and a fluid storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE AUTOMATION PARTNERSHIP (CAMBRIDGE LIMITED)
    Inventors: Adrian Stacey, Neil Bargh, Stuart Tindal
  • Patent number: 11169165
    Abstract: Disclosed are high-throughput vessel supply systems and methods of supplying sample vessels, such as samples stored in test tubes. A system for supplying a plurality of individual vessels that each contains a sample is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings
    Inventors: David Wilson, Jay Krajewski, Kevin Meyer