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Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2016-09-30

The invention concerns a laboratory product transport element for a laboratory transport system with an energy receiver and/or energy accumulator to provide drive power, at least one signal receiver to receive control signals, a control unit to generate drive signals as a function of at least one control signal obtained from the at least one signal receiver, movement devices for independent movement of the laboratory product transport element on a transfer path as a function of the drive signals of the control unit, in which the drive devices are driven by the drive power and at least one holder to hold a laboratory product being transported. The invention also concerns a laboratory transport system with at least one laboratory product transport element according to an embodiment of the invention and a transfer path arrangement. The invention also concerns methods for operation of laboratory transport systems according to an embodiment of the invention.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2017-04-05

Container identification data from a container inspection unit that analyzes a container containing a liquid is combined with liquid level detection raw data from a liquid level detection unit that analyzes the container containing the liquid and a liquid level detection result is generated. The liquid level detection result is cross-checked with additional data from the container inspection unit. The result can be used to plan a route for the container in the laboratory automation system.


A method for determining the presence of a biological entity. The method may include entering into a digital computer, at least a plurality of first input values associated with a first genetic element, a plurality of second input values associated with a second genetic element, and a plurality of third input values associated with a third genetic element associated with a plurality of samples. The method also includes determining a threshold value associated with the third genetic element, separating the samples using the threshold value into a first set of samples and a second set of samples, clustering the first set of samples in a feature space defined by the first genetic element and the second genetic element, defining a first boundary space using the first set of samples, and defining a second boundary space using the second set of samples.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2016-11-15

A sample tube rack for receiving at least one sample tube comprises an upper part comprising an upper surface, wherein at least one upper opening for receiving the sample tube is provided in the upper surface; an intermediate part comprising an intermediate surface, wherein at least one intermediate opening for receiving the sample tube is provided in the intermediate surface; and a lower part comprising a supporting surface, wherein at least one supporting position for supporting the sample tube is provided in the supporting surface. Therein, the intermediate part is connected to both the upper part and the lower part such that the at least one upper opening is substantially aligned above the at least one intermediate opening and above the at least one supporting position for receiving the at least one sample tube. At least one gripping orifice is provided in a lateral side of the lower part.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2017-03-15

A method for creating a laboratory automation system is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a plurality of subgraphs that correspond to a plurality of system blocks. The system blocks are chosen and the subgraphs are stitched together to form a site graph for the laboratory automation system.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2017-05-17

A sample tube rack (1; 1) for receiving at least one sample tube comprises an upper part (10) comprising an upper surface (11), wherein at least one upper opening (12) for receiving the sample tube is provided in the upper surface (11); an intermediate part (20) comprising an intermediate surface (21), wherein at least one intermediate opening (22) for receiving the sample tube is provided in the intermediate surface (21); and a lower part (30) comprising a supporting surface (31), wherein at least one supporting position (32) for supporting the sample tube is provided in the supporting surface (31). Therein, the intermediate part (20) is connected to both the upper part (10) and the lower part (30) such that the at least one upper opening (12) is substantially aligned above the at least one intermediate opening (22) and above the at least one supporting position (32) for receiving the at least one sample tube. At least one gripping orifice (35) is provided in a lateral side of the lower part (30).


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2017-01-25

A user interface for an instrument that processes samples from sample containers supported on a presentation unit. The user interface includes a presentation unit display that includes a graphical representation of the presentation unit. The presentation unit display receives inputs therein to define instructions for the processing of the samples by the instrument. The presentation unit display also displays a status while the samples are being processed.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2017-04-05

Embodiments of the invention are directed to a transfer apparatus and a transport system which may be used in automated medical laboratory in-vitro diagnostic systems for handling patient samples. The transfer apparatus an embodiment of the invention comprises a rotatable disc and a lane gate. The transport system according to an embodiment of the invention comprises a transfer path arrangement including at least a first input lane and two output lanes at the transfer apparatus (i.e., the rotatable disc and the lane gate). The rotatable disc and the lane gate are cooperatively structured to function together to move at least one laboratory product transport element between the at least one input lane and the two output lanes of the transport system. The laboratory product transport element transports laboratory products, such as patient samples.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. and DTIL Ireland Holdings Ltd | Date: 2017-04-05

An embodiment of a reagent container includes a bottle with a pipe to reduce the effects of reagent sloshing. The bottle has an elongated base and an opposed cover connected by side walls and an end wall. A flat platform surrounded by a raised rim lies in the base opposite an opening in the cover. A ribbed pipe frictionally fits within the bottle opening and may attach to the anchor region leaving vent passages around the pipe. The pipe includes an aperture adjacent to the anchor region and oriented toward the end wall so that sloshed fluid has only a small effect on the level of reagent in the pipe during transfers. A modified blow molding process produces the anchor region by extending a pin a predetermined distance into a mold while the molded material is still plastic.


Patent
Beckman Coulter Inc. | Date: 2017-03-08

The present teachings relate to methods, systems, and kits for the preparation, purification and/or analysis of a glycan or glycoconjugate, and specifically to a magnetic bead based sample preparation protocol that can enable full automation and reduced sample preparation time relative to current methods of glycoanalysis. In some aspects, the sample preparation protocol can provide for glycoconjugate capture, glycan release, fluorescent derivatization, and glycan purification for subsequent capillary electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, or other glycoanalytical method without requiring time-consuming sample preparation steps such as centrifugation or vacuum-centrifugation.

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