Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2015-03-27
A sample storage including a frame and an array of sample container holding areas disposed within the frame where a spacing between adjacent sample container holding areas is independent of a gripping area for sample containers held by the sample storage.
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2015-01-20
A portable cryogenic workstation includes a housing having an internal cavity configured to hold one or more samples, a lid for sealing the internal cavity such that the portable cryogenic workstation is configured for transporting samples between about room temperature environments to about ultra-cold environments, at least one automation interface disposed on one or more of the housing and lid and configured for engagement with automated handling equipment, and a process data capture unit coupled to the housing and configured to capture process or ephemeral data corresponding to a predetermined processing characteristic(s) of at least one of the samples coincident with presence inside the portable cryogenic workstation.
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2015-10-06
A storage stack for storing sample containers in a low temperature sample store, each storage stack includes first and second rigid lateral support flanges including a multitude of storage webs for supporting sample containers; a rigid back panel; a rigid bottom plate; and a rigid insulation cover. The insulation cover includes a handling plate and an insulation block. A number of insulation covers of all storage stacks of a storage stack array form an essentially continuous insulation layer on a storage area of the low temperature sample store. For all storage stacks, carrying elements are provided that statically connect the bottom plate of each individual storage stack with a bottom structure of the storage area, carry the entire weight of the individual storage stack and all sample containers inserted therein, and confer this entire weight to a bottom structure of the storage area of the low temperature sample store.
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2015-02-09
A robot assembly for transporting a substrate is presented. The robot assembly having a first arm and a second arm supported by a column, the first arm further having a first limb, the first limb having a first set of revolute joint/line pairs configured to provide translation and rotation of the distal most link of the first limb in the horizontal plane. The assembly further having a second arm further having a second limb, the second limb comprising a second set of revolute joint/link pairs configured to provide translation and rotation of a distalmost link of the second limb in the horizontal plane. The first limb and second limb further having proximal revolute joints having a common vertical axis of rotation and a proximal inner joint housed in a common housing. The assembly further having an actuator assembly coupled to the first set of revolute joint/link pairs and to the second set of revolute joint/link pairs to effect rotation and translation of the distalmost links of the first limb and the second limb, each of the first limb and the second limb defining, in conjunction with the actuator assembly, at least three degrees of freedom per limb, whereby the distalmost links of the first limb and the second limb are independently horizontally translatable for extension and retraction.
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2015-09-11
Cryopump components are improved using thin layer heating elements for temperature control or to serve as heaters. These heating elements may be located and prevent pooling during regeneration. The temperature control may also be achieved through the use of ceramic heating elements. The ceramic heating elements may also include a second function of structural support within the cryopump. Temperature control may further be achieved via the radiation shield, where the radiation shield includes a clad sheeting or coating.