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Article Type: Patent abstracts From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 39, Issue 2
Title: Direct pipetting in computer-controlled liquid handling workstations
Publication number: US 2011160909 (A1)
Publication date: 30 June 2011
Inventor(s): Glauser Beat (Ch); Laab Michael (De); Trollhagen Eskil (Ch)
Abstract: Relates to an interface and its use for the remote control of a computer-controlled liquid handling workstation with a work surface, a motorized pipetting robot with at least one pipette, and a control computer, to which the pipetting robot is connected. A control program activated in this control computer enables the pipetting robot to position the at least one pipette at specific positions on the work surface and to execute a specific action there using the at least one pipette. The interface comprises input means, visualization means, interface software, and an electronic memory. The visualization means is implemented to visualize the positions at which containers are situated on the work surface of the liquid handling workstation and a selection of the specific actions executable using the pipettes. According to the present invention, the interface and the interface software are implemented to visualize as icons at least one pipette, optionally selected by the input means or by the interface, and at least one designated pipetting position on a specific container, and in addition, to direct the pipetting robot of the computer-controlled liquid handling workstation to position the selected pipettes at the designated pipetting positions of the specific container immediately after designating the specific position and prior to executing the selected specific action. Alternatively, the interface and the interface software are implemented or used to visualize, in a 2D or 3D simulation, the pipetting robot of the computer-controlled liquid handling workstation and to virtually position the selected pipettes at the designated pipetting positions of the specific container immediately after designating the specific position and prior to executing the selected specific action.
Title: Multi-functional combined paw of nuclear and chemical reconnaissance robot
Publication number: CN 101863033 (A)
Publication date: 20 October 2010
Applicant(s): Univ. Southeast
Abstract: The invention provides a multi-functional combined paw of a nuclear and chemical reconnaissance robot, which comprises a fixed support, a motor, a first gear, a second gear, a rod, a guide track, a first finger, a second finger, a camera head, a planar clamping part, a shovel, an arc-shaped clamping part and a slicing knife. The multi-functional combined paw is applicable to hazardous operation of the nuclear and chemical reconnaissance robot, and other working environments. The planar clamping part can be utilized for clamping a solid pollution source, the shovel can be used for sampling soil or sandstone in nuclear and chemical pollution, the arc-shaped clamping part is specially used for sampling liquid, and the slicing knife cannot only cut open a weed heap or the soil and find the pollution source which is buried underground, but also cut a cable of an adversary or other similar objects when implementing a reconnaissance task in wartime. The multi-functional combined paw has the advantages of zero casualties and diversification of the implemented tasks, and can greatly improve the nuclear and chemical pollution accident handling capacity of the nuclear and chemical reconnaissance robot.
Title: System and methods for processing microarrays
Publication number: US 2010248981 (A1)
Publication date: 30 September 2010
Applicant(s): Affymetrix Inc. (USA)
Abstract: A device, method and system for ensuring proper orientation and installation of trays for processing biological sensors in an automated and flexible system are provided. The system comprises an instrument handling robot that transfers a plurality of arrays mounted on pegs on a strip to liquid reaction stations. In particular, the method comprises a first orientation marking on a tray and a second orientation marking on a deck, indicating the proper station in which the tray is placed for a specific process.