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Title: Hand held sample tube manipulator, system and method

Abstract

A manipulator apparatus, system and method for measuring analytes present in sample tubes. The manipulator apparatus includes a housing having a central bore with an inlet end and outlet end; a plunger mechanism with at least a portion thereof slideably disposed for reciprocal movement within the central bore, the plunger mechanism having a tubular gas channel with an inlet end and an outlet end, the gas channel inlet end disposed in the same direction as said inlet end of the central bore, wherein the inlet end of said plunger mechanism is adapted for movement so as to expel a sample tube inserted in the bore at the outlet end of the housing, the inlet end of the plunger mechanism is adapted for connection to gas supply; a first seal is disposed in the housing for sealing between the central bore and the plunger mechanism; a second seal is disposed at the outlet end of the housing for sealing between the central bore and a sample tube; a holder mounted on the housing for holding the sample tube; and a biasing mechanism for returning the plunger mechanism to a starting position.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Liberty Township, OH
  2. late of Columbus, OH
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
873543
Patent Number(s):
6186012
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH) PNNL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
hand; held; sample; tube; manipulator; method; apparatus; measuring; analytes; tubes; housing; central; bore; inlet; outlet; plunger; mechanism; portion; slideably; disposed; reciprocal; movement; tubular; gas; channel; direction; adapted; expel; inserted; connection; supply; seal; sealing; holder; mounted; holding; biasing; returning; starting; position; gas supply; central bore; hand held; sample tube; starting position; sample tubes; manipulator apparatus; gas channel; holder mounted; /73/

Citation Formats

Kenny, Donald V, Smith, Deborah L, and Severance, Richard A. Hand held sample tube manipulator, system and method. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
Kenny, Donald V, Smith, Deborah L, & Severance, Richard A. Hand held sample tube manipulator, system and method. United States.
Kenny, Donald V, Smith, Deborah L, and Severance, Richard A. Mon . "Hand held sample tube manipulator, system and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/873543.
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author = {Kenny, Donald V and Smith, Deborah L and Severance, Richard A},
abstractNote = {A manipulator apparatus, system and method for measuring analytes present in sample tubes. The manipulator apparatus includes a housing having a central bore with an inlet end and outlet end; a plunger mechanism with at least a portion thereof slideably disposed for reciprocal movement within the central bore, the plunger mechanism having a tubular gas channel with an inlet end and an outlet end, the gas channel inlet end disposed in the same direction as said inlet end of the central bore, wherein the inlet end of said plunger mechanism is adapted for movement so as to expel a sample tube inserted in the bore at the outlet end of the housing, the inlet end of the plunger mechanism is adapted for connection to gas supply; a first seal is disposed in the housing for sealing between the central bore and the plunger mechanism; a second seal is disposed at the outlet end of the housing for sealing between the central bore and a sample tube; a holder mounted on the housing for holding the sample tube; and a biasing mechanism for returning the plunger mechanism to a starting position.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2001},
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