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Title: Microscope collision protection apparatus

Abstract

A microscope collision protection apparatus for a remote control microscope which protects the optical and associated components from damage in the event of an uncontrolled collision with a specimen, regardless of the specimen size or shape. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes a counterbalanced slide for mounting the microscope's optical components. This slide replaces the rigid mounts on conventional upright microscopes with a precision ball bearing slide. As the specimen contacts an optical component, the contacting force will move the slide and the optical components mounted thereon. This movement will protect the optical and associated components from damage as the movement causes a limit switch to be actuated, thereby stopping all motors responsible for the collision.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Pocatello, ID
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
OSTI Identifier:
874079
Patent Number(s):
6307672
Application Number:
08/775,684
Assignee:
The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A61 - MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE A61B - DIAGNOSIS
G - PHYSICS G02 - OPTICS G02B - OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
microscope; collision; protection; apparatus; remote; control; protects; optical; associated; components; damage; event; uncontrolled; specimen; regardless; size; shape; embodiment; counterbalanced; slide; mounting; microscopes; replaces; rigid; mounts; conventional; upright; precision; ball; bearing; contacts; component; contacting; force; move; mounted; movement; protect; causes; limit; switch; actuated; stopping; motors; responsible; remote control; /359/

Citation Formats

DeNure, Charles R. Microscope collision protection apparatus. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
DeNure, Charles R. Microscope collision protection apparatus. United States.
DeNure, Charles R. Tue . "Microscope collision protection apparatus". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/874079.
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title = {Microscope collision protection apparatus},
author = {DeNure, Charles R},
abstractNote = {A microscope collision protection apparatus for a remote control microscope which protects the optical and associated components from damage in the event of an uncontrolled collision with a specimen, regardless of the specimen size or shape. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes a counterbalanced slide for mounting the microscope's optical components. This slide replaces the rigid mounts on conventional upright microscopes with a precision ball bearing slide. As the specimen contacts an optical component, the contacting force will move the slide and the optical components mounted thereon. This movement will protect the optical and associated components from damage as the movement causes a limit switch to be actuated, thereby stopping all motors responsible for the collision.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2001},
month = {10}
}

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