Shimadzu has filed a patent for an analysis work support device that aids in executing protocols for sample disposal and measurement. The device includes a storage unit for storing protocols and information on sample positions, a display unit, and input reception units for protocol selection and display item selection. The device aims to improve efficiency and accuracy in analysis work. GlobalData’s report on Shimadzu gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A device for supporting analysis work in sample disposal and measurement

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Shimadzu Corp

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230314456A1) describes an analysis work support device designed to assist with the execution of protocols for disposing of samples in an analysis device. The device includes several key components to facilitate this process.

Firstly, the device features a storage unit where multiple protocols and corresponding information on the position of the sample disposing portion and the sample are stored. This allows users to access and select the appropriate protocol for their analysis work.

The device also includes a display unit and a protocol selection input reception unit. Users can input their protocol selection through this unit, and the device will retrieve the relevant information on the position of the sample disposing portion and the corresponding sample from the storage unit. This information is then displayed on the display unit.

To enhance usability, the device incorporates a display item selection unit. Users can choose to display either the information on the position of the sample disposing portion, the information on the sample, or both. The display switching unit then switches the display on the display unit accordingly based on the user's selection.

Additionally, the patent describes a specific feature related to the arrangement of sample disposing portions. If the sample disposing portions are arranged in a lattice pattern, the device treats all the sample disposing portions in a predetermined direction as used when any one of them is used. This allows the device to distinguish between used and unused sample disposing portions, making it easier for users to track their progress.

Furthermore, the device can display the information on the sample to be disposed with a sample disposing portion positioned at a predetermined corner portion among unused sample disposing portions as a base point. This further aids users in identifying the correct sample disposing portion.

The patent also mentions that the device can identify and display the sample disposing portions based on the type of sample to be disposed. This feature ensures that users can easily differentiate between different types of samples.

Lastly, the patent includes a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium that stores an analysis work support program. This program enables a computer with a storage unit and a display unit to operate as the analysis work support device described above.

Overall, this patent presents an analysis work support device that streamlines the execution of protocols for disposing of samples in an analysis device. Its various components and features aim to enhance efficiency and accuracy in the analysis process.

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