Shimadzu had 12 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Shimadzu Corp filed patents for an automatic dispensing device with a sample container holder and liquid dispensing mechanism, an automated analyzer with a conveyance device and retreat portion for sample containers, and an analysis system with a gripper arm and controller for detecting sample containers. 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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Shimadzu grant share with robotics as a theme is 33% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Automatic dispensing device (Patent ID: US20240085444A1)

The patent filed by Shimadzu Corp. describes an automatic dispensing device that includes a sample container holder with recesses for accommodating sample containers, each equipped with a biasing member to push the container upward. The device also features a liquid dispensing mechanism that discharges liquid by pressing the tip of the discharge pipe against the inner part of the sample container at a specific dispensing target position from above. The mechanism ensures precise and controlled dispensing of liquids into the sample containers.

Additionally, the patent includes claims detailing specific configurations and functionalities of the automatic dispensing device. These claims cover aspects such as the lowering of the discharge pipe before liquid discharge, the contact of the biasing member with the sample container from below, the use of sample containers with filters, the incorporation of a temperature controller in the sample container holder, and an alternative design involving a sample plate holder with biasing members for sample plates. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive and innovative automatic dispensing device that enhances accuracy and efficiency in liquid dispensing processes for various applications.

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