Tecan Group has been granted a patent for a mixing apparatus with a pivotable receptacle allowing holders for containers to be inserted. The drive unit features a shaft pivotable about a horizontal axis, enhancing mixing capabilities. The design includes a support element with a bearing unit for smooth rotation. GlobalData’s report on Tecan Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Tecan Group, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Tecan Group's grant share as of April 2024 was 54%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Mixing apparatus with pivotable receptacle for containers

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Tecan Group Ltd

A mixing apparatus (100) has been granted a patent, featuring a drive unit with a pivotable shaft connected to a pivotable receptacle designed to hold containers. The receptacle includes a base plate and retainers, allowing holders for containers to be inserted between them along the pivot axis. The apparatus also includes a support element with a cylindrical jacket surface congruent with the pivot axis, along with a bearing unit for rotation. A control unit enables adjustment of the pivoting angle, speed, and direction of the receptacle, offering flexibility in operation.

Furthermore, the mixing apparatus includes features such as receptacles for container holders, connectors connecting drive components, and fixation elements for retainers. The apparatus can be part of a mixing plant with additional components like a pipetting unit for fluid handling and a reading unit for container and holder markings. A method for operating the mixing apparatus involves inserting containers between the base plate and retainers and pivoting the receptacle using the drive unit. Additional steps include reading markings before insertion, removing or adding fluids using the pipetting unit, showcasing the versatility and functionality of the patented mixing apparatus and plant.

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