Solid waste removal

  • US 10,393,764 B2
  • Filed: 06/16/2016
  • Issued: 08/27/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/19/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for depositing solid waste into a waste bin in an automated analyzer, said method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a device comprising, from a proximate to a distal end, a slider, a parking position, and an opening, wherein the opening is proximal to the waste bin, and the slider is in communication with an extendable ramp and a motor, wherein said ramp is extendable over and into the waste bin and the ramp is at least partly made of a flexible material,placing a solid waste into the parking position,contacting the solid waste with the slider,pushing said solid waste towards the waste bin along the extendable ramp with said slider until said solid waste moves along the extendable ramp toward the waste bin,identifying a fill level of the waste bin by detecting a motor current of the motor, and(i) adjusting a force of the ramp, as needed, to a specified adjusted force to enable a continual movement of the solid waste along the extendable ramp into the waste bin;

    or(ii) aborting movement of the solid waste along the extendable ramp into the waste bin if the motor current is above the specified adjusted force.

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