Pipette tip packaging system

  • US 5,324,482 A
  • Filed: 08/27/1992
  • Issued: 06/28/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/27/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A pipette tip packaging and dispensing system, comprising:

  • a pipette holder tray having a base wall, side walls and a top wall, the top wall having a number of pipette tip openings for receiving a set of pipette tips in an upright orientation ready for dispensing to a pipette device;

    a plurality of pipette tip holder cards, each holder card having an outer periphery and pipette tip openings positioned to match the position of at least some of the openings in the holder tray and holding a set of pipette tips in an upright orientation, each tip extending partway through a respective opening, the holder cards being stacked vertically with the pipette tips in each card nested into the open upper ends of the pipette tips in the next lowermost card in the stack; and

    a transfer member for transferring an uppermost card in the stack to the pipette holder tray so that the pipette tips in the card extend into the matching openings in the holder tray and the card rests on the upper wall of the tray, the transfer member having a latching mechanism for releasably securing the transfer member to a holder card as the card is transferred from the stack to a holder tray, a lower surface with a plurality of bosses projecting from said lower surface at positions matching those of the openings in the holder card, each boss being of predetermined dimensions for fitting into the open upper end of a pipette tip, and comprising means for engaging in the open upper end of a respective aligned pipette tip held in the card to hold the pipette tip upright as the card is lowered into the holder tray.

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