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Method and apparatus for printing onto cassettes or specimen slides for histological preparations

Imported: 25 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Apr '04

Uwe Kiene, Manfred Biehl, Andreas Laudat, Holger Metzner, Rolf Metzner, Roland Walter

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method and an apparatus for printing onto plastic cassettes for histological preparations and/or onto glass specimen slides for microscopic thin sections are described, in which a computing device (

1) is provided to control the printing device (

2), and the printing device (

2) comprises an inkjet printer for printing onto the cassettes and/or specimen slides. The ink is pre-dried by way of a hot-air drier (

3) and completely dried by way of a flash device (

4).

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be presented in an exemplary embodiment and explained in more detail with reference to the schematic drawings, in which

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a printing device of the present invention; and

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the printing device.

Claims

1. A method for printing onto plastic cassettes for histological preparations and/or for printing onto glass specimen slides for microscopic thin sections, in which the cassettes and/or specimen slides are conveyed to a printing device where a code is applied thereto, said method comprising the steps of:

2. The method as defined in claim 1, further comprising the step of:

3. The method as defined in claim 2, wherein said output device is a stacking device.

4. The method as defined in claim 1, further comprising the steps of:

5. The method as defined in claim 1, further comprising the step of using said computer to control a means for conveying said cassettes and/or specimen slides to said printing device to provide a continuous flow of cassettes and/or specimen slides through said printing device.

6. An apparatus for printing onto plastic cassettes for histological preparations and/or onto glass specimen slides for microscopic thin sections, said apparatus comprising:

7. The apparatus as defined in claim 6, further comprising a material delivery device for supplying cassettes of various dimensions and specimen slides of various dimensions to said printing device.

8. The apparatus as defined in claim 7, wherein said material delivery device includes a plurality of stack magazines into which said cassettes and/or specimen slides are grouped.

9. The apparatus as defined in claim 8, wherein said material delivery device includes a transport device connected to said computer for computer-controlled removal of cassettes and/or specimen slides from said stack magazines and for delivery of said removed cassettes and/or specimen slides to said printing device.

10. The apparatus as defined in claim 6, further comprising a removal device arranged after said flash device for depositing imprinted cassettes and/or imprinted specimen slides.

11. The apparatus as defined in claim 6, further comprising an input device connected to said computer for acquisition of specimen data.

12. The apparatus as defined in claim 11, wherein data for controlling said printing device are calculated by said computer based on said inputted specimen data.

13. The apparatus as defined in claim 6, wherein said cassettes and/or specimen slides can be manually delivered to said printing device.

14. An apparatus for printing onto plastic cassettes for histological preparations and/or onto glass specimen slides for microscopic thin sections, said apparatus comprising: