Compact jam-resistant capillary dispenser for automation systems

Lauren Sjoboen, Deirdre Meldrum

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A compact capillary dispenser has been designed that reliably stores fragile glass capillaries in a known orientation and positively inserts one on demand into a robotic gripper head. A unique feature of the design keeps the capillaries from jamming. A successful prototype was built that stores 3800, 5 μL glass capillaries (55 mm length, 838 μm outside diameter) in an 8 cm cube, excluding the space required for two small pneumatic cylinders. The fundamental design of this dispenser can be scaled to dispense virtually any size round cylindrical objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-17
Number of pages3
JournalLaboratory Robotics and Automation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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