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Movable Laboratory Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000210927D
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 731K

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Abstract

The present invention relates to an arrangement to move relatively heavy laboratory table devices. According to the present invention, the table device comprises primary means supporting the device in a steady position and secondary means moving and supporting the device in a movement position. The primary means, e.g. feet, support and carry the device in a steady position and hold it in place during normal use of the device. The secondary means are activated when it is desirable to move the device and make it possible to access the space underneath the table device. The secondary means comprises an eccentric disk, which can be rotated so that it either raises or lowers the table device. The present invention provides a solution which enables an easy way to move heavy table devices, such as, but not limited to, scales, spectrophotometers, particle sizing instruments, homogenizers, fermenters, chromatography systems, etc.

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Movable laboratory device

Technical field

5 The present invention relates to an arrangement to move relatively heavy laboratory table devices.

Detailed description

10 In laboratories, there is a need to be able to clean around and underneath relatively heavy laboratory table devices, also when the equipment is performing a desired process. A need occurs for example in case of spillage, but also when regular cleaning is needed. Usually heavy table devices are provided with two or more handles, placed for example on the sides of the devices. The device can be then moved by lifting the device manually. However, the

15 devices are often heavy and they are hard to move. Also, the placement of the handles makes it often hard to move the devices. It would be desirable to provide means that would make it easier to move the devices so that it would be easy to access the area under the devices. It would be desirable to provide means which is ergonomic when cleaning actions are taken in the area of the table device.
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The object above is achieved by the present invention. The present invention provides a solution which enables an easy way to move heavy table devices, such as, but not limited to, scales, spectrophotometers, particle sizing instruments, homogenizers, fermenters, chromatography systems, etc. According to the present invention, the table device comprises

25 primary means supporting the device in a steady position and secondary means moving and supporting the device in a movement position.

    The primary means, e.g. feet, support and carry the device in a steady position and hold it in place during normal use of the device.
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The secondary means are activated when it is desirable to move the device and make it possible to access the space underneath the table device. The secondary means comprises an eccentric disk, which can be rotated so that it either raises or lowers the table device. The table device preferably comprises more than two such eccentric disks. The disks may be


35 coupled to a common rotating shaft or they may be coupled to a rotating shaft respectively.

In a preferable embodiment, the device comprises four eccentric disks coupled to each corner of the device. Preferably, two disks are connected to a common shaft, whereby the


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means comprises two rotating shafts, and each of the shafts is coupled to two disks. Preferably, the disks may be locked to their desired lowered and/or raised position.

The secondary means further comprises means for moving the device. According to a first


5 solution, two or more ball rollers are placed under the laboratory table device. In an inactivated position, the device stands on feet and/or eccentric disks locked in a raised position such that the ball rollers do not come into contact with the table. When the de...