Database-Driven Scheduling and Control System and Its Use in a Functional Genomics Laboratory
This technology describes a relational database-driven task engine to control a robotics workstation used in a functional genomics laboratory. The system consists of: 1) a relational database used for recording and executing protocols, 2) a graphic user interface (GUI) for entering tasks into the database using drag-and-drop programming, 3) a set of optional task processors that each use simple rules to determine which task should be executed next, and 4) a series of �sentries� that monitor the database and execute tasks on specific pieces of equipment. A task is a command that directs a motion or series of motions on any one of a number of pieces of robotic equipment. SQL queries determine which tasks are available to be run at any given time.
With the appropriate sentries, the database engine could be used in any wide range of job scheduling and control applications. These include any form of factory management, shipping and receiving, project management and personal �ToDo� list management. A generic sentry which handles the database contacts provides a template for the development of other sentry code specific to other applications.
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