The Digitally Ventilated Cage Rack (DVC) is an innovative system designed for the housing and management of laboratory animals, typically rodents such as mice and rats, in research settings. Unlike traditional cage racks, the DVC incorporates advanced digital technology to provide precise control over environmental conditions within the cages.
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The tuning set consists of an easily removable box with a mini-PC and 3 readers under the worktable with an integrated KeyPad and a toolbar clamped between the side walls of a laminar flow station to hold monitor, animal reader and camera. Using TalkIts, little dots with an integrated RFID, which are temporarily attached to the cage bottom, the cages can be automatically detected on the work board without having to use scanners. Likewise, the problem of autoclaving RFIDs no longer arises. This setup has a great influence on hygiene safety and ease of operation by the users. The instant update of the cage cards on the CageTalkers gives users additional security and control.
The only requirement for the cages to be automatically read on the work board of the changeover stations is to retrofit the changing station with a work board made of high-pressure laminates such as Trespa. We have already done this for Vivarium Consult's changing station and for service carts, which we us as open changing stations.