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Mice and Lab Animal Cages

Mouse Lab Animal Cages

Perotech presents our lab animal cages designed and built in North America. We represent Alternative Design & Animal Care Systems and ParkBIO who have joined up to provide the most comprehensive array of mice cages, rodent environments and lab animal housing. If you don’t see it here on these pages, no problem, with extensive stainless steel and polypropylene shops they’ll make it!

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Mouse Racks and Cages

Opimice rack by Animal Care Systems
Fully Loaded C7760 Rack

OPTIONS:

  • Auto Water Valves, Avidity, Lane, SE
  • Mounted or Quick Release

Optimice® System

The Optimice® IVC rack system features an exceptionally small footprint and the highest density housing, the highest in the industry. Animals are fully protected in our cages, and odors and allergens are contained.

Our unique carousel design is based on our patented direct exhaust ventilation technology, free from motors, noise, and vibration. This original technology creates a low-stress, non-variable environment, ideal for housing and breeding laboratory mice and delicate strains.

Optimice® mouse IVC cages are easy to change, clean and maintain. They have internal, external water bottles, water bag and auto-water options. The Blockparty option allows up to 10 Optimice cages to connect to each other by use of horizontal connecting tubes which allow mice and other small rodents to compartmentalize their space for routine behaviors by increasing cage area up to tenfold. A variety of accessories are available to accommodate various experiments and increase animal welfare.

This unique mouse rack is trusted by scientists, veterinarians, managers, and technicians worldwide for its proven ability to optimize research while protecting caretakers and providing an ideal microenvironment for the mice.

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Standard OptiMice cage set up
Basic Optimice Cage Set-up C79100 M/P/S

Options available to suit and enhance your research:

+  Cage mounted auto water valves
+  Flap grommet for rack mounted valves
+  Cage link to adjacent cages
+  Colours: STD Polysulfone or tinted RED
+  External water bottle
+  Cage divider kit

+  Water bag holders
+  Top with additional filter
+  Top with feed port
+ Wire bar cage top
+  Larger Feeder with scruffing grid
+  Optimice J-Feeder
+  Flip Up Cage Card Holder
+  Stainless Steel cage card holder
+  Enrichment castle

Why choose Optimice?

Optimice System’s unique motor-free carousel design provides the highest and most ergonomic cage density.

Our microenvironments are free of noise, vibration, and ultrasound. Our patented airflow system directs and filters room air through the cages and racks directly into the building’s HVAC exhaust system. This system creates a calm, laminar airflow that provides an environment ideal for housing, experiments, and breeding.

Our pie-shaped cage has been enhancing rodent life since 1997. Results obtained from Animal Care Systems cages are reliable, advantageous, and trouble-free.

Only cage we know of where filtered room air gently enters the front of the cage and exits the rear; taking with it allergens, odours and excess vapor. A dryer cage is a happy cage. Since the rack is hooked up to the room exhaust the cages are kept at a negative pressure to the technician occupants. There is no need for motorized, electrical or electronic devices close to your lab animals.

Ergo Mice Rack

Ergomice® Mice Cage System

Animal Care Systems Ergomice provides a compact and ergonomic IVC rack system with all the features and benefits of our Optimice IVC system. Ergomice is a lightweight, lower-cost alternative to the Optimice IVC rack, and is available in 50-, 70- or 80-cage capacities.

The Ergomice IVC rack system is based on our patented direct exhaust ventilation technology, free from motors, noise, and vibration. This original technology creates a low-stress, non-variable environment, ideal for housing and breeding research mice and delicate strains.

Animals are fully protected in our cages, and odors and allergens are contained. This most unique mouse rack is trusted by scientists, veterinarians, managers, and technicians worldwide for its proven ability to optimize research while protecting caretakers and providing an ideal microenvironment for the mice.

SMART System

Thermal Comfort With Superior Home Cage Advantage

The SMART System is an IVC rack system that offers 10 heated mouse cage stations with heated comfort under a portion of the cage floor.

The mice thermoneutral zone is between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius; however typical housing rooms are kept between 21 and 26 °C. Cold-stressed mice in any rodent cage develop dramatic changes in physiology, behavior, and immune function and skew experimental results. Robust mice cope by using nesting material, but many mice benefit from having thermal support. Utilize secondary technology using USB ports with each unit.

The SMART System IVC rack system is based on our patented direct exhaust ventilation technology, free from motors, noise, and vibration. This original technology creates a low-stress, non-variable environment, ideal for housing and breeding research mice and delicate strains.

Animals are fully protected in our cages, and odors and allergens are contained.

This most unique mouse rack is trusted by scientists, veterinarians, managers, and technicians worldwide for its proven ability to optimize research while protecting caretakers and providing an ideal microenvironment for the mice.

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The Optimice and MACS Rotary IVC rack systems have been providing reliable trusted microenvironments for mice for over twenty years. The Optimice technology is based on the Animal Care Systems patented direct exhaust ventilation technology, free from motors, noise, and vibration. This original technology creates a low-stress, non-variable environment, ideal for housing and breeding research mice and delicate strains. Our carousel design features an exceptionally small footprint and ultra-high rodent cage density, the highest in the industry.

The MACS Rotary IVC by Alternative Design is the laboratory animal research industry’s first rotary IVC that uses standard size cages! 

The MACS Rotary holds up to 120 standard sized Ultra-Air mouse cages. With a 58 inch turning diameter, this unit fits into tight spaces within animal rooms, increasing cages per square feet. The rotary unit holds 3 vertical cage stacks per side with auto watering options available. Available in your choice of 3 cage stack heights – 10, 9 or 8 high. Mice are fully protected in both styles of IVC racks, with allergens contained. This uniquely designed mouse rack are trusted by scientists, veterinarians, managers, and technicians worldwide for their proven ability to optimize research while protecting caretakers and providing an ideal micro-environment for the mice.

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MACS Ultra-Air Rotary Ventilated Mice Cage System

The Modular Animal Caging System (M.A.C.S.) ventilated caging system for rodents adapts to your animal room needs.

With MACS, you can: Increase Cage Density, Create Space, Improve Workflow

The MACS frame holds the vertical cage stacks in place and also the air handling units. There are several framework styles that can be used on this system including the rotary, wall mount and mobile, both single-sided and double-sided. The frame is made from 1″ square stainless steel tubing. Each frame holds the main supply and exhaust plenums. Mobile frames have four autoclavable casters, two with locking brakes.

Change from a mouse IVC rack to a rat, large mouse or hamster IVC system without buying all new equipment! Another advantage of MACS is that it can change as your rodent research needs change. If you demand changes from mice to rats, with the MACS modular IVC you can quickly and easily change from mice to rats without having to purchase all new equipment. Several of the MACS frames have the ability to hold mice, rats or large mice cage stacks. You can intermix stacks on the same frame.

The laboratory animal research industry’s first rotary IVC that uses standard size cages! The MACS Rotary holds up to 120 standard sized Ultra-Air mouse cages. With a 58 inch turning diameter, this unit fits into tight spaces within animal rooms, increasing cages per square feet. This rotary unit holds 3 vertical cage stacks per side with auto watering options available. Available in your choice of 3 cage stack heights – 10, 9 or 8 high.

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520 MACS Cage by Alternative design

Each top has two spring loaded flap doors. This vent top is specifically made for the Modular Animal Caging System (M.A.C.S.)  Manufacturing & Supply. Large filter area with easy to replace Reemay filter. Comes with one sheet of filter paper.

Ultra-Air 520 Plastic Mice Cage (RC520-UD)

The Ultra-Air cage is the latest addition to the Alternative Design Manufacturing & Supply line of IVC mouse cages. Designed especially for the industry-leading Modular Animal Caging System (MACS®), this new caging line meets world guidelines for mouse space and density. This cage includes a patented concave/convex seal design to prevent leaks. The Ultra-Air mouse cage was designed so that air delivery is above the animal level for low velocity at animal level. 

Features include:

  • Made from Polysulfone
  • Autoclavable
  • Patented concave/convex seal design to prevent leaks
  • Air delivery above animal level for low velocity at animal level to minimize the impact on your animals
  • Square bottle guard prevents trapped feet
  • Customizable with standard filter vent top or optional solid film top
  • Large filter area with easy to replace Reemay® filter
  • Easy to seal vent top cage latch
  • Hands-free locking to MACS® cage stacks
  • Dimensions –  7.50″ W x 15″ D x 5″ H, Packed 20/cs
Double sided Ultra Air by Alternative design

Features include:

  • Frame made from 304 stainless steel
  • Frame includes upper main supply and exhaust plenums
  • Plenums are made from 22 gauge stainless steel and are removable for cleaning
  • Frame sits on 4 rugged 5″ casters with zerks, 2 with brakes
  • Frames and the plenum are both autoclavable
  • One round tube handle on each end within frame for hand protection
  • Available in 3 cage stack heights – 10, 9 or 8 high

MACS Ultra-Air Single and Double Sided Mobile Frame Ventilated Mice Cage System

The Modular Animal Caging System (M.A.C.S.) ventilated caging system for rodents adapts to your animal room needs. With MACS, you can:

  • Increase Cage Density
  • Create Space
  • Improve Workflow

The MACS frame holds the vertical cage stacks in place and also the air handling units. There are several framework styles that can be used on this system including the rotary, wall mount and mobile, both single-sided and double-sided. The frame is made from 1″ square stainless steel tubing. Each frame holds the main supply and exhaust plenums. Mobile frames have four autoclavable casters, two with locking brakes.

Change from a mouse IVC rack to a rat, large mouse or hamster IVC system without buying all new equipment. Another advantage of MACS is that it can change as your rodent research needs change. If your demand changes from mice to rats, with the MACS modular IVC you can quickly and easily change from mice to rats without having to purchase all new equipment. Several of the MACS frames have the ability to hold mice, rats or large mice cage stacks. You can intermix stacks on the same frame.

The MACS Mobile Single Sided Frame holds between 56-80 Ultra-Air 502 or 520 cages. The MACS Mobile Double Sided Frame holds between 112-160 Ultra-Air 502 or 520 cages. . The frame includes upper main supply and exhaust plenums. The plenums are made from 22 gauge stainless steel and are removable for cleaning. This mobile frame sits on 4 rugged 5″ casters with zerks, 2 of which have brakes. One round tube handle on each end within frame for hand protection. The frames and the plenum are both autoclavable. Available in your choice of 3 cage stack heights – 10, 9 or 8 high. 

Halcyon Air Handler
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Halcyon Air Tower Air Delivery System

Halcyon Air is the new name in air handling systems. This ground breaking new product has been engineered and manufactured to meet global guidelines for maintaining a healthy rodent micro-environment within individually ventilated cages (IVC).

It includes supply & exhaust blowers in a single slim cabinet for a small footprint. Built on casters for easy maneuverability, it also features quick and easy access to pre-filters. It was designed to be energy efficient (using as little as 30W) with zero rack vibration to minimize the impact on the animals.

The Halcyon Air Tower has a capacity of up to 320 mouse cages while controlling air changes per hour based on the number of cages and cage type (Ultra-Air, Max 75, Dura Cage, Flex-Air, etc.). The summary screen displays the current cage pressure, air flow, cage type and filter capacity readings of both supply & exhaust. Navigate to the options menu to change airflow or cage style, check your filter status or battery backup settings or additional options.

The Halcyon Air Tower is on the cutting edge of technology with a LED touch-screen display and the Safe Guard wireless remote monitoring system, including text (SMS) notifications sent directly to your mobile device. A web-based application (no download required) allows you to monitor the status of your tower from anywhere using your Internet connected device (desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.).

The Halcyon Air Tower was engineered with an eye on the future needs of your facility. Simple firmware updates (via USB) will allow for upgrades and new development such as wireless control of multiple towers from the Safe Guard Wireless Monitoring System.

Choose which of three Halcyon Air Tower models best meets the needs of your facility – Standard, Enhanced (with distress alert) or Premium (with distress alert and battery back-up).

  • Balanced airflow
  • Serviceable plug and play electronics
  • LED touch screen display
  • Screen saver settings with custom dimming
  • Mouse cage capacity of 320 cages (at lower air changes per hour)
  • New fan technology
  • Noise level below 46db
  • Local on screen error code diagnostics
  • Filter loading indicators
  • Integral molded-in pen holder
  • Connects to building exhaust
  • Display air changes per hour (ACH)
  • Supplies 30-80 air changes per hour selectable by cage type used
  • Both positive isolation or negative containment operation
  • Displays temperature and humidity readings of supply and exhaust
  • Historic performance data collection on internal memory and external USB drive – chartable reporting data
  • Energy efficient as it uses as little as 30 watts of energy consumption
  • Easy access to pre-filters
  • Connect to wired building maintenance systems including remote alarm systems
  • Rack Accessory Kit (hoses) to connect the Halcyon Air Tower air delivery system to ventilated caging systems.

MACS Dual Fan Supply & Exhaust Air Handling Unit

Dual Fan Supply for MACS by Alternative Design

This dual fan top mounted supply & exhaust air handling unit draws supply air from the room and is HEPA filtered before entering the rodent cages. HEPA filtered exhaust from the rack and individual cages is then returned to the room. This air handling unit supplies HEPA filtered air for up to 160 mouse cages or 60 rat cages. It can also be vented towards room exhaust port. Can be mounted on top of a rack or fastened to a wall.

Features include:

  • Versatile top-mounted air handling unit that works with all frames and cages on the Modular Animal Caging System (M.A.C.S.)
  • Provides greatest control & balance between the supply & exhaust fans to maintain desired positive or negative mode and consistent air changes per hour (ACH) to cages
  • No need to re-balance HVAC system if you remove a rack from service
  • Exhaust fan automatically shuts off if the supply fan fails so the rack will not go to negative pressure
  • Easy touch screen programming to change air changes per hour (ACH) and from positive to negative pressure
  • Easy access to both pre-filters and HEPA filters
  • Visual and audible alarms if insufficient airflow is detected
  • Plug-in port for remote monitoring capability
  • On/Off switch with a removable power cord socket
  • Air handling unit and HEPA filters are not autoclavable

Thermal Neutral Zone Technology "SOLACE-ZONE" to alleviate "Cold Stress"

Solace-Zone Heated Mobile rack by Alternate Design
Solace Zone LOGO by Alternative Design

Now you can create a thermal neutral zone within the ventilated cages with Solace Zone! This technology is available from Alternative Design Manufacturing & Supply designed for use with the M.A.C.S.® ventilated caging system.

This new technology has been engineered to regulate the body temperature of your rodent research models, helping to alleviate cold stress and improve your research results.

This ground-breaking new technology is first available as a heated IVC P.I. unit.

Superior Design
  • Provides heated and HEPA filtered ventilated air
  • Unit holds up to 32 Gentle-Air style cages with 16 cages per side
  • Designed to function either as permanent or temporary housing depending on your needs
  • Durable construction from high quality 304 stainless steel
  • Removable top shelf doubles as a work surface
  • Mobile unit has 5” casters, 2 with brakes
Air Handling Unit (AHU)
  • Control the temperature within each cage through the air handling unit
  • Air handling unit can be set to 45, 60 or 80 air changes per hour (AC/H) to each cage
  • Two on-board battery backup settings – transport mode and emergency mode with up to 24 hours of battery life

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