Patent Number: 6,308,660

Title: Bio-containment animal cage system

Abstract: The present invention comprises an animal caging system including a self-sealing animal cage removably connected to an air supply and an exhaust. The self-sealing animal cage is supported by a rack. The self-sealing animal cage is sealed by an air inlet connection and an air outlet connection to the air supply and the exhaust connection. After the cages are removed from the air supply and the exhaust, the air inlet connection and the exhaust connection seals the cage to prevent air from entering or exiting the cage. Accordingly, the animal caging system provides isolation of the self-sealing animal cage and provides containment of airborne pathogens within the caging system. A bio-sensing cage is used in the animal cage system to measure pressure of animal cage connected to the air supply and exhaust which contains an animal. The measurement of pressure in the bio-sensing cage is used by a controller to maintain pressure in the cages independently of environment and cage conditions. The measurement of pressure in the bio-sensing cage can be displayed. An alarm can be activated in the measured pressure in the cage is outside a predetermined tolerance for the cage.

Inventors: Coiro, Sr.; Michael A. (Jacobstown, NJ), Herdt; Frank J. (Bordentown, NJ), Bilecki; Brian M. (Trenton, NJ)

Assignee: Allentown Caging Equipment Co., Inc.

International Classification: A01K 1/03 (20060101); A01K 1/02 (20060101); A01K 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018