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BEDDING HANDLING VACUUM SYSTEM

Overview

Regular cage cleaning, sterilization, and animal bedding replacement is vital for animal welfare and contamination control in biomedical research facilities. Removal of soiled bedding and replacement with clean requires either manual or automated labor. Manual operation repeatedly exposes operators to dust and allergens. 

It also poses significant risk of clean bedding becoming cross contaminated by soiled bedding. Automated solutions for bedding handling can help increase operator safety, reduce the risk of cross contamination of clean bedding by soiled bedding, and cut laboratory overhead.

Automated bedding transportation solution

The Getinge bedding handling vacuum system is an automated bedding transportation solution that facilitates bedding handling for laboratory animal caging systems. The bedding handling vacuum system enhances safety while delivering reliability and efficiency across all steps of the bedding exchange process.

Clean bedding will never come into contact with soiled bedding

The complete bedding system consists of a soiled side set and a clean side set, each with a separate vacuum unit to guard against cross contamination during bedding changes. Clean bedding will never come into contact with soiled bedding as the clean and soiled sides of the systems work autonomously and independently.

Applications

Vivariums

The living and breeding areas you use for your animals must be controlled environments with safe, clean conditions that will protect both the animals and your staff. Getinge offers a total solution for automated cage and bedding handling in vivariums. 

Technical data

Soiled Side

Dump stations

Designed with a standard suction lance or optional metering auger screw or mill to manage a mix of soiled bedding types. The dump stationgradually introduces soiled bedding into the transportation line to maintaina consistent material flow and avoid clogs.

Waste separation

Soiled bedding is separated in the separator and discharged from the vacuum line through an airlock. Soiled bedding is then transferred to a waste container that can vary from a single waste bin arrangement to larger containers filled by compactor or by use of the waste disposal container as the separator (negative pressure dumpster).

Dust collector and vacuum unit

Vacuum units create the airflow used for transportation of bedding on both the soiled and clean sides of the system. Dust created during operation is separated into a dust collector and collected in an integral bin.

Clean side

Bedding loading and storage

Loading of bedding into system can be performed in a variety of ways depending on the methods of delivery to the facility. A bulk bag loading station is recommended when bedding is supplied in bulk bags. If bedding is supplied in regular sized bags (35 l, 1,25 cu.ft) a loading funnel is typically used. A bag is placed at the top grating of the funnel and then introduced in the system through a transportation pipe. If required, intermediate storage of bedding in a silo is possible. Bedding is then automatically transported from the silo to the bedding dispenser.

Bedding dispensing

The stand alone bedding dispenser is an integral part of the system which evenly delivers clean bedding into the cages using a system that is controlled by time. This allows the operator to use five preset volumes to fill cages dependent on the cage size. If the system uses an inline bedding dispenser a loading separtor can be used instead.

Dust collector and vacuum unit

Vacuum units create the airflow used for transportation of bedding on both the soiled and clean sides of the system. Dust created during operation is separated into a dust collector and collected in an integral bin.