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SHOCKABLE RUNNING WHEEL FOR RAT - DROP PAN H10-37R-DP-09W)
SHOCKABLE RUNNING WHEEL FOR RAT - DROP PAN H10-37R-DP-09W)
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The running wheel features a shockable gird floor, a revolution sensing circuit to count turns, and a drag brake on the axle to allow for control of the force necessary to turn the wheel.  The brake is controllable for "on" or "off" by a spare stimulus output of the Habitest Linc.

Revolution counting is accomplished by a magnetic reed switch reporting to a standard response switch input of the Habitest Linc.

The printed circuit board wheel carries the shock stimulus from commutators near the hub to the grid bars around the circumference of the wheel. The girds are the same as all of the rat shock floors in the system.

When the brake control input is operated, the force necessary to run the wheel is increased from approximately 7 grams to approximately 30 grams (at 30 RPM) at the circumference of the wheel.  This force is not an absolute brake to stop the wheel, but represents an effective resistance (in the range of substantial activity) that increases the effort required to turn the wheel.  The resistive (drag) breaking force is generated by feedback from the magnetic interaction of the motor windings of the motor when it is turning.  Resistance is proportional to speed, reaching about 30 grams at 30 RPM.  

The running wheel may be joined to any runway or the H10-37R-LD Coupler (with or without door).  Access to the wheel may be controlled by using a guillotine door at either end of any runway.  The coupler with he lockable door may also control access. If you use either of the couplers, you can connect a rat test cage directly to the wheel and the two will fit in an isolation cubicle.
RUNNING WHEEL FOR CLOCKLAB
RUNNING WHEEL FOR CLOCKLAB
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This is the same as the H10-38R with an added connection for direct input to the ACT-553 7-Channel Breakout Box used in the ClockLab system for Circadian Biology Research.  Provides the capability of running operant behavior protocols while simultaneously studying the circadian rhythms of the subjects.
CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL
CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL
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The H10-38R-CMT is a shockable running wheel that can mount directly to the Rat Test Cage.  This design allows behavioral and activity or exercise experiments to be conducted in the same testing environment without sacrificing living space like running wheels that are mounted inside the cage.  The entrance to the wheel (7.3 diameter) will accommodate tethered subjects.  An optional Manual Guillotine Door is available to restrict access to and from the running wheel.



Unlike running wheels that mount on an angle to fit inside a cage, this running wheel is free turning without any addition force required to run in the wheel.  However, a motor is connected to the hub of the running wheel that serves both as the drive axle to the running wheel and a break so that an adjustable friction can be applied, changing the amount of energy that must be exerted to run in the wheel for applications where additional force is required..  



Two quick connect tabs are accessible on the rear of the running wheel for providing shock capabilities.  Shock can be provided by any of the H13-XX series shockers along with the appropriate shock cable.



A reed switch is used to provide a switch output that can be taken into the Habitest system for monitoring revolutions.  An additional switch input can be added for easy integration into the ACTIMETRICS Clocklab system for running circadian biology experiments separately or in conjunction with other behavioral experiments.



A second version of this running wheel is available with an opening that will allow the runway to be inserted into the Rat Test Cage or any Rat Hub.
CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL MODIFIED FOR USE WITH CLOCKLAB
CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL MODIFIED FOR USE WITH CLOCKLAB
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This is the same as the H10-38R-CMT with an added connection for direct input to the ACT-553 7-Channel Breakout Box used in the ClockLab system for Circadian Biology Research.  Provides the capability of running operant behavior protocols while simultaneously studying the circadian rhythms of the subjects.
MANUAL DOOR FOR CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL
MANUAL DOOR FOR CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL
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A guillotine door for controlling entry access to rat runways, rat  hubs, rat cages, etc., It is operated manually.  This is used in conjunction with the Guillotine Door Lifter (H10-37-GDL) for automated guillotine doors.
NEST-RETREAT BOX - RAT
NEST-RETREAT BOX - RAT
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The Nest-Retreat Box is constructed on a module panel and mounts in the cage bay tracks like any stimulus or response module.  It is fabricated with a 4-unit high module panel.  The closed box is a five-inch cube.  It may be mounted in any hub (square, hexagon, octagon, or dodecagon) or in either the rat shuttle cage or modular test cage.  Owing to its size, it cannot be mounted with most other modules in the adjacent bays in either the rat shuttle cage or the modular test cage,  because, unlike the hubs, the bays in these cages are in a single plane.

A composite floor stands one half inch off of the bottom and rests on an adjustable force switch.  The switch may be adjusted to ignore the weight of nest material, pups, etc., and report the presence of an animal.

The back wall / floor assembly is removable simply by opening two catches for access to the animal, cleaning, tending, and monitoring of pups, or replacement of nest material.