Battery Of Cages Patents (Class 119/455)
  • Patent number: 10321665
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for controlling the environment of a broiler poultry structure interior utilizing a transpired solar collector and controllable vents, fans and sensors. In an embodiment, the incident angle of the transpired collector is adjusted to provide additional heat or shade as needed. In an embodiment of the system the Environmental Optimization System (“EOS”) provides a system for the intelligent control and monitoring the broiler poultry livestock structure environment through the utilization of a variety of environmental and livestock behavior sensors, apparatus for controlling the thermal collection and existing interior heating/air conditioning/ventilation (“HVAC”) systems, and Internet or cloud based intelligent control and monitoring capabilities of the system. In various embodiments central sensor data aggregation is utilized to provide improved optimization control for individual structures based on data from multiple structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AgriEOSIP LLC
    Inventor: John C. Wolf, II
  • Patent number: 10208974
    Abstract: According to various aspects and embodiments, a system and method for controlling temperature in a control zone within a building is provided. According to some embodiments, the method includes receiving measured wind condition data external to the building and measured tracer gas concentration data in the control zone for a sample time interval and calculating an air flow characteristic for the sample time interval based on the measured tracer gas concentration data. The method further includes using the air flow characteristic in a temperature control loop for the control zone. According to some embodiments, the air flow characteristic is an air change rate (ACR) that may be used in determining a preheat time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC BUILDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Winslow Merrill
  • Patent number: 9848586
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, an Environmental Optimization System (“EOS”) provides a system for the intelligent control and monitoring of a poultry or livestock house environment through the utilization of a solar thermal collection system, a variety of environmental and livestock behavior sensors, apparatus for controlling the thermal collection and existing interior heating/air conditioning/ventilation (“HVAC”) systems, and Internet or cloud based intelligent control and monitoring capabilities of the system. In various embodiments central sensor data aggregation is utilized to provide improved optimization control for individual structures based on data from multiple structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GeoSolarHeat
    Inventor: John C Wolf, II
  • Patent number: 9631827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cage changing cabin (1) for replacing cages in which laboratory animals are housed, of the type comprising a supporting surface (21) supported by a lower box-like portion (20) and surmounted by a plenum or upper box-like portion (30), said lower box-like portion (20) and said upper plenum (30) comprising means for forced air circulation in laminar flow substantially tangent to the periphery of said supporting surface (21), characterized in that said lower box-like portion (20) and said upper plenum (30) are made of plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Tecniplast S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Tartaglia, Andrea Mazzucchelli
  • Publication number: 20150122195
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide a method of building an aviary comprising a floor, a roof, a frame, an exterior wall, and a cage tower including a plurality of support members. The method includes disposing the cage tower on the floor. The method also includes attaching the frame to the plurality of support members. The method also includes attaching at least one of the exterior wall and the roof to the frame. The present embodiments also provide an aviary having a cage tower including a plurality of support members. The cage tower is disposed on a floor. A frame is attached to the plurality of support members. At least one of an exterior wall and a roof is attached to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Marcus D. Rust, Joseph M. Dart, David Hurd
  • Patent number: 8689739
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for displaying animals in temperature controlled enclosures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: United Pet Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley J. Owens, Chad W. Robbins, Joseph M. Flora, Douglas R. Carr, John Von Buelow
  • Patent number: 8662019
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for applying a chemical, such as an ammonia control chemical, in an animal house. The apparatus includes spreading apparatus adapted to be installed at an elevated position in the animal house and adapted for spreading the chemical onto the floor in the house. The apparatus also includes feeding apparatus adapted for feeding the chemical from a supply to the spreading apparatus. A method of controlling ammonia emissions from an animal agriculture operation includes applying an ammonia control chemical during both the early part and the late part of the grow out of the animals so that the chemical contacts ammonia from animal waste and reduces or prevents its emission into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Jones-Hamilton Co.
    Inventors: Eric P. Eutsler, Carl J. Knueven
  • Publication number: 20140026819
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure relate to reconfigurable cage bank systems for confining one of more animals. The reconfigurable cage bank systems can include an enclosure and one or more dividers disposed within an interior area defined by the enclosure. The dividers can selectively divide the interior area into one or more animal holding areas each of which can be configured to confine an animal. The dividers can be adjustably and/or removeably positioned within the interior area of the enclosure to reconfigure one or more of the animal holding areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: PET EDGE, INC.
    Inventors: Laryssa Chortyk White, Sandra Jauron Siclari, Lori Haraske
  • Patent number: 8544417
    Abstract: A pet crate broadly includes a crate housing. The crate housing includes first and second connector sections and a support wall extending between and interconnecting the sections. The connector sections and wall extend between opposite housing ends of the crate housing to cooperatively present an enclosed pet space. The crate housing presents a crate opening at a corresponding housing end. The crate opening permits pet ingress and egress relative to the enclosed pet space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Roto Mold L.L.C.
    Inventors: Douglas L Sangl, Lyle J Van Kalsbeek
  • Patent number: 8544416
    Abstract: A ventilated cage and rack system for assembly by a user using simple tools and a method for assembly is provided. A plurality of frames and vertical plenums can be connected to a base, and a retaining assembly can be used to connect a plurality of vertical beams and horizontal support beams. A plurality of canopies is preferably used to connect the plenums and the support beams to shroud cages beneath the canopies. The canopies preferably include removable side walls to adapt to the width of the cage being shrouded. A plenum clean out system preferably provides a relatively simple method of draining a cleaning fluid from a plenum by moving a lever between an open and closed position. A pressure based plenum system is also provided wherein a constant air pressure is maintained in the ventilated rack system and air is provided into a cage at a constant air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Dale Murray, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer, Edward K. Eldreth, Philip A. Lastowski, Curtis Miller
  • Publication number: 20130228135
    Abstract: The present invention is a pet habitat system that includes a base kennel body that extends upwards at a bottom portion and a top portion that extends downward at the top portion forming the base kennel body, a latched kennel gate that is positioned on the system between the bottom portion and the top portion and fixed kennel gates that are positioned on the remaining 3 sides of the system between the bottom portion and the top portion of the base kennel body. The system also includes a wall bracket that is fittingly disposed around a doggie door to removably attach the system to the doggie door, a plurality of locking pins to secure the bottom portion and the top portion of the base kennel body and locking sleeves that assist to removably secure or lock the system to the wall bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: MICHAEL DAVID PRESCOTT
  • Patent number: 8430062
    Abstract: Present invention disclosed and claimed an easy to assemble exercise and play tower for animals, where a plurality of support plates are place in between a top and bottom plate, set up by a 3-post structure; an outer shield will be used to wrap up the skeletal structure and zipped snug in place by a vertical zipper and a horizontal zipper on top. At least some portion of the outer shield contains mesh type structure, to provide good ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Xiamen Sunnypet Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kongzhi Lu
  • Publication number: 20130047930
    Abstract: A system for handling animals includes: a movable series of modules to contain the animals; a plurality of stations at a first location in a facility, at least one station to communicate with at least one module, whereby substances may be dispensed to a module from a station and/or materials may be collected from a module by a station; a first transporter for transporting the series in a first direction and to transport a module from a second location in the facility to a first position between the first and second locations; a second transporter for transporting the series in a second direction and to transport a module from the first position to a second position nearer the stations; a source of a first motive force to move modules on the first transporter; and a source of a second motive force to move modules to the second transporter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Philip E. Risser
  • Publication number: 20120318207
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Thomas M. Perazzo
  • Publication number: 20120153191
    Abstract: Vivarium (100) comprising a housing capable of providing a habitat for an animal wherein the housing comprises plastics material with anti-bacterial properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Meso Limited
    Inventors: Daniel James Greenhill Kane, Gregor John Aikman
  • Publication number: 20120085291
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for convenient management of animals within a rodent containment cage system that includes labeling components, receiving data, associating the data, reporting the data and/or associations and locating components within the cage system. The management of the system may be self-contained, networked through a controller, local server and/or main server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Cory Spivey, Michael A. Roes, Francesca McGuffie, Leroy Jenson
  • Publication number: 20120085293
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for displaying animals in temperature controlled enclosures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Stanley J. Owens, Chad W. Robbins, Joseph M. Flora, Douglas R. Carr, John Von Buelow
  • Publication number: 20110303158
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Thomas M. Perazzo, Matthew D. d'Artenay
  • Patent number: 8020517
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a poultry cage transportation assembly including: a plurality of improved poultry cages including: a floor panel; a wall frame connected to the floor panel with an tongue and groove fastener; a protrusion disposed on an edge portion of the wall frame; and a mechanical fastener operable for securing adjacent wall frames, wherein the floor panel, the wall frame, and the protrusions are constructed of unitary a durable polymer material; a light-weight trailer; and a binding system designed to secure the plurality of improved poultry cages to the light weight trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: William Jackson Seay
  • Publication number: 20110220033
    Abstract: A pet crate broadly includes a crate housing. The crate housing includes first and second connector sections and a support wall extending between and interconnecting the sections. The connector sections and wall extend between opposite housing ends of the crate housing to cooperatively present an enclosed pet space. The crate housing presents a crate opening at a corresponding housing end. The crate opening permits pet ingress and egress relative to the enclosed pet space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: ROTO MOLD, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Sangl, Lyle J. Van Kalsbeek
  • Publication number: 20110146583
    Abstract: A modular pet enclosure having interchangeable and configurable wall panels of varying size is provided. The tunnel connection panel can be placed in multiple different configurations and orientations. An open-ended tunnel that can be removably attached to the modular pet enclosure and a dwelling, including all known pet doors, is used for the pet to move between the dwelling and the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: ERIK N. LARSON, THOMAS L. NELSON, JAMES E. KOCHER, TAYLOR E. MATTHEWS
  • Patent number: 7958850
    Abstract: A cage is provided which is sanitary and efficient and can make hens who tend to gather at the four corners scatter. An oblong and rectangular cage having a floor formed to allow hens and cocks to move freely thereon. The cage includes an outer peripheral section substantially surrounding the entire floor and allowing air to freely pass through it. The cage also includes a plurality of intermediate partitions that are arranged transversally relative to the floor to divide the oblong space on the floor. The intermediate partitions have visually blockading surfaces in order to produce corners that are as relaxing to hens as the four corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Hytem Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Tsubai
  • Publication number: 20110041773
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a cage rack system for animals, particularly for laboratory animals. This system can accommodate or comprises a plurality of cages ventilated individually or in groups. At least the majority of the cages comprise at least one air-inlet and at least one air-outlet. The cages can be selected according to the race, size, the number and/or conditions of the animals. The invention further comprises an air guidance system for delivering air to the air-inlet and/or collecting air from the air-outlet with integral or separated conduits. Further, there is provided at least one sampling unit for collecting airborne particles from the air; the sampling unit being adapted to collect the airborne particles by a cyclonic flow path to cause a separation of the particles from the air. The sampling unit can have one or more components and can be arranged for analysing, evaluating, controlling and/or monitoring the incoming air and/or the outgoing air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Markus Brielmeier, Jörg Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100282179
    Abstract: A combination-type pet cage is constructed as follows. Two lateral panels are assembled to a base by inserting flanges and screw rod sections extended from lower ends of the lateral panels into corresponding slots and holes of the base. Then, a front panel and a rear panel are attached to the lateral panels by fitting receiving portions of the front and rear panels onto projections formed at front ends and rear ends of the lateral panels, so that flanges and screw rod sections extended from lower ends of the front and rear panels pass through corresponding slots and holes of the base. The lateral, front, and rear panels are secured in position to the base by wing nuts. Finally, a top panel is secured in position to upper ends of the lateral, front, and rear panels. Plural such pet cages are connectable and easily securable in position to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: YING-KUAN HO
  • Publication number: 20100242852
    Abstract: A rack system having shelves configured to support a plurality of disposable animal cages may include a modular configuration that is adapted to easily provide a desired rack size during manufacturing. A rack system may also include shelves which are configured to receive disposable cages and which have spring biased rails configured to receive edges of the disposable cages and provide a spring bias pushing apertures of a cage against nozzles of the shelf to provide a seal therebetween. A rack system may also include shelves which are configured to receive disposable cages and which have resilient flexible lids configured to deflect for releasable engagement into the rack assembly and establish a seal between the nozzle and receptacle for a controllable flow of air therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Francesca McGuffie, Leroy Jenson, Cory Spivey
  • Patent number: 7739984
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Thomas M. Perazzo, Matthew D. d'Artenay
  • Publication number: 20090272329
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Thomas M. Perazzo, Matthew D. d'Artenay, Asa Cannell
  • Patent number: 7389745
    Abstract: The cage comprises a metal support framework and plastic panels that define trays for containing live-poultry. Horizontal floor panels of the trays are domed and slitted to prevent pooling of water. Vertical fence panels are formed as open lattice boxes, combining good containment with good ventilation. Openable doors for the trays have a double-detent camming action, whereby the doors snap to open or snap to closed, whichever is closer. The cage is lifted on/off a truck with a fork lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Marilyn J. Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7363879
    Abstract: A ventilated animal habitat in the form of a frame having at least one shelf supporting an animal enclosure with a ventilation control region including an ambient air inlet and exhaust air outlet and a ducting system also supported by the frame with an exhaust air collection chamber having a mouth abutting the enclosure around the exhaust air outlet to capture exiting habitat air drawn under negative pressure by a remote vacuum source and direct the captured air through a carry way duct while fresh ambient air is introduced into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: North American Pet Products
    Inventors: Ronald K. Bonner, Eric R. Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20080087231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cage and rack system having a rack for housing cages in enclosed shelves, the system also including an air supply system for providing HEPA filtered air to the shelf, an airflow management system for controlling the direction of airflow within the shelf, and an exhaust system for removing air from within the shelf. The cages housed within the shelves can be connected to the exhaust system for creating a negative pressure within the cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Dale Murray, Rodney Gerringer, Edward K. Eldreth, Adam J. Cohen, Josh Tang, Robert C. Voigt
  • Patent number: 7320294
    Abstract: A ventilated cage and rack system. An embodiment of the invention may comprise a ventilated rack, the rack including at least one air exhaust plenum and at least one canopy disposed within the rack, the canopy being adapted to position a cage assembly below the canopy while maintaining a gap between the top of the cage assembly so as to permit air to be drawn into the air exhaust plenum from the interior of the cage assembly through the top of the cage assembly and to also permit ambient air to be drawn across the top of the cage assembly into the air exhaust plenum. The cage assembly comprises one of a first cage having a first width and a plurality of second cages having a second width, the second width being less than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynn Irwin, Chinsoo Park, Rodney Gerringer, Dale Murray, John Huss, Neil E. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20070227460
    Abstract: A stackable cage for use with birds and animals. The stackable cage includes a ventilated enclosure having a door. The enclosure includes a bottom and a top. Each of the bottom and top having corresponding structure that interlocks with the structure of stacked cages to securely maintain the stacked relationship of the cages. The bottom of the enclosure also includes a raised floor at least partially surrounded by a channel. Bird or animal droppings migrate toward the channel to reduce the mess associated with housing animals or birds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: John P. Lynch
  • Patent number: 7246572
    Abstract: A confinement and feeding stall for livestock such as horses, cows and the like with side frames spaced so that an animal can stand comfortably but not turn around and narrow enough to prevent other animals from crowding into an occupied stall. A gate is provided at one end of the side panels and a rear closure member may be provided at the other end. The side panels and gate prevent the animal from reaching over or around the side frames to disturb adjoining animals in adjacent stalls. The side frames are connected by elevated top members and flat bottom members to form individual stalls and stalls linked in side-by-side relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Bruce E. Wade
  • Patent number: 7237509
    Abstract: An animal habitat and display system provided in a frame supporting at least one drawer with first and second air filled environmental compartments separated by a common divider wall capable of conducting heat directly between the compartment environments with each environment having a corresponding selectively operable heat transfer element and temperature sensor that are in communication with an environmental control unit such that, upon receipt of temperature signals from the sensors, the control unit may transmit a command signal to one or both of the heat transfer elements to selectively regulate the temperatures within the compartment environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: North American Pet Products
    Inventors: Ronald K. Bonner, Eric R. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 7174851
    Abstract: An animal display and habitat assembly having a number of modular animal display units coupled together to enclose a common access area, each of the display units including an outwardly facing display frame with a viewing section between opposing upright members and laterally disposed transition members that include first sections coupled to the upright members and second sections projecting inwardly from their respective first sections to provide a pair of door jambs across which an access door may enclose a display compartment or may be opened into the common access area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: North America Pet Products
    Inventors: Ronald K. Bonner, Eric R. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 7131398
    Abstract: An environmental monitoring and controlling system for a ventilated cage and rack system that monitors and measures air flow in the rack at either the rack or cage level. At the rack level, two pressure sensors are provided in a supply air system to accurately monitor the air flow rate into the rack. In addition, two pressure sensors may be provided in an exhaust air system to accurately monitor the air flow rate out of the rack. At the cage level, a cage may be equipped with a highly accurate pressure sensor, including a Venturi tube and thermistor, the monitor the air flow rate in a cage located at any cage position in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Cohen, Josh Tang
  • Patent number: 7126471
    Abstract: A system for generating information identifying a two-dimensional location of objects in within a space includes a plurality of wireless modules and first and second transceiver systems. Each of the plurality of wireless modules corresponds to one of the objects. The first and second radio transceiver systems are spaced apart by a predetermined distance and are disposed proximate the space. The first and second radio transceiver systems are operable to selectively transmit a signal to select wireless module, receive a response signal from the select wireless module, and generate first information based on a detected relationship between the selective transmission and the receipt of the response signal. The system further includes a device operable to calculate a two-dimensional location of the select wireless module based on the first information generated by the first radio transceiver system and the first information generated by the second radio transceiver system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Osman Ahmed, Martin Glänzer, Maximilian Fleischer, Peter Gulden
  • Patent number: 7059274
    Abstract: A combinative pet cage comprises a front meshed board, a rear meshed board, a left meshed board, a right meshed board, a top meshed board, a bottom meshed board, a plurality of screw parts, and a plurality of connecting parts. The frame of each of the meshed boards is provided with screw holes for the insertion of the screw parts, whereby the meshed boards will be assembles to form a cage body. The top and bottom faces of the frames of the front meshed board and the rear meshed board are further provided with a plurality of insertion holes, whereby two such combinative pet cages can be connected vertically by the connecting parts. A plurality of pet cages can be connected in the same way, and the combined structure thereby formed will be stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Kuo-Ho Cheng
  • Patent number: 7032540
    Abstract: An animal habitat and display system provided in a frame having at least one set of guide rails supporting a pull-out drawer having at least one compartment with a viewing window and a movable wall section for gaining access into the compartment which defines an internal habitat environment. A selectively operable regulator element in communication with the internal environment is selectively operable via an environmental control unit having a control panel for regulating the internal habitat environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: North American Pet Products
    Inventors: Ronald K. Bonner, Eric R. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 6953266
    Abstract: A system and method for illuminating individual animal cages secured in a multiple cage rack is described. A first lighting system makes use of LEDs secured on the frame of a multiple cage rack; or attached to or disposed in each individual cage. A second lighting system utilizes fiber optic cables connected to or adjacent each individual cage or disposed within. Clear observation of all animals at will is economically provided without interference with normal cleaning and sterilizing procedures, utilizing the virtually maintenance free lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Ver Hage, Glenn Ver Hage
  • Patent number: 6912973
    Abstract: An automatic cage lock for securing various cages in a ventilated cage and rack system. The automatic cage lock facilitates the securing of a cage within the cage and rack system when a user slides the cage into the cage and rack system until the cage fully passes the locking finger component of the automatic cage lock. The cage may be easily unlocked by applying a small amount of pressure to the locking finger while simultaneously grasping the cage for removal. A color-coded indicator block may be disposed on the end of the lock assembly; the indicator block may be hidden by an indicator shield when the cage is securely docked in the rack. Conversely, the indicator block may be visually exposed when a cage is present in the rack but not fully docked within the rack. The indicator block provides a clear indication to a user as to the docking status of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Murray, William Marston, Rodney Gerringer, Lynn Irwin
  • Patent number: 6857393
    Abstract: Habitats for housing and displaying animals having compartments stacked and/or side-by-side. Walls and doors can be plastic, acrylic, laminate, and glass. Doors walls, and floors can be see-through, and/or colored allow. Letters can spelling “CATS” can be mounted to walls form ledges, crevices, hiding spaces. Geometrical shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles are mounted and/or free-standing to allow changing, and/or cleaning. Side compartments allow animals to be hidden. Doors, and drawers can store food, blankets and toys. Gaps allow for ventilation and/or air exchange. Space under the shapes allow for cleaning and/or for using litter boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Jill Cheshire Design
    Inventor: Jill Cheshire
  • Patent number: 6851388
    Abstract: Cage (10) with intercommunicating modular compartments, for example for small domestic rodents, comprising a first compartment (11) provided with an aperture (12) which can be closed by a cover (13), wherein the first compartment comprises at least a further opening or passage (15) suited to allow the communication of the first compartment with at least a further compartment (14) joined to the first compartment (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Ferplast S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Vaccari, Alfred Pellegrini
  • Patent number: 6810833
    Abstract: An animal habitat and display system provided in a frame having at least one set of guide rails supporting a pull-out drawer having at least one compartment with a viewing window and a movable wall section for gaining access into the compartment which defines an internal habitat environment. A selectively operable regulator element in communication with the internal environment is selectively operable via an environmental control unit having a control panel for regulating the internal habitat environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: North American Pet Products
    Inventors: Ronald K. Bonner, Eric R. Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20040211368
    Abstract: An auto-deodorant animal cabinet includes an open front end and a plurality of partitions to form several layers within the cabinet. Each partition comprises a slanting board therein. Two sides of each slanting board are connected to a water inlet pipe and a water outlet connected to a water inlet and an exhaust pipe, respectively. Each exhaust pipe is connected to a processing device for grinding process. Each layer of the cabinet comprises a plurality of cages. The cabinet comprises at a back wall a plurality of slots corresponding to each cage. A fan box covering all the slots is provided at the back wall of the said cabinet. The fan box comprises a ventilation pipe with a fan to expel odor smell in the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 6793630
    Abstract: There is provided a moveable cart for use in transporting an animal, as a male hog, past one or more rows of cages containing sows to permit the determination of estrus in the sows and also to increase the success rate during artificial insemination by permitting snout to snout contact between the sow and male hog, the cart having a base with wheels mounted thereon, at least one wall extending upwardly from the base, and at least one panel for blocking visual access in at least one direction between the interior and exterior of the cart and at least one opening in the wall sized to permit the head of an animal to least partially extend therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Conception Ro-Main Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Labrecque, Germain Labrecque
  • Publication number: 20040144328
    Abstract: An animal habitat and display system provided in a frame having at least one set of guide rails supporting a pull-out drawer having at least one compartment with a viewing window and a movable wall section for gaining access into the compartment which defines an internal habitat environment. A selectively operable regulator element in communication with the internal environment is selectively operable via an environmental control unit having a control panel for regulating the internal habitat environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventors: Ronald K. Bonner, Eric R. Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20030131802
    Abstract: An automatic cage lock for securing various cages in a ventilated cage and rack system. The automatic cage lock facilitates the securing of a cage within the cage and rack system when a user slides the cage into the cage and rack system until the cage fully passes the locking finger component of the automatic cage lock. The cage may be easily unlocked by applying a small amount of pressure to the locking finger while simultaneously grasping the cage for removal. A color-coded indicator block may be disposed on the end of the lock assembly; the indicator block may be hidden by an indicator shield when the cage is securely docked in the rack. Conversely, the indicator block may be visually exposed when a cage is present in the rack but not fully docked within the rack. The indicator block provides a clear indication to a user as to the docking status of the cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Dale Murray, William Marston, Rodney Gerringer, Lynn Irwin
  • Patent number: 6569092
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking the movement of animals as the animals are moved from location to location during processing comprises the steps of tagging the animals under observation and tracking the location and duration each tagged animal spends at each location as it is moved to generate data representing each tagged animal's movement history
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventors: P. Timothy Guichon, G. Kee Jim, P. Bernard Kotelko, Michael J. Kotelko, Calvin W. Booker, Yvonne T. G. Tollens
  • Patent number: 6553939
    Abstract: The method of changing the cage, including a bottom (31), grill (32) and lid (38), of a laboratory animal, includes the steps of: (a) providing a first rack (20) holding at least one clean bottom, grill and lid; (b) removing a clean bottom, grill and lid from said first rack; (c) assembling a clean cage from such bottom, grill and lid; (d) transferring a laboratory animal from a dirty cage to such assembled clean cage; (e) disassembling the dirty cage into its bottom, grill and lid components; (f) providing a second rack (20) having space for holding the dirty cage bottom, grill and lid components; (g) placing said dirty grill and lid on the second rack; (h) washing the dirty grill and lid while mounted on said second rack; (i) removing soiled bedding from the dirty bottom; (j) washing the bottom; (k) placing cleaned bedding in the washed bottom; and (l) placing said washed bottom with cleaned bedding on said second rack; thereby to change the cage of said laboratory animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Getinge/Castle, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Austin, Edward J. Horeth, Gordon N. Leichter, James S. Vordonis