Posted on September 30, 2016
When conducting research, accurate data collection is crucial.
Each wrong input can drastically alter procedures and testing for the worst, compromising the study. With over 100 million lab animals used each year in important research, the cost of a data error can be astronomical. There are several methods currently in use to properly identify each animal, but many fall short when it comes to efficiency. Manual input methods have proven to be a breeding ground for misreading, and multiple errors, while RFID microchips dramatically raise the costs associated with research. The time, and money, wasted have been a thorn in the side of everyone involved during the process. However, there is a simple solution.
After extensive testing in research settings throughout various organizations, RapID Tags®, have been proven to eliminate conventional barriers in use, and have become the new industry standard in automated lab animal identification. RapID Tags are far easier to use than any other lab animal ID system product on the market. Many years of ongoing development have continually advanced RapID Tag’s design, and technology. It’s easy to see how RapID Tags help you work smarter, not harder.
Made from biologically-inert, medical-grade advanced polymer, RapID Tags are tough enough to withstand grooming and pesky chewing from aggressive rodents. The attachment method takes mere seconds, snapping right on with one easy motion, and requires minimal training for your researchers. Utilizing a single post male and female design, the tags are applied with a simple, painless, snap. Closer examinations have shown that the materials used, and method of attachment, are far more humane than other products on the market as they do not cause ear deformation, tissue reactions from metal ions, or irritations associated with metal ear tags. They also do not require injection, or surgery, to place inside the lab mice – unlike RFID transponders. This eliminates several complications, such as infection, that could compromise the test animals themselves thus saving time and money. The convenience of RapID Tags method of attachment is certainly not to be overlooked, but there are several other features that make these tags a breeze to use.
Reading tags by hand, or using RF scanners, is burdened with several complications. With metal tags, the most notable errors coincide with the necessity of manual data collection. Often the data can be misread, or simply recorded incorrectly. Ear punches or tattoos can become less visible over time. Any of these errors can compromise a test animal and take their toll on the cost of the study. Loss of traditional tags is also highly common, which requires investing more money and human resources for their replacement. RF scanners can be very costly, and can sometimes become dislodged from the original implant site. RFID microchip transponders have also been shown to cause tumors, rendering a rodent useless to the study.
RapID Tags use commonly available, ordinary, light scanners that have proven to be 100% accurate since the tags are outside the body, and can be scanned in an instant without disturbing the caged rodents. RapID Tags provide millions of unique identification numbers using exclusive combinations of alphanumeric numbers. The tags are compatible with all leading database management platforms, as well as Excel, and every animal can be viewed in the system from the moment the study begins without the need to ever pick up a pen. RapID Tag’s hardened 2-D barcode is virtually indestructible when used with all strains of laboratory mice.
Saving You More Resources
RapID Tags come in five colors (orange, green, yellow, blue, and cream) allowing researchers to instantly identify a mouse without having to use a scanner, or touch the animal. The ability to be color matched with cage cards saves valuable time during data input, especially when reviewing groups within a study. Saving crucial time in this way helps researchers to focus on more important facets of the study, while ensuring 100% accurate data collection. Unlike many other methods of animal identification, RapID Tags can be completely sterilized in an autoclave, and they are 100% MRI and CT compatible.
Time Is Money
Say goodbye to reading tiny, etched numbers on metal tags.
No longer deal with incorrect manual input, misreading of ID numbers, or faulty scanners.
Forget the hassles of snapping a crude metal tag onto an ear only to have it dislodge later.
Stop wasting time implanting overpriced RFID chips.
Never again replace a test subject due to infection from a metal tag.
Quit using outdated numbering systems.
Your research is important and crucial to advancements within your field. Learn why many leading organizations around the world have chosen RapID Tags – the new industry standard in lab animal identification.