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Grip Strength Meter

     
Columbus Instruments' line of Grip Strength Meters are employed in assessing neuromuscular function by sensing the peak amount of force an animal applies in grasping specially designed pull bar assemblies. Metering is performed with precision force gauges in such a manner as to retain the peak force applied on a digital display. The values may be either recorded manually or automatically with the included software. Fore and hind limb assessments can be performed concurrently with the dual sensor models or they can be performed in separate trials with the single stand model. Readings may be obtained in pounds, kilograms, or newtons. All values are accurate to within +/- 0.25% of full scale capacity. Force gauges are offered in 0-1Kg and 0-5Kg ranges. Pull bar assemblies are manufactured to suit the species of animal under test. Standard pull bar assemblies are offered for rats and mice.

In practice, the dual sensor model is employed by first allowing the animal to grasp the forelimb pull bar assembly. The animal is then drawn along a straight line leading away from the sensor. The animal will release at some point and the maximum force attained will be stored on the display. In dual sensor models, the animal continues to be moved along until the rear limbs grasp the second pull bar assembly. Again, there will be some point at which the animal releases after which the second sensor will retain the hind limb grip strength. The test for this subject is now complete. The values may be either manually recorded or sent to an attached computer via USB.

The single sensor model is designed to perform all fore limb measurements first after which the pull bar assembly is replaced with the rear limb assembly and rear limb testing resumes.

Features / Specifications

Objective assessment of neuromuscular performance
Specially designed pull bar assemblies
Simple operation
Selectable force units

Sensor Range(s): 0 to 1Kg (Mice) & 0 to 5Kg (Rats)
Accuracy: 0.25% of full scale
Fore Limb Pull Bar Assembly: 3"W x 2" (76mm x 50mm)
Hind Limb Pull Bar Assembly: 5"W x 5" (127mm x 127mm)
Base Dimensions: 41"L x 11"W x 11"H (104cm x 28cm x 28cm) [Dual Stand Model]
Base Dimensions: 20.5"L x 11"W x 11"H (52cm x 28cm x 28cm) [Single Stand Model]
Sensor Height: 11" (28cm) [All Models]

Ordering Information

Mouse Grip Strength Meters
1027SM Grip Strength Meter with Single Sensor for Mice with Standard Pull Bars and Software
1027DM Grip Strength Meter with Dual Sensors for Mice with Standard Pull Bars and Software

Grip Strength Meters for Rats
1027SR Grip Strength Meter with Single Sensor for Rats with Standard Pull Bars and Software
1027DR Grip Strength Meter with Dual Sensors for Rats with Standard Pull Bars and Software

Optional
1027MPB Grip Strength Meter Mesh Fore & Hind limb Pull Bar Assemblies

Replacement Parts
1027M Grip Strength Meter Replacement Force Sensor for Mice [4740-0022]
1027R Grip Strength Meter Replacement Force Sensor for Rats [4740-0023]
1027BAT-DFE Grip Strength Meter Replacement Battery Pack for DFE Series
1027BAT-DFIS Grip Strength Meter Replacement Battery Pack for DFIS Series
1027AC-DFE Grip Strength Meter Replacement AC Adapter for DFE Series
1027AC-DFIS Grip Strength Meter Replacement AC Adapter for DFIS Series
1027SPM Grip Strength Meter Standard Pull Bar Set for Mice
1027SPR Grip Strength Meter Standard Pull Bar Set for Rats
1027WIN Grip Strength Meter Software Upgrade