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Metabolic & Telemetric Modular Treadmill

Metabolic & Telemetric Modular Treadmill
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General Information

NEW Telemetry Option: Our Oxymax and Metabolic Treadmill have long been the gold standard for measuring VO2 max in mice and rats. But telemetric measurements have always proved difficult on a treadmill. Static and motor electrical-noise have always interfered with the signal. But we have recently developed a special antenna for our treadmill that produces a clear signal for core body temperature and heart rate.

Columbus Instruments' Modular Treadmill encloses each animal within an isolated space. An exercise belt, associated pulleys, and optional stimuli are enclosed in a compartment which can be made air-tight. The addition of an open-flow calorimeter to the compartment will create a complete system for the measurement of respiratory metabolic performance while exercising. A Modular Treadmill system is constructed of master and slave units. A master unit incorporates an electric motor and speed controller to which one to seven additional slave units can be connected for exercising multiple animals. The incline of each animal compartment is individually adjustable in 5° increments. Electrical stimulus grids are available for each exercise lane and can be activated manually by the operator. The intensity of electrical shock is also operator adjustable from 0.35mA to 1.5mA. LED lamps indicate which electrical stimulus grid is active.

A standard animal compartment is offered with air ventilation holes and a fan to promote air movement. Optionally, an animal compartment may be enclosed with air-tight seals (metabolic option) for measuring oxygen consumption during animal exercise by way of an attached calorimeter. Columbus Instruments offers a wide range of open-circuit calorimeters for this purpose. See Oxymax and Eco-Oxymax product lines for details of systems for the measurement of VO2 and VCO2.

Modular Treadmill-XL: The XL Modular Treadmill features an elongated running compartment based on the design of the rat Modular Treadmill. Its designed to accommodate larger rats (or other species of similar size) but also retain the ability to run slightly smaller subjects with a specially designed collapsible wall to narrow the running lane and prevent the smaller subjects from turning around.

Dimensions Running Area Length: 24"
Running Area Width: Adjustable between 3" and 5.25"
Height (from running surface to ceiling): 5.28"

Here is a brief video of one of our customers, Graduate Research Associate from The Ohio State University, Jennifer Petrosino, describing how she uses the Oxymax and Metabolic Treadmill in her research on fat deposits around the heart:


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Features / Specifications

One to four isolated lane compartments
Lane compartments may be made air-tight (optional)
Can be used to measure animal oxygen consumption during exercise.
Easily cleaned and maintained
Adjustable shock intensity


Overall Size: 29"L x 27"W x 17.5"H (736mm x 685mm x 444mm)
Compartment Dimensions:
Rats- 21.5"L x 5.5"W x 8"W (546mm x 139mm x 203mm)
Mice-15.1"L x 2"W x 4"H (384mm x 51mm x 102mm)
Exercise Lane Dimensions:
Rats- 15"L x 5.5"W x 5"H (381mm x 139mm x 127mm)
Mice-12"L x 2"W x 1.75"H (305mm x 51mm x 44mm)
Stimulus Area per lane:
Rats- 5.5" x 3.5"(139mm x 89mm)
Mice-2" x 2" (139mm x 51mm)
Stimulus Current Maximum: 1.5 mA continuously variable
Stimulus Voltage Maximum: 163 V

Tread Speed: 6 to 99.9 m/m, continuously variable
Tread Inclination: -10° to +25° in 5° steps
NEW Automated Inclination option available


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Ordering Information

Metabolic Treadmills

1012R-1 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill for Rats, 1 Lane w/ Shock
1012R-2 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill for Rats, 2 Lanes w/ Shock
1012R-4 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill for Rats, 4 Lanes w/ Shock
1010R-AI Modular Enclosed Treadmill for Rat Automated Inclination (supports up to 4 lanes)

1012M-1 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill for Mice, 1 Lane w/ Shock
1012M-2 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill for Mice, 2 Lanes w/ Shock
1012M-4 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill for Mice, 4 Lanes w/ Shock
1010M-AI Modular Enclosed Treadmill for Mice Automated Inclination (supports up to 4 lanes)

1012XL-1 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill XL 1 Lane w/ Shock
1012XL-2 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill XL 2 Lanes w/ Shock
1012XL-4 Modular Enclosed Metabolic Treadmill XL 4 Lanes w/ Shock
1010M-AI Modular Enclosed Treadmill XL Automated Inclination (supports up to 4 lanes)


Metabolic & Telemetric Treadmills

1013R-1 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill for Rats 1 Lane w/ Shock
1013R-2 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill for Rats 2 Lanes w/ Shock
1013R-4 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill for Rats 4 Lanes w/ Shock     

1013M-1 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill for Mice 1 Lane w/ Shock
1013M-2 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill for Mice 2 Lanes w/ Shock
1013M-4 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill for Mice 4 Lanes w/ Shock 

1013R-1 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill XL  1 Lane w/ Shock
1013R-2 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill XL  2 Lanes w/ Shock
1013R-4 Modular Enclosed Telemetric & Metabolic Treadmill XL  4 Lanes w/ Shock  

1011-TT Telemetry Transmitter G2 for Temperature
1011-THR Telemetry Transmitter G2 for Temperature & Heart Rate             


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