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“When I initially purchased the Edstrom Critical Monitoring System, I had no idea how valuable it would become for our facility. Not only does the system monitor the environment and watering system status throughout our two animal facilities, it has also been configured to monitor our four zebra fish systems.”
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Kay Stewart, RVT, RLATG, CMAR, Associate Director
Freimann Life Science Center at the University of Notre Dame

Update Newsletter 2009

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Table of Contents:

Smart Management For Animal Facilities
NIH G20 Program And Edstrom
Getting The Most From Your Edstrom Drinking Valves
Providing Peace Of Mind
Welcome To The Edstrom Team

Smart Management For Animal Facilities

For over 40 years Edstrom has been devoted to animal welfare, eliminating variables, and improving efficiencies in the animal research facility. Today our customers are requesting a software solution that improves their processes while allowing them to focus on the core mission – Animal Care and Scientific Research. They require a solution that integrates all aspects of their operation including data management and process standardization into one easy to use system. Customers need a solution that provides mobility, transparency and real time data to all levels of the organization on a web-based platform.   

Edstrom has listened.

Edstrom introduces SmartLab, a facility management solution, originally developed in 2005 for the European market, that is now available in North America.  Smartlab will dramatically improve both animal welfare and staff productivity by driving process standardization, increasing communication, and data integrity.  SmartLab will deliver tangible benefits to all personnel including lab managers, animal technicians, veterinarians, administrative staff and, of course, researchers. Your staff will be able to locate detailed information easily and quickly by animal, by protocol, or by researcher.  By using the mobility solution, animal health records can be viewed at the point of care.  Additionally, by utilizing the web, staff down the hall or across the country can receive real-time information about their animals and the corresponding studies.

SmartLab has a core set of applications that include: Protocol Management, Animal Logistics, Animal Catalog, Animal Task Management, Animal Records, and Notifications. There are additional applications available that include: Colony Management, Workflow Planning, Per Diem and Services Reporting, Reporting, and Mobility. Edstrom also offers process modeling and software tailoring services to suit your individual facility requirements.

To find out how you can make your facility into a Smart facility, contact an Edstrom sales representative or call 800-558-5913.

 

NIH G20 Program And Edstrom

The NIH has announced the availability of $1 billion under the 2009 Recovery Act for Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvements. Look to Edstrom to help with improving your facility in certain key aspects of sustainable design including: Optimization of Energy Performance, Energy Efficiency, Protection and Conservation of Water, Indoor Water, Enhancement of Indoor Environmental Quality, and Reducing the Environmental Impact of Materials. As the industry leader in automated animal watering systems, environmental monitoring systems, and water purification systems, Edstrom has solutions that meet the requirements for the available funding for facility alterations and renovations.

Edstrom automated animal watering offers both flushing and recirculation systems which have benefits in reducing the amount of water and energy consumed by the facility. Automated watering also reduces ergonomic injuries, saves time and conserves more water compared to animal water bottles. With over 200 years of combined engineering experience, Edstrom engineers will work with you to design a system that meets your environmental, water quality, and animal welfare needs.

Edstrom is a dedicated American manufacturing company based in Waterford, Wisconsin which has been in business for over 40 years. Contact us directly at 800-558-5913 or an Edstrom sales representative for more information on how we can help get your improvement project started under the NIH G20 program. For details on the NIH G20 program, please visit the www.nih.gov web site. The application submission deadline is September 17, 2009.

Getting The Most From Your Edstrom Drinking Valves

There are many animals and staff enjoying the benefits of their Edstrom automated watering system and the A160 shielded drinking valve. The removable A160 valve and the A160 valves that are integral to the cage have been in use over ten years. Many of these valves are put through the sanitization and/or sterilization process every two weeks.

Edstrom Drinking Valves are made from autoclavable 316 stainless steel and silicone rubber components. Both materials are renowned for their resistance to the chlorinated or acidified water commonly found in animal watering systems. Edstrom has best practices for the care of the drinking valves which includes information for sanitization, sterilization, and storage of the valves whether they are integral to the cage, removable or integral to the manifold. Useful information regarding Chlorine / pH levels and exposure time, temperatures for cage and rack washers, and vacuum levels for autoclaves are some of the topics found in these guidelines. You can request a copy of these guidelines from your Edstrom sales representative or by calling Edstrom at 800-558-5913.
Sanitization
The following information on sanitization is helpful when sanitizing the valves in a tunnel washer, rack washer, or ultrasonic cleaner. Follow the appropriate instructions based on the cleaning equipment used by the facility.

Tunnel Washer/Rack Washer
There are specific detergents recommended by tunnel/rack washer manufacturers. These detergents will safely and effectively clean an Edstrom Drinking Valve. Follow the tunnel/rack washer manufacturer’s standard operating procedures for the appropriate detergent to use. The chlorination level in the sanitizing solution cannot exceed 20 ppm for valve exposure times between 30 and 60 minutes. When chlorination is used, a pH of 5.0 or higher must be held to eliminate potential damage to the seals. When acidification is used, a pH no lower than 2.6 must be held to eliminate potential damage to stainless steel components.

Ultrasonic Cleaner
Follow this procedure to sanitize Edstrom Drinking Valves using an ultrasonic cleaner.
1. Make sure that all equipment and the water supply used remains clean throughout the cleaning process.
2. Place the valves in a single layer inside the cleaning basket. Do not stack the valves.
3. Fill the ultrasonic cleaner with clean hot water 82˚C (180˚F).
4. De-gas and start the ultrasonic cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Place the basket into the ultrasonic cleaner and run the unit for 20 minutes. During this period only the outside of the valve is cleaned.
6. Remove the basket from the ultrasonic cleaner and rinse the valves completely with clean hot water, 82˚C (180˚F).

Valves Integral to the Cage
The cage and integral drinking valves can be cleaned in a tunnel cage washer. Invert the cages and place them side-by-side in the cage washer.

Removable Valves
The drinking valves can be cleaned in a tunnel cage washer or ultrasonic cleaner. When using a cage washer to clean valves, place the valves in a wire basket, in a single layer only, before placing them in the washer. Do not layer or pile the valves on top of each other to avoid equipment damage. The impact of layering can result in the valve stem being damaged and/or pushed through the diaphragm, which will render the valve inoperable.

Valves Integral to the Manifold
Clean the manifold/integral valves according to the facility’s standard operating procedures for rack cleaning.
All manifold drain and vent valves must be opened before cleaning to avoid equipment damage. In the event water is retained in a manifold, and the drain and vent valves are closed during the cleaning and/or autoclaving procedures, steam can be generated which creates pressure that may damage the manifold and/or drinking valve components.

Sterilization/Autoclaving
Follow the guidelines for autoclaving removable valves and valves that are integral to the cage described below.

Valves Integral to the Cage
After sanitizing the valves, follow these recommended autoclave cycles.
1. Three (3) pulse cycles with a vacuum pull no greater than -15 in Hg
2. Sterilization cycle of 15 minutes at 121˚C (250˚F). Do not exceed a sterilization temperature of 149˚C (300˚F).
3. Dry cycle vacuum pull no greater  than -15 in Hg

Removable Valves
After the valves are sanitized, place the valves in the autoclave the same way they were placed in the cage washer. Follow these recommended autoclave cycles.
1. Three (3) pulse cycles with a vacuum pull no greater than -15 in Hg
2. Sterilization cycle of 15 minutes at 121˚C (250˚F). Do not exceed a sterilization temperature of 149˚C (300˚F).
3. Dry cycle vacuum pull no greater than -15 in Hg

Valves Integral to the Manifold
All manifold drain and vent valves must be opened before autoclaving to avoid equipment damage. In the event water is retained in a manifold, and the drain and vent valves are closed during the cleaning and/or autoclaving procedures, steam can be generated which creates pressure that may damage the manifold and/or drinking valve components.

IMPORTANT: Consult the rack manufacturer’s autoclaving specifications to determine that all rack components can be autoclaved at the cycles specified below. Do not autoclave any rack components that cannot tolerate these autoclave cycles.

After sanitizing, follow these recommended autoclave cycles:
1. Three (3) pulse cycles with a vacuum pull no greater than -15 in Hg
2. Sterilization cycle of 15 minutes at 121˚C (250˚F). Do not exceed a sterilization temperature of 149˚C (300˚F).
3. Dry cycle vacuum pull no greater than -15 in Hg

Sterilizing Valves Integral to Manifold While in Service
Sterilize the outside surface of the valves on the manifold using a spray bottle containing a cold sterilant of chlorine dioxide with a concentration no greater than 18:1, or sterilize using a water solution containing a chlorine concentration no greater than 20 ppm. For applications where valves are contiguously exposed to chlorine, use a chlorine concentration no greater than 10 ppm.

To avoid damage to equipment, the chlorination level in the cleaning or sanitizing solution cannot exceed 20 ppm for valve exposure times between 30 and 60 minutes. Exposure longer than 60 minutes to a solution with a chlorine concentration greater than 20 ppm can damage the drinking valves.
For continuous chlorine use, do not expose manifold and valves to a chlorine concentration greater than 10 ppm to avoid equipment damage. Continuous exposure to a water solution with a chlorine concentration greater than 10 ppm can damage the manifold and drinking valves. Follow this procedure to clean the valves integral to a manifold.
1. Spray valve with the cold sterilant.
2. Within one minute, wipe the sterilant from the valve.
3. Spray the valve with sterile water.

Storing Clean Valves
Store the clean, sterilized drinking valves in an appropriate container in an environmentally-controlled room with a temperature above freezing 0˚C (32˚F). If the valves are to be stored in an animal room, an appropriate container is required to protect the valves from room air contamination.

By following these general guidelines you will extend the life of your valves for years to come. Remember, it is important to follow the appropriate instructions based on the cleaning equipment used by the facility as well as following the rack manufacturer’s autoclaving specifications to avoid damaging your equipment.

Edstrom offers Preventative Maintenance Agreements for customers who want to keep their systems running at peak performance. When your Edstrom automated watering system and monitoring equipment run efficiently, you can have the peace of mind that your equipment is operating at peak performance.

Our certified technicians will diagnose any problems or system failures, perform preventative maintenance and ensure that your equipment is operating according to specifications recommended by Edstrom.

Top Ten Benefits
•    Priority customer status
•    Increased uptime of your facility
•    Safer, more efficient operation of equipment
•    Eliminate most costly repairs
•    Extended equipment life
•    Inflation protection
•    No overtime charges
•    Latest software updates
•    Refresher operational training
•    Peace of mind

The key to success for your facility is to have a comprehensive, cost-effective Preventative Maintenance Program custom tailored and designed to suit your needs and keep your Edstrom equipment operating effectively and efficiently on a minimum of expense and down time. Contact your Edstrom sales representative for more details.
 


Welcome To The Edstrom Team

Angela Winters
Angela Winters joined Edstrom in February 2009 as sales consultant to the Midwest which includes: WI, MN, IA (to Iowa City), MO (to Chesterfield), IL, MI, IN, and OH (southern).

Previous to joining Edstrom, Angela worked as a lab animal sales specialist for VWR International. She began her career in the lab animal industry in 2000 at the University of Wisconsin Madison at the Mc Ardle Cancer Research center.

When she isn’t working, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and step-daughter as well as riding their motorcycles.

Scott Bell
Scott Bell joined Edstrom in March 2009 as sales consultant to the southeast which includes: VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, KY, and TN. He has been working in the lab animal research field for the past twenty one years, serving in a variety of roles including research technician, necropsy/histology supervisor, GLP quality assurance auditor, ISO 9001 auditor/manager, IACUC chair, animal procurement officer and most recently, operations director. He is very active in the AALAS community having served as president of the Mid South branch and is currently one of the District IV Trustees to National AALAS.
 
"As your new Edstrom sales rep, I am anxious to meet with each of you in the coming months and will strive to develop and/or enhance trusted and professional relationships in support of your research."

Scott can be contacted at (910) 352-3129 with any questions regarding Edstrom products and services.