Power Tracker Electronic ID Systems

Power Tracker Electronic ID Systems

Utilizing patented technology, the Tracker Series systems provide precise, secure, and permanent animal identification. Traditionally, accurate laboratory animal identification has been difficult to achieve due to less efficient methods of identification. Old techniques such as ear-punching, tagging, toe clipping and tail tattooing are time consuming, stressful to the animal, and typically not always reliable in long-term studies.

  • Most reliable method for animal identification 
  • Saves time and money 
  • Simple to implant 
  • 12 mm size is ideal for mice on up 

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Item# Description
72-0091 Power Tracker II Electronic ID System
72-0092 Power Tracker III Electronic ID System
72-0098 12 mm Non-Sterile Identification Tags, pkg. of 25
72-0096 12 mm Sterile Identification Tags in Single Use Syringe, pkg. of 25
72-0105 Rechargeable Nicad Battery
72-0102 Windows Wedge Software, Windows 95/NT
72-0100 Syringe Implanter with Needle, pkg. of 1
72-0101 Replacement Needle for 72-0100 Syringe Implanter, pkg. of 1
72-0103 Computer Interface Cable for PowerTracker II and PowerTracker III Readers, requires 72-0104
72-0104 AC Adapter for PowerTracker II and PowerTracker III Readers
For local pricing, contact your nearest distributor.

Utilizing patented technology, the Tracker Series systems provide precise, secure, and permanent animal identification. Traditionally, accurate laboratory animal identification has been difficult to achieve due to less efficient methods of identification. Old techniques such as ear-punching, tagging, toe clipping and tail tattooing are time consuming, stressful to the animal, and typically not always reliable in long-term studies.

  • Most reliable method for animal identification 
  • Saves time and money 
  • Simple to implant 
  • 12 mm size is ideal for mice on up 

The key to these systems is a microchip hermetically sealed within a bioinert glass capsule the size of a grain of rice. These capsules have a patented anti-migratory coating that helps promote tissue growth and reduce the possibility of rejection. Battery free and biologically inert, the Identification Tag is quickly and safely positioned with a standard injection procedure using a specially designed Needle and Syringe Implanter. Each Identification Tag is factory encoded with a unique 9 digit ID number which can never be altered, whether by malice or accident, once encoded. The Identification Tag may be recycled if recovered at sacrifice. It may also be stored with tissue samples for long term identification. The Tags will not be harmed or erased by fixatives or freezing.

Two sizes of Identifications Tags are available. The 12 mm size is suitable for mice and larger animals. These ID Tags are available both sterile and non-sterile and are supplied in a package of 25. Each sterile Tag is supplied in a disposable, single use syringe with needle. The sterile Tag is held in position at the bevel of the needle and will not slip out of the needle until the plunger is depressed. The ID Tag number is printed on a peel and stick label (1 label provided for each Tag) for recording convenience. This format is ideal for GLP compliance as well as fieldwork. The non-sterile Tags are provided in a convenient Tag Dispenser within a sealable plastic vial. The Tag Dispenser can be stored in the vial and submersed in an acceptable cold sterilization solution (isopropanol is recommended). The Tags are removed with the Syringe Implanter. Additionally, the Needle of the Syringe Implanter can be stored in the Tag Dispenser and also submersed in the cold sterilization solution.

When an animal’s identification is required, simply pass the Reader over the animal and the ID number is displayed. The Reader generates a low-energy radio signal that energizes the Identification Tag (A), which then transmits its unique ID number back to the Reader (B). The number is displayed on a liquid crystal display in an easy to read format. In addition, all of our Readers are capable of transmitting via a standard RS-232 interface to a computer, where the Windows Wedge software allows your Windows application to directly capture and log ID numbers. For the PowerTracker II and III Systems an AC adapter and computer interface cables are required.

Power Tracker II System
The Power Tracker II System is a portable, water-resistant, handheld Identification Tag Reader. Its patented Multi-Mode technology enables tags from different manufacturers to be read (currently AVID and FECA-VA coded radio frequency tags). The ID code is displayed on the Reader's 16 character LCD or can be downloaded via RS-232 to a PC computer. In the operational mode, the Reader emits two beep tones and visual LED flashes to signal that an Identificaiton tag has been read. When not in use, four beep tones sound every three minutes to warn the user that the unit is still on. Supplied with one Nicad rechargeable battery and battery charger.

Also available for the PowerTracker II and III Systems is a handheld computer for times when directly connecting your Reader to your computer is not possible. Please call Harvard Apparatus for details.

Each of our Tracker Systems is supplied complete with the specified Reader, a durable Carrying Case, 25 unique, 12 mm, non-sterile Identification Tags, and Syringe Implanter with Needle. The PowerTracker II and III systems also include a Nicad battery charger. Should you require a larger size ID tag, they are available separately.

Specifications
POWER TRACKER SYSTEMS 
Item #  72-0091 72-0092
Operating Frequency  125 kHz  125 kHz
Operating Temperature Range  32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
 32 to 122°F  (0 to 50°C)
Storage Temperature Range  4° to 158°F
 4° to 158°F
Power  One 8.4V NiMH rechargeable battery with battery charger, or an optional 110 to 240 V AC adapter
 One NiMH rechargeable battery with battery charger, or an optional 110V AC adapter
Display  16-Character Liquid Crystal Display
 N/A
Memory  N/A  256K non-volatile RAM with 10 ear battery backup, 2000 ID number capacity
Translation  N/A  Translates ID tag code into 8 or less user defined alphanumeric characters as study name with up to six numeric characters as the identifier
Indicators  Audio beep/Visual LCD/Visual LED  Audio beep/Visual LCD/Visual LED
Dimensions L x W x H  8.2 x 6.0 x 3.5 in (21 x 15 x 9 cm)
 8.2 x 6.0 x 3.5 in  (21 x 15 x 9 cm)
Weight  1.7 lb (.77 kg)  1.8 lb (.82 kg)
POWER TRACKER TAGS
Item #  72-0098  72-0096
Dimensions ( L x W)  0.45 x 0.08 in (12 x 2.1 mm)  0.45 x 0.08 in (12 x 2.1 mm)
Weight  0.0021 lb (0.06 kg)  0.0021 lb (0.06 kg)
Tag Life Expectancy  >1,000,000 read activations
 >1,000,000 read activations
Tag Read Time  <40 sec
 < 40