The implementation of robotic technology in an animal facility: a case study

Contemp Top Lab Anim Sci. 2004 May;43(3):14-7.


The benefits of a robotics system for waste disposal and cage sanitation in an animal care facility include a reduction of ergonomic concerns and an increase in production capability. A modular approach can further provide an ability to relocate the unit to new building construction. There are numerous considerations that can affect the design and operation of a robotic cagewash system. These include facility layout, existing animal husbandry procedures, equipment selection, and employee involvement. The implementation of the complete system in an animal facility requires communication and insight from all members of the animal care staff as well as novel solutions to attain full production and operation. The system itself contains many complex technical and mechanical functions, but a successful installation can only be fully achieved with teamwork and proper training.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory*
  • Facility Design and Construction*
  • Housing, Animal*
  • Robotics / instrumentation
  • Robotics / methods*
  • Sanitation / methods*