Necessity – the mother of invention

perspex-mouse-penSometimes things just have a habit of working out rather well, especially if you’ve got the will – and a rather gifted design team in the building.

In early August (the 8th) we had a call from Amy at Transpharmation, part of the the Royal Veterinary College (BSU), a very long-standing client organisation over in Hatfield, North Mimms. Amy and team were looking to source a special chamber, suitable for housing mice and rats for use in the Hargreaves Test into Alzheimer’s. We soon realised we didn’t have anything exactly suitable, so after a more detailed discussion with colleagues at Transpharmation, Mark, our design Guru, got to work to create a device that would fit the bill.  The researchers needed a red translucent chamber in perspex to hold up to eight mice. Ideally it would have doors on the top but no base. Simple! Only problem? They needed it yesterday (in ten days time which, in product realisation terms, comes to the same thing!)

Mark quickly sent them a hand drawn sketch of a suitable design. The clients liked the design but they also needed a version for Rats with 4 compartments. Mark straight away suggested a similar system to Datesand’s Mini-Thermacage where the dividers are removable, and eight mice-sized chambers automatically become four larger rat-sized enclosures. This went down well – now it was just a question of actually manufacturing the item! Datesand received the purchase order from Transpharmation on August 9th and we were able to deliver the finished product to the client on the 17th (we think this may be some kind of a record!)

Their e-mail back to Mark and Ryan (their account manager at Datesand) said it all.

“Hi Mark and Ryan, The chambers have arrived and we cannot tell you how pleased we are with them. Thank you so much.  We will happily write a little blog about this. Just give us a bit of time as we are a little busy but, we will get to it. We are thinking we would like another piece of equipment made to go with the chambers you have built but we will be in touch about this. 

Thanks again so much.” 

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