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L-2000 - K Series

Bedding Resistant Drinking Valve

When using the L-2000™ Animal Drinking Valve, customers reported the reduction of wet cage incidents as compared to other animal drinking valves, and even the use of water bottles previously.
This has also enhanced the overall environmental performance of their ventilated IVC caging systems.

If you are having animal drinking valve leak problems with other manufactured water valves, please contact us and
learn more about our L-2000™ Valve Retrofit Program.

L-2000 Animal Drinking Valve Features
•  Patented rigid disk helps to
   restrict bedding from entering the valve. Made of Radel® high temperature plastic and chemical resistance

•  As compared to conventional animal drinking valves and water bottles,  the L-2000 Animal drinking valve reduces the occurrence of leaks and floods in the cage.

•  Operating pressure range .5 to 5 psi for the room distribution system.

• We recommend our recirculating room distribution systems which maintain constant flow and pressure.

•  Over 800,000 animal drinking valves in use

•  Precision manufactured of 316 stainless steel.

•  Complete operating ease for all species,
   excellent for weanlings.

•  Easily retrofitted into existing rack housing systems with animal water

Animal Drinking Valve Installation Options
The cage/rack manufacture installs the manifold and the animal drinking valves for proper alignment to insure a secure and leak free docking connection. Each cage/rack manufacture provides either a mounting grommet for attaching the valve to the cage, or grommet which allows the animal drinking valve to penetrate the cage.  The photos show some examples.

OPTION 1: Cage Mounted Valves provides the means of sterilizing the valve with the cage each time the cage is changes. Facilities that are working under strict barrier conditions consider this option to be more ideal. Cross contamination between cages is reduced when multiple cages are removed from the rack and returned to there position on the rack.
The recessed grommet protects the male-QD and allows stacking of cages.

Rack manifold with female-QD provides a positve Cage dock


Cage mounted valve with Docking grommet with male-QD

The female quick disconnect is mounted on the rack manifold and insures a positive connection.  Our unique design eliminates friction between metal parts that can wear out quickly, providing a source of debris, causing the water valve to malfunction.

OPTION 2:  Rack installed Valves can be threaded onto the rack manifold or mounted with the quick-disconnect feature for easy removal and cleaning.

Facilities have chosen this option for facilities that are working under conventional housing.

A spring activated port allows the valve to enter the cage, providing valve access to the animal.   When the cage is removed from the
rack, the port closes.

Rack Mounted Valves with Quick-disconnect provide easy removal for cleaning and sanitization

Quick-disconnect assembly

Cleaning and Sanitization
A routine schedule for cleaning the animal drinking valves will assure proper operation and prevention of possible leaks in the cage. The procedure for cleaning the valves will be determined by the installation option selected for your caging system.

Option 1, the advantage of Cage Mounted valves is the ability to clean the valve effectively each time the cage is washed and sterilized. This extends the life of the valve and enhances the barrier of the cage

Option 2, Rack manifold Installed animal drinking valves require the quick-disconnect feature as shown above for removal of the valves for cleaning.

Without this removable feature, the rack manifold must be disconnected to permit the manual removal of valves for cleaning purposes.
The day to day use of this valve when removing and replacing cages, should include a simple procedure that involves rotating the valve stem 360 degrees to flush debris that can attach itself to the valve.

Valves must be removed on a routine schedule for cleaning. We recommend every 4 weeks. Visual inspection of valves and the presence of deposits and debris is a good indication that the valves must be cleaned. This build up of debris over extended periods of time can result in valve leaks and floods from build-up.

Valve Retrofit
You may have purchased ventilated caging without automatic watering. Based on your increasing number of racks, you may find that automatic watering can pay for itself in labor savings as compared to handling water bottles.   Or you may have an existing watering system and would like to try our L-2000™ Valve.   Our valve can be adapted to your caging system.

Cage with air grommet

Air Grommet with water valve