ClockLab Data Collection

ClockLab 56-channel interface (ACT-556 or CL300) with 7-channel breakout box and cage with running wheel and switch. 8 breakout boxes can be connected with RJ-45 cables (blue) of up to 100 feet in length. USB connection to the computer is at upper right. Up to 8 CL300’s can be attached to one computer for a total of 488 channels.

ClockLab’s data collection application runs under any of the Windows operating systems and performs many functions that are not usually incorporated in similar systems.

  • Up to 448 channels. Multiple 56-channel USB interfaces for laptop or desktop computers. Easy setup and small footprint.
  • New: Wireless connectionsIn addition to hard-wired connections via the USB interface, ClockLab can now connect wireless to up to 1000 running wheels or infrared motion sensor.
  • Low cost per channel. High channel counts save computer costs and space.
  • Reliable. Our systems have logged over millions of hours of  operation. Some of our systems have run continuously for several years without restarting or rebooting (not recommended).
  • Start and Stop each channel independently. Recording on any channel can be started (or stopped) at any time with a user-selectable file name. Different files can be located in different directories for convenient segregation of multiple, concurrent experiments.
  • Simple, high-density connections. RJ-45 (ethernet-style) connectors for compact wiring.
  • Monitor almost any sensor, including running wheels, infrared motion detectors, or any digital signal.
  • Light detection. ClockLab can easily be configured with light detectors (provided). Light levels are recorded with 1-minute precision in each data file. No need to guess about blown bulbs, accidental chamber openings or faulty, misprogrammed or inaccurate light timers.
  • Integrated light control. Control the lights or other devices in up to 32 different animal chambers independently using the simple menu-and-slider control panel shown below. Multiple daily 24-hour or T-cycles, or one-time pulse protocols. One-time pulses can be programmed days in advance. Right: 16 days of light control are programmed in advance.
  • Remote data access. To monitor ongoing experiments, download data files over the internet at any time using FTP or Windows’ network capabilities.
  • View actograms in real-time. A single click opens developing files in the ClockLab Analysis program.
  • Automatic detection of low activity levels. Low-activity warning for all channels can be viewed in a single window.
  • Automated email warnings. ClockLab can be configured to send email warnings to multiple email accounts when activity goes out of range or when other problems arise.