Sealed Negative Pressure IVC

Designed in conjunction with customers who were looking for an alternative to glove-box isolators, Allentown brought the first BCU to market in 1997, and for more than 20 years it has continued to be the gold standard in biocontainment housing.

  • Species: Mouse, Hamster (with PFT feeder)*
  • * 6 in of internal height for use with hamsters - per The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
  • Rat cage sizes available
  • Sealed negative pressure IVC system
  • Patented 4-point seal technology
  • Certified HEPA filtration
  • Ergonomic cage handling, low stress on animals and staff

Certified HEPA filtration

Allentown takes the certified HEPA filter from a respected provider, installs it into the SPP rack HEPA assembly and then recertifies the entire system in place. The Rack HEPA assembly is hard connected to the racking system, ensuring that all connections to the rack on the “contaminated” side of the filter are securely fastened.

Patented 4-point seal

When you remove a cage from the Allentown BCU-2 system, two ports each on the cage and rack are simultaneously sealed to the room. The Allentown patented 4-point system accomplishes this with quick disconnect couplings, so innovative that it's patented and found nowhere else other than on Allentown housing solutions. US Patent 6,308,660

Ergonomic Leader

Animal and care staff wellbeing being paramount, Allentown designed a smooth and easy cage docking system providing less stress and vibration for research animals and less repetitive motion strain on animal care staff. Proven by an independent ergonomist, the Allentown cage docking system is smooth and easy to use…which is the best choice for your important research.

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The difference is in the details. Take a closer look.

Allentown solutions are not only crafted to perfection, they are also meticulously documented to provide users with all of the information needed to maximize their value. Take a closer look by reviewing the materials below.

Cage System with Standard Filter Top
7.625 in x 7.027 in x 16.483 in
194 mm x 178 mm x 419 mm
Floor space: 83.31 in² | 537 cm²


250 mL
.62 lbs | 281 g (filled)
Item # PC250BCL+SLC
430 mL
1.07 lbs | 485 g (filled)
Item # PC430BHT+SLC
PFT Bottle
500 mL
1.20 lbs | 544 g (filled)
Item # 122798-1


Standard Filter Top Assembly
7.615 in x 2.150 in x 15.607 in | 1.30 lbs
193 mm x 55 mm x 396 mm | 590 g
Item #: 226376


3 in x 5 in Vertical
Item # VH35P3-8
(also available in 3 in x 4 in)
3 in x 5 in Horizontal
Item # HH35P3-8
(also available in 3 in x 4 in)

WBL / Feeder

Dual Pocket Wire Bar Lid
Food capacity: 454 g
7.000 in x 2.990 in x 14.750 in | 2.00 lbs
178 mm x 76 mm x 375 mm | 907 g
Item #: 413750
Full Pocket Wire Bar Lid
Food capacity: 426 g
7.000 in x 2.909 in x 14.750 in | 1.10 lbs
178 mm x 74 mm x 375 mm | 499 g
Item #: 412483
PFT with Stainless Steel Grate
(Can be used with Hydropac® or PFT Bottle)
Food capacity: 426 g
7.026 in x 4.563 in x 8.664 in | .60 lbs
178 mm x 112 mm x 220 mm | 272 g
Item #: 225664-1


Certified Intra-Cage
HEPA Exhaust Filter (Option)
Item # 230876-CS
Intra-Cage Extract Filter Housing
Item # 216716-2
Intra-Cage Extract Filter
Item # FH1000PF


Standard Cage
7.625 in x 5.130 in x 15.106 in | 1.44 lbs
194 mm x 130 mm x 384 mm | 653 g
Item # 227422

All Dimensions Shown (Width x Height x Depth)

Airflow Solutions

Industry leading airflow solutions.

The BCU-2 features an airflow system developed for redundant, high-efficiency containment while also being energy efficient, ergonomically friendly and quiet.


The blower is designed to provide unidirectional single-pass airflow, and being tethered to an occupied cage, accepts real-time data to make automatic adjustments to compensate for both rack HEPA and intra-cage filter loading, ensuring consistent airflow.

Battery Backup

The Battery Backup ensures at least 10 hours of emergency operation of the BCU-2 should there be a facility power failure. Internally, the unit has redundant power supplies, redundant batteries, and a battery charging system to ensure that no "single point of failure" can occur.

Rack HEPA Assembly

The Rack HEPA assembly is hard connected to the racking system, ensuring that all connections to the rack on the "contaminated" side of the filter are securely fastened. The unit features dual (supply and exhaust) HEPA filters and is contains features developed to support containment...such as being able to maintain containment if the blower should ever need to be replaced.

Autoclave Presentation Rack


The Sani-Rack is an effective, safe and simple method for autoclaving Sentry SPP or BCU-2 cage systems without the need for labor-intensive disassembly, stacking or costly cage bagging.

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Animal Transfer Unit

BCU-2 Animal Transfer Unit (ATU)

A mobile animal transport / housing unit designed to provide a secure microenvironment for animals in transport or temporarily removed from the main population.