smaXtec system SX.1

The smaXtec Classic Bolus

Here you’ll learn how to initialise and administer the smaXtec Classic Bolus correctly.

On this site you find the following content:

  • Video guide for bolus activation
  • Quickstartguide
  • Step-by-step guide for bolus activation
  • Video guide and tips for bolus administration

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The smaXtec Classic Bolus is exclusively designed for cattle. Under no circumstances may it be used for any other animals or humans. Use of the smaXtec Classic Bolus is prohibited for cattle aged under 18 months or weighing less than 450 kg. If in any doubt, please consult your vet.

Video guide: Bolus activation

In this video you can see the steps necessary to activate the smaXtec Classic Bolus SX.1. You can also scroll down and watch the illustrated step-by-step instructions.
Important  note

Make absolutely sure that the bolus has been activated correctly. If activation was successful, the LED will blink to indicate that the bolus is ready for use. Under no circumstances should you administer the bolus if the blinking pattern is incorrect, as it will not measure any data. Once boluses are administered, they cannot be withdrawn and activated.

Please ensure that the cow does not eat anything for at least two hours prior to administration of the smaXtec Classic Bolus. It is therefore preferable to administer the smaXtec Classic Bolus in the morning before the first feed.

Step 01 / 02

Activating the   Classic Bolus SX.1

First, remove the label from the bottom of the smaXtec Classic Bolus. Next, activate the bolus using the magnet delivered with the smaXtec Base Station. Hold the magnet onto the marked point of the bolus. If the initialisation process starts, the LED begins flashing rapidly (every 0.5 seconds for a duration of 5 seconds).

If initalisation has been successfully completed, the LED lights up every two seconds for a period of 30 minutes.

If initialisation fails, the LED flashes very rapidly (every 100 milliseconds) for a period of 30 minutes. If this is the case, please contact customer support and do not administer the bolus.

Step 02 / 02

Bolus assignment and   administration

After successful initialisation, smaXtec boli can be administered to animals using the smaXtec bolus applicator. Note the animal identification next to the serial number on the provided list or assign the bolus directly to an animal in the smaXtec App or Messenger. You can either create new animals or select from existing animals in the system (e.g. uploaded via animal importer).

Afterwards, you can administer the bolus. Ensure that only successfully initialised boluses are administered. After at least 30 minutes from bolus administration, you can access the first cow data in the smaXtec software.

Overview of the different LED displays

Sensor
successfully activated
flashes briefly
every 0.5 seconds
Sensor
successfully initialised
Flashes every two seconds
for 30 minutes:
Error dring
initialisation
Flashes very rapidly (every 100ms)
for 30 minutes:

What should you do in case of an error during initialisation?

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What should you do in case of an error during initialisation?

Contact the smaXtec customer support. Do not administer the bolus!

Safe installation with the Quickstartguide

Use the quickstartguide provided or download it here. Follow the steps described and make sure that you complete them correctly.
Download Quickstart­guide

Video tutorial: bolus administration

In this video you will see what points to consider when administering smaXtec Boluses. You need:
  • asmaXtec bolus applicator
  • a marker or spray
Important note

For biosafety reasons we do not recommend to re-use boluses. smaXtec rumen boluses are not designed for reuse. If the bolus is re-administered, we cannot guarantee the correct measurement due to the mechanical influences and the change of medium (rumen/air/rumen). This also applies to rumen-fistulated animals.

Details administration process

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Details administration process

First insert the smaXtec Classic Bolus into the bolus applicator, with the sensor shaft (the bottom end) at the head. Push the smaXtec Classic Bolus into the applicator in such a way that the sensor shaft comes to rest at the far end of the applicator. Please ensure that the push rod of the applicator is kept flat – the push rod should not press directly on the sensor shaft. This ensures that the smaXtec Classic Bolus is positioned sensor shaft first in the cow’s stomach. With the cow’s head and neck angled in an extended and straightened position you can now administer the smaXtec Classic Bolus. The front end of the applicator must reach beyond the base of the tongue before the smaXtec Classic Bolus is released. Please ensure that the cow does not eat anything for at least two hours prior to administration of the smaXtec Classic Bolus. It is therefore preferable to administer the smaXtec Classic Bolus in the morning before the first feed.
Wir raten aus Gründen der Biosicherheit davon ab, den smaXtec Classic Bolus SX.1 in einem anderen Tier wiederzuverwenden. Außerdem können sich Veränderungen des Mediums (Pansen/Luft/Pansen) negativ auf die Messgenauigkeit auswirken.

Innerhalb welchen Zeitraumes muss der smaXtec Classic Bolus SX.1 nach der Initialisierung der Kuh eingegeben werden?

Der smaXtec Classic Bolus SX.1 sollte innerhalb der nächsten Stunden eingegeben werden.
Der smaXtec Classic Bolus SX.1 kann Daten über 50 Tage intern speichern. Sobald alle Messdaten von einer Auslesestation (smaXtec Base Station oder Repeater) ausgelesen wurden, steht der interne Datenspeicher wieder für 50 Tage zur Verfügung.
Die Batterielebensdauer des smaXtec Classic Bolus SX.1 beträgt bis zu 4 Jahre. In dieser Zeit ist die Messung beider Parameter gegeben.

Technical details

Download the product sheet to find out more about the technical details of the product.
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