The original skilled forelimb reach task was originally invented to assess motor assessment in rodents. Rodents are required to reach through a gap and grasp a food reward or level. In this updated, automated version, computer-supervised software trains and guides the subject for testing. Our automated update reduces the need for manual analysis of endpoint data points and results. Using this apparatus, you can assess the following:

  • Forelimb strength
  • Movement speed
  • Pronation/supination
  • Bradykinesia
  • And more

The Automated Skilled Forelimb Reach Task is easy to install and use with “plug-in-and-play” capabilities. Software and hardware can be customized to suit the needs and studies of the user. Maze Engineers offers lifetime post-purchase support to all customers. Easy to set up, the automated skilled forelimb task (software, etc).

MazeEngineers offer the Automated Skilled Forelimb. Custom coloring and customization are available upon request.


  • Increased subject throughput with a reduction of one-on-one time
  • Continuous recording of pre-trial and trial activity
  • Real-time analysis for current subject performance
  • Unsupervised learning is recorded by adaptive software
  • Greater statistical power to measure subtle significant results with hundreds of trials recorded
  • Offline analysis for secondary measures such as fatigue
Main Features
  • Studies and animal models which can be assessed using the Automated Skilled Forelimb Reach Task include:
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Motor learning
  • Acrylic Chamber
  • Automated Pellet dispenser
  • Sensor stripe
  • Control box
  • Software
Acrylic Chamber
  • Wall: clear acrylic 1⁄4 inch thick
  • Floor: light grey acrylic (client can choose a different color); A removable floor insert to allow easy
    waste cleaning
  • Default dimension: 23 x 10 x 20 (length x width x height); 0.7 cm gap
  • Slit: 0.7 cm (mouse) gap slit for the mouse to reach for the food pellet in the middle of the experimental box
  • Lid: removable clear acrylic
  • The chamber sits on the top of the automated pellet dispenser
Control Box
  • Front panel: Power, status indicators.
  • Back panel:
  • Connectors to support up to 8 pellet dispensers. The device has 4 connectors for four units
  • USB connector to connect to computer
  • Power cord: the label indicates the standard voltage of the country
Pellet Dispensor
  • A linear motor is mounted upside down to push a pellet to a pellet tray. The end of the actuator has a steel rod connected to the pellet delivery arm. The pellet delivery rod is cupped at the top to accommodate a single pellet.
  • A fiber optic sensor is mounted inside the rod to detect the successful filling of a pellet.
  • The system is an advanced version of the system described here.
  • The default pellet is 20 mg from
Forelimb Sensor
  • The sensor is single sided sensor stripe on the surface marked in Red
  • The sensor is secured on the acrylic chamber, adjustable along the slot
  • The software provides the front end for users to configure and run experiments. Historical data
    are saved.
  • Support Noldus EthoVision and ANY-maze video tracking integration. No TTL is required.

Price & Dimensions

Mouse Automated Skilled Forelimb

$ 2990


  • Height: 20 cm.
  • Length: 23 cm
  • Width: 10 cm.
  • 0.5 cm gap

Rat Automated Skilled Forelimb

$ 3490

  • Height: 30cm.
  • Length: 35cm
  • Width: 15cm.
  • 1cm gap

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