Egg Industry - January 2018 - 14
14 ❙ EggIndustry
New facilities allow
increased energy efficiency
Metzler said modern design allowed for recapture and reuse of
energy generated in the incubators.
Instead of that heat being pumped
out of the building - and wasting
the energy needed to create it - it
is used to reheat water reused inside
In traditional hatcheries, Metzler
said, warm air is exchanged in the
incubators in order to keep the oxygen level up. Most of the hot air is
expelled directly outside. In the new
facility, the air is recaptured before
it's exhausted to maintain warm water without additional energy inputs.
Automation and new
technology at work
Along with automating tasks like
separating the chick from the egg
The incubators in the hatchery utilize advanced software to control
every aspect of the atmosphere and the incubation process. Austin Alonzo
shell, vaccination and beak trimming, the facility makes use of new
technology for moving eggs and
chicks and managing the incubators.
Soto and Metzler said plans call
for installing two robots - built by
Hatchery Planning Co. - to work in
the most labor-intensive and injuryprone jobs at the hatchery. When
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installed, the robots will move eggs
from receiving pallets onto carts and
moving trays with chicks then placing them onto the separator. This will
reduce the need for human labor in
these repetitive jobs.
The hatchery's Jamesway Platinum
2.0 model single-stage incubators and
the entire facility utilize advanced
software to automate the hatching
process and manage the environment.
Software links all of the incubation
equipment and controls the environment within the machines. The
software monitors and controls the
temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide
levels and turning of the eggs.
After hatching and sorting, the
Novatech PSP beak-trimming and
vaccination device is employed
to treat multiple chicks at a time.
It's the only machine still used in
Europe and approved by European
animal welfare standards. Metzler
said the device allows for the most
consistent vaccination and beak
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