September 30, 2010


Weda offers comfortable controlling for pig unit operators

Press Release


Pig farmers require control systems which offer comfortable and clear support for their service management. With the present update "Service-ModuleExcellent 4PX/4BO", Weda Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH from Lutten offer pig farmers a new and useful instrument, made available for their animal house management.


By means of Tool Chat, a modern communication platform is made available for the user who will be able to gain relevant information with this. The unit manager will now be able to exchange information with his staff or with Weda's Service via coupling. In exchange, a chat is now taking place as the information can be looked at and can be answered. The dialogues can be stored in the feeding computer "Exzellent 4PX", together with date and time.


To supplement the chat, the operator can use this tool for creating personalised or specialised notebooks. With the functions "Copy" and "Paste" it is possible to add consumption data which - if required - can be used by the mechanic, the service or by the unit staff. Before their vacation or in case of sickness leave, Service staff can deposit information in the programme. The information is permanently callable and will not get lost.


The benefit of the tool Power Consumption lies in the optimisation of so-called power peaks of the current collectors. In everyday life, the unit manager can see at a glance which electrical devices were started at a given time and which capacity (in KW) was consumed. This in turn forms the base for the optimisation of his daily schedule to let the engines run one after the other and not at the same time. For example, by starting

the motor of the grinder only after feeding, costs can be saved by a more advantageous purchase of power.


Power Consumption offers the user the possibility to enter a respective capacity limit by himself (power consumption in kW over a period of x minutes). If this is exceeded, he will receive a warning hint via a window on his screen. Electrical devices which are not connected with the Excellent 4PX system as a standard (milking machines, elevators or grinder motors) can be taken up into the table via a special entry. Motors and electricity consumers will not be controlled or switched off by this, either.


The Maintenance Plan offers the user a complete outline on maintenance work of the available technical devices which has to be carried out and which will be shown in the form of a table. If maintenance work is forthcoming, a report is made. Respective maintenance orders are assorted according to priority always at the top of the table. Only after having set the "tick off" hook, the interval of the maintenance order starts afresh. The user can read from the table at a glance when the next, the last maintenance and the one before the last has to take place, resp. has taken place.

The unit manager can enter his maintenance order personally via the free text entry. The tool moreover enables him to enter the maintenance intervals for his complete unit technology. The maintenance intervals are  depending on the device  entered in days or in hours. Possible examples: "Cleaning of the milking machine", "Oil level of compressors", "worming treatment of the dog."


A useful tool is the new application Operating Hours Counter. This is used for the simple, fast and uncomplicated display of the de-facto operating hours of all connected electricity consumers. This is very useful for the correct observance of the maintenance intervals and as a calculation base for the management.


The special features of the reciprocal remote control: the user can have access to a PC or other computers like ventilation computer or climate controller from his feeding computer. Until now it has only been possible to have access from PC to feeding computer. The operation of E-mail programmes or internet access can now take place problem-free and fast. In units with raised hygiene standard, this means a considerable gain of time; alone the frequently laborious procedure of showering is not necessary any more. There is moreover the possibility of telecontrolling animal houses which are situated far outside the central building.


All available measured values of the computer can be arbitrarily displayed on the screen surface. This enables the user to adapt important management parameters to his specific conditions, e.g., the display of the administered feed amount depending on the inside and outside temperature. This way, the farmer can see at a glance that the continuity of the feeding behaviour changes under rising temperatures. With the aid of the tool the operator can change the room climate and can this way carry out adaptations.