Pas Reform has introduced its SmartHatch module, which monitors and adjusts the hatching processing automatically from the day of transfer to the hatching of the last chicks hatching.
Fully automated processes delivery greater accuracy and requires zero human intervention.
Field trials have proven that the systematic measurement and control of temperature, humidity and CO2 production, combined with the use of current and historical data to adjust the hatcher environment consistently, produce higher levels of uniformity per batch.
Automated Hatching (AHS) is an important feature of SmartHatch, a system that controls ventilation in the hatcher towards the end of the hatching process, based on carbon dioxide or CO2 levels within the machine.
SmartHatch's automated hatching system monitors CO2 levels, automatically triggering ventilation to maintain a steady 0.5% CO2 setpoint inside the machine.
This CO2 monitoring mechanism works in tandem with a monitor of humidity levels.
As the hatch begins, and CO2 levels spike briefly, humidity in the machine will climb above optimum 56 percent. Peak humidity will occur during the hatch, and a drop of 3 percent from peak is a very good indicator of the end of the hatch window, when all the chicks have hatched.
By calculating the time elapsed from the CO2 spike at the start of the hatch, to seeing that 3 percent drop from peak humidity - SmartHatch actually works out the hatch window per batch of chicks - using that information to trigger 'hatch alerts', indicated by a flashing chick on the hatcher console â€“ to inform the hatchery manager when the chicks are ready for take off to further processing.