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Day Old Chick Vaccination Projects

An evolution of smaller projects which we had previously done in the poultry industry and one that excited us.

 

Having just completed a semi-automated vaccination tunnel, we were briefed to design a system that would have the ability to vaccinate 720,000 chicks  a week in the shortest possible time.

The uniqueness of this project is that unlike other pneumatically operated vaccination concepts, we do not have any cross contamination between the compressed air and the vaccine. These were ensured to never encounter each other.

Our final design has the capacity to vaccinate 160 chicks, every 5 seconds. We ensured there was a very consistent dosage of vaccine as well as minimal waste.

 

By automating the process, we managed to increase the output of chicks from 960 chicks per minute on our semi-automated vaccination tunnel to 1,920 chicks per minute in the automated vaccination tunnel. That is a reduction in vaccination time by 50%.

The final design included:

• a variable speed drive and gearbox sourced from SEW

• sensing sourced from IFM

• PLC and communication cables sourced from Phoenix Contact

• Pneumatics sourced from SMC

• Conveyor belts sourced from Modutech

• Spray nozzles sourced from Spraying Systems.

 

All design and fabrication work was completed in-house.

Automated Vaccination Tunnel
Automated Vaccination Tunnel
Automated Vaccination Tunnel
Automated Vaccination Tunnel
Automated Vaccination Tunnel
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