Temperature is king, not just for some eggs but for all eggs. One of the most important criteria for successful incubation is ensuring that all your incubated eggs are at the same temperature throughout your machine. It is this criterion, that forms the basis of the EmTech Effect.
Within incubation, there is a temperature bandwidth to which the eggs are held. Some incubators can hold 80-90% of their eggs within the ideal shell temperature of 37.8°C – 38.3°C. throughout their incubation process. However, what they fail to do is ensure that all the eggs are at the optimum temperature, not just a focused area.
Why does this happen?
There are many reasons why incubators can have a wide temperature bandwidth, with some even recording a bandwidth of over 2.5 degrees.
Most of these issues relate to the air flow characteristics of the incubator and its ability to transfer heat. The distance from the ventilation equipment to the furthest eggs affects the incubators ability to be homogeneous.
Poor ventilation within an incubator can be detrimental to the overall process, producing dead spots. These ‘dead’ spots can be either hot or cold and will affect the temperature bandwidth significantly.
The capacity of the heating and cooling functions within the incubator plays a large part in controlling the bandwidth, especially at the most crucial stages of incubation. The way the incubator delivers the ‘artificial climate’ is also important to avoid the machine from ‘cycling’ and ‘hunting’.
The EmTech Effect
EmTech systems provide a temperature bandwidth of no greater than 0.6°C within the egg mass. The benefit is that all the developing embryos experience the same environmental conditions so that they all hatch within a very short hatch window. EmTech systems are proving every day that the tighter the hatch window the better the quantity, quality and liveability of the chicks.
How do we achieve this?
During incubation, the necessity for the cabinet to be well insulated is one of the most crucial aspects of the design.
Unlike most industry machines, EmTech cabinets do not use an aluminium framework, which can often act as a thermal bridge, taking away heat and thus unbalancing the internal environment.
EmTech also uses interlocking PIR panels that eliminate thermal losses, cold spots and condensation.
However, it isn’t just the cabinets that play a part in successful incubation. A simple to operate but sophisticated control system is also essential to all the machine to operate at its optimum performance.
The control system is the heart of the incubator and must be robust and reliable enough for both present and future technological advances. With the vast experience of EmTech team and the deep knowledge and experience of working with Omron PLC systems, it was an easy and absolute decision to base the EmTech Eclipse controls on the Omron PLC platform.
This intelligent system boasts a highly configurable user interface, allowing the customer to use the incubator in any way that they want. Additionally, with over 70 individual alarms in plain text display, the user can be alerted to any potential issues.
EmTech also has a wide range of different controls and monitoring systems, including the Discovery alarm system, which is the ideal accompaniment to any suite of incubators. Communicating directly with the incubators, it can display a detailed alarm information and real-time environmental values from every incubator connected.
You can find out more about our controls and monitoring systems here.
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