Poultry Management Systems, Inc. (PMSI) announced plans to relocate to a larger office and warehouse space in Lowell, Michigan, by late August 2017, and to hire additional employees for panel design, field service, Autocad design, and software development.
“The new 15,000 sq. ft. building is under construction at 890 O E Bieri Industrial Drive, Lowell, MI 49331”, said Poultry Management Systems President Doug Powell, who added, “It will be approximately twice the space we currently have.” The additional office and warehouse space is part of the planned changes needed to keep pace with growth in the poultry industry that PMSI has experienced during the past 8 years.
PMSI is recognized for taking biosecurity seriously and continues to strongly support the biosecurity policies of customers. Currently, PMSI’s main office is located at Herbruck’s Ranch in Saranac, Michigan. However, once the poultry industry signaled a shift to stricter biosecurity standards, PMSI secured a lease on a building in Lowell, Michigan, away from all poultry operations. The building is currently used by all traveling PMSI employees. The new space in Lowell is a longer-term solution and will include both clean and dirty areas for returned customer parts.
MORE WAREHOUSE SPACE
PMSI’s growth during the past few years has meant more products coming and going through its warehouse doors. With the new larger warehouse space, storing products will be more systemized, and inventory control will become more efficient. PMSI’s Warehouse Production Manager Eric Winslow is especially looking forward to the extra space for moving and storing products. Winslow described the move to Lowell as “more room to work and stock parts.”
FASTER AND VERIFIED SAFE INTERNAL NETWORK
Since we are moving to a new location we also plan to upgrade our internal network as well. Eric Hansen, Senior Software Engineer describes the upgrade, “it will be faster and split so that machines that come back from customers are in a divided region until they are verified safe.”
HOW THE RIGHT INSTALLATION WILL ENSURE BETTER PERFORMANCE
Poor installation can seriously degrade counter performance. For maximum performance, you must give equal consideration to the quality of the egg counter and to the installation.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET GOOD COUNTS IS A PROPER INSTALLATION AND THE CORRECT MOUNTING FRAME:
- Mount the counter using the correct mounting frame.
- Adjust the counter for the correct incline.
- When mounting counter over a rod type conveyor the incline is a necessity. When mounting counter over a belt type of conveyor, mounting at an incline may not be necessary.
- Eggs must be motionless on the belt. If they are rolling across the belt as it travels under the counter you will get double counts.
- When the belt stops there should not be any back winding of the belt or the egg could get triple counted.
- The egg counter can be mounted on both the egg belt and the cross conveyor. When mounted on a cross conveyor, the egg counter should be positioned where the eggs cannot move sideways. Moving eggs could be double or triple counted.
- Intense light, direct sunlight, and bright fluorescent light can influence accuracy. Place the egg counters out of direct light or shield them.
A very high percentage of counter support issues can be directly attributed to improper installation as well as a lack of maintenance. Each mounting frame is designed for a specific counter and is a result of engineering efforts.
SOME OF THE ISSUES WE SEE FROM IMPROPER INSTALLATION:
- High counts
- Low counts
- Inconsistent counts
PMSI provides step by step instructions. Once all the steps are followed and completed the installation will be complete. Incomplete or improper installation can lead to poor egg counts. If the installer is unclear or uncertain regarding any of the steps, they should contact PMSI Support for clarification at 616-642-9050.