BUILDING A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE
BUILDING A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE
In this issue of “Tools for Tomorrow”, I highlight why and how to consider an upgrade for your older PMSI equipment. The ﬁrst point focuses on building a technological advantage. The second point is the evaluation process. A good rule to remember is that less efficient equipment performance leads to higher cost. A producer must manage ventilation, heating, and feed as economically as possible, and efficiently manage egg ﬂow from barns to processing to achieve the maximum income potential. Below we have identified 7 areas of improvement that can be achieved with the new CIII technology, which will help you to build a technological advantage.
When you upgrade to Command III (CIII) technology you can expect the following advantages:
- Fewer repair costs and increased reliability due to new and improved technology.
- Higher speed communications resulting in more responsive egg ﬂow and better environmental control performance.
- CIII’s handshake with broadband connection provides you with faster and more accessible technical support.
- The ability to view egg ﬂow and environmental control from any house with CIII, which allows managers easy access to production data and alerts.
- Managed Network Switch helps provide stable communications and improved backup in the event that a ﬁber connection is lost, while also reducing the total fiber required per installation.
- The new CIII and mux boards (for reading egg counts) are much more resistant to electrical noise.
- Command III System rack includes “hot swappable” cards, resulting in less chance of damage when replacing components, and less downtime during repair and troubleshooting
Top bird performance relies on accurate environmental data. The CIII System scans faster and the data is much more accurate. Employees working the barns do not need to walk the distance of 8 or 9 buildings to ﬁnd out what is going on with the egg counts. All CIII locations have easy access to production and processing information. For example, you can be standing in barn 2 while viewing production information in barn 7.
PMSI CAN HELP WITH YOUR EQUIPMENT TRANSITION WITH THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
- Schedule a visit to your site to help to plan the transition
- Observe the existing control system to make certain we understand your needs.
- Review the control panel design to be sure that we have all the necessary elements of monitoring and control.
- Discuss the logistics of removing the existing system, and switch to the Command III system while minimizing interruption to your daily operations.
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS WHEN UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY:
- New technology responds faster to sensors.
- A wider choice of strategies for ventilation, feed, and house control.
- Better equipment quality helps eliminate noise issues and provides better protection from lightning.
- Speed of communications with NOAH controller (200 – 800% faster) and more responsive to house conditions.
“We switched everything over in one day, shut down the old system, and hooked up to pre-hung boxes.
We were able to use some of the old boxes, contactors and relays.”
EQUIPMENT SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE LONG HAUL
The controlled environment that birds live in plays a major role in determining what kind of egg production a ﬂock will have. In this equation, housing and equipment are essential to success. Egg producers have a strong interest in uninterrupted production and processing. The history of computers and electronics shows that they eventually fail, and advancements in technology provide improved choices, directly effecting efficiencies in production. It becomes apparent that the facility with the least down time and most efficient equipment will realize the benefit of lower production costs.
AUTOMATIC WELL MONITORING AND CONTROL WITH YOUR COMMAND III SYSTEM
Well monitoring is essential for assessing the operation and condition of your well and water levels.
PMSI CIII system can include special features to continuously monitor the water levels inside of the well. This is done in order to ensure the water levels in the well will meet your requirements, such as bird drinking water. Pump repairs mainly result from the well running low on water, which can cause problems such as low water supply and poor water pressure. As monitoring data is collected over time, informed decisions can be made on scheduling preventative maintenance and repairing or replacing any deficiencies.
Key benefits are listed below:
- Real-time well level
- Track changes in well levels from anywhere access via smartphone or computer
- Leak alerts auto notify
- Ability for well management and control
- Identify existing or potential changes in flow
- Detect problems
- Receive alerts when set levels are hit
- Water level monitoring and water level graph
The top feature is the alarm capability for level and pumps. Next would be to see tank level through the C3 and to monitor gallons used per well. Also, the switching capability so we can rotate wells.
The items we are monitoring on the well are tank level, alternating pumps and water meters. I get alarms for low tank level and motor overloads.
One of the key elements of well monitoring is to record water level measurements on a regular basis. The water level graph is used to display time, date and water rates. You will be able to see times associated with water levels and identify changes in the water flow.
CIII Display below provides helpful information to identify potential problems
- Tank level 1
- Tank level 2
- Old well 1 flow
- New well 1 flow
- New well 2 flow
In a typical well we monitor power status, water level, pump running, VFD fault, switch “auto” position. automatic well monitoring can help keep a well at its very best while also helping producers save money on repairs along the way.
Please contact us about these capabilities.