Grupo Uvesa, one of Spain’s leading broiler integrations, is to build its new green field broiler hatchery with the Pas Reform’s SmartPro™ single stage incubation, climate control and hatchery automation systems.
The new hatchery, which will be located at Tudela in the Navarra region of Spain, will incorporate 25 SmartSetPro setters using Pas Reform's space saving honeycomb 162 SmartTrays, for the highest number of hatching eggs per m2 and incorporating Microban antibacterial technology, and 24 SmartHatchPro hatchers. In addition, Pas Reform is designing and installing a bespoke HVAC (climate control) system, including a hatchery-specific heat recovery system, to maximise efficiencies and reduce costs while maintaining biosecurity throughout the facility and creating an optimised environment for producing high quality day old chicks.
Comprehensive automation in the new hatchery will include SmartTransfer for the simultaneous transfer of up to 34 settertrays and a complete candling and transfer line, with automatic unloading, stacking and de-stacking; an automatic separator will deliver hatched chicks, without remnants of shell, to the next stage of processing. A double SmartCount counting and boxing system, incorporating Pas Reform's innovative new Vision Technology, will count and box chicks after inline sexing and high pressure washing machines will ensure the thorough cleaning of all trays, baskets and boxes between hatch cycles.
Running behind every aspect of hatchery operations, Pas Reform's advanced SmartCenterPro Hatchery Information System will integrate the control of incubation, HVAC (climate control) and automation systems to a single user interface, recording all key data and generating batch reports to assist the hatchery manager in the full optimization of hatchery performance.
As a leading producer of poultry products in Western Europe, the Spanish poultry sector has grown considerably in recent years. With a substantial share of this growing market, UVESA's general director, Raúl Gómez Arranz, says that investment in a new hatchery is a logical move for the company.
"In our search for the most innovative solutions for a new green project, we have visited hatcheries in several Western European countries over the last five years...," said Gómez Arranz.
"We were impressed by [Pas Reform's] technological advancements and while we did look initially at working with separate suppliers for incubation and hatchery automation systems, we found that Pas Reform was very able to combine both and truly deliver a complete hatchery solution for UVESA."
Erwin Prinzen, Pas Reform sales director, concludes: "Western Europe is a region of great importance to Pas Reform's strategic growth plans. Over the last few years, we have built several new green field projects in the region, among them new hatcheries for ISA in the Netherlands and Tetra, in Hungary.