Tags: Hatchery management | Whitepaper
27 August 2010,
Modern hatcheries are capital intensive, production orientated businesses that depend on minimal downtime to realise optimised profitability. A well-organized preventive maintenance program is therefore a critical focus for these businesses which, by anticipating and preparing for potential machinery or equipment failures, are far more efficient, smooth-running and ultimately better placed to realise maximum returns on investment.
Operational or equipment break-downs and malfunctions can cause severe disruption to the business, potentially with serious and costly implications for hatchability and chick quality.
Waiting until equipment breaks down is the opposite of a proactive, well-organized preventive maintenance program. It is important to avoid equipment break-downs and malfunctions because:
A skilled and dedicated technical staff and the ready onsite availability of a full range of spare parts are key ingredients for a successful preventive maintenance program.
With these factors in place, the hatchery can expect to achieve relatively uninterrupted operation, not only of incubation equipment, but also of supporting and auxiliary functions, such as climate control systems, hatchery automation, stand-by generator, alarm and waste systems, trucks and the many other services and systems that together support the comprehensive modern hatchery in its day-to-day operations.
A well-organized preventive maintenance program typically includes:
When problems are detected during regular checks, there is still ample time to plan for the replacement of relevant parts before they actually break down, which is fundamental to preventing disruption to the smooth-running of the hatchery.
Accurately recording maintenance activities generates an essential maintenance history for the hatchery, which will be invaluable in the event of changes to personnel. By analyzing maintenance data over a longer time period, the frequency of preventive maintenance as well as specific instructions for maintenance activities can be adjusted.
With such a systematic approach to preventive maintenance, hatchery equipment can be expected to deliver top performance, achieve a maximum lifetime of use and contribute to hatchery reliability and profitability.