The hatchery, which is a completely new green field operation, is a turnkey project with layouts and planning also supplied by Pas Reform’s engineering team. As a multi-phase project, the hatchery will begin operations in its first phase with six SmartSetPro™ setters, each with a capacity of 115,200 hatching eggs and six SmartHatchPro™ hatchers, each holding up to 19,200 eggs.
The new Uruapan hatchery is fully climate-controlled, with Siemens controlled air handling units to manage air conditioning in the setter rooms, hatcher bays and chick holding rooms, pressure controls for exhaust plenums and Pas Reform’s SmartCenter™ hatchery information system to provide total operational control of the different hatchery functions from a single work station.
Hatchery automation is also being supplied by Pas Reform, including an egg classification line and 50,000 egg-per-hour Embrex-integrated candling transfer system, to automatically detect infertile eggs and early, mid- and late embryonic mortality, eliminating clears from the setter trays before vaccination.
The hatchery, owned by Uruapan’s Bahena family, has been planned with expansion in mind, with full online connectivity through SmartCenter™ to enable Pas Reform to provide technical support whenever it is required. “While this type of online backup will never replace on site technical service visits,” comments Ranulfo Ortiz of Pas Reform Mexico, “it is an excellent source of reassurance and backup that receives positive feedback from our clients.”
Carlos Bahena concludes: “Our new Pollo Bakity hatchery will be one of if not the most advanced in Mexico, and we will make full use of the access we have to Pas Reform Academy and its hatchery management training programmes, to fully optimise our single-stage capabilities in this new operation as quickly as possible.”