With the capacity to produce 600,000 day old female layers per week, the new facility - located in Mexico - will be the largest layer hatchery in Latin America and fully operational by the second quarter of 2017.
The contract comprises 36 SmartSet™ 115 setters with a capacity of 115,200 eggs each and 36 SmartHatch™ hatchers. Pas Reform’s project team has designed the entire hatchery layout and provided detailed plans for hot- and cold-water plumbing and drainage systems and the hatchery’s complete ventilation system. Installation will include Pas Reform’s fully automated transfer and candling equipment, sexing and vaccination carousels, chick counters, tippers and a vacuum waste disposal system.
The decision to work with Pas Reform came after a careful and rigid comparison of hatchery equipment manufacturers and suppliers, says Proan CEO Mr. Manuel Romo. “We wanted a fully integrated approach to the development of our new hatchery project,” he said, “and our preference was to work with a single industry partner.
“We found that Pas Reform not only delivered a complete solution in their state-of-the-art setters, hatchers and ventilation systems, but they could also offer a full range of hatchery automation and climate control equipment, with the project management capabilities to fully support the new development.”
Proan’s intention, continues Romo, is to develop the most highly automated hatchery, a goal he says his company will certainly achieve with the completion of the new project.
The hatchery, which is intended to supply all of Proan’s needs for day old pullets, will be listed as one of the world’s largest layer hatcheries, with the capacity to produce six hatches of 100,000 layer pullets every week. “This is virtually a turnkey project,” explains Ranulfo Ortiz, Pas Reform’s business development manager in Latin America. “The only part of the project to be sub-contracted is the physical construction of the hatchery building. All design, planning and the installation of hatchery systems and equipment will be fulfilled by a multi-disciplined project team from Pas Reform, including engineers that specialise in autocad drawing, ventilation and hatchery automation and overall project management specialists.
“At the end of the build and installation phases, we will remain onsite with Proan’s hatchery personnel, to deliver onsite training while programming and refining the hatchery’s systems to accommodate a highly ambitious hatch plan.”
Proan’s hatchery project is, says Ortiz, one of the most comprehensive projects ever contracted to Pas Reform in Latin America – and one that will serve as an important showcase operation for the entire region.
Pas Reform’s CEO Mr. Harm Langen, concludes: “Working with partners of this calibre is central to our strategy for growth going forward. A project of this magnitude enables us to deploy our full range of products, technologies and services.
“Proan’s new hatchery will, we believe, make an impression not only on the Latin American market, but quite conceivably throughout the western hemisphere.”