SmartSense™ uses a next generation series of intelligent, high-accuracy sensors for both adaptive incubator control and predictive process information. This results in ongoing optimization of the incubation process to maximise the number of best-quality chicks.

Modular single stage incubation

The modular design of the SmartSense™ single-stage incubation series allows you to carefully manage the conditions required by the developing embryos per incubator section.

Each zone of the incubator is supported by its own temperature, heating, cooling, humidification and ventilation systems. This is the only way to guarantee a homogeneous temperature in incubators containing more than 130,000 hatching eggs.

By controlling each section individually, a range of incubation environments can be created to meet the specific needs of each egg, according to breed, flock, age or storage profile. Together with the SmartSense™ trolley, the system automatically adapts to specific embryonic needs. The result is maximum uniformity and optimal climate conditions for each batch of eggs at every stage of the incubation process – making specific trolley positioning and transfer during incubation redundant.

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SmartSense™ delivers major benefits for your hatchery

Fully sealed cabinet Energy efficient feature
SmartSense™ has a fully sealed cabinet for optimum control of the incubation climate. This ensures uniform temperature, humidity and CO2 build up in the initial stages of incubation for a uniform start of the incubation process. The doors are fitted with both automatic magnetic closures and drop-down seals, guaranteeing a secure, airtight and energy efficient seal. When shut, the doors create a strong, reliable barrier against air infiltration and leakage, enabling the egg pack to heat up quickly and uniformly during initial incubation and preventing the loss of valuable climatized air.

Integrated webcam
SmartSense™ features a fully integrated webcam, which allows visual inspections without disrupting the incubator climate – not just in front of the machine, but also remotely from anywhere in the world.

Integrated heating & cooling
The SmartSense™ setter has an integrated heating & cooling system in each section of the incubator – for optimum energy transmission, fast, even warm-up to set temperature, and maximum, future-proof cooling capacity. The system is fully integrated, with flex fans in front of the coils to deliver uniform cooling and temperature distribution throughout the cabinet. The SmartSense™ hatcher is equipped with Pas Reform’s exclusive SurroundCooling™ system: 12 parallel water-cooling circuits incorporated in the hatcher’s aluminium cabinet walls, for maximum, futureproof cooling capacity.

Turning in line with airflow
The SmartSense™ turning device rotates the egg trays in line with the airflow. This ensures superior temperature distribution throughout the incubator, whether it holds 4 or 24 trolleys. In addition, each pair of setter trolleys has an independent (adjustable) turning mechanism, which is designed to protect the delicate hatching eggs from harmful physical shocks.

ESM™ Energy Saving Module™ Energy efficient feature
SmartSense™ uses Royal Pas Reform’s Energy Saving Module™ (ESM™) for fully programmable incubator fan RPMs and energy efficient, frequency-controlled motors. This, coupled with the flex fan, makes the SmartSense™ setter one of the most energy efficient on the market. Combined with the SmartSense™ trolley, ESM™ becomes adaptive by automatically adjusting the fan speed to meet the needs of the growing embryo.

AMF™ Adaptive Metabolic Feedback™ Energy efficient feature
In a single-stage incubation environment, achieving the correct weight loss profile for hatching eggs is critical for proper air cell development. To achieve this, SmartSense™ incubators simultaneously measure and control humidity and CO2 during incubation. This Adaptive Metabolic Feedback (AMF™) accurately replicates breed or flock-specific weight loss profiles, preventing excessive ventilation and the loss of expensive,  climatised air. Combined with the SmartSense™ trolley, AMF™ becomes adaptive by automatically adjusting ventilation and humidity levels to changing incubation demands.

Optimum hygiene
SmartSense™ was specifically designed to meet the stringent hygienic requirements of the modern hatchery. Being resistant to strong disinfectants and corrosion, the robust cabinets are extremely durable. With  ompartmentalized sensors, modular hatchers to prevent cross contamination, the incorporation of Microban® antibacterial protection into hatcher baskets and integrated cooling pipes in ‘food safe’ anodized aluminium hatcher walls, martSense™ sets the industry standard for incubator hygiene.

SmartWatch™ monitors and adjusts the hatching process automatically, eliminating any need for human intervention. The module finely controls ventilation in the hatcher, based on a programmable CO2 concentration, from the moment of transfer through to the hatching of the last chicks.

Ergonomic design
SmartSense’s™ advanced ergonomic design benefits from decades of practical hatchery experience. Each detail has been thoughtfully engineered to deliver safe and efficient operation, whilst minimizing maintenance and reducing the risk of mistakes and labour costs.

SmartSense™ user interface
The SmartSense™ user interface provides total control over every function and setting in each individual incubator. With a large, vertical, high-resolution 15.4-inch colour touchscreen and multi-language intuitive design, it is simple to operate and easily accessible to operators of all skill levels. The SmartSense™ interface also includes an extensive incubation library for customer-specific incubation programs, with ongoing support from Pas Reform Academy.

Bi-directional airflow Energy efficient feature
The design of the SmartSense™ bi-directional flex fan ensures the most effective method of exchanging energy, CO2/O2 and moisture in the incubator – to achieve truly homogeneous temperature distribution. Straight, flexible fan blades make it possible to rotate the flex fan in both directions (independently programmable). Inlet air is channelled along the side of the setter trolleys, to prevent ambient air making direct contact with the eggs. A mixing zone assures complete air temperature homogeneity before the air is drawn over the eggs. And because it runs at a lower speed and is used on a ‘slow’ speed motor, the newly designed flex fan brings a substantial reduction in electrical consumption, while also ensuring maximum operational reliability.

Fully Connected
SmartSense™ products are fully connected for remote support and updates, giving the hatchery greater control over the incubation process. Data is exchanged with SmartCenterPro™ to deliver detailed hatchery monitoring, analysis and reporting, allowing full track & trace functionality at every level of hatchery operation.

Flexible post-hatch feeding
The SmartStart™ version of SmartSense™ promotes the development of robust day-old chicks and helps to reduce the need for antibiotics. The hatcher comprises two key elements, that can be applied individually or together: precision feeding and intelligent lighting.

Adaptive embryonic incubation

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Bouke Hamminga, Director International Sales & Business Development