Farmers at the 2020 Minnesota Pork Congress, held Jan. 28-29 in Minneapolis, saw the latest in environmental controls and feeder products from Automated Production Systems (AP).
Featured products included:
EDGE controller enhancements. AP said this is a swine industry first — a new weather station feature that senses rain, outside temperature, outside humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and barometric pressure so that the controller can skip ventilation modes to use natural ventilation instead.
Another EDGE enhancement allows the controller to connect with standard sensors to detect potential environmental issues, such as CO2, ammonia, smoke, air speed and water pressure problems. Producers automatically receive email or text alerts.
A new EDGE backup mode offers a third layer of protection in the event the main and redundant control systems fail. Backup mode is automatically activated, enabling ventilation and other environmental functions to be maintained until primary controller function can be restored.
Flex-Flo Unloader. AP said this unloader offers increased wear performance and 30% more surface area for feed flow to reduce bridging events. The company offers a full line of stainless steel and galvanized models for its M220 to M500 Flex-Flo feed delivery systems in all configurations. Features include a low-profile clear boot design, composite tube anchors and wear plates, and custom molded clear access door.
APFLEX-FLO UNLOADER: AP said this unloader offers increased wear performance and 30% more surface area for feed flow to reduce bridging events.
Automatic slide gate. AP said this feed delivery accessory provides reliable control with accurate gate positions and quick gate closure. It offers automatic opening based on load cell or proximity switch inputs, as well as remote operation inside the barn, which helps to maintain the highest standards for biosecurity.
APAUTO SLIDE GATE: AP said this feed delivery accessory offers accurate gate positions and quick gate closure.
MC and VR heaters. AP said MC 50/250 and VR 50/250 variable rate heaters offer producers improved efficiency, more control, easier access and increased longevity. The MC and VR line‐style burner offers an extended range of 50,000 to 250,000 BTU’s, which allows the heater to run longer while improving heat distribution and humidity control. Other features include an easy-to-use ignitor and an easy-to-remove door for maintenance access. Every aspect of the heater can be serviced using a single tool — a 1/4-inch nut driver, AP said.