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Elmer’s new Ravage Bale Processor Courtesy of Elmer’s Manufacturing
LOADED UP: Elmer’s new Ravage Bale Processor can handle three round bales or two square bales per load.

New products for bale processing, hog barns

New swine products will be on display at the Minnesota Pork Congress, set for Feb. 5-6 in Minneapolis.

Elmer’s releases new bale processor
Elmer’s Manufacturing, Altona, Manitoba, Canada, announces the release of its new product, the Ravage Bale Processor.

The Ravage can be adjusted to spread a variety of round bale or square bale sizes. It will spread a bale evenly up to 50 feet. It was built with direct feedback from farmers who felt the current offerings were not meeting their expectations, according to an Elmer’s news release.

Key features of the processor include:

• ability to process two round or three square bales per load

• live floor to provide control of bale

• adjustable upper beater to help feed bale and adapt to different bale sizes

• spring-loaded bale discharge door to remove unneeded bales

• directional chute for discharge control when spreading or bunking

• adjustable, removable aggression bars to help restrict how quickly the bale feeds processor

• loading visibility to give the farmer full control of processing and loading the next bale

The Ravage Bale Processor was on display at Brandon Ag Days in Manitoba last week and is available at the Altona, Manitoba, location.

To learn more about the Ravage, visit

AP’s EDGE hand-held controlHAND-HELD CONTROL: Automated Production Systems’ Edge controller with a new Scenario mode makes temporary changes quickly to swine barn environments. (Courtesy of Automated Production)

Edge controller with Scenario mode
Automated Production Systems’ enhanced Edge controller with a new Scenario mode makes temporary changes to environmental controls in swine production facilities easy and efficient.

Scenario mode allows a group of functions, such as fans, inlets and lights, to be temporarily reset by operators using a “virtual” switch, without having to reprogram the controller. It can also be engaged by other barn employees unfamiliar with the controller simply by using a physical push button that activates predefined settings for a specific situation. In contrast, most control systems require barn employees to manually reset each environmental control individually, using individual buttons or switches, and then manually turn them off to return to standard settings.

The Edge system can be activated and deactivated remotely from any internet-connected device. Plus, minimum and maximum animal age, time of day and outside temperature can be specified to prevent a Scenario from being activated when undesirable conditions exist.

AP’s Edge controller handles all operational functions in single or multibarn hog production environments. Producers can monitor and manage ventilation, cooling, heating, feeding and lighting systems from a single controller using one interface. It can be installed in new construction or as an upgrade to a current facility, integrating a wide variety of components into a single, efficient system.

Commander direct drive fans HIGH EFFICIENCY: Automated Production Systems’ new Commander direct-drive fans reduce total fan energy costs and have no belts, pulleys or grease. (Courtesy of Automated Production)

Commander direct-drive fans
Automated Production Systems’ new 36-inch and 54-inch Commander direct-drive fans for swine production facilities offer efficiency, high output and remote access through the Edge control system. Key features include fiberglass and poly cone options; a permanent magnet motor that runs cool to the touch and supplies constant torque to the propeller; and a drive system that allows for the use of fail-safe relays or backup thermostats as required. Commander fans reduce total fan energy costs and require low maintenance, with no belts, pulleys or grease. An Optistick and smartphone app allow for easy parameter changes and simplified diagnostics.

For additional information, producers can contact their AP dealer or visit

AP will feature its enhanced Edge controller with scenario mode and new Commander high-efficiency fans at the 2019 Minnesota Pork Congress to be held Feb. 5-6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Sources: Elmer’s Manufacturing and Automated Production Systems, which are solely responsible for the information provided and are wholly owned by the sources. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.


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