SMC, the world’s leading provider of pneumatics, has successfully hatched a flexible valve solution for a customer specialising in the hatchery industry.
Dutch company, Innovatec, has designed and installed over 950 customised hatchery automation solutions in more than 40 countries since its foundation 22 years ago, with a mission to maximise production output and revenues for its customers.
SMC was called in to help improve a valve issue for Innovatec’s Candling & Transfer machine that scans eggs to determine whether or not they have been fertilized. The machine’s key goal is to detect if an egg will hatch eventually. Eggs that have been fertilized insufficiently will be removed from the process. SMC’s all-purpose 5 port solenoid valve SY Series, was chosen above other competing valves in the marketplace for its outstanding quality, operating flexibility and ease of use.
As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Innovatec regularly customises machines to suit individual client needs and often, therefore, has to manipulate the valve manifolds. The company also sends in its own service engineers to maintain their machines, so the need to easily change and replace contaminated valves is critical in terms of minimising production downtime, driving efficiencies and operating profit.
Innovatec had been using an alternative valve system but had found it too rigid and inefficient to operate. However, the SY Series provided the ideal solution thanks to its flexibility and ease with which customers can not only manoeuvre individual valves without disturbing others but can mount various sized valves all within the same manifold, delivering air savings.
Innovatec’s purchasing manager, René Krupp explained: “SMC’s SY Series stood out from the crowd in terms of reliability, applicability, quality and price. The manifolds are flexible and easy to use when compared to previous versions, which were too rigid. The quality of the product is also outstanding, offering an A+ performance, which is matched by a good price in comparison to its competitors.”
Innovatec’s variety of products solutions, such as the Candling & Transfer machine, offer many customer benefits ranging from reduced hatcher space to energy savings and high speed operations. The SY Series complements these benefits as it provides high flow capacity and low energy consumption within a compact design.
Improved functionality is also achieved as the SY’s wiring, piping and operation are integrated on one side. And flexible piping on the top, side or bottom, makes it possible to change the direction, size and type of piping, with improved visibility due to the slide manual.
SMC is the world’s leading pneumatics provider and has been voted for three consecutive years as one of the most innovative global companies by leading business magazine, Forbes. The company prides itself on working closely with its customers and through its technical support structure is able to provide solutions that improve productivity and reduce overall production costs. SMC has developed a full range of valve products and for further information visit www.smc.eu.
For more information on Innovatec and its range of hatchery automation solutions visit www.innovatec.com.