AP (Automated Production Systems), a division of GSI, is showcasing several of its advanced biosecurity products at the 2014 World Pork Expo June 4-6 in Des Moines, Iowa (Booth 179-Varied Industries Building), including:

Bio-Dri II System for Trailer Heating and Drying 

The company will feature an enhanced version of its Bio-Dri System, a quick and thorough method for heating and drying livestock trailers after washdown to help prevent the transmission of swine viruses during animal transport.  Because weather conditions and lack of downtime between loads can make adequate natural drying difficult, the Bio-Dri System utilizes high-volume, high-velocity blowers and gas-fired burners to deliver heated air to all parts of the trailer, inside and out. The heated air is recirculated through the system for maximum drying and fuel efficiency and then purged from the chamber at the end of each drying cycle.

The new Bio-Dri II System will be available to the market in August 2014, with new automated controls that provide:

  • Remote access – Producers can program operational parameters and monitor the process from off-site locations using their computer, smartphone or tablet.
  • Modulating heat – Instead of the current high/low control, the new system allows for temperatures to be increased or decreased to meet specific requirements, reducing cycle time and increasing efficiency.
  • Process verification – Once the drying process has been completed, verification will be automatically transmitted via text or email. The system will also record data relating to heating and drying time, temperature and other parameters.

“The Bio-Dri System has a proven track record in reducing the risk of introducing viruses and pathogens to pigs during transport in all weather conditions,” said Brian Rieck, AP product manager. “With its new, automated controls, Bio-Dri can be an even more effective tool in a swine producer’s biosecurity protocols.” 

Camfil Filtration Systems

AP is also showcasing its Camfil filters at World Pork Expo. Keeping viruses out and letting fresh air in is one of the most vital components to biosecurity in swine production. Camfil filters, which use a fine fiber media, last three to four years on average and maintain their efficiency continuously throughout their service life, helping swine producers protect their investment. In contrast, other filter solutions that use charged synthetic media typically last less than two years and lose 33 percent of their efficiency over their service life, potentially allowing more virus-containing particles to pass through.  

Camil’s L9 Pathogen Barrier maintains its efficiency throughout the life of the filter, especially against dangerous medium and larger particle sizes (1μm-3μm in diameter) that have been shown to transport and contain the highest levels of viruses.

An independent study also showed that when introduced to unfiltered swine barns, Camfil filters significantly reduced the virus infection rate. Ninety-three swine barns without filters were monitored for five years, during which time the average infection rate was 52 percent. However, once filters were added, the rate of viruses such as PRRS and PEDV dropped to 11 percent.

Agri-Alert 128 Touch Alarm System

At World Pork Expo, AP will also be launching its latest alarm system, Agri-Alert 128 Touch (AA128T) – the industry’s first color touch screen alarm system. AA128T detects and reports common site problems relating to security, temperature, power, and feed and water systems. Features include:

  • 7- inch color touch screen allowing all zones to be seen simultaneously.
  • Internet connectivity providing remote access, eliminating the need to go to the barn every time it notifies producers. Additional features will be added in 2015.
  • Email and SMS notifications when alarms activate.
  • Modular architecture allowing producers to design a system that’s the right size for their operation.
  • 128 zones allowing you to monitor a large site with a single system.  (Ninety-six zones are currently available, and additional zones will be added in 2015.)