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May 21, 2024
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Newest generation of egg counter developed

Radically improved egg counting system helps egg producers detect production differences and optimise production results.

Egg counting is gaining popularity fast. The amount of egg producers using egg counters is growing rapidly around the world. And not surprisingly. Because this is how egg producers benefit from egg counting:

  1. They can detect production differences and respond quickly to failures and diseases
    With an egg counter on each belt, egg producers can detect production differences immediately when production results go down.
  2. They have up-to-date laying percentages, 24/7
    Egg producers have real-time insight into the number of eggs per belt per day, hour and minute.
  3. They can reduce labour cost and shell damage when combined with Egg Flow Control
    The Egg Flow Control system automatically adjusts the speed of each egg belt, so that the amount of eggs on the collection belt always perfectly matches the packing capacity.

Hotraco’s new EggXact egg counter has a new shape and communication system that radically improves its reliability and durability. These new egg counters are suitable for different types of egg belts, and for all types of eggs and barns.

Brand new design

The new shape of the egg counter virtually eliminates production interruptions due to contamination. In the inventive design, the glass where the sensors sit behind has been placed slightly more backward, so that broken eggs and dust cannot contaminate the glass. This makes the egg counter much less likely to get dirty and this results in a counting system that is even more reliable and accurate.

The EggXact egg counters also have an IP54 (internal protection) rating. This means that they are completely sealed and protected from solid objects and splashing water from any angle. Because all settings are external, there is no need to open the egg counters. This prevents dust from getting in, reduces the risk of defects, and ensures a longer product life.

Robust communication system with real-time data sharing

When there is a problem in a barn, every second matters. That’s why, a new high-speed communication system was developed for these new egg counters, with real-time data exchange. Conventional egg counters work with pulses, which require more time to communicate data. Although these new egg counters are compatible with pulse technology, they are specifically designed for real-time communication for optimal egg flow control. New sensor with digital readout is used, resulting in fewer failures.

Thanks to the real-time and continuous exchange of information and data, egg producers can react faster to changing conditions in the house and regulate the egg flow more quickly. This is ideally suited for Egg Flow Control in which multiple belts communicate with each other to ensure a constant supply to the egg packer.

Easy installation thanks to plug and play system

Hotraco made it a priority to make the system very easy to install for dealers and farmers. The new compact form of the egg counter is easy to assemble, as the counters are pre-wired and come with a fixed cable. Two standard mounting brackets are also included. In addition, the mounting set for the cross conveyor comes with a guide bracket. Optionally, a plug can be included that makes it very easy to temporarily take out the egg counter for when farmers want to clean the barn. The whole system is truly plug and play.

Find more information about the new Eggxact egg counters.

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