case study
Poultry Farm

The Client

LEM had the pleasure of working with a large poultry farm incorporating more than 100,000 laying hens. Our client is a modern business equipped with advanced systems to promote energy efficiency, animal welfare, and production and process automation.

Mandate

We were tasked with the development of a monitoring and control system to dry droppings. The system had to transform 9 tons of poultry manure into 3 tons of 90% dry ones, in less than 24 hours. Our client wanted to have a more robust, reliable and a user-friendly visual operator interface. They also had some specific needs:

  • A user-friendly diagnosis and alarm page for operators
  • A configuration menu accessible only by the director
  • Reliable local technical assistance to remotely support and diagnose the system 24/7
  • A control system and user interface backup procedure that can be quickly done by the users

Challenges

  • Remplacer efficacement un système européen peu convivial et fiable. L’équipement d’un manufacturier dont le service après-vente était déficient et l’assistance technique très laborieuse.
  • La présence de 100 000 poules pondeuses implique que tout arrêt du système de séchage entraîne rapidement des problèmes d’odeurs extrêmement problématiques, qu’il faut à tout prix éviter.

SOLUTIONS
Our collaboration with this client allowed:

  • Replacement of electronic cards with an PLC programmable logic controller
  • Upgrading of the old black-and-white interface with a 6-inch keyboard with a new 12-inch touch screen colour display providing more information on a single page as well as animation
  • Complete update of all electrical drawings (power and controls) of the entire drying system
  • Establishment of a bypass system to temporarily disable a sensor and finish a drying cycle
  • Training of all directors and operators on the system

RESULTS

  • Access to local technical assistance
  • More robust and reliable system
  • Operators more in control of the procedure
  • Less production shut-downs and shorter production downtime
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Reduced environmental impact and better relations with local community

Efficiency gain estimated:
+ $15,000$/annually

Exceptional expertise

Complete custom solutions
Specialists in complex systems & compliance with UL, CSA, CE
Risk management & equipment security

Superior implementation support

Turnkey projects
Performance monitoring
Proven execution

Logical structures & complete reliability

Strucured approach and methodology
Dynamic support and training
Facilities maintenance

Numbers speaks for themselves

Employés +170

170 years of combined experience

12 225
14 300
Timeline

Since its inception in 1969, LEM Technologies has completed more than 14,300 projects