On 2 August 2021, Hotraco Agri is launching new release of the innovative Fortica® system. This Fortica® 2.0 release is packed with new solutions and functionalities that support poultry farmers in improving their operations. The most important changes are highlighted for you here.
With this release, we are launching a completely new module for the Fortica®, namely the flock chart for broilers. This allows you to quickly and easily view the data per day of the complete cycle. You can also look back at the history of several parameters from 5 days before the start date of the cycle. This flock chart for broilers was previously only available in Fortus Farm Management, but from now on you can also view it on the Fortica®.
In addition to the flock chart module, two more modules will become available with the 2 August release, namely “Energy Mode”’ and “3 extra Heat Exchangers”. Previously, these options could be purchased as part of the XL module, but from now on you can purchase these 2 modules separately. This eliminates the XL module. “Energy mode” (also called Orange Fan Control) is a module that provides energy-efficient ventilation control that helps save energy costs. The “3 extra Heat Exchangers” is a module with which you can control a total of 4 heat exchangers per Fortica®. This is often used in ECO-Zero houses.
With Split Feeding, your laying hens get exactly the right feed ingredients at the right time. Split Feeding does this by matching the ingredients (nutrients) in the feed to the hen’s needs at different stages of the cycle. Fortica® is now even better suited to this process so you can feed a different composition in the morning than in the afternoon. This gives you higher feed efficiency, optimizes egg (shell) quality and you feed your layers according to their needs for a better yield.
The possibilities with room temperature sensors in the barn have expanded considerably. For example, it is now possible to turn room temperature sensors on or off easily. When a sensor is faulty, it can be disabled quickly so this sensor is no longer included in the average temperature determination of the control. This is highly efficient because it makes the ventilation control even more precise.
To avoid having to warm up the whole house, it can be divided into zones. This now makes it possible to measure and heat or preheat different zones/areas in the house. This saves significant heating and energy costs. In America, this is already widely used for broilers. Up to 5 zones can be displayed and each zone is assigned to its own sensor. Fortica® has also integrated new overview screens that give an attractive graphic display of the room temperature for each zone.
The Fortica® is the ideal system if you are working with heat exchanger ventilation or system ventilation. With the Fortica® system, as a poultry farmer you can flawlessly control the heat exchangers to create the optimal climate at low heating costs. The integrated heat exchanger and system ventilation control are now even more user-friendly and visible because they can be accessed from the main group. Furthermore, from here you can easily swipe to the individual diagram of the heat exchanger or the system ventilation overview.
Ease of use for the poultry farmer is very important to Hotraco Agri, which is why this component has also been improved where possible. For instance, it is now possible to duplicate thumbnails. With this, you can quickly and easily make an overview of your current situation on the home screen. The minimum and maximum temperature values have also been added to the thumbnail for room temperature. This is very convenient because it allows you to see all the relevant temperature information of the barn at a glance.