Life Science

Livestock applications

You will find our sensors in diverse missions: everything from controlling egg hatching to monitoring CO2 in slaughterhouses.

During incubation, the chicken embryo, as any living organism, needs oxygen and produces carbon dioxide, metabolic water and metabolic heat. There are scientific studies that show different results in increased and decreased hatchability due to CO2 concentrations. Successful hatch management uses CO2 sensors to control the incubation and the hatching time. 

Sensor challenge

Hatcheries are the worst environment for electronics in general, and sensors in particular. The reasons are humidity, temperature, and the particles generated by the chickens when they hatch (we call it the "fluff factor"). In addition, hatcheries are thoroughly cleaned with high-pressure spray between incubations.

Our sensor S9 is specially made to suit extremely demanding environments. The membrane that protects the sensor can be compared to GoreTex®, to let air in but keep water out. There is a special cover to be used when cleaning, and the sensor is installed with a bayonet for easy replacement. Other membranes could be applied corresponding to other media, like oil, dust, etc.