Introducing the AviLighting™ Egg Candler

After a year of research & development, AHPharma is nearing the completion of the AviLighting™ Egg Candler!  Developed specifically to meet requirements set forth by real experts at USDA AMS, this egg candling unit will be the first of its kind.

Egg Candle

What is a Egg Candling?

In the United States, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is responsible for the management of egg grading.  Egg grading consists of human graders who inspect 1 of every 75 cases of eggs by hand using a candling light to validate egg grades and ensure compliance.  Graders physically inspect an egg by holding it up to an egg candler light to illuminate the inside of the egg.  This allows for visual inspection to determine if the egg is cracked or contains other imperfections such as blood spots.

The Problem… and the Solution.

Current egg candling technology leaves much to be desired.  First and foremost, the current market leaders employ old light sources (incandescent or halogen bulbs) which run hot and burn out quickly.  Not only does this create a hot environment in which the professional grader must work, it also means increased down time when a bulb needs to be replaced.

There are currently a several LED candling devices on the market, however, these lack many of the features preferred and/or required by professional egg graders.  For example, one key feature required in a modern egg grading booth is a ‘case light’ (light that points downward and illuminates a case of eggs) – the AviLighting™ Egg Candler will be the first LED candling unit to offer this option.  Additionally, most LED candlers on the market are either made for stationary candling or mobile candling – meaning that a professional grader or operation must buy at least two different units.  The AviLighting™ Egg Candler however is both a stationary unit and a mobile unit.  By simply changing out a back plate, the AviLighting™ Egg Candler can be mounted to a shelf, bench, wall, or included stand that breaks down without tools for easy travel & assembly/dis-assembly.  Additionally, the AviLighting™ Egg Candler bundle includes a portable Lithium Ion battery pack that has an approximate 8 hour capacity at full brightness.

Price Point:

Last, and perhaps most importantly, the AviLighting™ Egg Candler is reasonably priced.  At $219.96 for the entire bundle (LED fixture, shelf mount, mobile stand, battery pack, and power supply with ‘Y’ splitter for simultaneous charge-and-use), this product is over $65 less expensive than other leading LED egg candlers on the market… not to mention an included 5 year warranty on the LED fixture and a lifetime warranty on all metal parts.

Where to buy?

If you’re interested in obtaining an AviLighting™ Egg Candler, contact us at sales@avilighting.com to complete your pre-order.  Product will be available starting in April of 2016 with a full release the following month.

EggCandlerRendering

For more information visit www.avilighting.com/product/egg-candler

PSA 2015 Abstract

AHPharma Energy Systems, Inc. will be attending the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.  Below is a copy of our abstract which will be presented by Mike Barnas during the meeting.

AviLighting Abstract

Effect of AviLighting Feeder Lights, Water Lights, & intermittent lighting on antibiotic-free broiler progeny & pullets 0-21 day live performance when reared on litter bedding at time of housing to 3 weeks of age. M. Barnas1, M. Roberts1, J. L. McNaughton1. 1AHPharma, Inc. Salisbury, MD.

Previous studies have shown that regardless of light source, <6% of broiler chickens & breeder pullets are actively drinking during the first 24h post placement, thus, reducing early body weight (BW) gain & BW uniformity (BWU). Due to accelerated growth rates, 7-21d BW & early mortality (M) have a large impact on overall bird performance. Three trials were conducted to determine if bird attraction to nipples influences 24h water consumption (WC) & M in weaker-flocks. Two 15m (50’) x 10m (32’) 750-bird rooms with fresh pine-shaving litter bedding were used: Chamber #1a: AviLighting™ Water Lights (AWL, 0.5W LEDs between nipples) with feed trays underneath, and AviLighting™ Feeder Lights (AFL, 4.8W LEDs that sit atop feeders); Chamber #2b: standard ceiling LEDs (SCL, 6W A-19 type). Images on avilighting.com.

In all three trials, either combined or individual light sources over weakly-hatched & antibiotic-free birds, AWL & AFL presented a stronger bird attraction to light plus feeding/drinking behavior due to contrasting light intensity (deltafc >10 between light & dark area). Initial 24h use of AWL proved the historical null hypothesis that chicks are attracted to deltafc >10fc & that both water & feed underneath AWL are essential. Intermittent lighting (toggling each 4h between AWL & AFL on 3-4d) resulted in birds migrating from water to feed within 30min. After 4d, AFL attracted birds to the feed & water areas for the next 2d, before the birds spread throughout the house. WC significantly (P<0.05) increased when AWL was employed, as compared to SCL group. No differences were found in 0-21d F:G, or 21d litter moisture (all <27%). Due to increased WC with the use of AWL+AFLa, significant (P<0.05) improvements vs. SCLb in 0-7d were: BW (166ga vs. 158gb), mortality (<1.2%a vs. 3.7%b) & BWU (9.96%a vs. 11.13%b CV). The same statistical trend was found in 21d live performance data.

Key Words: AviLighting, LED, Intermittent Lighting, Feeder & Water Light, Water Consumption

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