Egg Collection Systems

Egg Collection Systems

Flexible, efficient and gentle on the eggs

Egg collection systems play an important role in successful layer and breeder management, both with floor and cage production. This is mainly due to the following reasons:

  • reduced time and labour costs;
  • optimum egg quality, i.e. cleaner eggs, few cracked eggs;
  • accurate count of the total number of eggs produced per tier, row or house.

Big Dutchman egg collection systems meet even the highest requirements:

  • gentle transport of the eggs;
  • high functional reliability;
  • easy handling.

ST elevator

Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

Ideal for short systems, reliable egg transport.

The ST (standard) elevator transfers eggs onto the elevator chain in a set pattern. This is to ensure that no eggs are trans­ferred onto already occupied steps. If a barn houses birds of different age groups, ST elevators can also be used to collect eggs per row or per flock. In order to match the conveying capacity and the laying performance, we recommend separately actuating egg belts and elevator chains.

Large collection capacity of up to 16,500 eggs per hour and per elevator (depending on the system type, the egg belt width and the speed of the longitudinal belt)

Easy access to all cage rows; the cross collection is not an obstruction.

Less space required in the end set area.

Suitable for all cage types.


Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

Large collection capacity, only minimum maintenance requirements.

The EggCellent elevator designed by Big Dutchman is characterised by its large collection capacity and requires only minimum system adjustments. Of course, it also provides everything necessary for a safe egg transport. From the longitudinal belt, the eggs are conveyed onto a rod conveyor, from where they are then transferred onto the elevator chain. This process does not require any additional dosing units: a deflector helps to distribute the eggs over the entire width of the elevator chain.

In order to match the conveying capacity and the laying performance, we recommend separately actuating egg belts and elevator chains.

With the ST elevator, dosing wheels transport the eggs onto the elevator chain, from where they are moved down­wards to the lower sliding grille. The chain turns here and then transports the eggs upwards to the desired height, where they are transferred onto the cross belt. The transfer can be carried out at any height; the standard height, however, is 2.10 m (Q 210) to guarantee a clearance height of 1.95 m. If a manual collection table is installed, the transfer height lies at 80 cm (Q 80).

Large collection capacity of up to 9,000 eggs per hour and per elevator (depending on the system type, the egg belt width and the speed of the longitudinal belt).

Simultaneous collection from up to eight tiers.

No dosing units necessary, i.e. maintenance requirements are at a minimum.

Rod conveyors have a cleaning function so that eggs without shell and dirt do not reach the elevator chain.

Easy access to all cage rows, no obstruction because of the cross collection.

Suitable for all cage types.

Simple assembly and adjustment.

Lift system

Advantages at a glance:

Only one egg transfer, little space required in the end set area.

The lift system collects the eggs per tier and simultaneously from all rows. The main feature of the lift system is that the cross conveyor moves to the individual tiers to collect the eggs. Once it has collected the eggs from all tiers, the lift moves into its parking position. The lift system is a good and economical solution especially for small units or individual houses, and when the eggs are not collected per flock. The eggs are trans¬ported very gently as only one trans¬fer is involved between the longitudi¬nal belt and the cross belt.

To allow the operator to match the conveying capacity with the performance of the egg grader, a frequency regulator should be installed. This ensures that the longitudinal belt speed of 4 m/min can be controlled between 25 and 60 Hz.

Smooth egg transport as there is only one transfer from the longitudinal belt to the cross belt.

Easy access to all rows because the lift system moves into a parking position after egg collection is completed, i.e. the cross collection is no obstruction.

Little space required in the end set area.

The lift system can be combined with any cross collection of any width.

Curve conveyors

Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

Custom-made egg cross transport.

Different farm layouts, as well as differences in height, often require individual solutions for egg transport. Curve conveyors are commonly used as cross collection because, thanks to their flexibility, they can be adapted to any type of layout.

The core part of each curve conveyor is a galvanised or plastic-coated chain that consists of two hardened outer chains with weld-on cross bars. The cross bars of the standard conveyor chain are all on the same level so that the eggs are transferred to the chain smoothly and do not accumulate along the inner radius of the curve.

The distance between the cross bars allows for an ascending gradient of up to 20°. Standard bends of 180°, 90° and 45° are available to create curves. The conveying capacity is determined by the conveying speed and the effective width of the curve conveyor. When using elevator and lift systems, deflectors reduce this effective width by 100-120 mm in the transfer area.

EC elevator with and without system egg collection

Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

Space-saving, large collection capacity.

The EC elevator is able to collect large numbers of eggs.

Especially in multi-level houses (up to three levels), the elevator may be equipped with an extra wide elevator chain and is thus an efficient egg collection system: it does not require much space and collects up to 15,000 eggs per hour.

A new feature is the option for “system egg collection”: the elevator can simultaneously collect eggs mislaid in the system. All belts either run into the elevator in parallel or system eggs are collected separately.


Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

The table drive for a gentle egg collection.

EggSort ensures maximum smoothness during egg collection because there are virtually no transfer points. The longitudi­nal egg belt runs over the table which means that no additional drive units are needed.

Ideally suited for the manual collection of eggs.

Standard drive speed: 2.6 m/min, optionally VarioSpeed.

Available for different egg belt widths (2 x 200, 245, 400 and 500 mm).

An integrated egg belt brush keeps the egg belts clean.

Robust and completely galvanised design for a long service life.

Ultrasound Cleaning unit for curve conveyors

Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

For more hygiene during egg transport, stationary and mobile versions available.

Big Dutchman offers two cleaning units, both available as a stationary and mobile version, to clean the entire curve conveyor’s chain reliably from dirt and thus from bacteria, salmonellae or fungi.

Both units use the ultrasound technology, in combination with hot water and a special cleaning agent. The compact cleaning unit can clean up to 200 m of chain before the basin has to be refilled, while the larger unit cleans chain sections of up to 600 m. Depending on the degree of contamination, multiple repetitions may become necessary.


Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

High counting accuracy.

The Big Dutchman egg counting system records every single egg. This is possible thanks to an innovative camera technology with image processing integrated into the sensor. EggCam “sees” one entire part of the conveying path with high resolution and is thus able to recognise every single egg.

EggCam can be installed either at the longitudinal egg belt in every tier or at the cross belt. The camera works on up to 14 cm wide fabric or rod belts in cage systems and on up to 35 cm wide rod conveyors in floor production.

Accurate recording of all eggs.

EggCam also works reliably in the dark due to infrared light.

The operator can easily retrieve and analyse the data of all installed EggCams in real time when using the amacs management system.

Digital EggFlow

Egg Collection Systems

Advantages at a glance:

Fully-automatic control of the egg flow all the way to the packer at maximum grading capacity.

When using Digital EggFlow, the egg belt speed can be controlled based on the total number of eggs coming from different houses. This makes it possible to optimally utilise the connected graders and packers.

Graders and packers are continuously loaded at full capacity.

Ideal egg quality thanks to a smooth and gentle transport of the eggs (option).

Automatic start of the belts in the morning; the egg flow stops directly at the packer.

Collection groups can be planned one day in advance.

Egg collection is completed simultaneously in all houses that belong to the same collection group – at maximum filling rates.

Digital EggFlow allows synchronising up to five cross belts for up to four packers/graders.

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