Windows XP Announcement - 2014 Product Overview- IPPE Issue
THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO CONSIDER UPGRADING TO MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 - Dan Henslee
PMSI / WINDOWS XP ANNOUNCEMENT
Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This is the operating system used on many of the NOAH (environmental control) and REF (egg flow) systems. PMSI is committed to providing the best possible solution for our customers. Please see recommended options below.
PMSI Windows XP Users
Here are your options:
- Keep your XP machines and they will work fine, but could be susceptible to new malware and viral attacks. This option makes sense only if the machine is completely isolated from possible attacks
- Keep your XP machine, but keep it up-to-date with latest antivirus and do not use it to browse the internet
- Your machine could have the potential to upgrade to Windows 7
- Older machines may need to be replaced with a PC capable of running Windows 7
There are many reasons to consider upgrading, one of which is to remain eligible for Windows product support. Also, many applications will no longer be supported while running on Windows XP, which could result in system downtime. Security companies will still work to protect these machines, but Microsoft doesn’t promise any help with this task. Nearly 30% of PC’s still use XP, but this is down sharply from close to 45% just a year ago.
Many changes have been made to PMSI software packages and supporting hardware to support Windows 7. The 64 Bit version of Windows 7 is not compatible with many types of software, including some PMSI software. Please contact PMSI before making any changes to systems, as a complete loss system of control could occur from an improper upgrade.
Tech Tip - New Variable Heater Feature Controlled by PMSI System
Today Layer facilities are typically designed larger but often with fewer birds than buildings from our recent past. This can result in a challenge to keep the building warm in the cold weather. In addition, failure to manage the moisture content of manure and proper ventilation can carry a heavy economic penalty. Variable Output Heaters are a new option within the heater technology, considered to be a performance enhancement.
Neal Kreher, of Kreher’s Poultry Farm in New York describes how he uses this new technology at his facility in New York, “We use PMSI variable control to help conserve on gas so that we can run the heaters even when the weather is not super cold. Otherwise at maybe 45 the temperature rise is so great that the blower room can get warmer than we want to see it. Because we are organic we would prefer to use a little more gas rather than over feed.”
Sean Ryan, PMSI Product Hardware Manager explains how it works: “Instead of just cycling a fixed amount of heat on and off, and thereby alternately overshooting and undershooting the set-point, PMSI’s variable heater output can control the heater over a wide range of BTU output to regulate stable manure drying and House Temperature.”
Better heat management can make a huge difference to the quality of manure and how easily it is managed and handled. A producer will determine the optimal heating environment based on the difference between the outside low temperature and the target inside temperature. With PMSI Automated Systems you control precisely to a target temperature.
- A uniform flow of heat can help the regularity of the optimal temperature
- Reduced heat cycling can reduce the overall amount of heating required and help manage energy costs
- Gradual output adjustment reduces temperature spikes on startup and can maintain lower discharge air temperatures, leading to more comfort and safety to flocks and equipment
PMSI announces software and hardware enhancements, as well as new features to support industry enriched systems.
Take a look at a few of the new enhancements:
A new larger display at 17 inches helps production managers and staff view house conditions at a glance. The upgraded high definition CIIIe display delivers 66.7% more pixels, making it easier to operate and quickly respond to alerts. The dual core CPU speeds up the process of graphing in-house conditions.
PMSI addresses some of the new and upcoming enriched options with its litter delivery auger controls and light dimming control. CIIIe automatically distributes feed to your scratch pad with timed feed distribution. This is an easy to use, operator-determined scheduling feature. The CIIIe also helps manage your light dimming needs along with managing light intensity during simulated sunrise and sunset.
Familiar REF-Style timeout egg alerts are now available for the Command IIIe display. A timeout alert occurs when the time since the last egg was counted is greater than the alert delay value.
The CIIIe user-interface is engineered exclusively for the poultry industry. CIIIe hardware features include simple snap-in service and expandability, as well as removable data storage for backing up entire flock histories.
Custom Motor Control PanelsAn integrated solution from the industry leader in poultry house controls.
PMSI is proud to announce a complete line of custom motor control panels in addition to our standard Command IIIe poultry house controls. This means it is now possible to order all control panels from one source, ensuring that everything will be designed to work together as a complete, integrated system.
• A turnkey solution from the industry leader in poultry house automation
• Seamless integration between the Command IIIe system and the devices it controls
• Custom design and fabrication to precisely meet your needs
• High quality, cost competitive components selected for longevity and value
• Greatly reduced installation costs by electricians due to proper design and testing
• One single knowledgeable source for customer support and spare parts
Join the growing list of satisfied customers who rely on PMSI’s integrated approach. Maximize the performance of your barns by selecting custom motor control panels as a turnkey solution.
Automatic Bird Scale
Automatic bird scales enable the flock manager to check the daily status of bird weights and track overall progression of bird growth. This feature automatically detects when a bird perches on the scale, and then records the bird’s weight. Bird weights are taken throughout the day and averages are calculated daily.
• Displays current scale reading, along with the day’s detected high, low and average weights
• Chart average daily flock weights
• Graph flock’s target vs. actual bird weights
• Graph bird weight uniformity
• Transportable scale for weighing at different locations
• Auto adjusts for dirty scale and corrects weighed values
• Auto adjusts to account for multiple birds on scale
• Waterproof weighing module makes cleaning with disinfectants possible before every use
Environmental Control SystemPMSI environmental control helps the manager achieve the best performance by maintaining optimal conditions for bird health, feed efficiency and production. The PMSI environmental control system will help managers automatically maintain temperature uniformity in the house positively affecting feed intake, body weight, and your bottom line.
For maximum animal safety and continuous control, PMSI’s environmental control suite offers unparalleled flexibility to allow the producer to control the bird’s environment according to their specific needs.
HACCP Monitoring and ControlHACCP Automation Ensures Food Safety: Industry leaders recognize that HACCP automation in the processing plant is a key to ensuring food safety. Automated solutions like PMSI’s CIIIe HACCP system helps prevent food-borne illnesses by making monitoring and reporting easy.
Counters and SoftwarePMSI offers a wide range of tools – including a unique family of sensors – to improve information management for producers of everything from poultry to eggs to bakery products. The latest addition is the IR3, a 3” image detecting sensor for individual egg belts that accurately and cost effectively counts eggs without single filing.
Using infrared light, the sensor generates a profile of any product or group of products passing under it. From this profile, the sensor can measure the area and generate a package count. It can count by individual item or by group. The collected information can be used to monitor production, measure efficiency and improve processes.
Rice Lake Load ScalesRice Lake Load Scales allow managers to quickly and efficiently track feed weight, and thus feed intake. High-quality scale weigh modules that are consistent, accurate and durable; they weigh from 5,000 to 200,000 pounds.
Egg Flow ControlResponsive Egg Flow (REF) is a unique, money saving system that electronically counts and controls the flow of eggs from the hen house to the processing equipment.
A farm-tested, user-friendly system, REF helps to reduce shell damage by gathering all houses simultaneously or in batches, REF automatically regulates belt speeds to provide smooth egg flow to the plant.
Automated Identification SystemAIM helps to reduce labor costs, hand coding, and labeling expenses by printing the pack / expiration dates, product codes and customer name directly onto the shipping case.
BinTrac Pro ScaleBinTrac Pro takes the guesswork out of feed storage. Using Smart Summing Boxes to register feed weight, the feed level is then calculated and displayed as a bar graph on a LED screen.
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