An advanced, positive pressure ventilation system that protects against viruses in pork production is now offered by Automated Production Systems (AP).
AP product manager Brian Rieck explained that positive pressure ventilation forces filtered air out of a building, reducing the chance of exposure to airborne pathogens, which are more prevalent with traditional negative pressure designs.
“AP’s positive pressure system is an effective solution for maintaining healthy air quality for animals,” Rieck said. “This process prevents unfiltered, outdoor air from entering the animal living areas that might otherwise be compromised from air leaks or open air inlets in a negative pressure environment.”
In the AP system, outdoor air passes through Camfil high-particle capture filters and continues through an evaporative cooling system. It is then forced into the animal living space via ventilation fans and through tunnel doors and/or ceiling inlets, depending on circulation needs. Finally, air is forced out of the building via wall shutters and actuated exhaust systems.
The ventilation process is connected to AP’s integrated EDGE system, which enables pork producers to set, monitor and manage all of the environmental functions in multiple barns or rooms from a single controller, using one interface.
“Positive pressure systems are essential to any successful virus protection plan,” Rieck said. “They provide the greatest protection of a producer’s investment against devastating airborne diseases.”
AP has been a proven and dependable global manufacturer of swine production equipment since 1988. AP offers a full-line of feed storage and delivery, watering, ventilation, environmental controls and alarm systems. AP is a part of GSI, a global brand of AGCO.