From the Farmer
Tunnel Ventilation Fans
Little River, Victoria
Broiler Farm, 64x EC Tunnel Fans
“We have gone from 14x belt drive fans per shed to 8x ebm-papst fans and achieving better air flows and the temperature is even across the shed within 0.2-0.5 of a degree variation.”
“With these ebm-papst EC tunnel fans we’ve achieved approx. 70% power savings. Considering the cost of power is only going to go up, this will prove of great benefit in the years to come.”
“The birds don’t get scared by the new fans because of their soft start meaning they don’t run away from the fans as soon as they come on like with the old belt drive fans, so the birds use the complete shed. In the past the birds didn’t use the first 2-3 bays of the shed until they were too big and forced to go there anyway”
“We’ve taken out all the contactors in the switch board, because these fans don’t need them anymore. Now my switchboards are half empty and they are so much cooler. It used to get really hot in our control room, let alone the noise of contactors going on and off all the time”
The research into retrofitting my farm started at the end of 2011 and together with Christopher Hauck (ebm-papst) detailed analysis has been carried out with the result of the successful system implementation for the complete farm by April 2016."
"The main reason I changed to the ebm-papst fans is because of:
Happy Hens Farm
Layer Farm, 8x EC Tunnel Fans
“We have now had 8 ebm-papst fans installed on one of our retro-fitted free range sheds for over three years.
In the past three years our maintenance on this shed in regards to the fans is no existent. On a like-for-like free range shed with the same age fans we have had over 100 recorded maintenance issues ranging from belts, motors all causing problems.
During the summer months our ebm-papst fitted shed managed to stay a consistent 4 degrees cooler than other like-for-like sheds both which have fogging cooling systems.
Overall we are extremely happy with the quality of fans from ebm-papst and the consistent support from HMI Electric in regards to training our employees on the new programs.”
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
Broiler Farm, 112x EC Tunnel Fans
“The ebm-papst EC fans with the AgriCool system work really well for us. We don’t need any side fans nor fans at the cooling pad end and we achieve constant even temperatures within 0.2-0.3 degree from back to front. And that’s for a 160m long shed.
Having speed controllable fans creates uniform growing condition at any time and the AgriCool system makes sure it delivers the right amount of air flow.
Getting constant feedback from the fans on what they actually doing and knowing the system looks after itself gives us great peace of mind, providing higher level of redundancy and more reliability.
Being direct drive fans, we don’t have to go around checking and fixing belts, pulleys and bearings. There is virtually no maintenance required for these fans.”
I am impressed and very happy with the excellent support received”
Gallus Lane Farm
Broiler Farm, 24x EC Tunnel Fans
"We have replaced 4x Titan fans in 3x sheds with 4x ebm-papst tunnel fans (total 12x fans) July 2015. All fans have had a good workout over prolonged, hot inland summer & we are currently installing a further 12x ebm-papst in 3x more sheds. Power bills are down but hard to quantify as all sheds have been changed to LED lighting & much of our power comes from a 99 kW solar panel installation.
The ebm-papst fans do the majority of the work and because you can speed control these fans we are achieving great growing conditions particularly in minimum ventilation.
The new fans shift more air than the previous fans, so we also have more performance available."