Hatchery Automation Systems

Innovatec is the leading provider of production improvement for hatchery industry

High quality in every detail

Since 1991 Innovatec is specialized in the development of hatchery mechanization. Through this conscious choice, Innovatec has built up a big lead in the market. Innovatec is the market leader in Europe. Also outside Europe Innovatec has become a leading player. In over 50 countries around the world, Innovatec has built a good reputation.

Innovatec develops and supplies according to a well-thought philosophy: The Innovatec Total Concept. This concept includes all aspects and elements that take care of our customers to create and maintain the lead on their competitors, now and in the future.

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Automatic Backfilling Unit

The Innovatec automatic backfilling unit ensures an even heat-load of the hatcher basket. This is realized by replacing the eggs, removed during candling, with new candled eggs to the desired degree. Therefore, the unit is positioned between the candling and transfer unit.

Compact size
The compact size and the high process speed of the backfilling unit enables a smooth integration in new or existing projects. The main goal of backfilling is an uniform temperature in the hatchers which reduces the hatch-window.
A lot of benefits
Other advantages are improved chick quality, reduced first-week mortality, increased hatchery capacity or savings in building cost, optimum utilization of transfer unit, separator, washing units etc. resulting in considerable labor, energy and water savings.

Innovatec Automatic Backfilling Unit

Transfer de(stacker)

The Innovatec transfer (de)stacker is known for its reliable design. Trays or boxes are either stacked and transported from a chain conveyor to a dolly, or to a chain conveyor and de-stacked from a dolly. The trays or boxes, filled with eggs or chicks, are handled with utmost care.

Depending on how it is used, it is capable of (de) stacking up to 1.600 hatcher trays of chick boxes per hour. The unit is entirely operated by pressurized air and can be supplied for almost all available hachtertray of chick box. The combination of a relatively small surface area and a fluent and effective (de)stacking of the hatcher trays of chick boxes create an extremely reliable unit with the highest capacity.

Two executions

- Stacker
- De-stacker

Transfer de(stacker) for eggs and chicken


The Innovatec POWERWASH™ has been specially developed for use in the hatchery. It can be supplied for the application of hatching trays or chick boxes.

Clean to an unmatched level
The high-yield nozzle configuration is specially adapted to the types of trays or boxes in use.
The POWERWASH™ concept delivers trays or boxes that are biologically and optically clean to an until-now unmatched level: up to 80% cleaner than with regular washing machines.
Compact unit
The POWERWASH™ is an extremely compact unit
Quick nozzle-clean-concept. The POWERWASH™ is equipped as standard with a heat exchanger, a detergent dosing system and the unique Innovatec ‘quick-nozzle-clean-concept’.

Powerwash washing machine for eggs

CLEANchick TM Dual Technology Exploder Removal System

The CLEANchick™ candling principle is based on non-contact detection of live embryos with unmatched accuracy. In combination with the CLEANchick™ Dual candling technology, clear eggs can also be candled. It can be used for chicken eggs starting from day 16.

Contamination-free production
The contact-free concept assures virtually 100% cross-contamination free production. With the eye on a maximal clean air- atmosphere in the candling room, best bio security practice in the hatchers and allowing old flocks being treated on the separator, Innovatec developed the “active banger removal system” called Octopus. This system removes all gas- eggs immediately and effective, after being candled.

Easy cleaning
For ease of clean the CLEANchick™ technology containing head can be opened, allowing easy approach of the candling area. The CLEANchick™ Dual candling head is portable.

Unmatched capacity and accuracy
Providing a capacity on the type of setter tray, makes CLEANchick™ technology already hard to beat. This in combination with the unmatched accuracy puts CLEANchick™ technology in an unrivalled position.

Low energy consumption
By using advanced electronics the energy consumption is reduced to a few watts.

Suitable for every hatchery
The CLEANchick™ Technology can be supplied to both small as medium sized hatcheries, and is available for all Innovatec candling units.

Optimal filling and even heat distribution
In combination with the Automatic Backfilling unit, efficiency will be further increased. Optimal filling and an even heat load in the hatcher are ensured.

Innovatec washing machine for eggs

Candling Table

The Innovatec candling table, type CT, candles setter trays filled with hatching eggs and gives an overview of the complete setter tray at once. The eggs are treated with the utmost care, reducing breakage to an absolute minimum. A foot actuated shield avoids operators from being blinded by radiating light, while both hands are free for removing infertile eggs. The candling table is mobile, due to its compact design and wheels.

Candling table Innovatec

Offal Breaker

The offal breaker´s are available in several dimensions for a wide range of trays and purposes. Integrated in the automation line, for removal of infertiles, or for removal of unhatched and egg shells at the separator, or just as stand-alone unit.The units are available for connection to a vacuum system, or for the removal of waste with an auger.The hopper can be equipped with a macerator to reduce volume, and to ensure a direct kill of potential living embryo’s (unhatched)


  • Capacity: Up to 300 setter trays per hour, depending on the type of setter tray in use and the hatchability
  • Material: Stainless steel AISI304
  • Type of setter trays: Most known types of setter trays
  • Options: Complementary equipment - Egg transfer machine ETM-SH
  • The funnel can be filled from/folded to 3 sides conveyor, can be opened for cleaning
  • Ejection height: 1.25m
  • Ball valve for draining
  • Mobile, equipped with wheels

Innovatec Hatchery Automation partner ME International
Innovatec Hatchery Automation partner ME International
Innovatec Hatchery Automation partner ME International
Me International Installation GmbH
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28832 Achim
+49 (0) 4202 -830 18
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