Incubators for Hatching Eggs

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Through our commitment to R&D, Pas Reform understands the differing needs of modern embryos – and how those needs alter during different phases of incubation. That understanding is hard at work for hatcheries in more than 100 countries worldwide – with Smart™ single-stage incubation systems, designed for optimum performance, robustness, excellent chick uniformity and minimal feed conversion ratios.

SmartPro™ Incubation System

SmartPro™ is Pas Reform’s latest and most advanced development for modular, single-stage incubation to date: a solution that enables Circadian Incubation™.
The modern hatchery manager’s goal is to produce large numbers of uniform, robust day old chicks. Robustness is a health criterion, originating in the embryonic life stage of the chicken – and correlating directly with the performance and resistance of individual chicks under differing farm conditions.

Detailed research has shown that robustness can be achieved by stimulating the embryo with a specific trigger, i.e. stimulation by heat or cold, during critical periods of the incubation process. This causes so-called ‘embryonic imprinting’ on a physiological level, to produce a chicken that will thrive in its farm environment.
Such daily short-term thermo-conditioning is at the heart of Circadian Incubation™ – and known to improve hatchability, for long-lasting effects that include 1-2% increase in final body weight and 1-2 points better feed conversion rates. Batches of uniform, robust day old chicks also deliver uniformity at slaughter age, thereby improving processing yields, efficiency and performance throughout the entire production chain.
To support the use of Circadian Incubation™, the incubator must deliver precise climate control. To achieve truly homogeneous temperature distribution, the challenge is to exchange energy, CO2/O2 and moisture – without affecting temperature uniformity around the eggs.

To meet this exacting requirement, Pas Reform’s SmartPro™ uniquely combines three critical features:

  • modular design
  • a new Vortex™-based airflow principle
  • Adaptive Metabolic Feedback™.


Pas Reform is an international company, which has specialized in the development of innovative hatchery technologies for the poultry sector since 1919. The company has earned its position as one of the world’s leading hatchery equipment manufacturers, through decades of research into the biological and physiological aspects of embryo development, combined with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the poultry production chain – and a dedicated focus on the future.