Archives for November 2012

Ten Reasons to use EPI Air in your Barn

If you are a swine or poultry producer who wants to improve your production rates, it is time to learn about Electrostatic Particle Ionization (EPI) by Baumgartner Environics. EPI is a patented air-cleaning system, specially designed for reducing dust particles from agricultural settings and other confined spaces. Read more about how it works here.

Why use EPI to Improve your In-Barn Air Quality?

  1. Proven Dust Removal – USDA Studies and other test data show that EPI Air can help remove 50-80% of dust particles and aerosols from the air.
  2. Improve Animal Production – EPI Air has been shown to dramatically improve animal production and livability (See Murphy-Brown’s production gains).
  3. Employee Work Environment & Morale – Cleaner air makes it easier for employees to breathe inside the animal production area, creating a better work environment.
  4. Quick Return on Investment – Murphy-Brown calculated less than 34 weeks to get a ROI based on their own 99.9% statistically significant tests.
  5. Reduce Odors for Neighbors– EPI Air catches dust particles inside the barn, so gases and pathogens can’t “hitch a ride” on dust particles being emitted outside. Visitors and neighbors will appreciate reduced barn odors.
  6. Encourage Growth – Cleaner air can also relieve stress on animals, creating an environment that improves the rate of swine and poultry growth.
  7. Reduce Mortalities – EPI Air has been shown to reduce mortality rates (Mortalities reduced by 26.1% for Murphy-Brown).
  8. Innovative Combinations – EPI Air can be combined with other clean-air methods such as filtration for promising results.
  9. Fight PRRS – EPI Air may help PRRS infected pigs to fight secondary complications. 
  10. Worldwide Recognition– EPI Air is installed in barns across the globe. In fact, EPI complies with European standards for dust reduction with Certification in the Netherlands, and also has been invested in by the Canadian government in support of the Manitoba Pork Council.

If you would like to learn more about how EPI Air can make a difference in your production facility, please contact us today.

Swine Quarantine Combines EPI Air and Filtration

A recent Quarantine Project in Canada is studying new ways that a bio-containment system could be adapted for a swine barn. The preliminary results of the study were presented by Francis Pouliot, Eng M.B.A of the CDPQ,  at the Annual Canadian Swine Health Forum. The objective of the project was to quarantine infected gilts and prevent the spread of viruses into the atmosphere. In addition to making sure the viruses stay inside the quarantine room, they also studied how a new ventilation system could reduce the rate of clogging and maintenance of the filters, cutting cost to an affordable rate. Clogging and maintenance of the filters is the main problem with the concept of installing filtration equipment over the exhaust fan of a swine quarantine building. This innovative quarantine project used a combination of EPI Air® and filtration to achieve promising results (Read the project summary here).

One of the key challenges of this quarantine system is reducing the clogging rate of the filters at the exhaust fans, in an affordable, maintenance-reducing way. This is where the EPI (Electrostatic Particulate Ionization) Air System is used.

The Ionization System:

  • The EPI Air System is used inside the building to reduce the concentration of dust in the ambient air.
  • EPI Air’s effect significantly reduced the clogging rate and maintenance needs of filters.

The Filtration System:

  • Cyclonic pre-filters and antimicrobial filters are installed in front of exhaust fans to prevent viruses from escaping quarantine. Additional filters are installed over air inlets to prevent PRRS virus or other airborne diseases from entering the quarantine room.
  • The efficiency of the cyclonic pre-filters and the antimicrobial filters at blocking dust and microbial load are measured with and without using EPI Air.

The preliminary results of the quarantine project are very promising. Take a look at the charts below from Francis Pouliot’s CDPQ Presentation, to  to see how EPI Air made a significant difference reducing the overall dust concentration in the room and how EPI Air extended the useful life of the filter box. We look forward to seeing the final results of this study.

Differential pressure with and without EPI

Particles of dust before and after EPI

A portion of this project funding was provided by the sector councils of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan who administer the Canadian Agricultural Adaption Program (CAAP) for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Read about how Manitoba, Canada is improving the air quality in swine barns.