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Innoject Pro device offers efficient vaccination for chicks

24 March 2021, at 12:30am

At the 2020 IPPE in Atlanta conference, Al Meghnieh, managing director of Automazioni VX, discussed their new day-old chick vaccination device, known as the Innoject Pro, created with a partnership with MSD Animal Health. This product is known as the third generation device built from their previous device, the Jetmatic.

Al Meghnieh, managing director of Automazioni VX, discusses the Innoject Pro device with The Poultry Site's Sarah Mikesell at the 2020 IPPE in Atlanta.

“Essentially, the difference in this device is we've increased our commitment to animal welfare, biosecurity, productivity and vaccination site precision,” said Al Meghnieh. “When you're vaccinating the chicks with oil and water vaccines at the same time, you want to have the highest precision possible to ensure that the chick takes the full vaccine. Why it's so important for the chick to take the full vaccine is really due to the biosecurity aspect of this business and of this device.”

Biosecurity is extremely important to contain the outbreak of infectious diseases. This can protect investments and the food supply as well as promote animal welfare. The gentle handling of the chicks is not only humane, but adds to their commitment as a company and as a partner with MSD Animal Health. The new technology limits the movement of the chicks, so when they’re vaccinated, they aren't harmed.

“We've redesigned our syringe systems to ensure that the quality of the injection is continuously exceeding expectations in the market,” said Meghnieh. “We want to continuously exceed the standards that are set in the industry when it comes to making sure that there's no wet neck or no bleeding, for example. When you hear wet neck and bleeding, that means, 'Did the vaccine go all the way in or did it push up a little bit?' And the bleeding part of it is, 'Was there injury to the chick?'"

This device virtually eliminates any chances of wet neck and bleeding. Ensuring the chicks’ safety during the vaccination process is a major accomplishment. It comes down to the way the device has been designed: the ergonomics and the technology that was put into it and through the new design of the syringes.

“There's something very important that is now changing in the poultry industry," said Al Meghnieh. "When we talk about the rapid development of technology, this device will now meet the growing pace of technology. We've equipped it with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, and it'll sync to any IOT systems, (internet of things), and AI."

With their device fully compatible, they are able to synchronize with new design systems when paired with innovations from other companies, especially when it comes to data management, moving and collecting all of the analytics in hatcheries. The machine can measure the size and weight of the chick and its temperature. It can synchronize with the overall temperature of the hatchery itself. It can also give producers a bird count and the amount of vaccine used.

“There's so many metrics now that we can gather all the metadata and put it into a system,” said Meghnieh. “It can be used to continuously improve your biosecurity, efficiency and effectiveness, and at the same time deliver great products to your customers. It comes down to the hatchery being able to do projections and scheduling properly, to monitor the quality of the chick, and quality control overall from start to finish. This device will meet and hopefully exceed that standard. At the same time, we're never losing our focus on animal welfare, commitment to biosecurity, and our commitment to ensuring that we're building a product that is very durable.”