Hypor Partners with Biotronics
Hypor has signed a cooperation agreement with ultrasound technology company, Biotronics, in the research testing of the new BioQStation to improve the speed, accuracy and safety of ultrasound scanning.
The BioQStation Concept, introduced by Biotronics at the 2016 World Pork Expo, is a new product under development that integrates the BioSoft Toolbox II with BioQscan autoprocessing technology and the BioPigLift into a station for pig immobilization, weighing, scanning and auto processing for backfat depth, loin muscle, and intramuscular fat (IMF).
The BioSoft Toolbox II is an ultrasound image capturing and processing software for live animals that Hypor has utilized for multiple swine breeding herds. Per the agreement with Biotronics, Hypor is also now using the new BioPigLift—a crate with a lift apron to immobilize the pig for ultrasound scanning. This technology is used in addition to the BioQscan Pork Carcass Grading system, autoprocessing and other features for the pork packing plant.
The new technology is an improvement to the traditional use of real-time ultrasound technology. The only physical manipulations with the animal will be getting the pig into and out of the crate. Once the pig is in the crate, a mechanized apron safely lifts the pig off the floor of the crate.
When the pig loses all foot traction, it becomes virtually immobilized. At this moment, the operator applies an ultrasonic couplant (i.e. vegetable oil or gel) to the skin of the pig in the region to be scanned, and lowers the transducer fixture—a mechanism holding the ultrasound probe—into position to begin the scanning process.
The transducer fixture is suspended by a properly sized counter-balance to ensure that the device is essentially weightless. This also allows the transducer fixture to be moved longitudinally so that the probe can be located precisely over the anatomically correct location for scanning.
Doosan Bobcat Donates Equipment and Light Towers to Assist in Hurricane Relief Efforts
Doosan Bobcat is donating more than $325,000 worth of Bobcat equipment and Doosan Portable Power light towers and generators to assist with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The company is also providing financial assistance to affected Doosan Bobcat North America dealership employees and their families, and Doosan Bobcat North America employees will direct annual charitable drives toward assisting those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
In the days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Doosan Bobcat expedited equipment and attachment deliveries to impacted areas in an effort to be immediately prepared for clean-up efforts. Doosan Bobcat also took steps to expedite equipment deliveries to southern Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma.
“Doosan Bobcat has been on the scene helping communities recover from natural disasters for more than 50 years,” says Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We have a ready-response program that ensures Bobcat equipment and other assets are readily available to help out local communities, our dealerships and their employees. Our support and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.”