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AP to launch enhanced Bio-Dri System for swine virus protection during transport

AP Bio-Dri SystemAP (Automated Production Systems), a division of GSI, is adding new, automated controls to enhance Bio-Dri, its thermo-assisted drying and decontamination (TADD) system. Bio-Dri is a quick and thorough method for heating and drying livestock trailers after wash down to help prevent the transmission of swine viruses during animal transport.

The Bio-Dri System is an independent, dedicated structure designed for high-speed, high-temperature heating and drying of livestock transport trailers to help prevent the spread of viruses and pathogens on the trailer's surface. Studies have shown that thorough heating and drying of trailers after washing greatly reduces the risk of introducing viruses, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS), to pigs during transport.

Because weather conditions and lack of downtime between loads can make adequate natural drying difficult, the Bio-Dri System utilizes high-volume, high-velocity blowers and gas-fired burners to deliver heated air to all parts of the trailer, inside and out. The heated air is recirculated through the system for maximum drying and fuel efficiency and then purged from the chamber at the end of each drying cycle.

Brian Rieck, AP product manager, said Bio-Dri’s new control features provide:

  • Remote access – Producers can program operational parameters and monitor the process from off-site locations using their computer, smart phone or tablet. To ensure safety, the system will still require an on-site operator to start the process.
  • Modulating heat – Instead of the current high/low control, the new system allows for temperatures to be increased or decreased to meet specific requirements, reducing cycle time and increasing efficiency.
  • Process verification – Once the drying process has been completed, verification will be automatically transmitted via text or email. The system will also record data relating to heating and drying time, temperature and other parameters.

“The Bio-Dri System has a proven track record in reducing the risk of introducing viruses and pathogens to pigs during transport in all weather conditions,” said Rieck. “With its new, automated controls, Bio-Dri can be an even more effective tool in a swine producer’s biosecurity protocols.”  He added that the upgraded system has Intertek certification meeting U.S. and Canadian standards.

The new Bio-Dri System made  its debut at the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4-6, in Des Moines, Iowa, and be available to the market in August 2014.

AP: (217) 226-4449 or visit

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