HydroSpreader­™ S3000 Sub-Surface Feeder

The HydroSpreader S3000 Feed Broadcaster is designed as a complete self-contained subsurface feeding system for direct placement on any suitable sized floating structure, barge or vessel deck. Designed with a low center of gravity, and available with a split hopper, the bulk bag loaded HydroSpreader S3000 will accommodate the dispensing of two different pellet sizes.

IAS offers two feed-entrainment methods to rapidly move a specifically proportioned feed/water slurry mixture from the feed storage hopper down through submerged feed delivery hoses to any practical depth required for the subsurface feeding of caged fish. The entire process is calculated to minimize feed/water residence time in the entrainment and pumping process and through the process of moving feed through the delivery system with the end goal being full feed pellet integrity in the submerged cage for optimum feed conversion rates.

The marine grade aluminum hopper is part of the design process taken to best manage equipment weight, load capacities, and center of gravity considerations for safe vessel operation. The positioning of safety grates at the feed hopper outlet and the incorporation of a bulk bag support frame positioned over the hopper lids reduce the chance of operator injury during loading. A large two-panel hopper lid design offers a large opening for easy bulk feed bag loading in all weather with the inner split hopper bulkhead reducing the opportunity for loaded feed to shift in poor site operating conditions.

The HydroSpreader S3000 may be operated with a self-contained gas or diesel drive assembly or connected to a suitably sized on-board hydraulic power plant using two quick connect hydraulic hose couplers. This power is used to operate both a feeder mounted self-priming pump as well as the feed hopper’s feed metering system. In either self-contained or quick-connect hydraulic configurations the HydroSpreader S3000 is designed to be crane lifted on and off the feed vessel to quickly free up deck space when required.

Feed dispensing is managed from a 12 volt DC powered FeedMaster Controller, a simple to access control interface used to monitor the operations of either a center-less auger or rotary valve assembly. Metered feed is introduced into a medium pressure water flow and pushed to depth through an operator selected feed delivery hose directed to each underwater cage. Hydraulic pump speed and rotary valve/auger speed controls are conveniently mounted to the side of the HydroSpreader along with the easy to program FeedMaster Controller. For permanent feeder installations these mechanical control and PLC feed management systems may be remotely mounted on a command bridge besideSeeMate™ Underwater Feed Monitoring Cameras that provide real time feed delivery and fish monitoring information during feeder operation.

The process behind the HydroSpreader method of feed delivery and the ‘building blocks’ available lends itself to many product design and operating configurations. As a result the information provided and the image shown here are general in scope and represent just one of many product approaches available. For example a feed system that incorporate AeroSpreader (air-driven feed broadcasting) and HydroSpreader (water entrainment and pumping of feed pellets) together into one dedicated feed vessel has been successfully designed and manufactured. This systems-approach addresses both submerged cage feeding as well as surface feeding whenever a cage is brought to the surface. Please contact us with your site operating requirements…

Exclusive Features & Benefits

Long Life Feed System
Marine grade aluminum hopper, stainless steel pump will not rust.

Direct Drive Power Assemblies
Hydraulically operated water pump and auger minimize maintenance.

Centerless Auger/Rotary Valve
Accurate feed metering and delivery rates.

Low Center of Gravity
Low-loading height increases operating safety and open water stability.

Compact Size
Adaptable to various platforms maximizes product life cycle versatility.

Modular Components
Component design and equipment options allow for a range of operating configurations to suit client applications.

Dual Feed Storage Hopper
Mix and blend two feed pellet sizes as required.

Self-Priming Pump
Rapid site setup and feeding operation.

Accurate Feeding
PLC offers real time control of feed rate, volume pumped, cage and daily accumulated feed totals.

Specifications

Capacity 3000 kg. (6600 lb.)<br>Optional 4000 kg. and 5000kg. sizes available.  Custom hopper sizes are available.  Hoper may be split into two seperate chambers.
Feed Sizes 2 – 11 mm
Delivery Rate 1 to 45 kg (100 lb.) maximum per minute of 11 mm feed pellets using ChoreTime® HMC model 90 center-less auger.
Delivery Range Dependant upon physical site requirements. Focus is on minimum pellet/water residence time while taking into account the distance to travel, the pump’s flow rate, and the pump’s operating pressure for application.
Dimensions (L x W x H)  216 cm x 216 cm x 259 cm (84 in x 84 in x 102 in)
Tare Weight<br>(empty) 450 kg (992 lb) stationary model, no power pack
Materials Marine grade aluminum, galvanized steel, stainless steel hardware, HDPE plastic.