The BIOvatorTM was the brainchild of the R&D staff at The Puratone Corporation based out of Niverville, Manitoba Canada. Puratone is one of Canada’s largest Pork producers, with operations throughout Western Canada and affiliates in North Central USA. Mortality disposal has always been a challenge for livestock producers, and rendering has historically been the option of choice. With bio-security issues on the rise and the cost of transport becoming an economic issue, Puratone set out to find an alternative.
Puratone felt there were three options other than rendering to consider. These three options were: Burial, Incineration and Cell Composters. Burial was not practical due to the size of their operations and the hard ground experienced in winter. Incineration was not considered because of the on going costs and maintenance concerns. Thus Puratone started to use four celled compost bunkers. Although cell composting worked, it was felt there must be a better way.
In January 2001 Puratone started a project to find a cost effective, technically sound and user friendly system for composting. The result was the BIOvatorTM.
The BIOvatorTM was developed after extensive research and development work conducted at Puratone. The main objective of the R&D work was to “development of a cost-effective alternative to the outdoor composting process”. A variety of different drum materials and sizes were tested over a two year period with the product of choice being a 4’ diameter all steel vessel. The 4’ diameter provided the most uniform product mix resulting in a preferred end product, and the all steel construction was chosen for its superior durability and integrity.
The BIOvatorTM is a combination of a device and process, targeting the quickest transformation of animal carcasses into consistent – quality compost at the lowest possible cost and management effort.
With its successful implementation into the Puratone production system, the BIOvatorTM was introduced to the market in 2004. In 2005, the BIOvatorTM was successfully introduced into the poultry industry, and the slaughterhouse industry shortly after. The BIOvatorTM has undergone continual testing in various organic disposal markets, and is currently being employed in the agricultural, municipal and industrial markets to handle organic wastes of all nature.
Nioex Systems Inc. acquired the rights to the BIOvatorTM products in October 2008 to be their flagship product in their pursuit to provide environmentally and socially acceptable solutions to the organic waste industries.