Category Archives: Upgrades

Fusion 3.5 Released

Fusion 3.5 has now been released. This version brings better editing of cohorts, the ability to deal with lung scores, expanded Lot Info Export support, and more.

To see a list of all the features and bug fixes, please see the release notes on our website.

Fusion will notify you when it is ready to upgrade at your feedlot. This will be sometime in the next three weeks.

Fusion 3.4 Released

Fusion 3.4 has now been released. Fusion will now work seamlessly for feedlots that use a loader to mix rations into multiple feed boxes and then have these loads dumped into trucks for delivery.

When you need to manually enter feed, Fusion can automatically backdate the loads and deliveries for you.

To see a list of all the features and bug fixes, please see the release notes on our website.

Fusion will notify you when it is ready to upgrade at your feedlot. This will be sometime in the next two or three weeks.

Fusion 3.3 Released

Fusion 3.3 has now been released. The major feature added this time is the much requested Emergency Chuteside Mode. If you are running a chuteside job when the network goes down, you can now launch Fusion Truck in this mode to finish your job.

Another change will make it so you can let Windows automatically update itself on the server and Fusion Server will correctly shut down and then relaunch after Windows has restarted. We do recommend scheduling updates for 3:00 a.m. to avoid restarting during your backup or nightly calculations.

To see a list of all the features and bug fixes, please see the release notes on our website.

Fusion will notify you when it is ready to upgrade at your feedlot. This will be sometime in the next two or three weeks.

Fusion 3.2 Released

We are happy to announce that Fusion 3.2 has just been released. This version builds upon the GPS integration we started in the last version. Of particular note, Feed Guard and Delivery Guide are features which help you feed more efficiently and to the correct pens.

Another notable feature helps make sure you don’t have any feed that isn’t billed out. And if you need the ability to know which batch of drugs a drug event was part of for traceability purposes, this version has you covered. To see a list of all the features and bug fixes, please see the release notes on our website.

Fusion will notify you when it is ready to upgrade at your feedlot. This will be sometime in the first few weeks of January. (If you are still running Fusion 2.9.1, upgrading will be a manual process and we recommend you contact Kris Stroeve for guidance.)

Fusion 3.0 Released

We are happy to announce that Fusion 3.0 has just been released. It includes bug fixes and new features, including a new projections calculator.

Fusion Installer 3.5 has also been released with new features for testing your network if you have network issues.

The release notes for both applications are available here.

Fusion 2.9 Released

We are happy to announce that Fusion 2.9 has just been released. Though there are a few bug fixes and small enhancements, the most important change is that Fusion is fully documented and all documentation is available from within Fusion itself.

As always, the release notes are available here.

Quick Printing Lists

Have you ever seen a table of information in Fusion and wished you could just print it as is? In the past customers have resorted to using “print screen” from the operating system or other applications to take a picture and then print that. Fusion 2.8 introduces a new feature that should forever relegate “print screen” to the past.

Fusion List Types

Before explaining the feature further, it is important to understand that there are two different kinds of list views in Fusion. The main type, which is used in most of the major list windows (Animal list, Pen List, Loads list, etc.), already has the ability for printing through the Advanced Print function. The new feature does not work with this kind of list. The other kind of list shows up in many windows within Fusion and the feature will work with every one.

Invoking Quick Printing

To print a list, right-click anywhere in the list’s header area. It doesn’t matter which column header you click in. A menu will appear with several options:

  • Print List. Prints the list exactly as it is seen. You change the column order or size of the list before printing. Only as many columns as can fit on the page will be printed.
  • Copy List to Clipboard. Copies the list to the system clipboard. It can then be pasted into a spreadsheet or other application.
  • Save List as a CSV File. Saves the list as a comma separated file. The file can then be opened by a spreadsheet or other application.
  • Save List as a Tab Delimited File. Saves the list as a tab delimited file. The file can then be opened by a spreadsheet or other application.

As an example, open the Lot’s Pen List window and right-click in the list header to print the list. Another common usage would be quick printing the detail areas in the Lot Center window.

We hope that this feature will make you more productive when you want to quickly get something printed without taking the time to set up a report.

Fusion 2.8 Released

We are pleased to announce that Fusion 2.8 is being released today. This version takes a long step toward being fully documented. It also has several new features and bug fixes. We are particularly excited that Fusion is now fully integrated with the Comco micro machine. In addition, Fusion now has the ability to control sorting gates during a chuteside job.

Be sure to upgrade soon!

Tracking Pen Density

Starting with Fusion 2.6, density information is calculated by Fusion based on the size of each pen and the number of animals in the pen each day. This information is calculated so that for any particular day you can see the density of a pen and the average density of a lot. You can also see the average density over the life of a lot. Bunk density is also calculated.

In order for Fusion to do this, it must know the size of each pen. Until Fusion 2.6, there was no place to enter pen sizes. While you can now you can use the Pen edit window to enter this for each pen, there is a utility which will make it easier for current customers to get started using this feature. It is called the Pen Dimension Conversion Utility and can be found under Fusion Admin→Utilities.

The utility lists all your pens and has a place to enter the length, width, and bunk length for each one. When you are finished entering this information, Fusion will save it to the individual pens and then calculate all historical density information from the day you started using Fusion. Because this can take some time so we recommend doing it at the end of the day so it can run into the night. Please note that this utility is meant to be used only once to help you get started. In the future you should make changes with the Pen edit window directly when needed.

We hope the new density information will prove useful as you analyze the data associated with your feedlot.