The MR-D1 is a compact milking robot with a double box with the same pioneering and patented system that milks the cow between the back legs. The system is set up to milk two cows, standing side by side, simultaneously. The milking robot has a well-organised technical area and one robot arm. All in one unit. The entirely new approach of milking between the back legs provides direct benefits when it comes to cow processing, animal welfare and protecting the system itself.
With the MR-D1 double box milking robot, milking becomes easy for the cow and the dairy farmer. The cow defines her own rhythm and decides when she wants to be milked. When entering the robot, the identification system recognizes the cow, decides if she needs being milked indeed and what quantity of concentrated feed she needs. The robot arm approaches the udder between the cow's hind legs. Using the latest camera technology, the teat position is defined and the milking clusters are attached.
The robot arm completes the milking process from within the enclosed technical area. From washing and pre-milking with the special teat preparation cup (the nipples are individually cleaned and pre-milked) over the actual milking process to post-milking teat treatment.
The milking process is continuously monitored via the various sensors and measurement devices. Deviations within the milking process are immediately and clearly flagged up. If necessary, this data can be sent to a smartphone or iPad.
The MR-D1 is a self-contained unit, allowing for quick and easy installation. Few building alterations are required. Whether the cowshed is old or new, the milking robots can be placed almost anywhere for ideal cow flow. You only need: milk pipes, electricity, air pipes, water and an internet connection.
Each milking robot is thoroughly tested in its entirety in the BouMatic Robotics factory and can be installed « plug & play ». Consequently each milking robot leaves the factory in full operation mode and once installed in your dairy farm, the milking robot will be operating within a few hours.
The milking robot's operating area is completely closed off and provided with a ventilation system. In this way the milking robot conforms to specifications set by both government and dairy factories. Due to the clear and spacious layout of the technical area all components are easily accessed. The system is hygienic, advanced and entirely remote controlled via computer, Smartphone and/or iPad.
The hydraulic operation of the connecting arm ensures it is robust and very accurate. Operation makes use of the newest PLC-technology. Connecting the teat cups is done using the most modern camera technology. The cameras, combined with a laser, define the exact position of the separate teat.
Very free movement of cows can be had with the MR-D1. By integrating the selection possibilities in both boxes there is no need for extra fences and gates. The milk robot is supplied with entrances and exits on both sides, making cow selection in the milking parlour possible. At BouMatic Robotics we understand how important cow traffic routes in the cowshed layout are. Simple and open routes ensure a smooth cow traffic, with cows that are at ease. This improves milk production. A calm cow has less adrenaline, a greater supply of oxytocin and consequently will supply more milk. So the fact that the MR-D1 stimulates smooth cow traffic means it will stimulate a higher milk production. Besides, the cowshed layout is important for the cow’s comfort and well-being, which improves her productivity and milk quality.
The cow is comfortable and stays calm during milking. Since the robot arm approaches from behind and milking is done between the hind legs, the cow is not distracted and has a comfortable milking experience. Furthermore, through the open frame, the cow has an unobstructed view and therefore feels like she is still among the herd. The cow receives concentrated feed during milking. All these factors, in combination with pre-milking, ensure a gentle, quick and complete milking.
The ingeniously designed system of the MR-D1 excels in simplicity and reliability. The hydraulic system ensures high reliability and low maintenance costs. The user can carry out minor maintenance easily, not only because components are easily accessible, but also due to the clear and spacious layout of the technical area.
If required, the milking robot can be moved within the cowshed or to another cowshed after installation. In that case hardly any building alterations are necessary. You only need: milk pipes, electricity, water, air pipes and an internet connection.
The cow's safety is guaranteed. Not only the cow's safety is of paramount importance, but also that of the system's user. As the robot arm is situated behind the milking part it is protected against possibly damage caused by the cow. The cow can hardly kick off the teat cups. Besides, if required, you can also attach a cow manually from within the technical area of the MR-D1.
BouMatic Robotics has specialized knowledge and years of experience in milking technology thanks to close collaboration with BouMatic, which has been world leader in milking systems and hygiene products for over 65 years.