Technico
Kerkstraat 34
4265 JE Genderen
The Netherlands

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Instruction Manual Milk & Go 2.0

General:

The Milk & Go 2.0 has been developed in collaboration with Melk-drive Genderen in order to stimulate cows in leaving the milking robot immediately after milking has taken place. In this way manuring of the robot is largely prevented. The Milk & Go 2.0 has been especially developed to be connected to a milking robot with a pneumatic system for the expulsion of cows. The Milk & Go 2.0 is not allowed to be used for other purposes.

Use:

Use:

1.    Lamp, with every current pulse given by Milk & Go 2.0, the lamp will illuminate.

 

2.    Test button, with the test button you can test your Milk & Go 2.0, when you think the batteries are dead for example. Also when pressing the test button the lamp will illuminate with every current pulse. When pressing the test button a present cow will react to it.

 

3.    On/off switch, with this you can switch the Milk & Go 2.0 on or off. Only after switching the on/off switch you can use the test button.

 

4.    Air connection 

 

5.    High voltage connection

 

6.    Earth connection

Installation:

Installation:

  1. Check if the air pulse of the milking robot gets switched on when the exit gate has been open for about 10 seconds. The cow must get the opportunity to leave the robot before the current pulse comes. Adjust this on the robot as shown below or have this installed on the robot before you put de Milk & Go 2.0 into service.
     
  • Open the basic screen of your VMS client program on your pc.
  • Click on ‘units’ in the menu list on the left and then double click on ‘VMS milking station’.
  • Now you have the choice from different tabs, click on ‘cow traffic’.
  • Put a tick for ‘applying mechanical expulsion system ’, adjust the number of seconds until the expulsion system starts at ‘15 sec’.
    When the cows have got used to the Milk & go 2.0 (after two months) you can put the   number of seconds on 10, so that there will be a faster passing through.
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2.    You can easily hang the Milk & Go 2.0 on the upper side of the milking robot with the hook supplied. (The Milk & Go 2.0 is dust proof and resistant to splashing water as long as the housing is closed.)

 

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3.     Mount the attachable hook (on which the high voltage wire has been attached with a clamping sleeve) with the two M6 bolts and nuts supplied, to the robot frame above the backside of the cow, the holes are already in the robot frame. The electric wire must be long enough to touch the back/backside of your smallest cow. The electric wire is not allowed to touch the robot,  if necessary you may shorten the electric wire. With one of the M6 bolts, attach the eyelet of the green earth wire to the hook (where this has been pre-mounted) on the robot frame.

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4.    Undo the end of the air hose from the milking robot (press the ring inward and pull out the air hose), join this with the supplied coupling to the black air hose of the Milk & Go 2.0. ATTENTION: make sure that the air hose is not squeezed closed while bundling and do not shorten the air hose!

5.    Pull the black high voltage wire and the green earth conductor towards the Milk & Go apparatus. You may bundle the wires above the machine. Mount the green earth conductor under the green plastic button (no.6) and the black high voltage wire under the red plastic button (no.5).

Testing:

Testing:

  1. Turn the Milk & Go 2.0 on by putting the green switch (no.3) on position I.
  2. Press and hold the test button (no.2) and check if the test lamp (no.1) is blinking. If the lamp is blinking, move on to step 4.
  3. Replace the batteries (see explanation on changing batteries p.6) and restart at step 1. If your  Milk & Go 2.0 is still not working after replacing the batteries, contact your dealer.
  4. Grab hold of the electric wire with isolated pliers and keep this at 1mm distance from a part of the frame of the milking robot, which has not been lacquered. Keep and hold the test button (no.2) of the Milk & Go 2.0, if a spark jumps over, move on to step 7.
  5. Check if the earth cable is well connected/attached correctly.
  6. Check if the high voltage wire is well connected/attached correctly, go back to step 4.
  7. Test the installation now, by preventing a cow from walking out of the milking robot after milking. The air pulse of the robot is converted into a current pulse. If you notice this by the reaction of the cow, then your Milk & Go is working. Move on to step 11.
  8. Undo the air hose. Test the installation again as described above (step 7) and verify that there is an air blast coming out. If that is the case, connect the air hose again and go back to step 7.
  9. Check if the air hose is squeezed closed/ disconnected.
  10. Check the settings on the milking robot (see p.2). Go back to step 8. If your Milk & Go 2.0 is still not functioning after checking the settings, contact your dealer.
  11. Your Milk & Go functions well.
Saving tip:

Saving tip:

At Melk-drive Genderen it has been proven, that there is less dung remaining in the milking robot after the installation of a Milk & Go apparatus. Consequently you can adjust the floor cleaning, so that it takes place after 9 milkings instead of after every 3 milkings.

  • Open the basic screen of your VMSclient program on your pc
  • Click on ‘units’ in the menu list on the left and then double click op VMS milking station
  • Now you have the choice from different headings, click on ‘cleaning’.
  • Put a tick for ‘Floor cleaning after every’
  • For ‘milking’ , set after how many milkings the floor has to be cleaned, e.g. 9 (enter as desired).

This resulted in saving Melk-drive Genderen a considerable amount on expenses for water- and manure removal.

Assuming that:

* Robot capacity of 150 milkings per day

* Floor cleaning on 7 sec, 1 litre water per second = 7 liters per floor cleaning

* € 10 removal costs per m³

* € 0,85  per m³ water

 

Without Milk & Go

150 milkings per dag / 3 floor cleanings = 50 floor cleanings per day

50 floor cleanings per day * 7 liters * 365 days per year = 127,75 m³ water

127,75 m³ water * € 10 removal costs per m³             = € 1.277,50 removal costs

127,75 m³ water * € 0,85 per m³ water                      = €   108,60 water costs                  +

                                                            Total   = € 1.386,10

With Milk & Go

150 milkings per dag / 9 floor cleanings = 16,7 floor cleanings per day

16,7  floor cleanings per day * 7 liters * 365 days per year = 42,67 m³ water

42,67  m³ water * € 10 removal costs per m³ = € 426,70 removal costs

42,67 m³ water * € 0,85 per m³ water                        = €  36,25 water costs      +

                                                            Total   = € 462,95

 


Thus:

            Without Milk & Go after every 3 cows floor cleaning = € 1.386,10

                 With Milk & Go after every 9 cows floor cleaning = €   462,95         -

                                               Economization after 1 year = € 923,15

Changing the batteries:

Changing the batteries:

Your Milk & Go 2.0 has been supplied with two 1,5V  D-cell batteries on delivery. We advise you to change the batteries every two years in order to ensure proper functioning.
1.    Switch the Milk & Go off.
2.    Unfasten the high voltage connection (no.5) and the earth connection (no.6). See to it that you  do not lose the rings placed underneath them. Press the ring of the air connection inward and pull out the air hose.
3.    Take the Milk & Go 2.0 off the machine, including the hook.
4.    Loosen the screw at the bottom side of the Milk & Go 2.0.
5.    Take the Milk & Go 2.0 in your hand as is shown in the adjacent picture and push the flap forward with two thumbs.
6.    Remove the batteries and insert two new 1,5V  D-cell batteries in the same way. In case you have forgotten how the batteries were positioned you can find this again on the back side of the Milk & Go 2.0.
7.    Click the flap back and fasten the screw.
8.    Hang the Milk & Go 2.0 back in its former position.
9.    Reconnect the high voltage cable, earth cable and the air hose again. 
10.    Switch the Milk & Go on.
11.    If you press and hold the test switch now, the test lamp will illuminate with every pulse.

Contents:

1 Milk & Go 2.0, complete with hook and mounting material

3 metres air hose + 1 pneumatic coupling

3 metres earth cable + 2 eyelets

3 metres high voltage cable + 1 eyelet + 1 screw terminal + 1 metre electric wire + 1 clamping sleeve M16 + hook and mounting material.

1 Manual

1 Conditions Metal Union

1 CE declaration

Warranty:

The Milk & Go 2.0 is a product of Technico. Technico guarantees proper functioning of the Milk & Go 2.0 for a period of 6 months. The Metal Union Conditions, as enclosed, are applicable.