GEA R9500 offers "new level" of intelligence in robot milking

New technology and design modifications make the GEA R9500 dairy robot a smart option for producers looking at automated milking systems, the company says.

The box-style robot from GEA Farm Technologies delivers real-time somatic cell count (SCC) monitoring, more precise and speedier teat cup attachments, as well as a redesigned frame to enhance cow flow, says GEA sales specialist Brian Morton.

Morton notes that the company’s DairyMilk M6850 sensor is the industry’s first SCC monitor that continuously analyzes milk flow from each individual quarter throughout the entire milking process. “If a cow has a quarter with high somatic cell, it monitors that and gives an alarm. We can actually dump the quarter if there is an alarm issued. We’re making better milk,” says Morton.

A new G5 time-of-flight camera on the R9500 provides precise teat detection for fast cup attachments. In this video, Morton notes that the camera upgrade has a significant impact on reattachment times and reduces attachment failures.

Morton also explains how the R9500’s modified open-frame design is more welcoming to cows of all sizes and better positions cows to optimize teat cup attachment. Both entrance and exit doors are designed so cows can be milked quietly and comfortably without disturbance from the next cow in line.

The feed trough has been re-engineered to optimize feed intake and increase ingredient options. Morton adds that trough bowl modifications enhance cow flow and help keep cows moving at the end of milking, allowing the next cow to enter as soon as possible.

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