With the launch of the Lely Astronaut A5 earlier this year, our milking robot stepped up in terms of ease of use and uptime. Easy maintenance was key during the development of the milking robot as well as a user-friendly interface to manage the machine.
Lely engineers and technicians on what that means in their daily practice on our customers’ farms.
‘The Astronaut A4 is a very efficient and excellent performing robot. The A5 is a step above that,’ says Kevin Bender, Product Specialist Lely North America. He emphasizes the ease of maintenance for the service technician, which is confirmed by Melle Plat, Product Specialist Lely Center Heerenveen (the Netherlands). ‘We have actually had very few problems even at the start up stage,’ adds Melle.
Thanks to the large central unit, the heart of the robot is easily accessible. ‘You can almost walk in to it,’ says Frank Jensen, Service technician Lely Center Tarm (Denmark). Service technicians can do their jobs and maintain the milking robot without the help of their Lely Center.
A smooth and silent working milking robot bringing less alarms, less calls and maximum uptime. Not only resulting in more time to spend on other activities on the farm, but also delivering more milk in the tank and improved farm results.
Curious to hear more of what the Lely technicians say about working with the Astronaut A5? Watch the compilation video and feel free to contact us for more information on the Lely Astronaut A5.
April 12, 2021
10 years of Vector, thanks to our test and validation customers!
Lely installed the first Vector system on a number of dairy farms back in 2011. The Overbeek family in Benschop run such a farm, (NL), where they had already shown an interest in automatic milking and feeding when building a new barn for their dairy cows. The family initially started using the Astronaut A3 Next for automatic milking, then also switched to the Lely Vector for automatic feeding. Kees and Sjors Overbeek had already used automatic feeding at their old farm, but it was a rail system. The Vector offered them much more flexibility.
April 1, 2021
Lely adds flavor to milk with new feeding components
Lely has developed unique milk by adding new precursors to rations. Thanks to the link between the Vector feeding system, the Astronaut milking robot and the Orbiter milk processor, knowledge and insight has been gained about the entire process from feed to milk. The key findings were that the ration does not only affect the composition of the milk, but also the taste. The experiments also examined which feeding components had a positive and negative effect on taste.