Proven Technology in a Fresh Design -- The Lely Astronaut A3 Next

February 4, 2010 07:49 AM

PELLA, Iowa -- Just over three years from the launch of the Lely Astronaut, Lely introduces an enhanced robotic milking system, the Lely Astronaut A3 Next.

"We are continuously seeking ways to further improve our state-of-the-art technology for dairy producers throughout the world,” says Lely USA's president, Peter Langebeeke. "We believe the advancements we make with our technologies should benefit producers financially or socially. We're happy to introduce a product that does both ? the Lely Astronaut A3 Next.

"The Lely Astronaut A3 Next consumes significantly less energy and water than competitive brands,” Langebeeke says. "The use of first-class materials, combined with a limited number of moving parts, ensures a long lifetime and a significantly higher trade-in value. By paying attention to energy costs, Lely is also introducing an outstandingly sustainable product. Although the Lely Astronaut A3 Next is a considerable investment, it is not just the initial investment that should be taken into consideration, but all running costs and labor savings in the years to come. In that respect, the Lely Astronaut A3 Next is one of the best investments you can make for your farm.”  

With this new robot, Lely has succeeded in further improving the Lely Astronaut A3, which remains one of the most advanced milking systems in the marketplace. The most visible difference is the fresh new design. In addition, cleaning and servicing are easier, and by using the most sustainable materials available, Lely continues to offer the longest lifespan ? and therfore a higher trade-in value ? than other system.

The robot's management system ? Lely T4C (Time 4 Cows) ? has been advanced to include dynamic feeding and milking. This is effected by taking into account the individual animal's response (in terms of milk production) to the concentrate provided or milk intervals. Consequently, individual cow health increases while concentrate costs are reduced and robot utilization is  optimized.

In this new robot, Lely mounted the milk-quality sensor system in the unique Astronaut arm, resulting in faster and even more accurate detection and measurement of milk flow. Also perfected is the milk-quality control system, which was already the first on-line method to determine the somatic cell count per quarter. In addition, the milk separation system is now disengaged from the robotic milking system and can be mounted on the most convenient place for the farmer.

For current Lely Astronaut farmers, the Lely Astronaut A3 Next is compatible with the existing Lely Astronaut A3.

Lely, the inventors of robotic milking, introduced the first milking robot 17 years ago. Now, with the launch of the Astronaut A3 Next, it has proven its capability to use dairy farmers' feedback effectively for further and sustainable improvement of the concept of automatic milking. The Lely Astronaut A3 Next will be available in early 2010.

To learn more about the Lely Astronaut A3 Next, visit the company's Web site. 

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