Dispositif de traite d'un animal

Vorrichtung zum Melken eines Tieres

An implement for milking an animal

Abstract

An implement for milking an animal, e.g. a cow, includes a milking robot with a milking arm (6) carrying one or more teat cups (45 to 48) and coupling means (50) for applying each teat cup to a relevant teat of the animal's udder. With the aid of sensor means (51) preferably comprising a laser sensor, the position of the teats can be determined. On the basis of the determined position of the teats, the robot arm portion (34) carrying the teat cups (45 to 48) is brought under the animal's udder by control means (36, 40) which are provided with servo-pneumatic positioning elements. Particularly by the combination of laser sensor means and servo-controlled positioning elements, the teat cups can be attached rapidly, while by using pneumatic positioning elements the milking robot whill be guarded against damaging, e.g. when the animal kicks against it.

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