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The Use of a Pressure-Indicating Film to Determine the Effect of Liner Type on the Measured Teat Load Caused by a Collapsing Liner

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Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB), Department of Engineering for Livestock Management, Max-Eyth-Allee 100, Potsdam 14469, Germany
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Hochschule Neubrandenburg, University of Applied Sciences, Department of Agricultural Machinery, Brodaer Straße 2, Neubrandenburg 17033, Germany
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Sensors 2017, 17(4), 855; https://doi.org/10.3390/s17040855
Received: 13 March 2017 / Revised: 11 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 April 2017 / Published: 13 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
During milking the teat cup liner is the interface between the teat of a dairy cow and the milking system, so it should be very well adapted to the teat. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine the effect of liner type on the directly measuring teat load caused by a collapsing liner with a pressure-indicating film. The Extreme Low pressure-indicating film was used to detect the effect of six different liners on teat load. For each liner, six positions in the teat cup were specified, and six repetitions were performed for each position with a new piece of film each time. Analysis of variance was performed to detect differences between the six liners, the positions within a liner, and the measuring areas. The pressure applied to the teat by a liner depends on the technical characteristics of the liner, especially the shape of the barrel, and for all tested liners, a higher teat load was found at the teat end. In conclusion, with the help of pressure-indicating film, it is possible to determine the different effects of liner type by directly measuring teat load due to liner collapse. View Full-Text
Keywords: sensor-based detection; pressure sensor; teat load; liner collapse; machine milking sensor-based detection; pressure sensor; teat load; liner collapse; machine milking
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Demba, S.; Paul, V.; Ammon, C.; Rose-Meierhöfer, S. The Use of a Pressure-Indicating Film to Determine the Effect of Liner Type on the Measured Teat Load Caused by a Collapsing Liner. Sensors 2017, 17, 855.

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