The MIone is a milking robot with MultiBox system in which parallel milking is possible from a single stall up to a maximum of five, depending on the size of the system.
As soon as a cow enters a free milking stall and is identified through its recognition tag, its personal data are compared with that in the MIones database. If it is intended that the cow will be milked, the equipment then begins distributing the power feed ration suitable for that individual cow. This is controlled in such a way that the feed is distributed during the time of the attachment and the estimated period required for milking. This ensures that the animals remain still. The mobile robot arm, on which the teat positioning camera is located and which takes over the attachment of the teat-cups, is called up by the milking stall as soon as a cow which is ready for milking has been identified and it then moves to the appropriate place. It picks up the milking arm which is located there and which has a frame at its end with the teat-cups. It then moves this under the cow and places the teat-cups onto the teats.
Now the milking starts with the working operations of teat cleaning, pre-milking, stimulation, milking and removal of the teat-cups. During this the milking arm ensures optimum positioning of the teat-cups and the hose guidance.
The result is an extremely efficient and time-saving milking process. When the cow has been milked it leaves the stall and makes way for the next one.