Automated feeding: actuators from linak makes automated feeding possible

In March 2013, the dairy cattle specialist at Lely presented a feeding robot. The Vector automatic feeding system. To optimise the system Lely makes use of electric actuators.

'The use of an electrical actuator offers several advantages,' says Bert-Jan Pastoor, production engineer at Lely, 'by contrast with a standard electrical motor the LINAK actuator has an extremely narrow design, allowing excellent integration into the feeding robot.'

The systems collects the forage, mixes it and carries to the cows several times a day.

The cutter, for the mixing, is by means set by an electrical LINAK actuator. An LA36 specially adapted for Lely with shortened stroke of 70 milimetres and a special control PCB provides accurate setting for the opposing cutter.

Alongside setting the opposing cutter, a second LINAK actuator drives the robot's moving deflector, which pushes the feed to the feeding grille.

Owing to the electronics that have been specifically adapted for Lely, the actuator communicates easliy with Lely's control unit.

During transport in the stable or outdoors the deflector is lifted because of hygiene. This means that neither dirt nor bacteria can get into the stable. In the stable the LINAK LA36 lowers the deflector exactly to floor level. Positioning is easy owing to the perfect position feedback of the LA36.

In addition, the LA36's operational ability under difficult conditions makes it an ideal component for the Lely Vector.
  The cutter in the Lely Vector

The LA36 withstands wet and dirty conditions. Furthermore, its low energy consumption was a significant factor in its favour.

During filling, its batteries are charged. While rechargeable battery provides power to the robot, only electrical adjustable systems are suitable. The mixing unit for the forage is the main consumer of energy.

The two LINAK actuators require comparatively little energy. A number of sensors are installed in the feeding robot, which measures the amount of forage in front of the feed gate, for example.
  The LINAK actuator LA36 in the opposing cutter

With the LINAK actuator LA36 the opposing cutter is positioned.

By using the feeding robot farmers save valuable time and by comparison with other feed systems also energy.

Apart from the actuators' approporiate product characteristics; good cooperation with LINAK favoured the use of the LA36 actuators in the Vector feeding robot.

Contact LINAK TECHLINE for specifications and even more actuator solutions for automated feeding systems and other farming equipment. 
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