performance testing

October 13, 2011
Making the Most of Machine-On Time: What Happens When the Cups Are On?

G.A. Mein and D.J. Reinemann, Milking Research and Instructional Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
Outlines basic concepts and relevant research results to help managers of modern milking parlors achieve a balanced approach to milking and make the most of the machine-on time.

Methods for Measuring and Interpreting Milking Vacuum

Reinemann, D.J., Schring, N. and R.D. Bade, Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
Details the procedures for Evaluating Vacuum Levels and Airflow in Milking Systems developed by the Machine Milking Committee of the National Mastitis Council that are based on methods specified in ASAE and ISO standards.

Survey of Milking Facilities, Management, and Performance on Wisconsin and Italian Dairy Farms

R. Bade et al., University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Milan, Italy, 2007.
Compares and contrasts milking parlor performance in Wisconsin and Northern Italy.

Procedures for Evaluating Vacuum Levels and Air Flow in Milking Systems: 2005 Update

N. Schuring and D.J. Reinemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005.
Focuses on the two primary machine-related aspects of milking performance: average vacuum in the claw during milking and pulsator function.

Use of Lactocorder® to Measure Milking Performance

M. Maroney et al., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004.
Determines if the Lactocorder® could detect differences in milk flow curves based upon the use of 3 different premilking cow preparation procedures.

Methodology of Measuring Strip Yield

M.A. Davis and D.J. Reinemann, Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
Documents the distribution of strip yield for two methods of hand collection and two methods of machine collection and to develop recommendations for maximum strip yield criterion for each collection method.

Measurement and Classification of Irregular Vacuum Fluctuations

M.A. Davis and D.J. Reinemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
Develops a practical set of criteria for classification of IVF based upon measurements of the amplitude and derivative of claw vacuum using methods and instruments capable of measuring the true vacuum changes.

Recommendations for Field Tests of Milking Machine Performance

S.D. LeMire et al., Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999.
Presents recommendations for field tests on milking machine performance.

Statistical Considerations for Milking Time Tests

S.D. LeMire et al., Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998.
Presents considerations for measurement techniques and statistical analysis of milking time data.

Instrument Requirements and Methods for Measuring Vacuum in Milking Machines

Reinemann, D.J., Rasmussen, M.D. and G.A. Mein, Milking Research and Instructional Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998.
Characterizes vacuum changes in the milking machine and unit during wet and milking–time
tests, and develops recommendations for test methods and test equipment for reliable measurement of vacuum changes in milking machines.

Characteristics of Vacuum Changes in the Short Milk Tube and Liner Mouthpiece During Milking

Reinemann, D.J., Rasmussen, M.D. and G.A. Mein, Milking Research and Instructional Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997.
Discusses the measurement techniques and equipment required to accurately characterize these vacuum fluctuations.

Equipment Specifications and Methods for Dynamic Testing

Reinemann, D.J., Muthukumarappan, K. and G.A. Mein, Milking Research and Instructional Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996.
Develops recommendations for the minimum requirements of vacuum recording systems for dynamic testing of milking machine performance.