Tip of the month – November 2016
The VMS has an integrated sponge where the camera passes for cleaning purposes.
We notice sometimes that the sponge is not very clean, but more often we find that the sponge doesn’t brush the camera right.
Note that the camera should hit the sponge perfectly.
Not pressing to much because all it will do is press and not wipe the camera and damage itself. Likewise, make sure that the sponge is not touched too thin, that doesn’t help either.
Additionally, the sponge is often set to wipe too high which causes the cap to be flattened (over the Lasers?), which in return causes the lasers and camera not to be brushed sufficiently and the sponge can’t clean the lower part of the camera. If the camera touches the sponge too low, it will mostly brush the screws, thus missing the lasers, and still wear out quickly..
In both of these cases the sponge is worn out without having done its job well.
On the touchscreen in the menu Teachen you can adjust these settings with the joystick. It is smart to do first an Endpoint Calibration before adjusting other setting.
It is also good to program in PC that the VMS cleans the camera after every milking, it takes no time and gives a clear view on the teats..
The more times a day you rinse the sponge, the cleaner it is, the better job he makes!
(Washing your boots? => wash the sponge!)
PS Read the tip from December 2012. The same issue occurred in this year!
A lot of grass silage has been won, so much has been grown. Quite different from 2012, now with more sun, but just like then, grass silage has less energy, so it’s hard to get good milk from it.