FD - Dairy Cheq

By: Dairycheq  09-12-2011
Keywords: alarm, dairy, Dairy Farmer

The next generation in Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard products is available NOW.

The Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard FD is the most flexible Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard yet with improved the user interface and more features.

New in the Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard FD:

  • Larger Screen provides more detailed information to the dairy farmer when reviewing daily operating information or alarm information.
  • Wash History: Tank and Pipeline wash temperatures are now available for 30 days without using the Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard Software.
  • Enhanced Communication is now available using Bluetooth, WiFi, or GPRS modems

Each Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard FD comes with a set length of 50 feet/ 15 meters of wire, a tank sensor, a vacuum sensor, a pipeline sensor and one alarm light.


Low temperature for pipeline cleaning

This alarm occurred following a pipe cleaning that was not hot enough. The pipeline wash had a maximum temperature of 39.2°C (103°F).  The target wash temperature of 40°C (104°F) for 4 minutes was not met, so the alarm occurred.

Possible Causes of the Low Temperature Pipecleaning Alarm may be:

  • Water heater is starting to fail
  • Pipe wash not started
  • Wash valves not in proper position
  • Pre cooler still running during the wash
  • Plugged screen in wash circulation loop
  • Not enough water volume to maintain temperature
  • Mixing valve adding cold water during hot cycle
  • Faulty check valve

Milk Too Warm

If the milk is not cooled within the required time (or regional requirement), then a “Regulatory” or rule-based condition has been breached.

The Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard FD will give the dairy farmer a warning 10 minutes after milking if cooling is not sufficient to meet the regulation.  If the milk is not cooled to below 5°C (Canada) or 45°F (US) quickly enough, then a “Regulatory” alarm will occur.

Possible Causes of the Slow Cooling Alarm may be:

  • Not enough cooling capacity
  • Failed compressor
  • Cooling efficiency is gradually degrading
  • Radiator needs to be cleaned
  • Leak in freon line
  • Thermostat has failed
  • Thermostat is not set to proper temperature

Switch on Cooler

If the milk cooling equipment is not turned on for the first milking, an alarm will occur.

The Dairy Cheq® MilkGuard FD looks for a temperature drop to detect cooling.

Possible Causes of the Switch on Cooler warning may be:

  • Forgot to switch on cooler
  • Failed compressor
  • Freon leak in cooling lines

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