Devices and methods for preparing animals for milking

  • US 9,072,274 B2
  • Filed: 08/29/2013
  • Issued: 07/07/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/29/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for cleaning teats of milk-producing animals comprising a handheld washer, the washer comprising:

  • an airmotor with a planetary gear reduction and a right angle output drive configuration;

    a frame comprising a mounting plate configured for an outer pair of knurled spindles holding a first teat belt and an inner pair of knurled spindles holding a second teat belt, drive belts attached to the planetary gear reduction system to drive all the spindles, wherein the teat belts and the drive belts are on opposite sides of the mounting plate;

    a movable block slidable on a stationary pin to translate or rotate the outer pair of spindles away from the inner spindles;

    an opening at the top end for receiving a teat for sanitizing/stimulation;

    a handle with a trigger engaged with the actuator pin end of a valve for releasing liquid and air onto the teat when the trigger is actuated; and

    housing configured to house the washer components in a functional manner.

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