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MILKING MACHINES: Servicing, Testing & Maintenance

Kristal D&D has a dedicated team of service engineers that are highly trained to work to the current standards on milking machine servicing, testing and maintenance.

Servicing to keep the milking machine at peak performance

Image to illustrate servicingRoutine servicing of your milking machine helps to prevent the gradual deterioration of consumable parts from getting to the point where their condition affects milk quality and, worse still, the cows themselves. A parlour operating for just 5 hours a day (including milking and washing) works for 1,825 hours a year - a car averaging 40 miles/hour would do 73,000 miles in the same time! As the milking machine consists of many moving parts (such as teat cup liners, pulsators, shut-off valves) and its efficiency is reliant on the precise movement of these parts, routine servicing is a cost-effective solution to keeping the milking machine at peak performance.

Kristal D&D offers:

  • Servicing scheduling to plan the timing of services according to its average running time and a reminder when the next service is due;
  • A record kept of the equipment installed in the milking parlour to enable the right parts to be ordered in advance of the service;
  • A specialist service engineer who will arrive at the agreed appointment time with the right parts to carry out the type of service that is due;
  • A record of the service completed showing the parts that have been replaced;
  • Service contracts allowing you to spread the cost of labour and parts over monthly payments.


Testing to a Standard

Image of a milk flow meter to illustrate milking machine testingTesting provides a check that the milking machine is performing within the limits provided by the International Standard (ISO6690). Static testing is done when the parlour is not in use and checks the functionality of the different components of the machine. Dynamic testing is carried out during milking and checks whether the machine as a whole is performing correctly during use. Kristal D&D carries out a static test prior to commissioning a new installation and subsequently at each service. Dynamic testing is normally only used as part of our troubleshooting service to identify the causes of milk hygiene or cell count problems. Following a static or dynamic test, our engineer will discuss the results with the customer and provide a copy of the test report.


Image to illustrate non-routine maintenanceNon-routine maintenance - fast and efficient

Kristal D&D offers a same-day response to emergency calls, 24 hours a day. Our on-call engineer carries a wide range of stock to cover the most usual breakdowns, and this is backed up by the components we keep in our extensive stores at our head office in Bromyard. When required we can normally source more unusual parts for next-day or 3-day delivery.


To find out how Kristal D&D can provide the right solution for you, please complete our enquiry form or call us on 01885 483576.