Automated Milking System

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University of Sharjah
Industrial engineering and management Department
0405324: Simulation
Term: Spring 2010/11
Automated Milking system

Done by: Israa Abulawi U00010793
Rawan Abulaban U00011154

Directed to Dr. Imad Alsyouf
12/17/2011

Executive Summary:
Our Project is About the Automated Milking System in AlAin Dairy Farms in UAE, we focused on the Milking time and the Production of milk , we tried to implement suitable modifications for the process to improve the production of milk . In our project we studied the milking time , number of milking cycles for all cows in farm, and the milk production so that we could apply all concepts taken in the course for optimizing the milk production. Using the help of ARENA software and many useful articles related to the topic we reached to the conclusion that the AMS that the farm was using wasn't the optimum ,and many other types are more suitable related to the large herd on the farm. Applying the Stochastic system simulation course principles to a real life application helped enhance our knowledge of the course , and Choosing this topic helped us to learn about a new process . The report will represent how the system of Alain dairy farms work and the modification that we suggested in order to improve the course.

Table of contents.

Executive Summary…………………………………………………… Introduction……………………………………………………………… problems to be solved and objectives...................................... Theory……………………………………………………………………… System Description…………………………………………………… Input Analysis…………………………………………………………… Simulation Model Description…………………………………… Output Analysis………………………………………………………… Verification and Validation………………………………………… Suggested system modifications………………………..………. Conclusion………………………………………………………………… References…………………………………………………………………

Introduction:
Imagine a world of your own, where time and space under your command. A world where you can do anything, and there are no mistakes or wrong answers. The only limits are your imagination; this is the world of modeling and simulation. Al Ain Dairy is committed to leading the way as a responsible and ethical company operating in the community. Al Ain Dairy has developed a comprehensive program of corporate social initiatives and is committed to the conscientious use of sustainable environmental resources. Their vision is to be recognized as the preferred choice of dairy products of households in the Emirates and their mission is to maintain a tradition of excellence in customer service, to lead the dairy industry in milk innovation and to offer consumers a wide variety of high quality safe products at affordable prices. Automatic Milking system (AMS),it has been the topic of discussion for some time now, but as they become increasingly popular, we are looking at just how effective automatic milking machines are and evaluate their benefits. The Advances of automatic milking systems is to remove some of these labor demands, while at the same time serving to augment overall farm productivity and profitability. Typically one AMS can handle between 3200 to 3400 cows dependent on several factors such as : * Facility layout and design.

* Management philosophies.
* The degree of automation employed when combined with the average production per cow across an entire herd.

Problems to be solved and objectives of the Project:
we are studying the automated milking system of the farm (parallel milker) ,starting from the time the cow entered the system to the time it exits it . The farm has approximately 3600 cows and they are brought in batches of 120 to get milked in the designated milking time before every wash-up, the milking time of 5 hours is a very long time which doesn't leave lots of time for cow proper feeds and rest time . Machine is utilized in a duration of 5 hours approximately , and is shut down only during the wash-up hours . Based on the data collected from the farm we have...
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