World’s First Composite Rotary Platform for the Dairy Industry Manufactured

September 10 2012

New Zealand Company Waikato Milking Systems claims to have manufactured the world’s first composite rotary platform for the dairy industry. It expects the composite platform to have a 25% longer lifespan than concrete versions. The composite platform, branded Centrus, was first introduced in 2009 and since then 24 composite platforms have been installed at customer sites.

The Centrus deck sections are formed of composites, resulting in a platform that is 80% lighter and 500% stronger than a concrete equivalent. The composite design will still sustain rigorous use by 54 cows when fully loaded – a total of around 32.4 tonnes. The lighter weight platform also means there is less friction on the drives and running gear, resulting in reduced wear and tear. And the composite materials offer reduced ongoing maintenance as the deck is not corroded by cleaning chemicals or cows’ urine. The composite platforms can be installed in half the time of concrete versions.

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