Improving the Milk Pumping Process

Published on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:32am

 Improving the Milk Pumping Process

 By Maura Keller

When dairy farmer Jeff Williams, owner of William Bedrock Bovines in Brodhead Wisconsin, needed an improved level control for his dairy pumping process, he turned to Tri County Dairy of Janesville who then looked to McFinn Technologies in Kenosha, WI.  McFinn Technologies; established by John McGinn and LeRoy Finnigan, manufactures innovative, patented and trademarked gentle handling, low shear pumping technology for the dairy industry.
McFinn Technologies received its first U.S. patent for its leading-edge low shear centrifugal pump, the Bowpeller, in 2003 and the rest is just hard work and dedication. Since 2003 the company has received two additional patents and three registered trademarks for products within the dairy industry. The company also is a 3A sanitary standards holder for pumps, valves and fittings.

For Jeff Williams, McFinn Technologies products were the perfect solution to the problem he was facing on his dairy farm. Specifically, his float units were being broken during the cleaning cycle and Williams wanted a pump that was gentler to milk and did not foam the milk. To streamline the installation process, McFinn Technologies partnered with Tri County Dairy Supply in Janesville, Wisconsin. Tri-County Dairy Supply has been in business since 1989. The company offers a full line of milking equipment, calf and kid goat feeding equipment, freestall housing equipment and hardware. The company offers a full line of chemical and hygiene products and offers 24-hour services and a schedule maintenance program.
“Tri County Dairy installed our Brain control system with our Ultra Sonic non-intrusive level and our patented low shear Bowpeller pump,” McGinn says. “Initially we installed our Infrared level sensor but changed to Ultra Sonic sensor because it was more effective in the cleaning cycle.”
Indeed, as Jeff Jensky, installation manager at Tri Country Dairy explains, the installation involved replacing the existing milk pump and installing the Bowpeller. “The controller was mounted, wired, programed and monitored for performance during both milking and washing,” Jensky says. Tri County Dairy partners with many different companies to help promote their products. Their personnel are trained on the benefits and features of the product and the proper installation guidelines.
As a result of McFinn Technologies’ innovative solution and Tri County Dairy’s installation, Williams Bedrock Bovines experienced improved efficiency through the chiller, due to the pump and controls.  
“Our customer now had a Ultra Sonic level sensor that was no longer subject to the physical handling aspects during cleaning,” McGinn says. In fact, the Bowpeller pump is, on average, 20% more efficient than the competition across the VFD speed range.
So what makes the Bowpeller pump model truly unique? Its patented impeller shape and casing design impart a fraction of the jerk acceleration and shearing forces of standard centrifugal pumps.  This design allows for consistent head pressure across its full pumping range, making it more efficient when pumping through a chiller. In addition, the state-of-the-art technology includes the “Brain” controller, which interfaces with a smart phone and reduces the parameter input to the VFD.  The controller “Brain” makes input and output signals simple and scalable; The “Brain” does the math and runs the VFD accordingly.

The dairy industry makes up approximately 50 percent of McFinn Technologies’ revenue; so McFinn Technologies is continually working to innovate and develop products that make a dairy farmer’s production processes more streamlined, efficient and simpler.
As part of their effort to inform dairy farmers about the company’s product line, McFinn Technologies provides direct mailings to dairy farmers and also features booths at the two largest dairy shows in the U.S,; the Madison World Dairy Expo and the World Ag Show in Tulare, CA. McFinn also provides solutions to the wine, beer and whiskey processing industries.