US 11,051,484 B2
Sprayer with articulated arm and sensor system
Gary Arnott, Christchurch (NZ); and Grant Chemaly, Christchurch (NZ)
Assigned to FARM IMPROVEMENTS LIMITED, Christchurch (NZ)
Filed on Sep. 29, 2020, as Appl. No. 17/36,946.
Claims priority of application No. 757773 (NZ), filed on Oct. 2, 2019.
Prior Publication US 2021/0100214 A1, Apr. 8, 2021
Int. Cl. A01J 7/04 (2006.01); B05B 15/656 (2018.01); B05B 15/652 (2018.01); B05B 15/68 (2018.01); A01K 13/00 (2006.01); A01K 1/12 (2006.01)
CPC A01J 7/04 (2013.01) [A01K 1/12 (2013.01); A01K 13/001 (2013.01); B05B 15/652 (2018.02); B05B 15/656 (2018.02); B05B 15/68 (2018.02)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A dairy animal teat treatment apparatus, including:
a spray nozzle to spray teat fluid therefrom; and
an articulated arm conveying the spray nozzle, movement of the articulated arm driven by an actuator, articulated arm movement being between:
a retracted position in which the spray nozzle and articulated arm are retracted; and
an extended position in which at least part of the articulated arm and spray nozzle thereon is extended, moving the spray nozzle to a position configured to be about an animal's udder, the spray nozzle configured to spray treatment fluid from the spray nozzle onto the animal's teats in or about the extended position;
wherein as the articulated arm extends or retracts, the articulated arm rotates about an axis or axes along the path of articulated arm movement.