Bönen, 26th April 2010 – GEA Farm Technologies has developed a flexible lifting floor system for group milking parlours and milking carousels. This is an important component to extend our product range: EGO – the ergonomic pit floor. Despite improvements in milking technique and lower physical strain, we are observing an increasing number of musculoskeletal disorders. Even in modern milking parlours, we see repeated movements of the body, static positions, stretched or bend body postures in conjunction with a higher pace of work and longer milking times. The EGO lifting floor product series by GEA Farm Technologies enables an ergonomic position of the milker during all works in the milking parlour.
The EGO lifting floor is available in different versions for group milking parlours, internal and external rotaries. The working area may be set to the desired level by means of a push button. A huge lifting height up to 380 mm enables continuous matching of the body height to the pit depth. The centrally raised floor with three percent slope ensures additional relief of the muscles in group milking parlours. For group milking parlours a version without height adjustment is also available. This spring floor provides the usual comfortable walkways and standing positions and may be retrofitted with a height adjustment later on.
GEA Farm Technologies develops lifting floors according to individual dimension sheets – for new milking parlours as well as for retrofitting of existing systems. Installation in subway systems is also possible. The modular system consisting of support frame, expansion frame, scissors system and plastic grating enables a fast and simple assembly. The load bearing capacity of up to 12 persons when stationary and 6 persons during raising and lowering is also adapted for larger milking parlours. The EGO product series is hot-dip galvanised or available in stainless steel. There are hardly any wear parts since the lifting floor is operated without chains and ropes.
GEA Farm Technologies offers farmers integrated product and application solutions to fully meet the needs of todays' producers: from the design and planning of both the building and business concepts up to the daily herd and farm management. Since 1926 the company has become renowned for future-oriented technical innovations. With its combined key competences from milk production, slurry systems, shed equipment, automatic feeding as well as state-of-the-art service and hygiene concepts, GEA Farm Technologies provides a complete and up-to-date range of products and services that covers all herd sizes and meets the full range of customer requirements right around the world, reflecting the scale and nature of individual livestock operations. GEA Farm Technologies employs more than 1,900 people worldwide in subsidiaries in over 60 countries.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest system providers for food and energy processes with about EUR 4.4 billion in 2009 revenue. As an internationally operating technology group, the company focuses on process technology and components for demanding production processes in various end markets. The group gains about 70 percent of its revenue in the long-term growing food and energy industries. The company's workforce comprised over 20,000 employees worldwide as of December 31, 2009. GEA Group is a market and technology leader in its business areas. The company is listed in the MDAX index (G1A, WKN 660200).