Take control of your pulsation system with PulsNexus
Monitors pulsation performance 24/7
Because pulsation controls the
opening and closing of the liner,
it essentially determines milking
speed and critical teat massage
that is so important to optimizing
milk production and maintaining
good udder health.
PulsNexus is a stand alone pulsation monitoring system that
can be fitted to any brand or type of pulsation system in your
Here is how it works.
A PulsNexus monitor is fitted to eash pulsator at every milking
stall. The electronic control senses each pulsation cycle and
alerts the operator with a red alarm light at the stall when the
pulsation cycles malfunction. The PulsNexus system can also
be equiped with a parlor monitor and audible speaker to alert
At the moment one of the PulsNexus monitors detects a
problem, the parlor alarm and speaker will be activated. The
speaker first sends an audible message to get the operators
attention. The message can be set to send the message in
either English or Spanish. The operator looks at the monitor and
the stall with a problem is displayed. Along with the stall number
they can also see not only that there is a problem, but what the
problem actually is.
This is a powerful feature of the system because the problem will
be continually displayed as long as the problem is not corrected.
Likewise, the audio will keep repeating the message so that
operators can not easily ignore the situation or become
distracted by other duties that cause them to forget the problem.
Powerful tools to put you in complete control!
If you are like most dairymen, you don’t look at pulsation graphs very often. Chances are that you leave that to your serviceman. But what
do you do when you have a pulsation problem and the serviceman is not around? With the PulsNexus system you now are in control
because you have the tools to get the job done on your own.
The first indication of a problem is that the light on the PulsNexus turned red. The parlor display and speaker alerted the milkers but
perhaps they were not sure what to look for. All you need to do is go to your computer and click on the stall with a problem. A graph
appears that looks similar to the one illustrated above. Pulsation lines and numbers, what do they all mean? Not to worry because the
BECO software will interpret the problem and tell you what needs fixing. If you look near the bottom of the screen showing the pulsation
graph you will see what the problem is. In the case of this problem, there was a air leak that caused pulsation to fail. This is a powerful
tool in getting right to the problem. No longer do you have to change out a pulsator to hopefully fix the problem only to find it was only an
Frequently asked questions.
If I have the PulsNexus monitoring system in my milking parlor how often should I have my serviceman graph my pulsators?....The
answer is never. The system is designed to continually graph your pulsators 24/7. As long as the light is green you can be assured the
graph is good. Therefore you can now save the time and expense of having someone graph your system for you.
If I have the PulsNexus monitoring system in my milking parlor how often should I clean or rebuild my pulsators?.... The answer is only
when the system tells you to do so. All manufacturers have a recommended cleaning and rebuilding time on their pulsators. This time
period is based on a recommendation to avoid even the smallest failures because one malfunctioning pulsator can affect many cows
before the problem is noticed. The truth of the matter is that most pulsators will far exceed these rebuild recommendations. With the
PulsNexus system however you will learn that the system will tell you when these problems occur. Therefore there is no need to do any
maintenance as long as the light is green indicating a properly functioning pulsator.
PulsNexus is more than an alarm.
PulsNexus becomes much more than an alarm when installed in
combination with a computer and proprietary PulsNexus software.
The PulsNexus software communicates with each PulsNexus
monitor and continually analyzes pulsation.
Need help figuring out the problem?
If you see a red light and the problem is not obvious just log-on to
the computer, click on the stall with the problem, and in real time
you see the pulsation graph for that stall.
Wonder how many pulsation problems took place when you
were not there to observe them?
The system is designed to alert the operators the moment a problem is detected.
But, if nobody bothers to fix the problem your benefits will diminish. Therefore, the
system was designed to put you back in control!
Automatic reports put you in control!
At the end of a milking shift, or for any time period you designate, a report will
automatically print out showing you all the pulsation problems that occurred while
you were away. The report is designed to quickly pinpoint what happened and
when it happened. It will also let you know how long it took the parlor operator to
correct the problem. With this information you now have the tools to better manage
the people responsible for the parlor when you are away.
At a quick glance of the report you notice that stall #14 had eight problems that
were not corrected before eight cows were milked. Furthermore you can tell just
what the problems were and when the last one happened. Take a close look at the
line with the “1” bubble to the right. You can see that all of these problems were
caused by a disconnected hose or a failed pulsator coil. Fifty nine minutes of
milking expired and affected eight cows with the last one happening at 7:23 PM on
Sunday May 22.
Experience tells us that problems occur daily on most large parlors and more often
than not several problems occur. With PulsNexus you now have the tools to put a
stop to the damaging results of a failing pulsation system. Weather it be a sticking
pulsator, leak in the air tubes or a split liner, you are alerted right away.
In the case of pulsation problems one only needs to concentrate on bars that are red rather than green. Red bars represent cows that were
milked with a pulsation problem. When a long sequence of cows are red management knows the operators were ignoring a problem. Knowing
the exact time the occurrence took place tells management who was there. Management now has the tools necessary to know exactly what
took place when they were away from the parlor.
As seen on the chart below there is a tremendous picture of what takes place other that pulsation problems. The length of time individual
cows take to milk out is visible, how many units are reattached and the procedures operators are taking to apply units. To further simplify the
data critical data is displayed at the bottom. Example: Average unit on time vs. average unit idle time. It may be the case that training of
operators will lead to reducing unit on time. Often units are reattached because it was completely necessary. However if that number gets to
high management is alerted to investigate why so much is occurring and take action to correct the problem and speed up the milking parlor.
Lastly, because the chart is a moving window of history, management can easily move forward or back in time to see when milkers started
and when they stopped. The entire wash cycle is also displayed. Its like having a set of eyes on the parlor 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The picture becomes crystal clear!
The previous report does a good job of illustrating
when problems occurred and how long they lasted.
When it is discovered that the operators failed to
respond to problems in a timely manner,
management needs to know when things happened
so they can take corrective action to avoid similar
occurrences in the future. With a simple click of a
mouse, the following chart appears. This chart gives
a precise illustration of what has taken place with
each and every cow milked. An explanation of the
chart is as follows... The numbers on the left
represent a stall number. In the case of the chart on
this page, this is a double 25 milking parlor, so you
see 50 milking stalls. The information on the top
represents the day and time of day. The colored bars
of data are as follows... When a machine goes on a
cow a green bar will start. When the unit comes off
the cow the green bar stops. The blue column
represents when the first machine goes on for that
group of cows and then turns white when the last unit
from the group comes off. The white area therefore
represents the time it takes for that group of cows to
exit and a new group to come in and the first unit to
be applied. With this information you can see how
each and every cow is being milked. Obviously there
is a much bigger picture of what is taking place than
just pulsation problems.
More than an equipment monitoring system
As an added benefit of the system you also get a picture as to how the parlor
is performing. The report shown above can be automatically printed at the
end of a shift or at any time desired. This is a history of the number of cows
milked. the average machine on time and idle tome. It also gives you the
number of units that were reattached and the percentage it represent of all
the cows milked that day. The information is displayed for the last 24 hours
as well as the daily average for the last three, seven, fifteen and thirty days.
With this information it is possible to implement improvements in parlor
procedures, take-off settings and/or pulsation and come back the very next
day to see the results of the changes made.
You control pulsation performance
When you install PulsNexus pulsation monitoring system in combination
with the BECO MegaFlow pulsators, you get even more control of pulsation
performance. You can set the pulsation rates and ratios of every pulsator
through the computer network. PulsNexus can also be programmed to turn
off the pulsator when each cow has finished milking. This feature can greatly
reduce the wear and tear on the pulsator compared to pulsators that run
continously. And with BECO MegaFlow pulsators you get larger porting for
quicker opening and closing of liners to speed milking without sacrificing
critical massage time.
To learn more about the BECO MegaFlow pulsator click here.
To request more information on the PulsNexus monitoring system please click here.