MiRobot

Mirobot

Daivd Rubin (left), VP Business Development of MiRobot, discusses the technology with potential investors at Trendlines annual investment event in Israel.

The Need

Current routines in conventional milking parlors rely extensively on manual operations: cleaning the teats, stimulating milk release, attaching the milking equipment, and disinfecting the teats after milking. Trained operators perform these repetitive routines, resulting in high labor costs, inconsistent quality of performance, and a great dependence on scarce manpower.

The Product

MiRobot is developing the next-generation robotic milking systems for cost-effective, high-performance automatic milking in medium and large dairy farms (200 to >3,000 cows). Designed as an add-on to conventional milking parlor equipment, MiRobot’s system comprises fully automatic, state-of-the-art robotic arms installed in each milking stall. The robotic arms clean, stimulate milk release, attach the milking cluster, and execute post-milking routines, producing a procedure that is uniform, reliable, and of the highest quality.

The MiRobot multi-stall system allows farmers to milk dozens of cows simultaneously with only one operator, as opposed to the current routine that requires two to six operators. The MiRobot system is environmentally friendly and automatically collects and disposes of the iodine used for disinfecting.

The Advantages

MiRobot’s system offers improvements in cost, efficiency, and quality –

  • Reduces amount of labor significantly increases profits
  • Shortens total milking time and enables more cows to be milked with existing equipment
  • Leads to standardized, efficient treatment of every cow before, during, and after milking
  • Reduces environmental impact of cow-cleaning procedures

The Team

  • Tal Bareket, CTO, CEO: Former VP R&D, SAE Afikim, a world leader in dairy herd management systems; Ph.D., cognitive psychology, Tel Aviv University; M.Sc., industrial engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • David Rubin, Finance, Business Development: Served as CEO and chairman of a number of high-tech companies; former Israeli Economic Minister to North America; M.Sc., management information systems, MIT’s Sloan School of Management; B.Sc., systems engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (summa cum laude)

The Market

The addressable market in the United States, Western Europe, and Australia includes more than 50,000 dairy farms of 200 cows or more. In the United States alone, the market potential exceeds $2.5 billion. Other milking robots exist, but they address the small dairy farm (under 200 cows), a completely different market.

agtech_miRobot

Multi-stall, automatic robotic milking system

At a Glance

Stage: Technology development
Founded: March 2011
Investor: The Trendlines Group
IP: 2 patents in National phase

Contact

Tal Bareket, CEO
Office: +972.4.983.2973
Mobile: +972.50.759.9977
tbareket@mirobot.co.il
www.mirobot.co.il