Key Technology

All our products are designed to integrate seamlessly with your milking system, and with each other where beneficial.

Each product has its own unique benefit but, when used together, bring even greater results. The brilliance of our technology is that you can start at a basic level and add more to your milking system later when you want further enhancement. Many of our products are “plug and play”, meaning you simply plug them in to your system and they’re ready to use. All are innovative, reliable, simple to use and maintain, and designed with you - the farmer - in mind.

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Bail Marshal

The Bail Marshal brings an unbeatable level of integration and simplicity to your milking system. With one on every bail, the Bail Marshal manages connectivity and communication between all your bail devices with speed and reliability.

The beauty of the Bail Marshal system is that it enables you to add as many devices to each bail as you like whenever you want, including Electronic Milk Meters, Smart ECRs (electronic cup removers), SmartD-Tect (early mastitis alert technology) and SmartSPRAY (automatic teat spray system).

With the Bail Marshal, it really is as simple as your technician plugging in and playing any new technology devices - both current and future designs. This gives you long-term peace of mind. 

Another key milking aspect of the system is that any software upgrades for your bail devices are easy for your dealer to apply. Simply input any changes into your Waikato Milking Systems' central controller, SmartCONTROL, and it will communicate the changes automatically to your bail devices through the Bail Marshals.

The Bail Marshal is a quantum leap in the power of plug and play technology and opens up a whole new world of milking system integration.

• The ultimate in plug and play technology - any new device simply plugs in, giving you phenomenal future proofing
• Designed to work with current and future technology
• Powerful diagnostics signal when maintenance is needed on the Bail Marshal or any bail device
• The intelligence behind the design is the modern CAN network operating system

• Brings the power of integration to your milking system like never before
• Makes adding new technology to your milking system extremely easy
• Makes maintaining and upgrading your bail devices very easy

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Electronic Milk Meter

Waikato Milking Systems’ new Electronic Milk Meter is the choice for accuracy, ease of use and low maintenance — providing real-time information about the performance of your cows.

With one per bail you get valuable data on milk yield, flow rates and milking duration. This data will help you make key herd management decisions including feeding, breeding and milking performance. Ultimately this will help you increase the productivity and efficiency of your herd.

With virtually no moving parts, the Electronic Milk Meter is exceptionally easy to install, use and maintain. It integrates easily with Waikato Milking Systems’ Smart products and uploads data to external herd management softwares. 

The Electronic Milk Meter package for every bail includes a Bail Marshal — Waikato Milking Systems’ all-new intelligent plug and play technology. The Bail Marshal manages connectivity and communication between all Smart devices on each bail. It enables you to add as many devices to each bail as you like, bringing the power of simple integration and future-proofing to your milking system like never before. With powerful diagnostics, the Electronic Milk Meter constantly monitors itself and displays error messages to the user on its large LCD display. Software updates for the Electronic Milk Meter can be downloaded as they are released.

Electronic Milk Meter

A highly accurate Electronic Milk Meter at every bail gives you valuable data and helps you increase your herd’s productivity .

Bail display
A large, easy to read LCD screen on every bail displays milking status and alerts.

Bail Marshal
This new plug and play technology at every bail means you can easily connect your milk meter and start using it straight away. The Bail Marshal simplifies connectivity and communication between all bail devices.

• A precision, high-accuracy milk meter
• Handles all levels of milking performance
• Excellent claw vacuum stability
• Automatically starts, stops and resets via SmartECR
• Multi-colour LCD bail display shows detailed milking status
• Designed and made in New Zealand

• High-accuracy data you can rely on
• Integrates with Waikato Milking Systems new generation technology
• Exceptionally easy to install, use and maintain
• Helps improve your herd management decision making
• Increases your herd’s productivity and efficiency



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SmartCONTROL is the high performance device you use to operate your premium Waikato Milking Systems new generation technology products including SmartECRs, SmartD-TECT and SmartSPRAY.

This user-friendly device gives you fast, intuitive control at your fingertips and full integration of the products with your milking system. The touch screen panel enables you to tune and operate each product connected to it. By selecting the product you want to program or change, you can make any adjustments easily, within the parameters of the menu options.

Another convenient feature of SmartCONTROL is its diagnostic alarm reporting. You are alerted to any alarm conditions of the individual products connected to the network, helping you make the best decisions at the right times.

A modern operating system known as CAN (Controlled Area Network) manages all communication between each product. As the technology develops, other products can easily be added to the CAN network and controlled by SmartCONTROL. This helps to future proof your system.

SmartCONTROL also acts as a central collection point for data generated by the products on the network, such as mastitis alerts from SmartD-TECT. This data can then be transmitted via SmartLINK to external herd management systems. This gives you peace of mind that all the key products communicate well with each other, saving you time and ensuring the best outcomes.

• Touch screen interface
• Controls: SmartD-TECT, SmartECR and SmartSPRAY
• User adjustable settings
• Diagnostic alarm function

• One central control device per dairy for all new generation technology products
• Easy to use
• Allows for programming software updates
• Operator dashboard and data hub for new generation technology
• Operator can alter parameters on all new generation technology products throughout the season to suit milking conditions



SmartD-TECT is a breakthrough in mastitis identification technology.

No other system automatically tests each quarter individually during milking to accurately notify the operator of potential mastitis cases. The sensitivity can be tuned to suit any individual preference and the onset of mastitis identified up to four days before visual or clinical signs are evident. This gives you the ability to make decisions about your animals before they cost you in lost productivity. Milking time and yield are not affected and the technology can be retrofitted or installed into any conventional milking system.

The design is discrete, milking time and yeild is not affected and the technology can be retrofitted or installed into any conventional milking system. The sensitivity can be adjusted to suit and the onset of mastitis identified up to four days before visual signs are evident; giving you the ability to make a decision on your animals before they cost you in lost productivity. 

On rotary platforms, SmartD-TECT and SmartECR (electronic cup remover) integrate to control the BailMate ram. If SmartD-TECT identifies a problem, the cow is presented back to the operator for inspection — a perfect solution for a one-man operation.

SmartD-TECT will link with external herd management systems to load results to the database and automatically draft problem cows for inspection.

SmartD-TECT Pulsator
This pulsator controls individual pulsation signals to the cluster allowing each quarter to be milked separately at the start of milking. The in-built software identifies abnormalities between individual quarters of the udder.

SmartD-TECT Sensor
This sensor is attached to the milk line at every cluster to measure the conductivity of the milk from each cow. The results are sent to the pulsator for interpretation.

SmartCONTROL is the touch screen panel that controls the settings of all our premium new generation technology including SmartD-TECT’s sensitivity settings.

• Integrates with any conventional milking system
• Sensitivity easily adjusted
• Easy installation
• Stand alone technology doesn’t need external computer to run
• Alarm outputs can control BailGates to retain cows for inspection
• Alerts can be sent to external herd management systems via SmartLINK

• Proven early mastitis detection
• Automatic operation
• Detects any abnormalities between quarters
• Integrates with SmartECRs
• No disruption to normal milking routine




The SmartECR is Waikato Milking Systems premier cup remover solution.

SmartECR integrates seamlessly with other premium Waikato Milking Systems technologies to trigger an automated sequence of events during milking, while enabling the operator to customise the milking routine.

SmartECR works with Vortex — Waikato Milking Systems’ latest flow sensor technology. Together they provide accurate end-of-milking identification and minimal vacuum drop during milking. Vortex triggers the end of milking and blocks the vacuum to the cluster prior to cups being removed. Clever software in the SmartECR caters for an almost limitless array of milking routine parameters. Users can tailor a variety of settings to suit their herd and individual preferences.

With benefits such as reduced labour costs and improved udder health, SmartECR is an asset in any milking system. Rotary operations get the most advantages from the technology with integrations including BailMate — cow retention control, SmartSPRAY — automatic teat spray system, SmartD-TECT — mastitis management, and now milk metering.

SmartECR is a robust, fully featured automatic cup remover that triggers an automated sequence of events during milking.

Vortex flow sensor
Vortex flow sensor and shut-off valve works with SmartECR to accurately determine when milking has ended. The unique design also achieves faster milking and near zero vacuum drop across the valve.

SmartCONTROL is a user friendly touch screen panel that controls the settings of all our premium new generation technology including SmartECR’s operating parameters.

• Triggered automatically with optional AutoStart feature
• Global communication from SmartCONTROL
• Waterproof bail switches
• Built-in Ezy Pull-down
• Built-in ram retraction speed adjustment
• Kick-off alert
• Claw drop
• Independent output for BailMate — cow retention control
• Built-in fault diagnostics

• Consistent milking routine
• Ideal for single operator dairies
• With AutoStart simply cup the cow and milking begins
• Automatically triggers the start and stop functions of other new generation technology products
• Accurate end-of-milking identification
• Improves cow comfort at cluster removal

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SmartPULS is an exceptional digital pulsation system that opens and closes your liners consistently and dependably every milking – providing optimum milking performance.

Pulsation is the heart of your milking system that enables cows to be milked with the use of vacuum, and SmartPULS is the ultimate choice.

The pulsation technology works in harmony with your cows for maximum milk quantity and quality. The system is designed to limit congestion and oedema in teat tissues during milking, reducing discomfort for the cows and reducing new mastitis infections. Four models are available, giving you lots of flexibility and choice. Each option can be customised. 

• New generation compact precision solenoids exceed 200 million cycles
• Push-button digital circuit boards for easier adjustment
• Brass screw inserts ensure strength of the body housing
• A 16mm ID rear facing filtered air connection port
• 24 volt regulated power supply

• Produces dependably accurate results
• Maintains a high rate of milk flow from the teat within each pulsation cycle
• Rates and ratios are selectable over a wider range and include options for cows, goats and sheep
• Customised pulsation feature to suit your herd

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SmartSPRAY is an automatic teat spray system for rotary platforms.

SmartSPRAY replaces the need for manual teat spraying and teat dipping, while ensuring maximum coverage regardless of the cow’s position in the bail.

SmartSPRAY is signalled by the electronic cup remover to spray soon after the cups have been removed. This ensures the udder is sprayed while the teat orifice is still open, and typically in a sheltered area of the shed to prevent wind drift.

No operator input is required during milking other than filling the tank with teat spray. The tank is mounted underneath the rotary.

SmartSPRAY can be retrofitted to existing rotaries with an interface module that allows it to receive signals from any brand of electronic cup remover.

SmartSPRAY Bullet
A SmartSPRAY Bullet is positioned in every bail. With two adjustable spray nozzles these can be rotated to cater for a wide variety of cow sizes.

SmartSPRAY Tank
A SmartSPRAY tank is made from chemical resistant polymers and has an integrated compressed air spray pump. With a 125L capacity it typically holds up to 4 days of teat spray.

SmartCONTROL is the touch screen panel that controls the settings of all our premium new generation technology including SmartSPRAY’s spray delay and duration settings.

• Bullets position cows legs for easy cluster attachment
• Dual nozzle SmartSPRAY Bullet at each bail
• Adjusted from SmartCONTROL touch screen
• Spray duration, delay and pressure can be adjusted to suit
• Powerful compressed air pump system with pressure gauge
• Precision, chemical resistant solenoid valves

• Spray is automatically triggered by SmartECR once cow has finished milking
• Won’t spray if a cow kicks cups off — will only spray once milking has been completed
• Ideal for single operator dairies
• Uses less teat spray than other systems
• Maximises spray success — spray occurs while teat orifice is open
• Adjustable nozzles ensure optimum spray coverage
• Sprays every cow, every time

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SmartDRIVE Vacuum Pump Controller

A Waikato Milking Systems SmartDRIVE Vacuum Pump Controller is a specialised control system designed to dynamically control the operation of your vacuum pump.

Using digital sensors the milking system vacuum is continually monitored and the vacuum pump speed adjusted according to airflow demand.

A highly advanced device, the SmartDRIVE vacuum pump controller works best with a positive displacement vacuum pump by taking advantage of its instantaneous airflow response capability. Our controller not only helps improve milking but also saves valuable energy and reduces pump maintenance costs.

• Enclosed in high quality stainless steel, lockable cabinet
• Touch screen displays green under normal conditions – switches to red if fault detected
• Selectable milk or wash mode
• Vacuum stability greater than standard regulator system

• Power savings of up to 47%
• Stable vacuum improves milking and udder health
• Constant set point milking vacuum is assured
• Easily program changes or software updates
• Low vacuum pump speed and noise means quieter milking environment

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SmartDRIVE Milk Pump Controller

The SmartDRIVE milk pump controller is designed to make milk pumping and cooling more efficient.

It controls the milk pump to ensure that the milk is pumped continuously at a slower speed to maximise efficiency of your primary plate cooler. By eliminating the stop/start of the pump you preserve the milk quality achieving a slow, gentle and continuous milk transport.

With the variable speed control you can have the speed gentle for milk pumping and then have the pump ramped up for wash mode.

• High quality, durable IP rated stainless steel enclosure
• Easily programmable milk pump speed to match milk levels
• Selectable automatic or manual mode for dedicated milk or washing phases
• Remote milk/wash control kit available
• Designed, programmed and supported by Schneider electronics

• Milk quality is maintained by eliminating harsh treatment of your milk
• Constant gentle flow of milk minimises the back pressure on the milk filters
• Enhances cooler performance
• Reducing high speed pumping lessens pump and motor wear

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SmartWASH is a completely programmable automated wash system for your milking machine.

With the versatility to manage any wash scenario, SmartWASH enables you to meet all current hygiene standards and regulations.

Developed to provide total flexibility, the SmartWASH Controller is the driving force behind the quality wash system. Its modern touch-screen offers a user-friendly interface. At the touch of a button, SmartWASH can be changed to suit the operator’s needs and control the cleaning regimes of your milking system.

• Easy to use touch screen
• 3 high speed detergent pumps deliver up to 600ml / min
• Compressed air operated valves
• Temperature sensors included
• Data logging capabilities
• Detergent sensors available

• Interlocks protect the system
• Modern electronics
• Easy to follow programming menus
• User friendly touch screen
• Ten wash regimes
• Programmable day by day
• Program acid, alkali or sanitiser washes


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SmartLINK is the data gateway that links our products with your external herd management solutions and drafting controls.

When used with Waikato Milking Systems SmartD-TECT mastitis detection technology, SmartLINK sends the data collected to external herd management systems. This allows your information to be consolidated and analysed seamlessly. Using this technology allows both systems to integrate and share information. Drafting is automatic and cow management becomes much easier with the help of an audible alarm at cups on. Made specifically for rotary installation, SmartLINK is a must have if SmartD-TECT and external herd management systems are employed.

• Robust design for dairy shed use
• Remote wireless interface
• High performance data gateway
• Reliable connectivity
• Secure management

• Connects your data to external herd management systems
• Saves event data to external herd management systems
• Allows consolidation of data between systems
• Analysing your data becomes seamless