Patent Number: 6,308,656

Title: Modular teat cup assembly

Abstract: A modular teat cup assembly for use with a milking machine for milking cows. The modular teat cup assembly comprises a hollow tubular shell together with a cartridge assembly slidably received within the shell. The cartridge assembly includes a spool-shaped liner and a framework comprising a pair of opposing sleeve members for supporting the liner. The sleeve members are movable between an open position to permit removal and replacement of the liner, and a closed position for supporting the liner therebetween. A cap removably mounted on the bottom of the shell holds the cartridge assembly within the shell and is used to attach a milking tube in the conventional manner. A head piece includes a mouth for receiving a cow's teat, and is snapped onto the upper end of the shell to complete the modular assembly.

Inventors: Milbrath; Constance J. (Watertown, WI), Larson; Reed A. (Watertown, WI)


International Classification: A01J 5/00 (20060101); A01J 5/08 (20060101); E04H 15/40 (20060101); E04H 15/34 (20060101); A01J 005/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018