Mastitis detection made easy.

BOVONIC  |   QUADSENSE

Bovonic Quadsense is a shining example of grassroots Kiwi ingenuity at its best. This clever device helps dairy farmers quickly and effectively detect mastitis in their cows. With a clear vision of what the product needed to do and how it would be used, Bovonic turned to Blender to help bridge the gap between initial concept and market-ready solution.

EXPERTISE

  • Product Management Support
  • Industrial Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Prototyping
  • Testing & Validation
  • Manufacturing Partner Selection
  • Production Tooling

CHALLENGE

Revolutionalise Mastitis Management

Mastitis is the most widespread, costly disease in the dairy industry, both in New Zealand and globally. It is typically caused by bacteria entering through the cow’s teats and infecting udder tissue. It reduces milk production and is costly in both time and money to detect and treat. For the average New Zealand farmer, these costs add up to $50,000 a year.

Existing mastitis detection solutions were expensive, cumbersome, and lacked precision, often failing to pinpoint the specific location of infections, making timely and accurate detection challenging for farmers. The idea behind Quadsense was sparked by founder Liam Kampshof’s unique background combining dairy farming and medical engineering. He envisioned a more precise, user-friendly device that could individually analyze the milk more accurately. 

An initial proof-of-concept prototype was showcased at Fieldays in 2021 and had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the market so it was time to get the product development specialists in to take it to the next level and make it market-ready.

APPROACH

A streamlined development program from proof of concept to manufacturing.

Blender guided Liam and his team through a structured product development process, emphasizing the importance of rigorous testing and refinement to ensure product reliability and effectiveness.This approach was crucial in helping Bovonic to transform the initial prototype design into a robust, market-ready product. 

Understanding the harsh environment of a milking shed, Blender focused on maximizing the device’s usability and robustness. They strengthened the device’s sensors, junctions, and overall build to withstand daily farm conditions. Attention to detail, such as optimal button placements, easy battery changes and ensuring the alert light’s visibility, was critical to ensuring the device’s practicality and user-friendliness in real-world conditions.

Blender’s expertise extended beyond design refinement to establishing and streamlining the manufacturing process. They provided valuable insights into efficient design tweaks that simplified assembly and reduced costs without compromising the product’s integrity. Blender’s support ensured that Quadsense was scalable and sustainably produced, ready to meet market demands.

SOLUTION

Getting ready to go big.

Bovonic QuadSense is a revolutionary automatic mastitis detector for dairy farms, designed, developed and manufactured in New Zealand. QuadSense, can automatically and instantly find new subclinical mastitis cases before they become more severe, spread and cost significantly more in time and money. 

QuadSense is made up of four patented milk sensors that are inserted into the four liners of the milking cups. These are connected to the control unit, which contains the ‘brains’ of QuadSense, replaceable batteries, a button for acknowledging alerts, and a 360-degree alert light.

It starts measuring milk as soon as you put the cups on, then gives a result after just a minute by detecting changes in electrical resistance in the milk as a sign of potential infection, with a simple red light alert system for ease of use. 

After 3 years of development, involving numerous prototypes, farmer feedback, and extensive testing on multiple trial farms, QuadSense is now being deployed to early adopters and case study farms ahead of a full launch at Fieldays 2024. 

Looking ahead, Bovonic has ambitious plans for Quadsense with plans to scale up and reach out to the global market. But the process of scaling production is complex, especially when it comes to maintaining quality and managing logistics. 

From finding and negotiating with manufacturers to planning production runs, Blender’s involvement ensures that Quadsense can meet increasing demands efficiently.