In France, as in other European countries, the dairy sector needs to constantly improve
its productivity and competitiveness. It is currently going through a major restructuring.
In order to reduce costs, the latest tanker trucks – such as those built by Maisonneuve –
can hold up to 29,500 litres.
The trucks collect milk from various farms and deliver
it on the same day. Originally they were equipped with
a hydraulic pumping system, which was usually driven
by the vehicle’s engine. To optimise milk collection,
Maisonneuve changed the pumping system to make
it battery-driven, which means it can now be operated
with the engine off.
Electric pumping has many benefits over hydraulics.
The new system reduces energy consumption and
maintenance costs and operates with less noise and
gas emissions, while ensuring the same or better
performance and quality standards as hydraulics.
The first tests for a new pumping system were carried
out in 2012 with lead batteries. The batteries had to
be replaced every six months due to intensive use
and the high number of charge/discharge cycles,
With the technical support of TECMAR, a Mastervolt
distributor, and DP Fluide, which specialises in fluid
transfer, Maisonneuve engineers instead developed
a new, reliable and economical solution, which is now
the most successful pumping system in Europe. The
Mastervolt products were chosen for their quality and
robustness in a challenging environment
To date, more than 150 vehicles have been equipped
with this Mastervolt-based electrical pumping system,
which Maisonneuve uses not only for the collection
of milk but also for the distribution of other products
such as concrete admixtures, AdBlue fuel additives
The Maisonneuve system
Lower costs and more eco-friendly
milk collection for Maisonneuve
Electric motor of the 24 V pump = 200 A.
Measuring devices for the volume of
milk transferred, sample collection,
preheating = 5 A.