Monday, October 26, 2015

DeLaval Separator

Tweed.  A Centennial Mosaic.  Tweed & Area Historical Society, 1990.

Today you see these separators on farm lawns around eastern Ontario, being used as flower pots.

Of French descent, Gustaf de Laval was born in 1845 in Dalarna, Sweden and went on to earn both an engineering degree and a Ph.D.  In 1878 he patented the centrifugal separator, forming AB Separator (later DeLaval) in 1883.  Over the course of his lifetime, he was awarded 92 Swedish patents and founded 37 companies.  In 1991, DeLaval was purchased by Tetra Pak.  Today they've developed a robot milker. What's next--a robot cow?

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