CLAAS has won three Agritechnica Innovation Award silver medals for technology found on its new LEXION 6000/5000 series of ‘straw walker’ combine harvesters and JAGUAR 900 and 800 series of forage harvesters.
CLAAS Harvest Centre Product Manager – CLAAS LEXION, Steve Reeves, says the addition of the APS SYNFLOW WALKER sets new standards for the threshing and separation performance. “This all-new threshing unit features a 450 mm pre-accelerator drum, a 755 mm threshing drum and an additional 600 mm separator drum,” he says. “The large drum diameters create low contact angles that, together with the synchronisation of the drum speeds, enable a straight, gentle and fuel-saving crop flow. This innovation means CLAAS can now offer high performance twin-rotor and straw walker harvesting platform to the Australian market.”
The second innovation, CEMOS AUTO CHOPPING, automatically adjusts the straw chopper to optimise straw quality or reduce fuel consumption. “This system continuously determines moisture content and straw throughput before automatically adjusting the positions of the counter knife and friction base in the chopper to best suit the current conditions,” Steve says. “Using the CEBIS terminal, the driver simply specifies whether they want the highest chaff quality or the highest efficiency. This technology can reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent.”
CLAAS Harvest Centre Group Product Manager – CLAAS JAGUAR, Luke Wheeler, says the third innovation – CEMOS AUTO PERFORMANCE – is a welcome addition to the JAGUAR 900/800 series. “CLAAS is recognised as world leader in machine optimisation systems and now this proven technology has been applied to its forage harvesting platforms,” he says. “This system automatically regulates engine power and driving speed according to harvesting conditions. As load increases, engine power is increased and forward speed is reduced. Conversely, engine power is reduced automatically if the load decreases."
“The goal is to avoid abrupt load changes whilst maintaining a relatively constant engine speed. This results in an even crop flow, higher operational reliability and lower fuel consumption – plus it makes life so much easier for the operator.”
The three innovations will be on display at this year’s Agritechnica agricultural tradeshow to be held in Hannover, Germany, in November and will be available in Australia and New Zealand from machines delivered in late 2020.
The Agritechnica Innovation Award is judged by a panel of independent panel of agricultural scientists, researchers, consultants and primary producers appointed by the DLG (German Agricultural Society).
CLAAS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment, including grain and forage harvesters, tractors, green harvesting, material handling and information technology. Founded in 1913, this third-generation family-owned business employs more than 11,000 workers worldwide. The company reported sales of €3.8 billion last year.