CLAAS LEXION 700 combine harvester has been awarded the 2016 Machine of the Year 2016 at leading European trade fair, Agritechnica.
The ‘Machine of the Year’ title is awarded each year by a jury of 19 technical journalists from eight European countries, alternately at Agritechnica in Germany and SIMA in France.
The awards recognise agricultural innovations across 16 different categories. The jury made special mention of the many technical innovations incorporated into the LEXION 700 series, such as the 4D cleaning and automatic crop flow monitoring, both of which were recognised with a DLG Silver Medal at Agritechnica.
4D cleaning enables efficient harvesting on uneven terrain, providing a continuous airstream over the return pans, preparation floors and sieve. The system consists of slope-dependent rotor cover plates and an automatic blower.
A third pair of rotor cover plates automatically open or close depending on the lateral and longitudinal angle of the machine, while the blower speed is automatically adjusted according to operating conditions.
CLAAS has also introduced an automatic crop flow control that monitors the rotational speeds of the engine, the APS threshing mechanism and the ROTO PLUS residual grain separation system. The feeder, threshing, separation and grain tank discharge systems are automatically shut down if critical load peaks are detected.
Other improvements include the ongoing development of the award-winning CEMOS AUTOMATIC system, which automatically optimises harvesting operations for maximum throughout, grain quality or fuel efficiency to suit the prevailing conditions.
Initially available for wheat, barley and canola, the system can now be used to optimise harvesting operations in maize and soybeans. It is now controlled directly via the CEBIS operating system rather than a separate terminal.