‘Machine of the Year 2016’ award for LEXION 700 series
CLAAS was awarded the ‘Machine of the Year 2016’ for its LEXION 700 series at the Agritechnica trade fair yesterday. This means that the prize for the combine harvester category has once again gone to the leading combine harvester manufacturer in Europe.
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. In all, agricultural innovations in 16 different categories receive awards.
This year, CLAAS once again emerged victorious in the combine harvester category. The ‘Machine of the Year 2015’ award was won by the CLAAS TUCANO at SIMA 2015. Now, the new LEXION 700 series holds the ‘Machine of the Year 2016’ title. The jury made special mention of its technical innovations, such as 4D cleaning and automatic crop flow monitoring, both of which had already received a DLG Silver Medal at Agritechnica.
4D cleaning was developed for combine harvesting on uneven fields, to provide continuous feeding of return pans, preparation floors and the sieve when going up or downhill. 4D cleaning comprises two components: slope-dependent rotor flap control, and automatic fan control. If a machine is fitted with 4D cleaning, it has an additional, third pair of rotor flaps. The active control of these rotor flaps depends on the transverse or longitudinal tilt of the machine, and the current burden on the separation and cleaning elements. Whichever half of a rotor cap segment is on the uphill or downhill side is opened or closed automatically.
Furthermore, to allow early identification of critical peak loads CLAAS has developed an automatic input flow control for the new LEXION 700. This monitors and synchronises the rotational speed of the motor, APS threshing mechanism and ROTO PLUS residual grain separation. If things get serious, the feeder canal, front attachment and grain tank unloading auger are automatically switched off at once to prevent breakdown.
"CLAAS is no. 1 in Europe for combine harvesters. This award is both a commendation and an incentive for the entire team of colleagues involved with the LEXION," says a pleased Klaus Schäfer , Combine Harvester Product Management at CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH.
Presenting the trophy in front of the award-winning machine at Agritechnica (from left): Stefan Terörde, Technical Development, CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH ("CSE"); Klaus Schäfer, Combine Harvester Product Management, CSE; Sebastian Neu, Technical Development, CSE.
The document was signed at the Agritechnica trade fair in the presence of the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, and the chairperson of the CLAAS supervisory board, Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser. An investment agreement that gives CLAAS the status of "Russian manufacturer" will now be prepared within a few months. Under the agreement, CLAAS will enjoy the same financial conditions as domestic manufacturers.
“We’re delighted that our decades-long engagement has been recognised, and want to expand our contribution to the modernisation of Russian agriculture even further,” explains Lothar Kriszun, spokesperson for CLAAS Group management.
The demand for efficient harvesting technologies remains high. At present, only 72 million hectares are used for agriculture in Russia, yet 122 million hectares are suitable for cultivation.
At the beginning of October, CLAAS commenced operations at an additional plant in Krasnodar. The production space is around nine times larger than the existing factory, at around 45,000 square metres. This means production volumes will increase to as many as 2,500 combine harvesters and tractors per year. The technological exclusivity, combined with vertical penetration similar to that at the CLAAS home plant in Harsewinkel, will in future also allow companies outside the industry to be supplied. CLAAS started exporting used machines through its first local dealers in 1992. This was followed by new machines and the first Russian employees, who were responsible for training and servicing. In 2005 CLAAS became the first overseas agricultural machinery company with its own production facilities in Russia; at that time, some 20 million euros were invested.
Dr. Ralf Bendisch (General Director of CLAAS Krasnodar, left) and the acting Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Alexander Morozov, signing the Declaration of Intent at Agritechnica. From the left, standing: Michael Ritter (Sales Manager, CLAAS Krasnodar), Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser (Chairperson of the CLAAS Supervisory Board) and the Russian Minister for Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov.
The new Krasnodar plant is currently the most modern production facility for agricultural machinery in Europe.
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When the Loader Wagon Takes Control
CLAAS is now also make the ICT CRUISE PILOT available for the CARGOS combi-wagon. Implement Controls Tractor (ICT), which is already in use on the QUADRANT 3400 square baler, automatically regulates the ground speed of the tractor, thus ensuring the right mix of output and bale quality.
With ICT CRUISE PILOT, the loader wagon is able to take control in the field and will control the forward speed of the entire machinery group depending on the operating rate of the pickup. The tractor and implement combine to form one unit, leaving the driver to perform a monitoring function. The driver's workload therefore becomes much easier and he or she can concentrate on monitoring the operation steps. At the same time, the machinery group is automatically operated at its optimal performance level. Throughput and efficiency are increased significantly depending on the respective conditions. Thanks to the stable operating rate of the loading assembly, the ICT CRUISE PILOT also ensures a homogeneous crop flow. This, in turn, is an essential prerequisite for accurate cutting and top-quality forage.
TONI now also available for forage harvesting The new CARGOS generation is also TONI-capable (TELEMATICS ON IMPLEMENTS) and provides new possibilities for machine monitoring and data evaluation. Accordingly, all of the information available on the harvesting machinery group can be accessed through the cellular telephone system and evaluated at any time and from anywhere. This includes important operational data such as working times, weights or the number of loads. The data recorded through TONI provides easy and complete documentation of the process. This can then be used to analyse working processes or perform remote diagnosis, while machine settings can be optimised from any location.
With ICT CRUISE PILOT, TONI and the new "EASY on board App" for implement operation using a tablet, the CARGOS combi-wagon is equipped with some of the most innovative software and electronic solutions available from CLAAS.
Please note: This document is an international press release. The product range and equipment variants can vary in certain countries. In case of doubt, please contact the CLAAS sales company or the CLAAS importer of your country.
Since the mid-1980s, CLAAS has sold more than 15,000 used combine harvesters and self-propelled forage harvesters worldwide in this steadily growing market. At Agritechnica, CLAAS is introducing a new international certification programme for selected recent CLAAS used machines and is therefore offering customers additional warranties for maximum operational reliability.
And the decisive advantage for customers? The new FIRST CLAAS PLUS certification programme automatically includes the 12-month MAXI CARE First Plus warranty, under which all CLAAS ORIGINAL spare parts, operating materials and repair work that are required in the event of a warranty claim are replaced or carried out by local dealers.
The FIRST CLAAS PLUS programme is available for selected used CLAAS tractors, combine harvesters and forage harvesters up to three years old. The certification procedure is subject to the highest quality standards. This means that these used machines are thoroughly checked exclusively by specialists in authorised CLAAS centres. Up to 390 checkpoints are inspected on harvesting machinery, and up to 210 checkpoints are inspected on tractors. This includes, for example, radiators, brakes, belts, doors, clutches, bearings, wiring looms, the cab suspension and leaks in the engine and hydraulics.
New CLAAS online portal for used machines
Interested farmers and farm contractors, as well as CLAAS dealers, can find FIRST CLAAS PLUS used machines on the online portal of CLAAS' new used machine world – FIRST CLAAS USED – at www.first-claas-used.com. Here, interested parties can view the entire range of used machines from CLAAS' international network – and they therefore have a significantly larger selection than would be available fromtheir local dealer.
All offers in the portal are accompanied by a precise machine description – from the total number of operating hours and the number of services and inspections carried out, through to the visual condition of the used machine. The online portal is easy and intuitive to operate. The user can select various search filters to quickly find machines that have the equipment that they want. The user can then easily collect these machines in a temporary favourites list and compare them there.
Another advantage for users of FIRST CLAAS USED is the simple purchase procedure. Those who want to find out more about one of the machines that is offered in the portal simply contact their local CLAAS dealer. The dealer then makes contact with the supplier, organises the transport logistics and issues the invoice – even if the machine is being purchased from abroad.
With the FIRST CLAAS PLUS certification programme and the online portal from FIRST CLAAS USED, CLAAS and their dealers across the world are offering an even more comprehensive and attractive range of CLAAS used machines.
FIRST CLAAS USED (www.first-claas-used.com) is going online for Agritechnica 2015. From that point, the online range of CLAAS used machines, including certified FIRST CLAAS PLUS machines, will grow day by day.
Interested visitors to CLAAS' trade fair stand in Hall 13, C 05 can go online, browse through the new range of used machines and receive expert advice.