These include the proven HEXASHIFT transmission, CSM headland management and TELEMATICS. The newly developed dynamic steering system is also available as an additional option for ARION 400 tractors.
The ARION 400 models are ideal universal tractors for use with any operation thanks to their compact design and an engine range from 90 to 140 HP. With the expanded variety of configurations, farmers will now be able to undertake tasks such as soil cultivation, forage work, transport or using a front loader with even greater ease.
Optimised work solution with HEXASHIFT transmission and CSM headland management
Two transmission variants are now available for ARION 460 to 430 models: the existing QUADRISHIFT and now the HEXASHIFT transmission. The HEXASHIFT transmission can be used on the road at a lower engine rpm with four automated ranges and six power-shift stages. This means less driving noise for the driver and a lower diesel consumption. The six power-shift stages allow for a large gear overlap, so that the optimum rpm and driving speed can be selected for each application. All 24 gears can be conveniently changed using the multifunctional lever, without having to use the clutch pedal. The driver also has the option to completely leave the tractor to automatically change gear by selecting the HEXACTIV power-shift mode.
Another newly released option for the ARION 400 model range is the proven CSM headland management system (CLAAS SEQUENCE MANAGEMENT), which is available with CIS colour display. Several tractor functions can be saved as operating sequences with this system, such as electronic control units, power lift, engine rpm and p.t.o. shaft. The operation is very simple and relieves the workload on the driver, especially when it comes to complex driving manoeuvres, which usually require numerous operating steps. A total of 4 headland sequences with up to 200 steps can be saved, which can be activated using the CSM operating panel in the right side console or the multifunction lever.
A steering system that thinks for you
Even the newly developed dynamic steering system provides relief for many tractor operations, as it allows the driver to change the number of steering wheel rotations for the same steering lock angle at the touch of a button and thus adapt it to the specific task. From stop to stop, the number of steering wheel rotations can be reduced from 4.5 when deactivated, to only one to three rotations. This makes handling significantly easier, especially with steering-intensive work such as when using a front-loader or at a headland.
The driver can choose between three different modes for dynamic steering using the CIS colour display. Approximately 90 per cent of all work can be executed with a steering angle dependent mode, where the steering automatically accelerates the stronger the turn. In the speed-dependent mode, the steering transmission is automatically reduced as the tractor speed increases above 10 km/h. Using the third mode, the steering transmission is manually adjusted independent of the speed or steering angle lock. The activation of the dynamic steering system is quick and easy via a button in the right side console.
Everything under control with TELEMATICS
The CLAAS TELEMATICS system is another valuable feature present in CLAAS high-horsepower tractors and harvesting machines that is now available for ARION 400 tractors. TELEMATICS records all the central machine data and positions for each application. Ongoing work can be monitored and optimised via remote diagnostics. Another advantage is the automatic, field-by-field documentation of all data, which can be exported directly into a field record. It is also possible to compare all machine applications over longer periods and to further optimise all tractor work using the data history.
The two models, LINER 1600 and 1600 TWIN, replace the tried and tested LINER 1250. The efficient LINER 1700 supplements the range of machines with larger working widths, meaning that CLAAS offers seven different models in this segment, capable of fulfilling every requirement.
The new LINER models can be easily and conveniently operated without a terminal using the tractor’s spool valves. The main drive on the two smaller models has been moved from a central position to the rear, meaning that all models now have a high frame and external folding rams. This results in a large clearing height of more than 50 cm and guarantees stable positioning, both on a slope and on the road. Speeds of up to 50 km/h are possible on roads.
The Centrepiece - The Universal Drive Suspension
The centrepiece of the new LINER side swather is the innovative, trailed universal suspension of the rotors. Each rotor is suspended individually and can adapt to the contours of the ground in all directions. A ball joint at the front end allows high mobility of the entire rotor body, so that the LINER can always adapt to ground contours in an optimal way. The new models' rotor chassis can move freely, preventing unwanted damage from the wheels, even when manoeuvring around tight curves. In addition, the high-volume main chassis ensures that the swathers remain highly stable on slopes. The LINER 1700 is also available with a 6-wheel chassis.
Constant-Lubricated Swather Gearbox
All three new LINER 1700 models incorporate constantly-lubricated, hermetically sealed rotor housings. These feature a simple power transmission via external drive shafts, long lubrication intervals of 250 h and new, stable auxiliary gearboxes. Each rotor is individually safeguarded by a cam-type cut-out clutch. The CLAAS LINER 1600 and 1600 TWIN have a working width of 6.20 m or 6.90 m and work using the smallest available rotors, which measure 2.90 m in diameter. The eleven tine arms are firmly attached to the housing. A pre-set bending point at the connection to the housing prevents extensive damage in the event of a collision. The CLAAS LINER 1700 features a working width of 6.60 m. With a diameter of 3.20 m, the rotors are slightly larger than those of the 1600 models. Another difference is the PROFIX tine fixture, which enables the tine arms of the new LINER 1700 to be seated tightly in the housing, in a way which results in little wear. The tine arms are secured by a simple bracket and can easily be replaced if needed.
Clean Feed Collection without Soiling
All three new models are equipped with double-angled tines - a CLAAS development, which has been used successfully with all swathers for more than 15 years. Their specific shape ensures that the tines are always positioned to grip and operate smoothly and reliably under all operating conditions. This allows even large feed volumes to be gathered cleanly and feed soiling is reduced significantly.
When in transport position, the height of all new models is less than 4.0 m, meaning there is no need to remove tine arms. On the LINER 1700, the swath guard automatically folds to the transport position by means of a parallelogram, or it can also be folded hydraulically. A hydraulically adjustable swath guard is also available as an option for both 1600 models, and a second swath guard is available for the 1600 TWIN, allowing it to be used in dual swath mode.
In addition, all three models offer numerous new features, which make the operation of the machine easier. These include, for instance, a wide and stable support stand, an adjustable valve for setting the lowering speed and a valve block for adjusting the offset between the front and rear rotors during raising or lowering. The new LINER 1600, 1600 TWIN and 1700 will be available from 2017 onwards.
With the DISCO 1100 TREND, CLAAS presents a new mower, which guarantees a high level of efficiency in grassland farming thanks to its ease of operation and a particularly wide working width of 10.70 m.
The new mower is based on the DISCO 1100 C BUSINESS. Introduced last year and with the same working width, this is the most efficient mounted mower conditioner on the market. With the addition of the DISCO 1100 TREND, CLAAS now offers this mower without the conditioner and with simpler operation – making it ideal for farmers who rely on the use of their own equipment for grassland farming.
The DISCO 1100 TREND mower combines a high level of efficiency with simple, and therefore very reliable, long-lasting technology. Its means of operation are purely mechanical except for one electronic control terminal, via which various functions such as the individual raising of mower units can be selected. All other functions are easily controlled by the operator using the tractor's spool valves, meaning that the mower is ideally suited for use with simply equipped tractors of 160 hp and above.
The mower works using the tried and tested MAX CUT cutter bar and ACTIVE FLOAT support system. Using the ACTIVE FLOAT system, the operator can adapt the bearing pressure of the two mower units at any time during operation and react to changing conditions. As with all DISCO mowers, optional skids and high-cut or double high-cut skids are available so that the cutting height can be changed. The favourable transmission ratio of the gears also allows the mower to be operated at a reduced speed of 850 r.p.m., which significantly reduces diesel consumption.
The long service life of the DISCO 1100 TREND is ensured by a wide range of protective devices. In the event of a collision, the SAFETY LINK overload protection protects the cutter bar drive. The hydraulic non-stop break-back safety device offers additional protection for both mower units. The rams are activated at a specific pressure and the mower unit is swivelled backwards and upwards. Due to the constant oil pressure in the system, the affected unit is then swivelled back into working position after the obstacle has been passed.
Compact Road Transport
Despite the wide working width, road transportation is not a problem. The telescopic arms easily move the mowing unit into a vertical position behind the tractor. The safety guards are automatically folded away to the side or upwards. As a result, the tractor/mower combination is also safe for road travel, manoeuvrable and compact during transport, and still measures less than 4.0 m in height and 3.0 m in width. It can also be parked in the transport position.
Coupling and de-coupling is particularly easy. The DISCO 1100 TREND mower, just like other DISCO models, is equipped with KENNFIXX hydraulic couplers. A magnetic holder ensures that the hydraulic hoses are stowed away securely and protected in the parking position.
It is also possible for the mower to be equipped with LED working lights.
New 50 Series Trailed Mower
CLAAS has also added a new addition to the 50 series trailed mower range, the DISCO 3150 TC FLAPGROUPER, which features a new design and is equipped with the MAX CUT cutter bar. In addition, it also features two long, hydraulically controlled swath formers, which enable a double swath to be created, which is approximately 3.0 m in width. This makes the swath ideal for harvesting machinery fitted with a wide pick-up. This procedure is widely established in France.
For rear mowers in the 50 series, CLAAS also offers two new options. As with the CONTOUR series, a stable parking device is now also available for the simpler models. This means that the mower can be easily parked on a storage frame in its transport position. Another new feature is the modern headland limiter for models without a conditioner. This means that lifting is automatically limited by a hydraulic valve and the height is determined by the operator via a slotted hole.
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CLAAS S10 Terminal Now Controls All ISOBUS Functions
The CLAAS S10 terminal is the central terminal that controls and monitors important tractor and machine functions. In addition to operating steering systems and cameras, it is also possible to use the S10 (Universal Terminal) to control ISOBUS devices.
Now CLAAS have widened its operating spectrum with the new "Section Control" and "Task Management" ISOBUS functions, meaning that in the future, it will be possible to control all ISOBUS functions via a single terminal.
The S10's additional control functions provide the operator with an even greater range of options when using the tractor. Even in the past, all ISOBUS attachments could be controlled, adjusted and optimised during use via the S10 display with the aid of the ISOBUS UT function.
Section Control – Automatic Section Control
With the newly integrated function Section Control, unwanted overlapping is prevented by automatic section control switch-off, regardless of whether a crop protection sprayer, fertiliser spreader or seed drill is being used. There are also individual adjustment options available for working awkwardly shaped sections on the headland and in the main field.
Task Management - Management for Professionals
The integration of ISOBUS Task Management into the control system of the S10 terminal will be of particular interest to contractors and managers of larger operations. CLAAS offers TC Basic and TC Geo options for the Task Management function.
Detailed operating orders for working on individual sections can be created using the Task Management program on the office PC and transmitted to the tractor in question. If necessary, the operator can change and optimise the task data via the S10 terminal at any time. Cross compliance-relevant documentation can easily be taken care of simultaneously by using this in conjunction with farm management software.
In addition, the Task Management TC Geo enables the recording of the most important data for ensuring correct positioning for each section, such as the applied volumes of fertiliser or pesticides. This data is transmitted from the tractor to the office software used by the operation and serves as a basis for creating future operating orders. This allows fertilisers and pesticides to be applied in relation to yield, resulting in a reduction in the costs of operating materials required and in the levels of environmental pollution.
One example is the use of the CLAAS CROP SENSOR ISARIA in conjunction with an ISOBUS fertiliser spreader. In this scenario, the S10 merges the control of the two ISOBUS devices and simultaneously processes geo-referenced application maps.
Additional control of the Section Control and Task Management ISOBUS functions via the S10 terminal will be made available for all CLAAS tractors from the ARION series up to the 2017 financial year models from the XERION series, as well as for retro-fits for tractors that have been manufactured by third parties.
The new CEMOS Advisor app from CLAAS now supports the operator in this task. The app can be used on a smartphone and used with LEXION, TUCANO and AVERO series combine harvesters.
The CEMOS Advisor app works by making suggestions, i.e. guiding the operator to the best suited machine settings step by step. If the operator detects a problem during operation, having entered this into the app using a smart phone, they will receive a suggestion on how best to improve efficiency and output. In the case of high rotor losses, for example, this could be achieved by reducing the speed of the rotors. The operator then adjusts settings via the relevant controls in the cab and checks to see if the measure has been effective. If not, the app will then provide further suggestions.
The driver learns automatically
As a result, the Advisor app not only helps to optimise the performance of the combine harvester under the current harvesting conditions. The driver also benefits from the system because his knowledge and intuition regarding the effect of specific settings on the combine harvester is continually improved. When the combine settings have been successfully changed, they can be saved in the app and accessed at a later date.
The suggestions made by the app are based on the recommendations found in the machine manual, which can be directly implemented during practical use with the aid of the app. Since implementation occurs by means of a smartphone, there is no need for a terminal in the cab. This means that the Advisor app can be used with all CLAAS combine harvesters.
It is also very easy to estimate grain losses using the app. By entering various values, the driver can make accurate predictions regarding the percentage of losses and minimise these with the help of the app.
The CEMOS Advisor app is free of charge and is available to download from July 1st 2016 from the app store for iOS and Android operating systems.
CLAAS India is a perfect example of Make in India, by catering to the need of Indian farmers for the past 25 years with innovative and latest farm equipment.
To kickstart the 25th year of CLAAS in India, Mrs. Cathrina Claas-Muehlhaeuser, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CLAAS KGaA mbH, popularly known as CLAAS Group, recently visited the factory at Morinda (near Chandigarh), Sales company headquarters at Faridabad (Haryana) and Regional headquarters at Bangalore. CLAAS, a German-based company, is world’s leading manufacturer of agriculture machinery with over 100 years’ legacy. The visit also came at a time, when CLAAS has reported good sales performance valued at Euro 3.8 Billion despite a downturn in the overall farm equipment industry.
During the visit, Mrs. Claas attributed this success to the international presence and wide product range of CLAAS. She also mentioned that while most of the success is led by Europe, India is an important part of this success story.
Highlighting the success story in India in just 25 years, Mrs. Claas said “CLAAS in India, has been instrumental in bringing about the grain harvesting revolution in the country. From the DOMINATOR Combine Harvesters in 1980s to CROP TIGER combine harvesters in 1991, we take pride in the fact that CLAAS is recognized as a technology and the market leader in bringing solutions to farmers in India that improve operating efficiency and result in higher savings”.
Further acknowledging the importance of imparting the latest technology know-how to the local community in India, Mrs. Claas congratulated the CLAAS team on establishing nine Training Academies at various locations, largely in collaboration with Indian Agricultural Universities. These training centers not only provide training on the day-to-day operation of the machines but also on the various aspects of repair and maintenance.
Highlighting the future expansion plans, Mrs. Claas shared “The current interest in the country is improving low level mechanization and yield in Maize (Corn) that aligns with our product offering. CLAAS is working towards creating more products suited for Indian markets, and we shall launch new products in short & medium term to fill the rapidly developing requirement”.
CLAAS recently launched the self propelled JAGUAR Forage Harvester, in which it is the global leader, and is currently working on additional solutions that meet the requirements and limitations of maize fields of various sizes.
Mrs. Claas also mentioned ‘There are many expectations of the business community pertaining to rationalization of the tax structure and increased public spending that will be the key to keep rolling the economic wheel of the country. We hope that the Government is able to remove barriers to loans for the marginal farmers, so they have access to better farm equipment and machinery.”
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