GERMAN manufacturer CLAAS has been given the heads-up it will be awarded five innovation medals at the annual Agritechnica Show in Hanover in November.
The swag will include one gold and four silver medals.
It will take home gold for its ‘CEMOS auto threshing’ system which continuously monitors and automatically adjusts the threshing concave clearance and drum speed on LEXION combine harvesters to best suit the prevailing conditions.
The program forms an integral part of the ‘CEMOS automatic platform’ and works in harmony with the machine’s automated residual grain separation, cleaning and cruise control systems.
The silver medals were awarded to CLAAS for its new AXION 900 ‘TERRA TRAC’ tracked tractor, ‘CEMOS driver assistance system for tractors and implements’, ‘CULTI CAM cultivation guidance system’ and ‘Large Vehicle Alert’ system.
The AXION 900 TERRA TRAC becomes the first German half-tracked tractor with full suspension of the entire machine.
The suspended track system is based on the same technology found on LEXION combine harvesters.
The driver assistance system continuously monitors and adjusts key operating settings of the tractor and implement based on operating conditions, recommending the best settings via the touchscreen CEBIS terminal.
If the operator accepts the recommendation, CEMOS will automatically make the adjustments.
The CLAAS CULTI CAM is a precision guidance system for mechanical cultivation in row crops.
Developed in conjunction with European ag technology partners, it uses a high-resolution 3D camera to detect crops and guide implement settings.
Interestingly, European farmers are returning to selective cultivation because of the growing herbicide resistance problem.
The ‘Large Vehicle Alert’ system transmits real-time telemetry data of enabled agricultural machinery to navigation systems and smartphone apps, thereby advising motorists of the position and status of farm machinery along their intended route.
The system can offer alternative routes to drivers.
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