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 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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