CLAAS will take home one gold and four silver medals at the Agritechnica Innovation Awards.
The aim of the awards competition is to draw attention to groundbreaking innovations in the world of agricultural technology, said Claas in a release.
Gold Medal – Cemos auto threshing
The Cemos auto threshing system will be awarded one of two gold medals in November. The system is an automatic threshing control for Claas straw-walker and hybrid combine headers.
Claas said the system is another module adding to the automation of the harvesting process.
“This new assistance system provides fully automatic adjustment of the threshing concave clearance and the threshing drum speed in tangential threshing units, adapting dynamically to the prevailing threshing conditions,” it said.
“In this way, the threshing process in the threshing unit is continuously and automatically optimised to its technical performance limits.”
Claas said the system is fully networked with the other assistance systems incorporated under the Cemos Automatic banner, including the automatic ground-speed control system.
“Interaction of the assistance systems is monitored and controlled by means of a central module,” it said.
“Auto threshing is therefore always able to find the optimal set-up for the threshing unit which allows it to thresh as gently as possible and as aggressively as necessary.
“It does this in coordination with the residual grain separation, the cleaning and the ground speed.”
Silver Medal – Axion 900 Terra Trac
A world first half-track tractor with full suspension, the Claas Axion 900 Terra Trac will be awarded silver at Agritechnica.
Claas said it’s key innovation was the inclusion of the suspended Terra Trac crawler track system.
“The crawler track system is based on technology currently in use in combine harvesters but has been specially adapted to meet the requirements of tractors,” it said.
“With its suspended crawler tracks, it combines the advantages of a tracklaying tractor in terms of traction and soil protection, with the more convenient drive characteristics of a conventional standard tractor.”
Claas claim the individually suspended rollers will guarantee optimum ground contact and a maximum footprint.
“The Axion 900 Terra Trac is comfortable and efficient on the road and in the field, even when travelling at high speeds of up to 40 km/h,” it said.
Silver Medal – Cemos for tractors
Also being awarded a silver medal is the Cemos driver assistance system for tractors.
“Cemos for tractors is a new, dialogue-based driver assistance system for optimum adjustment of your tractors and implements,” said Claas.
Claas said the system includes a large database which will guide the driver to the optimum settings.
“The recommended settings consider factors including a wide range of machine parameters, the operating conditions and the driver's preferences.”
Silver Medal – Culti Cam
Culti Cam is a stereoscopic row camera for mechanical hoeing. Awarded a silver medal in the Agritechnica Innovation Awards, Claas said the technology would help in the battle against herbicide resistance.
“With increased restrictions on the use of herbicides and development of resistance, it is becoming increasingly important to find innovative mechanical crop protection solutions,” it said.
“This applies not only to specialist crops and organic farms, but also to conventional row crop cultivation.”
The Culti Cam is a high-resolution 3D row guidance camera for steering row crop hoes, said Claas.
“This camera analyses the leaf structure of the row crop on the basis of colour information and 3D surface models,” it said.
“The image processing software is able to identify the rows and calculate precise control signals even in windy conditions, crops with severe weed infestation or plants which are not green.
“The new camera system therefore allows high-precision row guidance even in difficult conditions, or at higher working speeds and work rates.”
Silver Medal – Large Vehicle Alert System.
A system which warns car drivers of agricultural machinery in road traffic will round out the Agritechnica awards to be received by Claas.
Claas said the system will create more safety in road traddic and should generate considerable interest outside of agriculture.
“The new system transmits telemetry data of agricultural machinery and tractors in road traffic to assistance/navigation systems and smartphone apps in the vehicles of other traffic participants in real time,” it said.
“This way, car and truck drivers can be proactively informed about and warned of the position and status of agricultural machinery on their way.”