Three years ago at the "SIMA Innovation Awards" in Paris, CLAAS received a gold medal for developing a software application for controlling implements using a commercially available tablet PC. At the time it was still a project in development, but today it is a market-ready product which can be used across machinery from different manufacturers.
The new app is called the "EASY on board App" and opens up completely new operating functionality for the user by means of ISOBUS communication between the tractor and implement.
Nowadays, it is hard to imagine daily life without tablets, whether at home or at work. The agricultural sector is also making increasing use of the flexibility of tablets. This is especially the case for contractors working across multiple farms. These devices provide access at any time and any place to important farm-specific data, applications and information such as customer data as well as land management, navigation, e-mailing and weather forecasting functionality.
CLAAS is now expanding the versatility of these commercially available devices with a software application for controlling agricultural implements. The EASY on board App uses the integrated ISO Universal Terminal application (ISO UT) to map the ISOBUS system of the implement on the tablet, allowing it to be operated via touchscreen. In combination with the EASY on board App, the tablet can thus become a low-cost alternative to the ISOBUS terminal of the implement in future. Thanks to the ISOBUS compatibility, the tablet solution can also be used with ISOBUS machines from other manufacturers. For convenient operation, the tablet can also be used to assign implement functions to the F-keys on the tractor operating lever. However, customers who prefer the conventional operating system with the implement terminal can, of course, still obtain the terminal.
How it works
To use the EASY on board App, both the implement and tractor must be ISOBUS-capable and connected by a standard ISOBUS cable. Communication between the implement and the tablet takes place over WLAN. For this purpose, the WLAN adapter (CWI - CLAAS Wireless Interface) is connected to the in-cab ISOBUS socket of the tractor, which also supplies power to the WLAN adapter.
The package of the CLAAS EASY on board App includes the WLAN adapter and a universal bracket for the tablet. The EASY on board App can be downloaded easily and free of charge from the App Store. Users can also carry out software updates themselves just as quickly and easily. Initially, the EASY on board App will be available for Apple tablets with the operating system iOS8 or later.
From next year, CLAAS will provide the EASY on board App for operating the ROLLANT 455, 454 and 375 UNIWRAP baler models, the CARGOS 8000 and 9000 dual-purpose wagon model series, the LINER 3600 and 4000 swathers as well as the DISCO 1100 C/RC BUSINESS, 9400 C DUO, 9200 C BUSINESS and 9200 C AS disc mowers.
CLAAS will soon be launching the largest tractor-mounted mower combination with conditioner that is available on the market. The new DISCO 1100 C / RC BUSINESS disc mower has a maximum cutting width of 10.70 m. For the 2016 season, CLAAS will also be introducing nine new mowers for front and rear attachment with cutting widths between 2.60 and 3.40 m.
This means that the professional mowing technology of CLAAS will also be available to smaller farm operations and the new MAX CUT cutterbar will be introduced in almost all DISCO models.
The MAX CUT cutterbar is an in-house development from CLAAS and is manufactured at the forage harvesting machinery plant in Bad Saulgau. One of the key features of this cutterbar is its specially shaped mower bed, which is press-formed from a single piece of material. Its wave-like shape allows the cutting discs to be positioned further forward, thus providing even better cutting quality under all conditions. The large tunnel opening between the cutterbar skids, as well as their special shape, improve the self-cleaning effect and thus ensure high forage quality. The screw fastening concept of the cutterbar combines with continuous lubrication of the drive components to simplify maintenance and ensure both form stability and a long service life.
New DISCO 1100 flagship model
The new DISCO 1100 has a maximum working width of 10.70 m, but transport height is less than 4.0 m and transport width less than 3.0 m thanks to its hydraulically extendable mower units. The inner and outer protective covers fold in automatically as necessary. The transport locking device is hydraulically locked and unlocked during the folding process. This enables compact, manoeuvrable and safe transport. It is also possible to store the mower in the transport position. When developing the telescopic arms, CLAAS utilised the experience gained from the CLAAS COUGAR self-propelled mower.
The DISCO 1100 is available in the two models, C BUSINESS and RC BUSINESS, equipped with either a steel tine conditioner (C) or a roller conditioner (RC). In addition to hydraulically folding protective covers, the mower unit is also equipped as standard with load-sensing comfort hydraulics, the ACTIVE FLOAT comfort suspension control system and hydraulic non-stop rear-collision protection.
The DISCO 1100 BUSINESS is fully ISOBUS-capable and offers the customer convenient operating functionality. Accordingly, all of the important functions (e.g. extending the mowing units) can be assigned to the ISOBUS function buttons of the tractor. The mower can be operated using any ISOBUS terminal (e.g. COMMUNICATOR II or S 10). Alternatively, CLAAS also offers its customers the option of controlling the DISCO 1100 C / RC BUSINESS using a commercially available tablet thanks to its recently introduced "EASY on board" app. It is also possible to operate the mower without using the terminal by means of a P2 hydraulic line and a single-acting control unit.
Professional technology from a mowing width of 2.60 m
CLAAS is expanding its front-mounted disc mower range with a compact, lighter-weight model that has a cutting width of 3.0 m. Thanks to its shortened mounted stand and its two-dimensional ground following, the new DISCO 3150 F adapts extremely well ground contours.
This effect is supported by two strong suspension springs, which also reduce the ground pressure of the mower. Another optional feature is the ACTIVE FLOAT hydropneumatic suspension system. As on the other front-mounted mower models, the DISCO 3150 F also features the MAX CUT cutterbar. The standard equipment also includes SAFETY LINK overload protection, 850 rpm mowing capability and the quick blade change system.
The side-mounted DISCO 50 series has also been redeveloped for the 2016 season and features a new design. The new 2750 (C / RC), 3150 (C) and 3550 models with cutting widths of 2.60 to 3.40 m now make this sophisticated technology available to smaller farm operations as well. Alongside many different refinements and the MAX CUT cutterbar, the new technical features also include an optional storage device which allows the unit to be stored in a space-saving vertical position. The mounted stand has been optimised for easier attachment and detachment, while ease of maintenance has also been improved.
Also featuring a new design are the trailed DISCO 3150 TC / TRC mowers with side drawbar, the MAX CUT cutterbar and other refinements.
All of this means that CLAAS is now offering professional mowing technology for almost all DISCO models with its MAX CUT cutterbar – ranging from the smallest basic rear-mounted unit with a cutting width of 2.60m, spring suspension and no conditioner, to the largest tractor-mounted mowing combination currently available which has a cutting width of 10.70 m and conditioner.
This year, CLAAS is celebrating a special anniversary with the introduction of the new CARGOS 9000. The first loader wagon to be developed at the Bad Saulgau site in Upper Swabia, which was at that time known as the Bautz-Werk, left the plant in 1965. For many businesses at the time, the Bautz AUTONOM was their first introduction to mechanical forage harvesting.
In 1969, CLAAS took over the Bautz plant. Since then the product range and the site have continued to be expanded and developed. CLAAS Saulgau GmbH has thus been part of one of the most modern product development centres in the industry since 2013. In the early 1980s, the CLAAS SPRINT was developed as a high-performance silage trailer – one of the first on the market. The QUANTUM loader wagon also set new standards when it was introduced in 1998.
The profitability of an agricultural business relies heavily on the efficiency of the machines. To increase the annual operating hours of the wagon, CLAAS has been working intensively on a dual-purpose wagon concept since 2007. 2009 saw the launch of the first CARGOS 9000, which featured a removable loading and cutting assembly and removable proportioning roller unit. Last year, the smaller CARGOS 8000 dual-purpose wagon was brought to market along with its numerous additional features: Thanks to the new CLAAS double blades in the lowerable cutting floor, the hydraulically folding scraper floor, the modular tandem or tridem chassis and many other special features, the new dual-purpose wagon has proved a complete success in its first harvest season. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the loader wagon, the CARGOS 9000 has been completely re-engineered and equipped with the CARGOS 8000's special features – making the CARGOS the most innovative dual-purpose wagon currently on the market.
Professional Technology for All
For each of the CARGOS 8000 and 9000 series, CLAAS offers three models of dual-purpose wagon with a loading volume between 30 and 50 m³. Whether you are a family-run business with your own machinery or a contractor, the CARGOS' numerous equipment variants allow you to meet a wide variety of demands with high forage quality at all times. A robust and reliable wagon, the CARGOS is the perfect efficient addition, or alternative, to the chopping chain.
Situated in Europe's largest grassland region, the CLAAS plant in Bad Saulgau now has 550 employees and manufactures 275 different products, including mowers, swathers and tedders, over an operating area of 17 hectares. Besides forage harvesting technology, the chopping unit and a wide range of front attachments for the JAGUAR forage harvester are also produced in Bad Saulgau.
The new CARGOS 8000 dual-purpose wagon was only launched last summer and is already proving its worth to farmers and farm contractors during the green fodder harvest. Right from the first cut, customer feedback on the performance, operation and maintenance of the CARGOS 8000 has been extremely positive.
CLAAS will now also be offering these benefits in the larger wagon category, with the introduction of the new CARGOS 9000 in the 2016 season.
The large dual-purpose wagon with its three models, the 9400, 9500 and 9600, with loading volumes of up to 38 m³, 44 m³ or 50 m³ (DIN) respectively, has been completely redeveloped. Accordingly, it has been equipped with the new loading and crop cutting assembly developed for the CARGOS 8000. The EFS or EFFICIENT FEEDING SYSTEM has been equipped with a hydraulically powered pick-up with optional hydropneumatic suspension, and its throughput has been increased even further. The segments of the rotor are now inserted and bolted together.
On the CARGOS 9000, the hydraulically lowered cutter chamber, which is a standard feature, also makes it easier to remove blockages without needing to leave the tractor. The blade carrier is equipped with new double-bladed scrapers. This means that the operating period of the dual-purpose wagon can be increased significantly simply by turning the knives. As on the smaller CARGOS 8000, the pre-tension of the knives can be adjusted to the respective operating conditions either mechanically or hydraulically. The 40 knives are also individually protected against foreign objects. The scraper floor can be hydraulically lowered through 90°, which allows the blades on the CARGOS 9000 to also be conveniently turned or replaced from a standing position and all of the assemblies within the crop flow are freely accessible for cleaning and maintenance purposes.
Efficient loading and unloading
The scraper floor, which is inclined upwards along the cargo area, enables efficient loading of the wagon to its maximum capacity combined with gentle handling of the crop. An automatic loading system is also available optionally for the CARGOS 9000. Here, an angle sensor on the filling flap and a torque measuring pin on the drive system of the loading assembly allow the wagon to be loaded uniformly and efficiently under all harvesting conditions. The loading assembly can be removed within 20 minutes. This increases the payload by 2.5 t when using the wagon for transporting a chopped crop.
To facilitate rapid emptying, the CARGOS 9000 features a 2-speed drive for the scraper floor with hydraulic motors that are integrated into the C-profile on both sides for protection. Three discharge rollers are also available optionally and the emptying process can be torque-controlled. To enable rapid and complete emptying of the wagon, the lowered area of the scraper floor can also be hydraulically lifted into the horizontal position. In addition, the body has a conical opening towards the rear. Like the loading unit, the discharge roller assembly can be removed within a very short period of time. Other useful additional options, such as a load weight indicator with optional external display, further complement the excellent performance of the CARGOS 9000 as a dual-purpose wagon.
Automatic drawbar control
In addition to being able to store different drawbar positions in the control terminal for automatic actuation in loading, transport and headland modes, which was a standard feature on the previous model, an automatic drawbar control function is also available for the three new models. Active control of the drawbar in loading mode ensures that a sufficient clearance between the drawbar, rotor and pick-up is always maintained when loading and ensures an optimal crop flow.
Crab steering for the silo
The CARGOS 9000 is equipped with bottom hitching and a sprung drawbar as standard. Depending on the model, the hydraulic or parabolic-spring suspension is available in a tandem or triple axle version and can be fitted with tyres up to 30.5". As on the smaller model, electrohydraulic positive steering with adaptive drawbar warning, dynamic steering line offset and an offset steering menu are available optionally alongside the steered trailing axle. This allows, for example, the area covered by the tyres to be increased temporarily or the wagon to be emptied directly at the edge of the silo.
The CARGOS 9000 is operated using the CLAAS OPERATOR or ISOBUS control terminal (e.g. COMMUNICATOR II or with a tablet by means of the new "EASY on board App").
CLAAS and Kramer to cease collaboration on agricultural telehandlers as of 2018
CLAAS, one of the world's leading agricultural technology manufacturers, and Kramer-Werke, a company in the Wacker Neuson Group, have reached a mutual agreement to end their partnership for agricultural telehandlers as of 2018.
Customers will continue to be provided with services and spare parts in the long term following the termination of this partnership.
Since 2005, Kramer-Werke GmbH has developed and produced high-quality agricultural telehandlers, which are sold by CLAAS worldwide under the "CLAAS SCORPION" brand, at its plant in Pfullendorf. The Wacker Neuson Group supplies these telehandlers to the building industry through its own sales organisation under the "Kramer" and "Wacker Neuson" brands. As of 2018, the two partners will supply the telehandler markets independently of one another. Until that time, cooperation will continue.
In the future, CLAAS will be collaborating with Liebherr in this business area. The new SCORPION series from the Liebherr production facility will be available from January 2018.
CLAAS SCORPION telehandlers are already working on many farms and related businesses. Thanks to their compact design, manoeuvrability and high performance, they have replaced many existing brands as well as traditional front-end loader tractors. The telehandlers now also offer large businesses and farm contractors the most efficient solution for most internal handling and transport work, particularly where very high placement is required.