2014-12-12   facebook twitter rss

SIMA Gold Medal and Special Mention for CLAAS

CLAAS is delighted to have won two 2015 SIMA Innovation Awards. The completely new PANORAMIC cab concept on the ARION 400 tractor, was the recipient of one of two gold medals. While the new VARIO cutterbar for combine harvesters also received a special mention.

Gold for PANORAMIC cab

The key feature of the new PANORAMIC cab is its 2.41 m² windscreen. The windscreen and polycarbonate roof are connected to each other without an upper crossbar. This gives the driver a completely new feeling of space and an unimpaired 90° field of view over the front loader.

Arion 400 Tractor with Panoramic Cab

Arion 400 Tractor with Panoramic Cab

Félix Garrad, Product Manager of the ARION 400 model series at CLAAS Tractor, explained the special challenges encountered during development of the PANORAMIC cab: "The PANORAMIC cab is ideal for working with a front loader. We needed a solution which, on the one hand, ensured safety and reliability while, on the other hand, doing away with components like the upper crossbar which limits visibility."

Since the driver's view of the front loader is not impaired by any blind spots, the driver can always sit in a comfortable position. This avoids all of the repetitive movements which place stress on the neck and lumbar spine of the driver and can cause back problems. The jury found this to be a remarkable development in the areas of prevention, safety, comfort and productivity.

Special mention for VARIO cutterbar

The jury found that the new VARIO cutterbar in the VARIO 930 and 770 models with cutting widths of 9.30 m and 7.70 m for the TUCANO and LEXION combine harvesters offers the required level of technical flexibility to master today's harvesting processes with their regular crop rotations.

The crop dividers and rapeseed cutting knives can be attached and detached without the use of tools thanks to the quick-release couplings. The cutterbar table of the VARIO can be steplessly and conveniently adjusted from the cab over a range of 700 mm (-100 mm to +600 mm). Whereas the rapeseed plates previously had to be inserted manually, they are now completely integrated into the cutterbar table on the new VARIO.

"The new generation of VARIO cutterbars represents the next logical stage in over 50 years of development of adjustable cutterbar tables. The new concept ensures quick adaptation to the grain and rapeseed harvest and is therefore the ideal system for harvesting the respective type of crop", says Matthias Stauffer, Product Manager at CLAAS Self-Propelled Harvesting Machines.

The SIMA Innovation Awards are awarded every two years to recognise innovations in agricultural technology and agricultural services. This year, two gold medals, three silver medals and 18 special mentions were awarded. An international jury made up of 21 experts from the agricultural sector was responsible for deciding the award winners. Additional experts including numerous users, researchers and developers were on hand to advise the jury as required.


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