Press Release

3rd generation automated LEXION control with touch screen CEBIS MOBILE

LEXION 700 HYBRID and 600 straw-walker combines are now available with a new 12-inch touch screen version of the CEBIS MOBILE terminal, that can be used to control the unique CEMOS AUTO cleaning which can help boost output by up to 18%, CEMOS DAILOG, AUTO CROP FLOW and CRUISE PILOT automatic combine operating functions.

CLAAS leads the way in the development of practical automated control systems for combines. Since the introduction of CEMOS DIALOG seven years ago and subsequently CEMOS AUTOMATIC, the range of automated functions now also includes AUTO SLOPE control, AUTO CROP FLOW, CRUISE PILOT and 4-D cleaning.

Touchscreen control

The new high-resolution colour touch screen incorporated into the new CEBIS MOBILE terminal makes it easy and quick to set-up and monitor both these automatic functions. A silhouette of the combine continuously displays the settings for all the main functional areas of the combine, such as rotor and fan speed, grain moisture and grain tank fill level. At the bottom of the screen, two slide controls allow the operator to alter the optimum balance between grain cleanliness, straw quality and throughput.

The new CEBIS MOBILE terminal can also be used  monitor the status of the 4-D cleaning system and to set-up and monitor results from the GRAIN QUALITY camera, which is mounted in the elevator head. This is used to visually assess and monitor the proportion of broken grains and the amount of non-grain constituents (NGC) in the sample. Again, by tapping the screen, this opens a window that can be used to alter the sensitivity, and hence the required level of grain cleaning.

At the bottom of the CEBIS MOBILE screen under the combine silhouette is the ‘cockpit’, which is used to display the CRUISE PILOT status. CRUISE PILOT automatically controls the speed of the LEXION, by monitoring various machine parameters such as ground speed, crop volume in the feeder housing, throughput in tonnes/hour and engine load, all of which is displayed in the ‘cockpit’.

The display will also show the factor that is limiting combine performance under current conditions, which can then be altered using the touch screen. The screen can also be used to alter the required operating mode between Constant Speed, Constant Throughput and Constant Throughput with losses.

3rd generation CEMOS AUTOMATIC combine control

Available as an option on all LEXION 700 and 600 models, such are the benefits of CEMOS AUTOMATIC in terms of increased daily throughput and grain quality, that this is now specified on over 25% of all LEXION 700s sold in the UK and Ireland.

Recent trials work conducted by Osnabruck University into the benefits of CEMOS AUTOMATIC, which compared data from machines both in Germany and the UK, found that it helps improve combine performance by between 15% and 18% compared to combines without it fitted.

Within this, it was found that CRUISE PILOT helped increase performance by 7-10%, AUTO CLEANING and AUTO SEPARATION by 5-10% and the new AUTO THRESHING by at least 5%.

CEMOS AUTOMATIC comprises of three modules. All LEXION 700 and 600 models can be specified with CEMOS AUTO CLEANING and the new CEMOS AUTO THRESHING which was introduced at Agritechnica and was awarded a Gold Medal. In addition, LEXION 700 models can also be fitted with CEMOS AUTO SEPARATION. Each of these elements can be specified separately or in combination to provide complete automation of the threshing and cleaning process.

The new CEMOS AUTO THRESHING system works in combination with CRUISE PILOT and the other CEMOS AUTO modules if fitted, and automatically adjusts the drum speed and concave gap relative to crop conditions. Taking the operator’s basic crop setting as its start point, AUTO THRESHING will then find the ideal drum speed and concave setting to ensure that grain is threshed as gently as possible and as aggressively as necessary. This results in an improved sample, but also makes the work of the ongoing automated systems far easier, so helping increase throughput.

CEMOS AUTO CLEANING works in conjunction with the GRAIN QUALITY CAMERA and will continuously automatically adjust the fan speed and the upper and lower sieves far more often than would be possible by the operator. This ensures that optimum grain quality is maintained at all times. Depending on the crop and the operator’s requirements, there is the option of selecting four operating strategies – Maximum Throughput, Optimum Fuel Consumption, High Grain Quality or a balance of these three.

The CEMOS AUTO SEPARATION function on the LEXION 700 HYBRID automatically adjusts the speed of the rotors and the rotor cover plates, again depending on the operating strategy selected. Again, CEMOS AUTO SEPARATION reacts and changes the settings constantly, and over the length of a day will provide higher quality and throughput than would be humanly possible.

For those that do not want the full automation, there is the option of CEMOS DIALOG, which helps guide the operator through a number of steps to help improve combine performance. To achieve this, CEMOS DIALOG constantly monitors and analyses all the combine settings and throughput, and will display suggestions on the CEBIS MOBILE screen as to how the operator can further improve throughput or quality, which can be implemented by tapping the screen. Alternatively the operator can interrogate CEMOS DIALOG on ways to improve specific aspects, such as grain quality, which again can be accepted or rejected by tapping the screen.

Free CEMOS App

Even where CEMOS AUTOMATIC or DIALOG is not fitted, or not available on models such as the TUCANO and AVERO, the operator can still benefit from CEMOS and access its wealth of advice and information via the CEMOS Advisor App, which is free to download.

Using a smartphone, if an operator has a particular problem or just wants advice on how to improve efficiency and throughput, they can use the CEMOS App to find hints and suggestions, and will be guided through how to implement these changes. Having tried the suggested settings, if successful they can be saved in the App and accessed at a later date.

The App can also be used to easily estimate grain loss. Having entered various values, the driver will gain an accurate prediction of the percentage of grain loss, and can then use the App to gain suggested changes to the settings to help reduce losses.

The CEMOS Advisor App is free of charge and suitable for use on both iOS and Android operating systems via their relevant app stores.