The 50,000th LEXION has rolled off the CLAAS assembly line in Harsewinkel. During its 21-year success story, the high capacity LEXION combine harvester has become the flagship of international agricultural technology.
More than 50,000 parts, 4,000 m of electrical cable and 215 m of hydraulic lines are installed inside each LEXION. The 50,000th LEXION with its jubilee design can be seen at many fairs and exhibitions across Europe during the coming months.
Many hands contribute to the success story of the LEXION. The entire Assembly team gathered around the 50,000th machine for the photo.
CLAAS celebrate their 50,000th LEXION: Shareholders, employees from Technical Development , Assembly and other involved departments in front of the jubilee machine.
After almost one decade of development, CLAAS introduced the first LEXION combine harvester in 1995. The 400 series offered farmers new high levels of performance. The APS threshing system, with its threshing drum which was expanded to 600 mm, was for the first time combined with the ROTO PLUS residual grain separation system. This combination resulted in the proven APS HYBRID system. Drivers could now work in a comfortable cab, equipped with the integrated on-board CEBIS computer. In addition, the GPS PILOT and LASER PILOT steering systems made steering the combine easier.
With the LEXION, CLAAS established a new premium segment for agriculture. Six years after its introduction to the market, the 10,000th large combine harvester – a 415 h.p. LEXION 480 with rubber tracks and a potential harvesting capacity of 40 t of grain per hour – rolled off the assembly line. Proof of the great success of the high capacity LEXION on all fields across the world.
Now a historic photo: In 1995 CLAAS introduced the first LEXION models to the market.
In 2003 the LEXION 500 series represented the successful further development of the top-class combine harvester. Larger harvesting capacities and refined technical systems, such as adjustable rotor flaps for adapting the separation area and a quick stop for front-mounted attachments, made the operator’s work far easier. Only two years later CLAAS launched the 600 series which, with a harvesting capacity of up to 70 t of grain per hour, provided farmers with a further increase in efficiency.
In 2010 production of the largest LEXION 700 combine harvesters commenced. These can travel at a maximum speed of 40 km/h on the road, work with cutterbars up to 12.30 m wide in a soil- and resource-friendly manner, and have high-performance software, which meticulously documents the harvesting process and provides accurate information to the driver.
With the LEXION 780, CLAAS set a new milestone in the history of combine harvesters in 2013. Besides a grain tank with a capacity of 13,500 litres, it is equipped with the integrated CEMOS AUTOMATIC driver assistance system. The software controls specific default values set by the farmer, and after a short period of time it finds the optimum settings for the threshing systems. By taking into consideration the changing harvesting conditions during the course of a day, these optimum settings are checked on a per-second basis and adapted continuously. The LEXION 700, which now features a 4D cleaning system and an automatic crop flow control system, received the 'Machine of the Year 2016' award at the world’s largest agricultural technology fair Agritechnica.
LEXION owes its success not only to the engineers but also to customers around the world who use the combine harvesters in their businesses. Many of them have relied on these high capacity harvesters for more than two decades. Contractor Burghard Kaufmann from the Osnabrück region reports: 'My father purchased the first CLAAS combine harvester in the early 1960s. Since then we have always worked with CLAAS machines. The first LEXION 430 arrived in 1998.' But Burghard Kaufmann only recently added a LEXION 670 to his comprehensive fleet of eighteen combine harvesters.
Long-standing LEXION customer: Contractor Burghard Kaufmann from the Osnabrück region with his new LEXION 670.
The contract states that the company shall be awarded the official status of "Russian manufacturer", and will therefore be eligible for the same state subsidies for its combine harvesters as local producers. An initial letter of intent was previously signed last November during the Agritechnica in Hannover.
The Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov (left) and Dr. Ralf Bendisch (General Director of CLAAS Krasnodar) are signing the special investment contract.
"The Russian agricultural sector has a truly promising future. This contract now makes state-of-the-art agricultural machinery affordable for Russian businesses", explains Lothar Kriszun, Spokesman of the CLAAS Executive Board.
Demand for efficient harvesting technologies remains high. In Russia, only 72 million hectares of land are currently used for agriculture. This is although 122 million hectares in total would be suitable as farmland.
Further highlighting its commitment to the country, CLAAS opened an additional production line at its Krasnodar facility in October 2015, which cost roughly €120 million. The new production space is around nine times larger than the former factory, and now covers about 45,000 square metres. This means that production volumes will increase to as much as 2,500 combine harvesters and tractors per year. The technological exclusivity, with vertical penetration similar to the CLAAS home plant in Harsewinkel, will also allow companies outside the industry to be supplied. CLAAS started exporting second-hand machines through its first local dealers in 1992. This was followed by new machines and the first Russian employees, who were responsible for training and servicing. In 2005 CLAAS became the first foreign manufacturer of agricultural machinery to maintain its own production facilities in Russia; some €20 million were invested at the time.
It's a small detail with a big effect: CLAAS EnterNet is an adhesive grip that gathers the end of the net wrap into a narrow handle, so users no longer have to feed the entire width of the net into the baler. This saves time and results in a uniform, seamless feed of the baling net wrap. This new feature is offered exclusively for CLAAS net wrap and is already integrated into all CLAAS ROLLATEX and ROLLATEX PRO net wrap at the factory. CLAAS net wrap with EnterNet is available internationally from CLAAS sales partners.
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30,000 operating hours – CLAAS telescopic loader reaches a milestone
A CLAAS RANGER 928 owned by the agricultural production cooperative Langeln eG, located west of Magdeburg, has proved its stamina: The telescopic loader has managed to achieve the impressive figure of 30,000 operating hours and will continue to serve as an aid to the agricultural production cooperative in its buildings.
Manufactured in 2000, the telescopic loader, made its way to the Harz mountains via the former distribution partner CLAAS Derenburg and was used on an almost daily basis. In addition to loading manure, straw and feed, its main tasks also included various types of construction work as well as the handling of grain and silage. "Even in the beginning it was already working up to 2,500 hours in a year," recalls Lothar König, technical director of the agricultural production cooperative which farms around 1,100 hectares, on which they grow crops as well as raising 1,100 cattle. The 105 h.p. telescopic loader is used for a wide variety of purposes. Lothar König also now uses the loader for smaller "age-appropriate" tasks in the barn passages and around the site of the business operation.
"CLAAS has been working with Telescopic Forklift technology specified for agricultural use for over 22 years but 30,000 operating hours is unparalleled," emphasises Norbert Täufer, telescopic loader product manager for the CLAAS distribution company, “this is rarely accomplished by a telescopic loader still on its original engine." Lothar König explains that other parts of the RANGER have been updated in the interim, including new axles and gears, and the windscreen and doors were also replaced. However, the loader's core has survived the 30,000 operating hour marathon.
The CLAAS RANGER 928 Plus in use on the farm.
Production of the RANGER for CLAAS in Grantham, England started in 1994. The first models to appear on the market were the RANGER 907, 907 T and 911 T. Up until 2000, the RANGER was manufactured in a range of different versions before it was replaced, firstly by the TARGO, then finally by the SCORPION in 2006. The agricultural production cooperative in Langeln has been working with CLAAS telescopic loaders for a number of years. Some eleven machines have been employed prior to now. In addition to the record holding RANGER 928, Langeln eG also now run a younger SCORPION 9055, currently the largest telescopic loader made by CLAAS.
The telescopic loader reached the 10,000-hour mark in 2004, whilst on its way to completing 30,000 operating hours. This anniversary was celebrated by (from left) Wilhelm Kambach (former CLAAS regional manager), Joachim Becker (former cooperative director), Stefan Koepke (former driver), Norbert Täufer (CVG telescopic loader product management), Lothar König (Cooperative technical director) and Dieter Kastner † (CLAAS Derenburg).
„The buyers, connected with Ergocast Guss GmbH, will take over all shares in the foundry business. The parties have agreed confidentiality in respect to the contractual details.
“We firmly believe that not only will CLAAS GUSS find a new home, it will also acquire good prospects for the future within a larger foundry group. It will remain an important supplier for us, even under its new ownership”, says Lothar Kriszun, Spokesman of the CLAAS Executive Board.
CLAAS GUSS is one of the leading foundries in Germany. Founded 1948, the company has a long tradition as a jobbing foundry. Employing a workforce of approximately 400, CLAAS GUSS has production sites in Gütersloh, Bad Saulgau in Swabia and Nortorf in Schleswig-Holstein. The company has already made huge efforts to develop new business and to reduce costs in a competitive environment characterised by overcapacity, spiralling internationalisation and industry-wide consolidation.
“The companies produce complementary ranges. Both sides will benefit from real synergies in terms of market development, business development and shared resources. The combined industry experience of the new owners and the synergy emerging in the new group will ensure that efforts undertaken so far will continue, and that they will make the company fit for the future”, explains Karlheinz Kalze, Managing Director of CLAAS GUSS GmbH, where he will remain part of the team.
The sister company Ergocast Cast GmbH, located in Jünkerath in the Rhineland-Palatinate, was founded in 1687 and was part of the Mannesmann group until 2000. The company supplies major castings for power plant turbines, mechanical engineering, drive technology and hydraulics. Ergocast, like CLAAS GUSS, produces machine-shaped and hand-moulded castings up to 70 tons.