Steering Systems - Claas Agrosystems GmbH & Co. KG

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This is where CLAAS steering systems come .... the machine, send impulses to the steering unit and guide ... A maintenance-free sensor continuously transmits.

CLAAS Steering systems

A Perfect Line.

1977 AUTO PILOT

1999 LASER PILOT

2003 CAM PILOT

2006 GPS PILOT I

1977 Field operation

30 years of expertise in steering systems.

Good drivers are capable of high levels of precision when it comes to avoiding overlapping or damaging standing crops. But even the most accomplished drivers still have some room for improvement. This is where CLAAS steering systems come into their own. For 30 years they have been helping professionals and farm contractors perform their work with absolute precision. Many patents and thousands of installed solutions are a testimony to their practicality. Today, CLAAS offers the widest range of products on the market and still sets the standard when it comes to automatic steering.

Contents Advantages

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Mechanical and optical systems AUTO PILOT LASER PILOT CAM PILOT

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Satellite-assisted systems S LITE GPS PILOT EGNOS OMNISTAR BASELINE RTK

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CLAAS Service Technical specifications

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Steer a successful path.

Optimise your operating costs. Improve the quality of your work. Save labour time.

Advantages

Steering systems are fast becoming the standard. Since the advent of GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite technology in farming, more and more farms are discovering the advantages of this system. Upgrade your tractors and enjoy the benefits of a high-precision parallel guidance system, day after day. These days, drivers of combine harvesters and forage harvesters are always careful not to waste even one centimetre of precious ground at harvesting time.

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Steering systems are indispensable. The CLAAS GPS PILOT enables you to achieve inchperfect precision when working on the field or grassland. • • • •

Every track is identical to the previous one Make use of the full working width Reduce your overlap Save labour time and extend your working day into the night • Optimise your all-round process efficiency

Let others do the steering for you. You're not the only one.

5 advantages that optimise your operating costs. • • • • •

Reduced resource requirements Better machine utilisation More ground is worked per hour Less experienced drivers can be used Area can be calculated at same time

5 advantages that optimise the quality of your work. • The entire working width is covered • The tractor will always follow the best path • The driver can concentrate on machine and implement settings • Precise driving is possible even in poor visibility • Start at exactly the same point again after an interruption

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It not only steers. It also pays off.

Your investment will repay itself quickly. Studies in crop cultivation prove that the greater the working width, the more the overlap. Up to 7% diesel fuel, machine costs, fertiliser and pesticides can be saved using a state-of-the-art parallel guidance system. And what's more, far fewer plants are damaged if crops are managed using a camera-assisted steering system. Imagine just how quickly your investment in a fully automatic steering system will repay itself. Needless to say, you'll be investing in the future, too. That's why we have designed our systems for upward compatibility. They can be upgraded at any time to incorporate new terminal technology, camera recognition features and differential correction signals.

Impressive flexibility. Liquid fertiliser application + solid fertiliser application + lime application + soil cultivation + crop spraying + fertilising + forage harvesting + combine harvesting + band spraying + seeding + ridging + hay and straw baling.

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10 great reasons for making the investment. A fully automatic parallel guidance system by CLAAS ... • will reduce your fuel, labour, seed, pesticide and fertiliser costs • will boost your efficiency and productivity • will enable you to work at maximum capacity and prolong the useful life of your machine • will reduce the stress and strain on the driver • will optimise the utilisation of working width • will decisively improve the quality of your work • will ensure consistent work results are maintained round the clock • can be retrofitted to any hydraulically steered machine • will give you more time to optimise your implement settings • will enable you to operate more profitably

Advantages

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Two pairs of eyes see better than one.

AUTO PILOT LASER PILOT CAM PILOT

Mechanical and optical systems

Stay in the optimum position. The AUTO PILOT system for combine harvesters and forage harvesters was the first steering system which CLAAS launched on the market in 1977. Since then the principle has proven its effectiveness thousands of times over. The AUTO PILOT technology has undergone a continuous process of development and refinement during which numerous patents had been filed. Two mechanical touch sensors determine the position of the machine, send impulses to the steering unit and guide the machine automatically. Having the optimum position in all conditions is the key to enhanced performance and higher efficiency.

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AUTO PILOT. The classic among steering systems.

CLAAS AUTO PILOT for combine harvesters and forage harvesters. • Allows high forward speeds to be achieved thanks to digital sensors • Allows lossless operation even in bad visibility and at high working speeds • Noticeably reduces the driver's workload

AUTO PILOT

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LASER PILOT. Precision operation using light pulses.

More performance and less stress. Automatic steering control in grain crops reduces the driver's workload noticeably, especially when you're using large cutterbars and operating at high speeds or in bad visibility. A maintenance-free sensor continuously transmits invisible light pulses and moves horizontally at an angle of 6°. The standing crop and the stubble reflect the light beam. A second sensor measures the travel time of the reflected light pulses and thereby determines the exact position of the edge between the cut and uncut crop. The machine is guided along the crop edge automatically and with a high degree of precision.

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CLAAS LASER PILOT for combine harvesters. • Offers a high degree of functionality even in dusty conditions and at night • Makes optimum use of the cutterbar width • Ensures higher precision in area measurement and yield mapping • Increases harvesting performance • Noticeably reduces the driver's workload • Precision to within 10-20 cm

LASER PILOT

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Cut through standing crops with inch-perfect precision. As soon as crops have grown in and above the soil, utmost caution is required for driving across fields. The CLAAS CAM PILOT guides the machine through the crop with such precision (within 2-3 cm) that no damage is caused. The CAM PILOT uses its unique 3D camera to scan the spatial field structures in front of the machine. It will steer the machine through crop rows, tramlines, swaths and asparagus furrows automatically and without damage to crops.

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CAM PILOT. Camera for three-dimensional structures.

The system scans an entire field and not just a single line so that imperfections in the field do not lead to any interference. The CAM PILOT is very easy to operate via the CLAAS COMMUNICATOR, leaving the driver free to concentrate on monitoring and optimising his machine and implement settings. The camera can be moved from tractor to tractor easily and without additional expense. The tractor need only be equipped with suitable steering hydraulics. This helps to keep costs down. Headlights can easily be attached to the camera mount allowing the camera to be used at night as well. Since the camera's range, i.e. the area scanned, is fully illuminated, every available working hour can be utilised during the harvesting period.

Perfect interaction. 3-D camera attached to the front, CLAAS COMMUNICATOR in the cab. The system is easy to operate and intuitive.

CAM PILOT

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CAM PILOT. Steer a perfect line through crops.

CLAAS CAM PILOT for tractors and forage harvesters. The CLAAS CAM PILOT has a unique 3-D camera which – for the first time – can recognise objects and tramlines three-dimensionally. The camera is housed in a compact unit and scans crop rows or tramlines in front of the tractor. Imperfections in the field do not cause any interference. The CAM PILOT is of course very easy to operate – thanks to the CLAAS COMMUNICATOR.

Operational advantages. • Recognition of spatial field structures • Steers the machine automatically through crop rows, tramlines, swaths and asparagus furrows • Dramatically reduces crop damage • Takes the strain off the driver • Optimises the efficiency of all row work processes

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Rows.

Swaths.

The row recognition system maximises savings in corn, vegetables, sugar beet and special crops: • High precision and speed during mechanical soil cultivation work • Consistently high quality of work all day long • Precise, mechanical weed control with wide hoeing elements - no need for expensive manual labour.

The swath recognition system localises grass, hay and straw swaths and guides the tractor along the perfect track: • Minimised operator fatigue

Ridges. The ridge detection system offers major advantages on potato or asparagus fields: • Exact central ridging, rotary cutting and hoeing • Plot recognition in vegetable farming and tree nurseries

Tramlines. The tramline recognition system steers the tractor reliably and precisely through tramlines: • The driver is free to concentrate on the sprayer boom while spraying pesticides • Exact working of plant rows

CAM PILOT

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Every centimetre counts.

S LITE GPS PILOT

EGNOS OMNISTAR HP BASELINE HD RTK

Satellite-assisted systems

Exact steering. Make maximum use of your resources. Save costs.

1. Anticipatory Steering GuideTM: the Steering GuideTM is the key to exact driving. It provides the driver with precise steering instructions.

The S LITE control terminal from CLAAS offers a wide range of functions. The driver can guide the machine in straight parallel lines or along curved paths with a GPS precision of +/- 15 to 30 cm using EGNOS satellite signals. The system allows the full working width to be used while reducing overlap. Quality of work is improved and working time is reduced, irrespective of light and weather conditions.

2. Course deviation indicator: if using the Steering GuideTM system, you can check your progress using the Current Position function.

Functions professionals value highly.

4. Straightforward high-contrast display: instructions and system status information is shown step-by-step on the large display. Clear symbols aid navigation.

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Automatic reference track offset Integrated area calculation Headland alarm Can be used flexibly on any machine Short set-up times

3. Straightforward menu with just a few buttons: the menu is simple and practical. You can set a working width, brightness, and sensitivity on the first level, and configure your basic setup in the Service menu on the second level.

S LITE. Exact steering - as simple as never before.

5. Hotkey buttons save scrolling through the menu: the Start, Stop and Guide modes can be controlled directly using the hotkey buttons. 6. Configurable data interfaces: RS-232 and Bluetooth can be configured to provide GPS positions for documentation purposes or attachments. 7. Operating status indicator and headland alarm: the status indicator signals readiness for operation, alerts the driver to approaching headlands and indicates when positions are being memorised.

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The compact magnetic antenna can be used on any machine.

S LITE

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GPS PILOT. Let the system steer for you.

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S3 terminal with touchscreen user interface

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As exact as you want it to be. Whatever your choice of automatic steering system, you can upgrade it at any time to incorporate future developments. This applies to the terminal technology, and likewise to all relevant differential correction signals.

Precision +/- 15–30 cm

Precision +/- 5–10 cm

Precision +/- 4–6 cm

Precision +/- 2–3 cm

EGNOS (basic version)

Omnistar HP

BASELINE HD

RTK

• With integrated eDif correction feature • No licensing costs

• Dual-frequency DGPS • Differential correction signal is received from a satellite • The differential correction signal is available on a quarterly or year-round basis

• Proprietary mobile reference station • Range of 3–5 km • Licence-free differential correction signal • Signal can be utilised simultaneously by multiple machines

• Stationary reference station • Reference signal can be provided by the dealer if necessary • Range up to 20 km • Licence-free differential correction signal • For machine fleets or external use

1. High-resolution touch screen display: the large colour display is very user-friendly and has a number of functions. 2. The Steering GuideTM: provides very accurate guidance whether you are moving in a straight line, curve or circle. 3. The Current Position: this function indicates current course deviations. You can also use it to check your progress while driving in Steering GuideTM mode. 4. USB 2.0 port: use the USB port to transfer data and to load software updates.

5. View mode: choose between Machine view or Field view. This way you can work from the ideal perspective at all times and maximise your efficiency. 6. Setup menu: provides easy access to basic settings (working width, overlap, job creation and job administration). 7. Internal memory: 1 GB of internal memory for job administration. 8. Working menu: there’s no need for scrolling through the menu. Access the Start/Stop function directly, drop flags when working the field, see every pass, change driving mode.

GPS PILOT

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A-B Mode: in this operating mode you either log a first pass or will be guided in parallel along an existing path. All other passes will be performed at a constant distance (defined by the set working width) from the first track.

Contour Mode: the contour control system is normally used for headland turning or for tracking field boundaries. When you log a first pass, the system automatically calculates the field area.

Circle Mode: the circular tracking mode can be used for working in a circular pattern. You can configure the first track along a circular track and work towards either side of the track. All other passes will be performed at a constant distance (defined by the set working width) from the first track.

EGNOS provides signals for soil cultivation, fertiliser application, lime application, liquid manure application and solid manure application.

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EGNOS. The cost-saving basic version.

Licence-free differential correction signal. EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is available to users throughout Europe with no licensing fee due. It complements GPS and uses data from 34 ground stations to generate differential correction signals.

The components of EGNOS. The machine comes equipped with • GPS receiver • Terminal • Controller box All devices have an integrated slope compensation feature.

EGNOS is available for all standard tractors. With a precision of +/- 15 to 30 cm, it is ideal for many applications in crop spraying, crop fertilising and soil cultivation. If you have specified the GPS PILOT with EGNOS, you can always upgrade the system to a higher level of precision such as BASELINE HD. You will then have at your disposal a mobile reference station that supplies your machine fleet with the license-free differential correction signal over a radius of up to 5 kilometres. See page 28 for more details.

GPS PILOT EGNOS

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OMNISTAR HP. The solution that gives you full mobility.

1. GPS satellites transmit a signal which is received by the machine. 2. A geostationary satellite additionally transmits a highprecision differential correction signal (D GPS) to the machine. 3. The GPS PILOT converts both signals to steering impulses.

Unlimited working radius. OMNISTAR HP functions in very much the same way as EGNOS. However, as this system is equipped with a dual-frequency GPS receiver, a much higher level of GPS precision is attained. With 70 reference stations around the globe, OMNISTAR provides a continuously available subscription correction signal service. The correction signal receiver reacts very quickly and achieves a precision of +/- 5 to 10 cm. XERION, AXION, COUGAR and LEXION are available with OMNISTAR HP straight from the factory.

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CLAAS tractors and other makes of tractor can easily be retrofitted with OMNISTAR. The system is suitable for a wide range of agricultural applications.

It is ideal for these applications: • Soil cultivation • Crop spraying • Mowing • Fertilising OMNISTAR HP can easily be upgraded to RTK for example. RTK is a dual-frequency reception technology that gives you a maximum precision of +/- 2 to 3 cm. See page 30 for more details.

OMNISTAR HP is installed on the machine only. No reference station is required.

The components of GPS PILOT/ OMNISTAR HP. The machine comes equipped with • GPS receiver with integrated GPS antenna • Terminal • Controller box • Cable harness with one central switch for all components (the system can be activated externally) • Can bus for high-speed position data transfer • CLAAS GPS PILOT

GPS PILOT OMNISTAR HP

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Mobile reference station. BASELINE HD is a reference station designed for mobile use. It has a single-frequency GPS receiver and features state-of-the-art software technology. This system is unique on the GPS market and works to an accuracy of 4 to 6 cm - a range normally reserved for dual-frequency GPS systems.

The BASELINE HD is a proprietary differential correction signal which comes with no additional cost. Another advantage is the fast start-up time. BASELINE HD can calculate the position of a new location in around 8 minutes, and only takes 2 minutes for a known location. Thereafter, the signal can be used by multiple machines.

1. GPS satellites transmit a signal which is received by the machine and the BASELINE HD system.

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2. The mobile reference station generates a high-precision differential correction signal (D GPS) which is additionally sent to the machine by radio signal. 3. The GPS PILOT converts both signals to steering impulses.

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BASELINE HD. One frequency that is just as good as two.

The components of BASELINE HD. The mobile reference station comprises • GPS receiver and GPS antenna • Radio and radio antenna • Battery • All components are integrated The machine comes equipped with • GPS receiver • Radio receiver housed in a compact Rover unit • Terminal • Controller box

The proprietary, licence and subscription-free differential correction signal can be used by your machine fleet within a radius of up to 5 kilometres.

GPS PILOT BASELINE HD

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RTK. Unmatched precision.

Stationary reference station.

Top system with many advantages.

When every single centimetre counts, e.g. during sowing or harvesting, RTK (Real Time Kinematic) technology is called for. The stationary reference station is equipped with dual-frequency reception technology.

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It sends the differential correction signal to any number of machines operating with fully automatic GPS steering assistance within a radius of between 15 and 20 kilometres. All machines can work simultaneously with a high level of precision.

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Maximum precision again and again Very fast signal availability Maximum efficiency Maximum range Extremely user-friendly No subscription due Low long-term variable operating costs For use on one or more farms Perfect for entire fleets Precision of 2 to 3 cm Signal can be provided by dealer if necessary

The components of RTK. The stationary RTK system comprises a control cabinet with • Receiver • Power supply unit • Radio unit The following components are located in an elevated position, e.g. on a silo or stack: • GPS antenna • Radio antenna • Terminal • Controller box

1. GPS satellites transmit a signal which is received by the machine and the stationary reference station. 2. The reference station generates a high-precision differential correction signal (D GPS) which is additionally sent to the machine by radio signal. 3. The GPS PILOT converts both signals to steering impulses.

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The machines come equipped with • GPS receiver with integrated GPS antenna • Radio receiver with separate radio antenna • CLAAS GPS PILOT

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The ultimate in precision guidance: the dualfrequency GPS plus ground station allows field work to be accomplished with inch-perfect accuracy.

GPS PILOT RTK

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Automatic steering systems.

Process

Precision

CLAAS AUTO PILOT

Deflection

Row-dependent

CLAAS LASER PILOT

Laser signal

10-20 cm

CLAAS CAM PILOT

Imaging signal

2-3 cm

S LITE CLAAS GPS PILOT

EGNOS

Satellite differential correction signal

15-30 cm*

CLAAS GPS PILOT

OMNISTAR HP

Satellite differential correction signal

5-10 cm*

CLAAS GPS PILOT

BASELINE HD

Proprietary differential correction signal

4-6 cm*

CLAAS GPS PILOT

RTK

Proprietary differential correction signal

2-3 cm*

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Application

Machines

Corn harvesting

LEXION, TUCANO, JAGUAR

Standing crop edges

LEXION, TUCANO

Swaths, tramlines, ridges, crop rows, asparagus furrows

AXION, ARION, AXOS, CELTIS, NECTIS

Liquid manure application, solid manure application, lime spreading, soil cultivation

AXION, ARION, AXOS

Forage harvesting, fertilising, crop spraying, lime spreading, soil cultivation

XERION, AXION, ARION, AXOS, COUGAR

Seeding, fertilising, crop spraying, combine harvesting

XERION, AXION, ARION, AXOS, LEXION

Seeding, fertilising, crop spraying, combine harvesting

XERION, AXION, ARION, AXOS, LEXION

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