Aiming to boost combine output, Claas has come up with a new version of its Cebis Mobile terminal which offers several automated control features.
For 2018, Claas’ Lexion 700 Hybrid and 600 straw-walker combines will be available with a new 12inch touch screen version of the firm’s Cebis Mobile terminal.
This allows automatic control of various combine functions including separation, cleaning and forward speed.
Cebis Mobile capability
> Cemos Auto-Cleaning: This is available on both the Lexion 700 and 600s and works in conjunction with the combine’s grain quality camera. Designed to keep grain quality as high as possible, it continuously and automatically adjusts fan speed and the upper and lower sieves - far more often than would be possible by the operator, says the manufacturer.
Depending on the crop and the operator’s requirements, the Cemos Auto-Cleaning can be operated via one of four strategies; maximum throughput, optimum fuel consumption, high grain quality or a combination of these three.
> Cemos Auto-Separation: This is available for Lexion 700 Hybrid models which automatically adjusts the speed of the rotors and the rotor cover plates, depending on the operating strategy selected.
Similar to Auto-Cleaning, it reacts and changes the settings constantly, and over the length of a day will provide higher quality and throughput than would be humanly possible, claims the manufacturer.
> Cemos Dialog: This function 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.
> Cruise Pilot: This automatically controls the speed of the combine, 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 which 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.
About the Cebis Mobile terminal
On screen a silhouette of the combine continuously displays 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 balance between grain cleanliness, straw quality and throughput.
The new terminal can also be used to set-up and monitor results from the combine’s 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 which can be used to alter its sensitivity, and hence the required level of grain cleaning.
At the bottom of the screen under the combine silhouette is the ‘cockpit’, which is used to display Cruise Pilot status.
Free Cemos App
Where Cemos Automatic or Dialog is not fitted, or not available on smaller models such as the Tucano and Avero, the operator can access advice and information via the Cemos Advisor App.
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 app to find hints and suggestions, and will be guided through how to implement these changes, says Claas. 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 estimate grain loss. Having entered various values, the driver can gain a 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 app is free of charge and suitable for use on both iOS and Android operating systems via their relevant app stores.