Claas’ new test centre will have the capabilities to simulate harvest conditions for its range of combines, foragers and tractors.
Designed to simulate a broad variety of climactic conditions encountered during harvests around the world, Claas is to build a new test centre at its site in Harsewinkel, Germany.
In doing so, this will increase the manufacturer’s testing capacities for the development of new agricultural machinery, which will allow it to test machinery out of season, rather than having to work around harvesting schedules. By the time it is completed in autumn 2018, total investment in the new centre will be more than 15 million Euros.
The new centre will be equipped to test components for combine harvesters, forage harvesters and tractors.
Oliver Westphal, head of validation at Claas says; “Testing simulations help the engineers to assess the performance capabilities and reliability of the machinery at an early stage of its development.”
Featuring state of the art test equipment, 300kW electric drive units will be used to test transmission components instead of diesel engines. The building will have total floor space of about 8,000m.sq, of which half will be used for assembly, the laboratories and the actual test facilities. Adjacent to these areas will be over 200 workstations for test engineers and developers, as well as additional facilities containing the technical supply systems.