Claas Turn In head­land guid­ance

Claas Turn In au­to­mat­i­cally guides trac­tors at head­lands

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Anew sys­tem from Claas al­lows trac­tor op­er­a­tors to make pre­cise turns at head­lands with au­to­matic guid­ance. The sys­tem, called Claas ‘Turn In’, cal­cu­lates the op­ti­mal path for the next ap­proach and com­pletes the turn au­to­mat­i­cally.

Claas Har­vest Cen­tre pre­ci­sion farm­ing prod­uct man­ager Travis Ryan-Salter says the Turn In sys­tem makes it easy for driv­ers when there is no point of ref­er­ence to fol­low.

“With­out fixed ref­er­ence points, it is of­ten dif­fi­cult to line up with the next track at head­lands,” Ryan-Salter says.

“Start­ing at an an­gle of 90 de­grees to the track, Turn In iden­ti­fies the op­ti­mum path to fol­low based on the ma­chine’s speed, steer­ing lock and align­ment.

“The sys­tem then guides the ma­chine onto the next track au­to­mat­i­cally us­ing a pre­de­fined path to achieve the de­sired turn. The sys­tem will iden­tify a new track and path as soon as the driver changes speed, steer­ing lock, or other fac­tors.”

The driver can over­ride the sys­tem at any time, Ryan-Salter says. The Turn In sys­tem is able to be fit­ted to any Claas steer­ing mech­a­nism which uses the S7 or S10 ter­mi­nal.

“These in­clude Lex­ion com­bine har­vesters, Jaguar for­age har­vesters, and Xe­rion, Ax­ion and Arion trac­tors,” Ryan-Salter says.

“Ex­ist­ing steer­ing sys­tems can be retro­fit­ted by means of an ac­ti­va­tion code.”

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