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. 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 comfortable cabs, 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 309 kW (415 hp) LEXION 480 with rubber tracks and 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. 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 frontmounted 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 persecond 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 1960’s. Since then we have always worked with CLAAS machines. The first LEXION 430 arrived in 1998.” Burghard Kaufmann only recently added a LEXION 670 to his comprehensive fleet of eighteen combine harvesters.
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