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Easy design brings maximum benefit Extra functions and features have been added by Claas to its Easy range of precision farming products, and all maintain the company’s traditional ease of use for which the company has become recognised. David Williams reports.

The S10 terminal has many new features and functions but remains easy to use.

“The availability of a complete package, from one manufacturer and supplier, is something users prefer,” said Claas UK product manager for Easy products Edward Miller. “Previously, we lacked certain features requested by users, but the latest updates give us a full package, from one supplier and with back-up from one service provider.”

S10 terminal functionality Main updates affect the larger and most popular S10, 10in terminal, with additional Section Control and Task Management Isobus functions, which means all Isobus functions are through the single terminal. The smaller 7in S7 provides only steering functions and is a cost-effective solution for those who can’t justify investment in the larger display. It offers section control guidance - telling the operator when to switch implement sections on and off, but lacks the ability to control the machine. The S10's larger display area is easier to see, and it offers full steering control and control of implements via Isobus, being Isobus UT and Isobus Aux compatible. From 2017, all S10 panels include TC basic, enabling inputs and data direct to the terminal via USB stick, while it also picks up operational data such as bale counting from linked implements. A further update, which will be popular with many users, is full compatibility with Gatekeeper software from October 2016, offering

one-stage data transfer, rather than requiring conversion to different formats for input. This comes with TC Basic and is available as an upgrade for all current S10s. TC Geo is added, within TC Basic, allowing locations to be added for variable rate applications and yield mapping. Integration of information gathering implements such as crop sensors is easier and maps can be loaded, from which implement adjustments are controlled either simultaneously; for example combining fertiliser spreader adjustment with live information from the crop sensor, or for use later. TC SC is also available, offering section control across multiple implements. Up to 50 sections are controllable, between up to five boom type applications and with a maximum of 32 sections on any single boom.

easy to use and, when connecting an Isobus-compatible implement, users have only to set up the section overlap required - for full section control, the width overlap if they are using Egnos rather than RTK signal correction, and they may need to adjust the run in time. Anything which is regarded as default, such as a sprayer’s boom width or tank capacity is pre-set and ‘greyed out’ so the operator knows it doesn’t need changing.” Edward said Claas offers, with its latest updates, almost every function a user would need, although non-Isobus implements remain an issue. Along with the new functions, the latest software allows a split display. Rather than having to have Isobus functions across the whole screen, these can be displayed in a smaller section maintaining availability of other information. The operator can even ‘move’ the tractor from the centre of the display in GPS mode to any preferred position. “We have retained our ‘2-screen’ strategy with the movable terminal,” said Edward, adding, “If a user has invested in Cebis then he will want to make use of all the benefits it offers and having the separate S10 terminal provides availability of the controls and settings at all times.” Auto-learn, for ISO Aux, is another new function and the well-designed menu makes programming easy by bringing up just the appropriate function options for each button at each stage. Significant time savings for operators are provided by a Field Detection function which comes standard with the TC Geo option. On entering a field, the operator is presented with a list of stored fields, closest to the current location. The operator selects the appropriate field name and details load automatically. Auto Isobus Implement Detection

is another new function, allowing more than one Isobus-compatible implement to be automatically controlled at a time. An example would be a fertiliser applicator working in conjunction with a crop sensor, and the operator simply selects which is the master implement. Set up is made easy by automatic loading of the product’s base settings. For example, when a sprayer is connected, information including tank size and boom width are pre-set, so that only the necessary settings need to be made.

Headland turn control Edward pointed out that headland turn control is available on both S7 and S10 displays, and has been included since 2014. The S7 display allows the operator to enter the tightest possible turn angle for the implement, as well as the highest travel speed, and the screen will ask the operator each time the headland is reached whether the turn should be left or right. The S10 offers more automation, and during every bout it asks the operator before the headland is reached which way to turn next. It can also be set to work in land, and to turn either inside the field boundary, within the headland area or before the headland. Headland angles up to 45 degrees from travel direction are tackled automatically and the steering angle adjusts to compensate for travel speed. All current S10 displays can be upgraded with the new features.

New base station A new Claas base station offers additional features over the previous Baseline version. Baseline could operate with correction systems only from GPS satellites, leaving accuracy vulnerable continued over...

Part-field selection Making life easier for the operator is a means of selecting between full field, headland-only or mainlandonly working, by touching one of three small icons on the screen. “Keeping everything simple is key,” said Edward. “We have taken a long time to develop these new functions, because we wanted them to be as simple as possible to set up and use. Precision farming systems can cause suspicion with many operators from the start, and if they are complicated then few users will make the most of their potential. Our screen is very

The new Claas RTK Field Base portable base station.

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