The German Agricultural Society (DLG) conducted a test to see if the Claas dialogue system Cemos for Tractors (Cemos) could increase efficiency over an experienced driver.
Cemos is electronic machine optimisation and could almost be known as a form of artificial intelligence.
It’s designed to automatically adjust tyre pressure, ballast and hydraulic traction control settings to achieve the optimum in terms of both performance and energy consumption.
The test took place in mid-September and involved 10 drivers (farmers and contractors) from Germany, France, Poland and Denmark on a large farm in Germany.
The experienced drivers individually put themselves up against the optimisation potential of the dialogue-based operator assistance system Cemos.
Test engineers from the DLG test centre machinery and farm inputs were on hand to measure the ground speed and fuel consumption of all the test variants.
The way in which both the operators and Cemos adjusted the machine settings during the test drives was documented.
Using mounted cultivators, the operator’s shallow and deep cultivated the strips of slightly and very loamy sand on the test plots over a three-day period.
The operators had the chance to adjust relevant settings, such as front ballast, wheel weights, tyre pressure and engine droop on the two Axion 870 Cmatic tractors as they saw fit during the initial set-up and continued adjusting during the test.
Then, all the test drives were repeated, but with the Cemos function activated.
After the test, the recorded values were analysed and evaluated at the DLG test centre.
Values recorded for all drivers from the variants with and without Cemos were compared and averaged to give an overall rating.
The DLG results showed the Cemos driver assistance system helped reduce fuel consumption by 16.8%, while, at the same time, output was increased by 16.3% for 80% of the operators.
Cemos for tractors is available as a factory-fitted option on 500, 600, 800 and 900 Arion and Axion Cmatic models.
It can be retrofitted to tractors in this series with Cebis technology built from 2018 on.