CLAAS has introduced a number of new features for the QUADRANT and ROLLANT balers ranges that provide greater functionality, productivity and ease of use.
A number of new options will be available next season for CLAAS QUADRANT 4200, 5200 and 5300 models, including the availability of an integrated bale weighing and a high-end LED lighting system. In addition, the pull-out knife drawer will now also be available for the QUADRANT 4200 model.
Using scales fitted in the bale ramp, the actual weighing process takes place automatically as part of the formation of each bale, so that there is no delay in the baling operation. Bales can be weighed at vehicle speeds of up to 20 km/h and the maximum measurement value error under normal working conditions is +/-5 kg.
The driver can read the individual bale weight directly from the ISOBUS control terminal display in the cab. In addition, all bale weights are saved according to job or area, as valuable supporting data for the contractor when billing the customer.
As an additional customer service, using the CLAAS TELEMATICS system it will also be possible to use the bale weight data to generate the total area yield and the yield distribution by individual field, showing the bale location and the individual bale weights, along with the bale moisture level.
CLAAS now offers a newly developed system for bale wrapping in the ROLLANT 455 UNIWRAP bale chamber. Instead of the usual net wrapping process, for the first time round bales can now also be wrapped with film.
Net wrapping remains possible as before, along with a fast changeover system for alternating between net and film wrapping without any conversion operation. Another new feature included as standard in the new round baler is the roll ramp, making it much easier to load new rolls.
The film wrapping process is exactly the same as the familiar net wrapping operation – only the material is different. Once the bale in the bale chamber has reached the desired size, it is automatically wrapped in up to eight layers of film. Unlike the net system, the film layers project a few centimetres over the side edges of the bale.
During the subsequent wrapping of the bale on the wrapping table, this means it is no longer necessary to apply six layers of wrap in the usual way, thereby saving on the amount of film. Film wrapping also does away with the laborious process of separating net and film when the bale is opened, resulting in easier handling and tidy disposal of the bale wrap.
The decision on how many layers of film to be wound around the bale can be made by individual contractors and their customers. The more secure the storage facilities available, the fewer layers of film are required. The system allows the selection of anything from 1.2 to 8.0 winding layers and this is easily adjusted at any time by the driver in the cab.
Along with the savings in the quantity of material used, another advantage of using film wrapping rather than net is that less oxygen tends to end up in the bale, with potential benefits for the fermentation rate.
For customers who prefer to use different wrapping systems, the operator can change over from net to film wrapping and vice versa in a matter of moments. The driver simply has to change the setting on the cab terminal, and load the required wrapping material in the baler. The film feed and start of wrapping processes take place completely automatically. The extent of film stretching required can also be set on the terminal in the cab.