Claas have been rewarded for investments in new technology, taking home three Agritechnica silver medals for innovation.
Judged by an independent panel appointed by Germany's agricultural society, the DLG, Agritechnica innovation medals are considered one of the most prestigious agricultural machinery awards in the world.
Claas were awarded one silver medal for the new APS SynFlow Walker threshing unit found on the Lexion 6000/5000 series of 'straw walker' combine harvesters.
Claas Harvest Centre product manager for Claas Lexion Steve Reeves said the addition of the APS SynFlow Walker set a new standard for threshing and separation performance.
"This all-new threshing unit features a 450 millimetre pre-accelerator drum, a 755 mm threshing drum and an additional 600 mm separator drum," he said.
"The large drum diameters create low contact angles that, together with the synchronisation of the drum speeds, enable a straight, gentle and fuel-saving crop flow."
The second silver medal was awarded for the Cemos Auto Chopping technology, also featured on the Lexion 5000/6000 series.
Mr Rees said the innovation automatically adjusts the straw chopper to optimise straw quality or reduce fuel consumption.
"This system continuously determines moisture content and straw throughput before automatically adjusting the positions of the counter knife and friction base in the chopper to best suit the current conditions," he said.
"Using the CEBIS terminal, the driver simply specifies whether they want the highest chaff quality or the highest efficiency.
"This technology can reduce fuel consumption by 10 per cent."
Claas Harvest Centre product specialist for Claas Greenline Luke Wheeler said the third medal was awarded for the Cemos Auto Performance, a welcome addition to the Jaguar 900/800 series.
"Claas is recognised as world leader in machine optimisation systems and now this proven technology has been applied to its forage harvesting platforms," he said.
"This system automatically regulates engine power and driving speed according to harvesting conditions.
"As load increases, engine power is increased and forward speed is reduced.
"Conversely, engine power is reduced automatically if the load decreases.
"The goal is to avoid abrupt load changes whilst maintaining a relatively constant engine speed.
"This results in an even crop flow, higher operational reliability and lower fuel consumption - plus it makes life so much easier for the operator."
Claas said the three innovations will be displayed at Agritechnica in November and will be available in Australia from late 2020.