Claas builds new test centre in Germany

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An artist’s impression of the new test centre under construction at Claas headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany. An artist’s impression of the new test centre under construction at Claas headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany. An artist’s impression of the new test centre under construction at Claas headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany.

Farm machinery manufacturer Claas is significantly increasing its research and development capacities with the construction of a new test centre for combine harvesters, forage harvesters and tractors at the company’s headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany.


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Due to open early next year, the €15 million facility will merge several test laboratories at the site into a single, state-of-the-art complex.

The new complex will boast 8,000 square metres of floor space – the equivalent of about 40 full-size tennis courts – and more than 200 individual workstations and laboratories.

Claas says the centre will enable the company to test the performance and reliability of components for its high-performance combine harvesters, forage harvesters and tractors under a wide range of operating and climatic conditions.

It incorporates a number of energy-saving innovations, including the use of 300kW electric drive units to test transmission components instead of diesel engines.

A heat recovery process will eliminate the need for a conventional heating system during winter, while a water system with heat exchangers fitted to the underfloor radiators will provide cooling in summer.

 

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