With population expected to grow from seven to 11 billion by the end of the century, sustainable food production is a growing priority. In the past, agricultural machinery like combines, forage harvesters, balers and tractors advanced mainly in terms of size and horsepower. Now, the focus has shifted to create intelligent, energy efficient machines to accomplish more while keeping costs low. Water, energy as well as technology have to be used wisely to increase harvest production farmland.
Leading agricultural equipment manufacturer CLAAS focuses on designing machinery that is resource efficient while maximizing output. To achieve this, CLAAS has to leverage digital innovation and technology combining them with a perfect understanding of a customer’s needs. The company’s creative designers working around the globe need to collaborate efficiently across borders. At the same time CLAAS’ extensive product offering creates increasing data complexity.
Making new technology and business models possible
Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE© platform plays a key role in CLAAS’ digital transformation strategy. It helps bring new technologies and new business models to the market faster. Not only the engineering departments but all downstream departments are able to work on a product or object simultaneously. The platform streamlines safe, global collaboration between all CLAAS sites – starting from ideation to production and service.
Mechanical, electrical, and hydraulics engineers work together concurrently on the platform, preventing redesign efforts. Having stored the design data of all their products in one single place, makes it easier to add additional features over the machine’s lifecycle instead of developing a new machine every time a new technology comes along. This guarantees customers sustainable added value for years by adding additional features during the products lifecycle.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform improves CLAAS’ research and development and enables them to unite global talents on one unique platform to exchange know-how and ideas. A truly digital company, CLAAS is ready to respond to the global challenges facing the agricultural industry.