RED DEER, Alberta — Claas and Trimble announced the introduction of a Trimble Ready machine factory option for Claas Lexion combines. Claas assembles Lexion combines in their Omaha, Neb., factory for distribution throughout North America. In 2017, the combines will have the option to be wired and ready for Trimble's Android-based TMX-2050 display as they roll off the assembly line. The Trimble Ready option includes the cabling, brackets and mounts for a fit and finish specific to the combine cab. 

The announcement was made at Agri Trade Equipment Expo.

"We have been working closely with Trimble since 2011, providing the capability to deliver aftermarket solutions on the Lexion combine," said Brandon Olstad, platform manager for Efficient Agriculture Systems by Claas. "Offering the Trimble Ready solution from the factory is a logical progression toward streamlining the integration of Trimble products on Claas equipment. We are pleased to offer this convenience factor to our customers."

The Trimble Ready configuration on the Lexion combines interfaces with the Claas CANBUS architecture to enable GNSS steering through the Claas guidance infrastructure. Yield mapping via the Claas Quantimeter system is also supported. Farmers can purchase the Autopilot automated steering system and TMX-2050 display from Trimble resellers for a quick and easy "plug-n-play" installation of Trimble technology on Lexion combines. 

Growers who plan to incorporate Trimble technology into their 2017 Lexion combines can contact their Lexion dealer to add the Trimble Ready option.