From September 19 to 20, 2012 the AEF (Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation) will organize the “European ISOBUS-Plugfest,” where the compatibility of electronic components in agricultural machinery will be tested. It takes place at Lehr- und Forschungszentrum Francisco Josephinum in Wieselburg.
Electronics and electrics respectively are becoming increasingly important in agricultural engineering. One of the greatest challenges is to improve the communication between tractor, implement and agricultural software. Manufacturers have agreed worldwide on the ISOBUS standard for the communication between agricultural machines. The basis for this is the international norm ISO 11783 "Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry – Serial control and communications data network."
The AEF is a worldwide association of the leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery and organizes so called “Plugfests” on a regular basis. These Plugfests give manufacturers’ electronics developers the opportunity to test the compatibility of their systems against each other. To do this, the electronic control units (ECU) of every manufacturer’s implements are connected to every tractor terminal and the functionalities are tested. Due to permanent further developments in the field of ISOBUS, “Plugfests” take place twice a year, once in the USA and once in Europe.
On the other days of the week, in addition to the actual Plugfest, there will be several international meetings of standardization groups as well as an evening welcome reception for the participants in Schloss Weinzierl. Host of this year’s European ISOBUS-Pugfest is the BLT at Lehr- und Forschungszentrum Francisco Josephinum in Wieselburg.