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More than 1000 ISOBUS tests at AEF US Plugfest

With a total of more than 150 engineers present the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) celebrated another successful spring Plugfest in Lincoln, USA. Hosted again by the National Tractor Test Laboratory at the Embassy Suites Lincoln this spring Plugfest attracted the highest number of attendees since 2008.

AEF chairman Peter van der Vlugt commented: “The increasing number of companies attending clearly shows how rapidly the acceptance of ISOBUS is growing throughout the world and underlines the significant role that AEF plays in Ag electronics“.

The event attracted attendees from 12 countries and as far away as Australia. Their testing of 35 working sets at 32 Stations and four Farm Management Information Systems added up to more than 1.000 different ISOBUS terminal/implement combinations.

Plugfests take place every spring and fall, alternately in the USA and Europe. They provide the industry with the opportunity to test their own ISOBUS product developments in combination with those from other manufacturers using the test protocol defined in the standards. Real-time adjustments are often made by the Plugfest participants to ensure compatibility, while other situations require more work back at the company to complete the necessary changes.

The US AEF Plugfest has been held in cooperation with the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (NTTL) at Embassy Suites, Lincoln, NE, one of the four AEF ISOBUS Test Laboratories selected by the AEF so far. The event took place from May 6 to 9. The next AEF Plugfest is scheduled for October 20 to 24 2014 in Senlis near Paris, France, and will be hosted by the AXEMA.