It’s quite rare to see agricultural electronics engineers from competing companies come together and work to solve an industry-wide problem.

That’s why semi-annual Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) Plugfest events are so unique, as they offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for representatives from ag equipment manufacturers to test the compatibility of their product offerings with others in the industry.

“As precision farming technology grows in importance for producers, so do the semi-annual Plugfest events that help manufacturers ensure product compatibility,” said AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek. “In setting aside their competitive differences for a few days, companies are able to leverage industry expertise to optimize their products’ capabilities and positively impact customer satisfaction.”

Plugfest events take place twice a year. They are held every spring and fall, alternatively in the United States and in Europe. In addition to bringing together engineers to assess tractor-implement compatibility between a variety of different brands (so as to ensure there are no problems or glitches for consumers trying to match the products up in the field), Plugfests also offer opportunities for networking between industry professionals.

Real-time adjustments are often made by Plugfest participants to ensure product compatibility, while other situations require more work back at the company to complete the necessary changes.

Register Now

Interested in participating in the next event? The Autumn 2018 AEF Plugfest is slated for Sept. 17-21 at the Savoia Hotel Regency in Bologna, Italy. Advanced registration as a participant or visitor is required to attend all or part of Plugfest.

Activities scheduled for the upcoming event include:

  • Plugfest Testing -- Sept. 18-20
  • AEF General Assembly -- Sept. 19

Registration for the Autumn 2018 Plugfest opened July 9, and will close Aug. 17. Those planning to participate in testing activities, or attend as a visitors, should take a moment to confirm their AEF ISOBUS Database login credentials at

AEF membership is required for participant registration and applies to anyone who is directly or indirectly involved with testing activities. Visitor registration (for both members and non-members) is available to those who are observing the activities and are not involved in testing.

AEF is a global foundation initiated in 2008 by agricultural technology companies AGCO, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Krone, John Deere, Kverneland Group, and Poettinger, as well as associations AEM and VDMA. SAME DEUTZ-FAHR joined the leadership of AEF as its eighth core member in 2013, and association FederUnacoma is also involved. 

For More Information

To learn more, contact the AEF Office ( or AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek (, tel: 414-298-4118).

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