(Above) A hyperlapse video of Day 1 of the AEF Spring Plugfest in Lincoln, Nebraska offers an idea of the pace of testing and the interaction of Plugfest participants.


A new technology known as Tractor Implement Management (TIM) has the potential to increase machine productivity while reducing operator fatigue.

Through the use of sensors, TIM allows implements to take control of repetitive tasks like baling hay. But a multi-brand automation system like TIM also creates new challenges for the ag electronics industry.

A report on TIM was one of nearly a dozen presented by the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) at its second-ever Conference Day. The Conference Day was held on May 11th in Lincoln, Nebraska in conjunction with AEF’s Spring Plugfest event.

AEF’s Project Team 5 – one of 11 different project teams made up of industry volunteers – is focused on defining a common interface that will make multi-brand TIM systems work. The team includes more than 30 members from 21 different companies.

Conference Day Offers Updates

AEF’s Conference Day was initiated at the 2015 Fall Plugfest event. Due to the high level of interest, it was decided to repeat the event this spring. Over 40 people attended the Conference Day in Lincoln.

The Conference Day provides attendees with an update from each of AEF’s project team leaders on the status, direction and timing of the group’s 11 current projects.

The AEF Spring Plugfest was hosted by the National Tractor Test Laboratory and attended by 83 participants and 48 visitors (including those attending the Conference Day). A total of 66 different products were tested at 33 stations over three full days.

About AEF

AEF is a global standardization initiative formed in 2008 by agricultural technology companies AGCO, CLAAS, CNH, Grimme, John Deere, Kverneland Group and Pottinger, as well as AEM and the German machinery association, VDMA. SAME DEUTZ-FAHR joined AEF as its eighth core member in 2013.

Over 190 companies are now AEF members. AEM provides the staff secretary for AEF.

For more information on AEF, contact AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek (mbenishek@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4118).