PlugfestIt's always beneficial to see representatives from competing companies come together, collaborate and address industry-wide challenges.

For agricultural electronics engineers, such opportunities are the norm at the twice-yearly Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) Plugfest events. The next one is slated for Sept. 16-20 in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France, and it will be held in conjunction with a number of other conferences and events.

"AEF Plugfests provide companies the opportunity to test electronic compatibility of agriculture equipment, implements and displays from different manufacturers," said AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek. "These events are also an ideal example of manufacturers and related industry stakeholders working cooperatively for the benefit of ag customers."

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Other events being held in conjunction with the Fall 2019 Plugfest include: 

  • ADAPT Workshop (Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) -- A joint event hosted by AgGateway and AEF, the ADAPT Workshop serves to help promote the relationship between ADAPT and ISOBUS>
  • TIM Conformance Test (Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) -- This discussion will elaborate on the technical requirements of TIM and the authentication process behind it. 
  • AEF Conference (Sept 18 from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.) -- This conference will host a number of different speakers on the topic of future connectivity. 

Among the new technologies discussed at the Conference Day will be Tractor Implement Management (TIM). This enhanced functionality will be released by a number of manufacturers during the AgriTechnica show in November providing new security controls. TIM has the potential to increase machine productivity while reducing operator fatigue through the use of sensors that allow implements to control repetitive tasks like baling hay.

For more information on AEF, visit or contact AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek at

The Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (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 220 companies are now AEF members.

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