13 November 2001
New standard brings tractor harmony

By Tom Allen-Stevens

THE cost of precision farming equipment could tumble after introduction of a new common standard for data transfer.

Machinery manufacturers have adopted “ISOBUS” as the one standard system for data transfer between tractors, implements and the farm office.

The new system was unveiled by the VDMA Agricultural Machinery Association on Monday (12 November) at the Agrotechnica machinery event in Hanover.

It is hailed as being as significant a development for standardising mechanical connections of the tractor as the three-point hitch or the power take-off.

“There is a whole series of manufacturers now operating the new system, and further companies are on their way to doing so,” said VDMAs Norbert Alt.

Previously all manufacturers had been operating different systems, severely limiting usability and choice of various electronic, tractor-mounted systems.

“Those problems will soon be confined to history,” promised Mr Alt.

ISOBUS is based on the ISO 11783 Serial Control and Communications Data Network, agreed by all countries as the adopted international standard.

Amazone, CNH Global, Claas, AGCO, Grimme, Hardi, John Deere, Kverneland Group, Krone, Lemken and Valtra are among manufacturers supporting it.

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