AEM: AG ELECTRONICS TEST TOOL, DATABASE WILL SAVE TIME FOR EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS
Sep. 10, 2013
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) reports:
Launch of an ag electronics testing and certification program by the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) will speed up product development for equipment manufacturers.
AEF announced September 5, 2013 that its ag electronics test and certification program is now operational. In addition, AEF said a database containing relevant information about all certified machines and devices is now live.
The new AEF ISOBUS Conformance Test Tool will save time for agricultural equipment manufacturers by allowing registered users to perform internal tests on the compatibility of electronic components during the product development phase.
Meanwhile, AEF's new ISOBUS Database will reduce problem-solving time for dealer technicians and help end-users see which combination of machines are compatible and which functionalities they support.
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. AEM provides the staff secretary for AEF.
AEF releases new ISOBUS Label
During its Fall Plugfest this week in Osnabrück, Germany, AEF will release the new AEF Certified Label for use by manufacturers. The label will tell end-users that implements, machines and other ISOBUS products bearing this label will work together, even if they are from different manufacturers.
Unrestricted publication of test results is allowed from September 12, 2013.
At the upcoming Argritechnica trade show in Hannover, Germany, it is expected that many ISOBUS components will feature the AEF Certified Label.
The new AEF Certified Label indicates that the respective ISOBUS components are in compliance with ISO standard 11783 and additional AEF guidelines. It also signifies that the product has successfully passed the newly developed AEF certification process.
Six abbreviations within small squares symbolize functionalities. Three squares containing three dots indicate that the system is open and extendable. Detailed information about the certified product is stored in the AEF database www.aef-isobus-database.org.
Test Laboratories Provide Independent Certification
AEF has accredited three independent test laboratories to perform certifications. They are:
•Test Center Isobus (TCI) in Germany
•Reggio Emilia Innovazione (REI) in Italy
•Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory (NTTL) in the U.S.
Further accreditations are planned.
Test laboratories will analyze product functionalities using the AEF ISOBUS Conformance Test. If the test is positive, the results will be available in the database for registered users from a manufacturer-scheduled date.
AEF ISOBUS Database Monitors Compatibility
Producers and ag machinery dealers will benefit from the new AEF ISOBUS database along with ag equipment manufacturers.
For producers, the database will provide all relevant information about all machines and devices that have been ISOBUS-certified to date. End-users can select their combination of products and see immediately if the chosen combination is compatible and which functionalities are supported.
Alternatives can also be compared. If a device cannot be found in the database, it is not certified.
The database will allow ag machinery dealers to advise customers on product selection and speed up trouble-shooting.
In difficult cases, dealers will be able to get directly in touch, through a special system, with one or more manufacturers. This will shorten downtime significantly and improve customer satisfaction.
Reports about solved problems will remain available in the database as ISOBUS knowledge objects that can be used by other dealer technicians.
By Agritechnica, a limited number of dealers will be given access to the database. It will be accessible to the public in 2014 following another test phase.
A brief presentation is available on the database home page.