ISOBUS – SIMPLIFYING COMMUNCATION BETWEEN TRACTORS AND THEIR IMPLMENTS
BEYOND MANUFACTURER LEVEL.
Today, many pieces of equipment used with a tractor require control or adjustment by the operator using a control box mounted in the cab. Switching an implement from tractor to tractor has required control boxes and cables to be moved. ISOBUS provides the convenient solution. It builds the bridge to control several implements and functions from a single terminal.
Today, nobody questions the intangible value of the standardised mechanical connections, three point linkage and PTO, on the different tractor brands. ISOBUS, the standardisation of electrical connections, electronics and data processing, is probably an even bigger milestone in the history of agricultural equipment development. ISOBUS provides a protocol for compatible data interface for the connection of tractor, implement and on-board computer, synchronizing this information exchange beyond manufacturer level.
ISOBUS (the ISO11738 standard) is a CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol for communication, specifically designed for use in agricultural and forestry equipment. By establishing a communication protocol used across the industry, ISOBUS, makes double information collection and storage unnecessary.
ISOBUS extends the possibilities of precision farming through "more intelligent” functions and GPS data integration. It provides investment security for farmers and contractors as a result of guaranteed compatibility. It also helps ensure proper implement functioning, without the need for multiple control boxes.