ISOBUS technology provides you with the flexibility you need to automate your operations.
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ISOBUS Technology

What is ISOBUS?

ISOBUS is an international standard that ensures compatibility and connectivity between displays, tractors, and implements, regardless of brand. ISOBUS empowers producers, giving your operation greater flexibility when implementing technology so you can ensure your mixed fleet is as efficient as possible.

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  • ISOBUS – Past, Present and Future

    As farming technology expanded, lack of compatibility among platforms, equipment and implements became problematic. Every piece of equipment required its own proprietary display.

    Agricultural equipment manufacturers around the world came together under the International Standards Organization (ISO) and agreed on ISOBUS as the universal protocol for electronic communication among implements, tractors and computers

    In order to minimize the room for interpretation of ISOBUS standards, The Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF)  develops guidelines which add to the ISO standard and thus allow for precise definitions of ISOBUS functionalities. The AEF offers testing and certification of ISOBUS products.

    Ultimately, the goal is plug-and-play capability for every combination through standardized ISOBUS components. That means one ISOBUS display, such as the Case IH AFS Pro 1200 display, in the tractor or sprayer controls any implement or application.

  • Bringing it All Together

    ISOBUS universal protocol brings several advantages to agriculture:

    • Simplification. Your Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Pro 700 display interacts with multiple implements and machines, regardless of manufacturer.
    • User-friendly. ISOBUS standardizes control settings, reduces downtime and minimizes installation and interface issues.
    • Easy connections. The standardized, nine-pin plug makes it easy to connect different components.
    • Automation. Implements can control the tractor for incre​ased efficiency and reduced operator fatigue.
    • Less cab clutter.  A single display manages multiple implements and tasks, creating improved visibility for the operator.
    • Increased efficiency. Easy data exchange from the display, produces flawless precision farming documentation.
  • Different Classes to Fit Your Needs

    ISOBUS Class 1: Implement provides feedback via in-cab display.
    Example: track individual bale data from Case IH RB5 series round balers

    ISOBUS Class 2: Basic controls from tractor or display to the implement.
    Example: Setting up the implement and controlling the depth with AFS Soil Command​

    ISOBUS Class 3: Incorporate global positioning inputs, two-way communications and two-way controls between tractor and implement, facilitated by an ISOBUS-compliant display. This allows for both  implement automation and for the implement to control certain tractor functions such as ground speed.
    Example: Let the baler control the tractor with Feedrate Control on select Case IH large square balers

  • The ISOBUS System – Functionalities and Equipment

    ISOBUS improves performance through standard functionalities as defined by the AEF. Functionalities act as a separate module on the ISOBUS.

    A modern ISOBUS system consists of tractor, terminal and implement.  

  • Standard User Interface



    ISOBUS technology standardizes the user interface across displays — even those from different manufacturers. Each display is consistent in how the operator enters numbers, keys in text, selects from lists and interacts with the system. This has the added benefit of reducing training. You can train on one piece of equipment and trust that you will encounter the same interface, whether planting, spraying or harvesting.


    ISOBUS standards allow easy integration of tractor and implement combinations, regardless of tractor and implement brand. Through the Virtual/Universal Terminal, there is one familiar interface that the operator can utilize for set up and diagnose information across all operations of their equipment.

  • Powerful and ISOBUS Compliant

    Consistency, compatibility, standardization. These are among the greatest benefits ISOBUS technology can bring to your farming operation.

    The powerful AFS Pro 1200 display and AFS Pro 700 display bring together all the controls and data features in a single virtual terminal (VT) display.

    These displays comply with the ISO 11783 specification, allowing them to display data to the user and receive input from the user, regardless of equipment manufacturer.

  • GPS-Based Control

    The ISOBUS Task Controller can be used to control any ISOBUS-compliant application system using the AFS Pro 1200 and AFS Pro 700 display. Task Controller allows for automated section control, variable rate application, mapping and more on compatible implements, from planters and seeders to sprayers and combines.

    • Automatic section control uses mapping to prevent over- or underapplication of fertilizer, pesticides and other inputs.
    • Variable rate technology allows prescription application of inputs.
    • As-applied mapping records exactly what you’re applying and generates a map for future analysis.



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