STW’s ISOBUS Gateway provides a mechanism to implement VT and/or for an agricultural implement without the painful requirement to change out the controller. STW, a world class provider of controller and connectivity electronics and DISTek, the leader in ISOBUS software solutions, have partnered to provide a way to rapidly convert an existing proprietary display implementation into a standards-based ISOBUS VT solution or add Task Controller (TC) functionality.
The solution consists of an STW gateway device, either the ESX-IOXp or the ESX-TC3G, running DISTek’s VIRTEC ISOBUS software. This gateway is connected via CAN networks to both the proprietary controller on the implement and to the VT display on the tractor. The gateway device monitors the CAN traffic between the proprietary controller and its display. It converts the display information from the controller into the appropriate VT instructions and sends those to the VT display. Operator actions on the VT display or Task Control commands are converted by the gateway into the CAN messages that are expected by the proprietary controller to operate the implement.