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Tip of the Month: Integrating RACO Catalyst with Micrologix PLCs

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:27 PM

Interfacing RACO’s Catalyst  system with Allen-Bradley’s MicroLogix PLCs allows Catalyst to use existing wiring for alarm notifications and data logging. The following tips will get you started: 1. Assemble your components: For proper setup, you will need RACO’s Catalyst system and Alarmware software, Allen-Bradley’s MicroLogix PLC and RSLogix software and the coordinating cables from each company. 2. Set up MicroLogix communications: Connect MicroLogix to your PC with the cable, then launch the RSLogix software. Using the software, set the communications driver to Modbus RTU sl... Continue Reading

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Tip of the Month: Using the RACO Support Center

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 @ 8:51 PM

Have a question about a RACO product? The RACO Support Center can help you out. Here’s how to use it: Search for answers to frequently asked questions using the “Support Center-Answers” tab. Either select a product from the dropdown menu or enter keywords in the search box to get a list of answers about that topic. Set up a user profile by clicking on the “My Page” or “Ask a Question” tab and filling in the form. A user profile allows you to use the “Ask a Question” function at any time. Create your own question by selecting the “Ask a... Continue Reading

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Tip of the Month: Troubleshooting Phone Line Problems

Posted by jBrown on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 @ 2:45 PM

Having trouble with the phone lines for your RACO autodialer? Try these tips to help diagnose the problem. 1. RACO autodialers work like regular telephones. Try plugging a phone into the autodialer’s jack and making an outside call. If the phone can’t make the call, neither can the autodialer. 2. Check the connection by pressing the “dial out” button on the autodialer’s keypad and listening for a dial tone. You can also measure the voltage to check the connection. If the voltage is off, there may be a problem with the phone line. 3. A staticky connection could represent a ph... Continue Reading

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Tip of the Month: Sensor Wires

Posted by jBrown on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 @ 11:45 AM

The distance a sensor wire can run between an alarm autodialer and its contacts depends on two factors: the alarm autodialer model and wire size. Generally, the smaller the wire’s gauge, the shorter it can run. Take the Verbatim model, for example. With this system, an 18-gauge wire allows 33 miles between the alarm autodialer and contact, but go down to 20-gauge, and the distance drops to 20 miles. Take it down to 24 gauge, and the limit falls to 8 miles. See sensor wire information for all of RACO’s models in a handy chart on our website.... Continue Reading

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Connecting the RACO Catalyst RTU to the Hach Water Distribution Panel

Posted by jBrown on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 @ 12:20 PM

A RACO Catalyst remote telemetry unit (RTU)  is an ideal companion to a Hach Water Distribution Panel (WDP). With the right hardware and RACO Alarmware software, plus some easy-to-follow instructions, setting up the system is easy. Required Equipment A Hach WDP/Catalyst system involves connecting a Hach Mod I/O (#598000) to the WDP through an Aquatrend network cable (#5215700). The RTU communicates with the Mod I/O through an RS232 null modem cable. The RTU also is connected to a dedicated Plane Old Telephone System (POTS) with an RJ11 phone cord. The setup allows the Catalyst RTU to mo... Continue Reading

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