Verbatim Video Series Part II: Installation

Posted by jBrown on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 2:12 PM

Part two in RACO’s six-part video series covers installing the Verbatim autodialer.

1. Choose a mounting location

This location must be free from condensing humidity and have temperatures between 20°F and 130°F. The autodialer must be within 5 ft of a standard RJ11 phone jack and a grounded 120-V AC outlet. It is possible to mount Verbatim outdoors with the optional enclosure. An optional heater and thermostat is also available to keep the unit at the proper temperature.

2. Get connected

Next, complete all of the autodialer’s wiring, beginning with the power and phone line. Plug the phone line into a phone jack, connect the battery lead to the terminal, then plug in the power cord. If the unit turned on when it was connected to power, turn it off using the power button on the front panel.

3. Initiate communications

Connect the dry contacts to the contact point, which is panel TS1 in standard four-connection Verbatim units. For the connections, 18- to 22-gauge signal wire is best because it won’t cause problems with bulk or stiffness.

Units with eight or more inputs may have a VX 32 Channel Expansion Card. If the autodialer has this option, use the TS1 panel for the common return connection. Remember not to allow any wires to go above the top of the card, since they could interfere with the front panel’s operation.

4. Know your options

• PLCs: Some logic controllers can be connected directly if they use the same electrical ground as the autodialer. For higher voltage logic controllers, a diode may be necessary.

• Optional Analog Signal Input: This option can accommodate a variety of signal types. Check the owner’s manual for a wiring diagram to ensure proper connections.

• Optional Remote Supervisory Control Outputs: This option allows users to turn equipment on and off via touchtone phone. To install, mount the separate enclosure with optically isolated solid-state relays within 3 ft of Verbatim. Make the output connections on the left-hand side, then connect the two units with the provided cables.

Be sure to read your owner’s manual for additional instructions and diagrams before installing your Verbatim autodialer.

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Tip of the Month: Using Comm-Check

Posted by jBrown on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 @ 2:57 PM

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Case Study: Silver Springs Water Co.

Posted by jBrown on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 @ 4:37 PM

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Verbatim Video Series Part I: Introduction

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 @ 9:02 AM

RACO’s six-part video series introduces the Verbatim autodialer and gives viewers thebasics on installation, programming and installation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgXtEOvxziU The first installment presents Verbatim and all of its features. The system acts as a remote alarm monitor for remote or unattended facilities. The standard system can monitor four inputs at once, but options are available for up to 32. Verbatim usually monitors sensors like float or limit switches to alert it to alarm conditions, but some inputs can be set just for reporting purposes. When Verbatim sens... Continue Reading

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Tip of the Month: Factory Recommended Service

Posted by jBrown on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 @ 10:21 AM

RACO developed the online Preventive Maintenance Status Look-Up to help you determine if your RACO autodialer is ready for service. Simply go to the maintenance inquiry page on RACO’s website and fill in the form with your autodialer’s model and serial number. The program will let you know if the autodialer needs maintenance, which you can order online with the Preventative Maintenance Form. If it is not time for service, RACO will send you an e-mail when your maintenance due date is coming up. Visit RACO’s Support Center for more information on this topic or any other questions ab... Continue Reading

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