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.

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 senses an alarm condition or power failure, it begins to dial up to 16 preprogrammed phone numbers and delivers the prerecorded message for that alarm condition. Plant personnel also can call Verbatim to hear a voice report of current status at any time.

Operators can program from Verbatim’s front panel or with a touchtone phone. To make programming easy, Verbatim has default voice recording parameters that fit most applications. A variety of supplemental voice recording options can be included if needed, however. All programming is saved in permanent non-volatile memory.

Other parts of the video series will cover installation, initial and advanced programming, voice message recording, operation and maintenance. While these videos provide a guide on getting started, be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for more detailed instructions and to answer any questions that come up.

View the video series at RACO’s website or on the RACOmann YouTube channel. Your owner’s manual includes a glossary to all the terms used in the video, plus an index and troubleshooting guide.

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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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Catalyst: An Option for Flexible Monitoring

Posted by jBrown on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

For flexible remote communications, RACO offers Catalyst, the first integrated, interactive system for pump station data logging, alarm notification and status checks for water and wastewater treatment plants. The Catalyst system can monitor up to 256 points at once for data and event logging, storing information on data samples, alarms, channel state changes and configuration changes on five megabytes of memory. Catalyst can communicate that information to up to 96 user destinations through phone, fax, e-mail, or pager, or send it to a central computer. With space for up to 45 minutes of v... Continue Reading

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Case Study: Catalyst System Increases Efficiency

Posted by jBrown on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 @ 7:28 AM

In an effort to improve plant efficiency and provide safe drinking water, the Pike Township Municipal Authority installed a RACO Catalyst system at its Curwensville, Pa., water treatment and distribution facility. The authority did this as part of its membership in the Partnership for Safe Water program, which encourages utilities to voluntarily survey plant operations. The treatment plant’s previous monitoring system could only monitor four points at once, leaving 12 points unmonitored. Because the facility is unmanned on nights and weekends, staff members often arrived at work only to f... Continue Reading

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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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