RACO’s Verbatim Gateway System

Posted by jBrown on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 @ 11:40 AM

RACO’s Verbatim Gateway system puts pump station alarm monitoring and reporting for water and wastewater treatment plants right at your fingertips. Programming, status checks and alarm notification are all done through the phone.

The system is compatible with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and PC-based HMI/SCADA systems, and can monitor up to 144 points at once. It can even monitor multiple PLCs on multiple networks and provide communication between networks that are incompatible.

Pump station personnel can communicate with the Verbatim Gateway system via a phone, cell phone or numeric pager to perform a variety of functions. The system acts as an alarm monitor and can be programmed with up to 16 phone numbers to call if an alarm condition is sensed. Staff also can call into the system to get status reports in the form of voice messages. The system includes a microphone that allows personnel to listen to onsite sounds or communicate with a co-worker who is on location.

Operators also can also call in to the system to perform programming functions, such as setting alarm parameters, entering phone numbers to call in the case of an alarm or recording voice messages. The Verbatim Gateway system’s memory can store any spoken message, which will be replicated by the electronic voice technology to eliminate any chance of confusion or misunderstanding.

The system is durable and highly self-sustaining. Its rugged construction is built to last, and it includes a rechargeable battery that provides up to 13 hours of power in case of an electrical outage. The Verbatim Gateway also includes self-testing diagnostics that ensure the system is working properly and signal an alarm if communications between it and a PLC are disrupted.

Learn more by visiting the Verbatim Gateway product page to find product brochures, videos, CAD drawings and more.

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Case Study: Texas Town Benefits From AlarmAgent.com

Posted by jBrown on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 @ 3:12 PM

City officials in Midlothian, a fast-growing city in Texas, knew that accurate, efficient monitoring of its 12 pump stations was critical to keeping its water infrastructure running smoothly. To improve the functionality and efficiency of its pump monitoring capabilities, the city added RACO’s AlarmAgent.com, a wireless, web-based system that provides on-demand pump monitoring and alarm detection for water and wastewater treatment plants. Now, plant personnel can monitor flow rates, start rates, water levels and more to ensure that pumps are operating at their best. AlarmAgent.com also ... 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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RACO’s New Verbatim SCADA System

Posted by jBrown on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

RACO’s Verbatim® SCADA, a pump station performance monitoring system, works with an existing fleet of Verbatim remote telemetry units (RTUs), making it an ideal system upgrade for current Verbatim RTU users. The system, which is compatible with Windows 2000 or Windows XP, combines the Verbatim System with a central station host computer, allowing an interface with up to 2500 RTUs. Efficient and easy-to-use, Verbatim consists of the central station host computer, which communicates to the RTU fleet via a modem bank. Since the system is designed specifically for Verbatim RTUs, no programmi... 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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