How Irrigation Control System Works
The only way to effectively operate a sprinkler system is to pair it with an irrigation control system. The irrigation controller is essentially a clock that tells your sprinkler system when to turn on and how long water should stay on before the system shuts down. Without an irrigation controller, you will need to manually turn the sprinkler system on and off whenever you want to use it. Keep in mind that large sprinkler systems covering wide areas may require multiple irrigation controllers to function properly.
The machinery can be used in any environment that requires an sprinkler or irrigation system, including residential, commercial and industrial Settings. If you are growing crops using vertical agriculture, the irrigation control system will allow you to water your crops at the correct intervals throughout the day. The purpose of these systems depends on the type of system you purchase. If you purchase a modern irrigation control system, it should be equipped with a special sensor that monitors weather and other factors to determine when the sprinklers should be turned on and when they should be turned off. You can also modify the schedule to ensure that the system only starts when the plant needs water.
Along with reducing the amount of work you need to do to keep your sprinkler system active, using an irrigation control system can also help you reduce your monthly water bill. Without this system in place, you could make the mistake of watering your landscape too much or having your sprinkler system turned on at unnecessary times of the day, both of which would lead to high water bills. This article provides an in-depth guide on irrigation control systems and how they operate.
Types of Controllers Used to Control Irrigation Systems
When you want to purchase an irrigation control system, you’ll find that there are two separate types of controllers that can be used in these systems, which include open control loop systems and closed control loop systems. An open control loop system requires some form of external intervention for the system to function properly. These systems work by applying a preset action, which can be done with an irrigation timer. On the other hand, closed control loop systems are able to use feedback from sensors to make various decisions and apply them to the irrigation system.
Types of Irrigation Timers
Regardless of the type of irrigation control system you use, the system will be paired with an irrigation timer, which is necessary to make sure that the irrigation system turns on and off at the correct times. The many features provided in an irrigation timer include:
-A clock or timer that uses time measurements to determine when to execute schedules
-A calendar selector that allows you to set the days during which the system will operate
-A station time setting that gives you the ability to set the start time and total duration for every station
-Manual start functionality that allows you to manually start the system without affecting the automated schedule
-Manual operation of every station
-Station omission for specific irrigation cycles
-A master switch that allows you to prevent the automated schedule from kicking in
-A master valve control that helps with system stabilization in the event of a malfunction