what is irrigation controller?
The irrigation controller is a device that controls automatic irrigation systems, drip irrigation systems, green field sprinklers, and field sprinklers. Controllers are a device for adjusting the irrigation frequency, start time and duration of irrigation.
Some controllers have additional applications such as adjustment and irrigation for a variety of plants depending on their needs, irrigation settings based on the amount of rainfall and soil and air moisture measurements.
Controllers are devices that turn on and off pumps, water ducts and solenoid valves at user-defined times. This not only saves water, it also reduces the need for labor. In fact, in the absence of controllers, all sprinklers or valve valves are opened or closed by hand. This saves a lot of time, and the controller can save a lot of time.
The older controllers are manually adjusted, meaning the water needs to be irrigated by the plants, depending on the area of the enclosure, but today the controller has sensors that, given the humidity and dryness of the air, thirst the plant regulates the amount of cloud in the air and the amount of irrigation time.
The new controllers adjust the irrigation schedule according to meteorological data, which receives data from soil and air humidity sensors and sensors.
Information such as soil type, plant type, irrigation days, and amount of irrigation is entered into the controller, and then the controller performs irrigation according to this information. So it will save water.
Most modern irrigation systems today use a controller to control the amount and timing of irrigation. Because it saves both time and money on water and labor costs.
Nowadays, new controller systems are designed that are equipped with sensors that are sensitive to humidity and air dryness, which measure the plant's thirst and regulate the amount of water needed by the plant.
Irrigation controller for scheduling irrigation hours
Irrigation controllers can be used to control the solenoid valves. In fact, in order to have an automatic irrigation system, an electric valve and an irrigation controller must be used.
Household drip irrigation timer
One of the best-selling home irrigation equipment is the Home Irrigation Timer. With this tool you no longer have to worry about watering your plants and gardens. Household irrigation timers are easily attached to household valves.
These types of timers work with battery. Battery life in US timers is 1 year and in Taiwanese timers is 3 months.
It's very easy to set up and work with these timers, and they work continuously with the timer set up once you have another set up. For example, if you want to do the irrigation in the early hours of the morning, set the start time as 6am and you can set the irrigation time from 2 minutes to 120 minutes.
The number of times the irrigation can be adjusted. For example, you can set your garden watering every 6 or 12 or 24 or 48 and 72 hours.
Finally, you can also use the weekly program if your plant's water needs are low or water restrictions are limited. With this tool you can easily irrigate your gardens, villas, plants and pots. The use of these irrigation timers will bring significant savings.
Some controllers have remote control and Wi-Fi control to remotely control your areas by connecting to Wi-Fi with Android phones.
The difference between irrigation controller and irrigation timer:
The use of controllers makes it easy and easy to take care of the garden and reduce water consumption. Instead of a fixed timer, these systems receive sensor data, weather forecasts and plant care data to determine irrigation requirements and deliver adequate moisture at the right time.
Features of drip irrigation timers:
Ability to plan yearly, weekly, daily and at specific times of the day
Ability to control irrigation paths, pumps
Smart irrigation with sensor
No need for gardeners to irrigate
Installation in office buildings, residential, commercial, villas and greenhouses
Available in 3 Italian Rain brands, American Orbit and Behko Taiwan
The irrigation timer price
Irrigation timers are available in single-output and dual-output types, and prices vary depending on which brand and timer. Because the price of the irrigation timer is cheaper than the smart controller and is widely used in household applications.
Drip irrigation controllers are available in different types. Controller prices vary depending on how many stations, i.e., multiple valves and pumps. Controllers are usually available in four, six, eight and twelve stations.
Features of Orbit irrigation timer
The orbit irrigation timer is a single-output model with a 3.4-inch input and output. The orbital irrigation timer is American-made in China and works with 2 AA batteries.
The minimum working pressure for this timer is 1 bar and the maximum working pressure is 6 bar. It has a digital display.
The irrigation start time is also manually adjustable and has a water filter at the inlet. The adjustable irrigation duration is from 1 minute to 240 minutes and the interval between two irrigation is 6 hours to once a week.
Battery consumption in these timers is very optimal.
Irrigation timer installation and maintenance
1- When there is a chance of snow and frost, the timer must be removed from the domestic faucet and kept indoors to protect against frost damage.
2- Dirty and airborne particles fall on the timer valve and shorten the timer life. For this reason, the filter should be cleaned regularly and replaced if blocked.
The main components of irrigation timer
Manually wipe the valve
Some points for using irrigation timer
The calibration plate rotates to plan the irrigation.
Reset: This button is used to clear all applications.
Manual / Clear: Press this button to manually water or when you want to clear a specific application.
+/-: Used to set the device time.
How to install the irrigation timer battery
Open the slider on the back of the timer. Then insert two AA batteries into the device, then slide the door behind the timer correctly and precisely to prevent water from leaking into the timer, as well as reducing battery life.
The right battery is in place and will not easily drain.
When the battery is used and its life expires, be sure to remove it from the timer so that the timer is not damaged. Generally, for each irrigation season, a new battery must be run in the timer. On the digital display, the battery timer alert appears.
Choosing controller or timer for irrigation system
In the smart irrigation system, a number of key parameters are involved in controller selection. The most important point in selecting an irrigation controller is the number of desired or expected stations.
When the user wants to use a single-station controller, the best option is the Irrigation Timer, or Automatic Irrigation Valve, which is one of the prestigious brands of American orbit.
Likewise, if you plan on using two stations, Betz can use either the orbit or Aqua Taiwan irrigation timers with two outputs.
Also note that these models only have inputs and outputs of 3.4 inches and if you want to use high outputs the controller option is considered.