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Rain Bird has introduced the ESP-LXIVM Series, two new, easy-to-use controllers for two-wire irrigation systems that provide large, challenging sites with advanced water management tools, diagnostics and a host of new-to-the-industry features.
The ESP-LXIVM standard model can support up to 60 stations, while the “Pro” model can manage larger sites with up to 240 stations. Both feature Rain Bird’s new Integrated Valve Module (IVM), a “smart valve” that maintains constant communication with the controller for more efficient irrigation and advanced diagnostics. The IVM also eliminates the need for a decoder, cutting the quantity of wire splices in half. This saves time and money not just during installation, but also when the system needs maintenance or repairs.
The LXIVM’s advanced diagnostics include a “Self-Healing” feature that automatically detects fixes to wire path and splice issues and restarts irrigation without manual intervention. A “Two-Wire Mapping” feature maps integrated devices to corresponding wire paths to quickly find and resolve issues. Supported field devices include the IVM-SOL for controlling stations or master valves, the IVM-OUT to manage third-party valves or devices, the IVM-SEN for controlling weather or flow sensors, and the IVM-SD for surge protection on the two-wire path.
The LXIVM’s advanced flow management tools include FloWatch, which alerts to high- and low-flow conditions, and FloManager, which manages hydraulic demand, making it possible to simultaneously activate multiple stations and reduce the time it takes to complete full irrigation cycles. Optional weather sensors are programmable by station to prevent or pause watering. Additional water management features include Cycle + Soak, Seasonal Adjust (by program or month), Station Delay and Rain Delay, among others.
For more information about Rain Bird® ESP-LXIVM Series Controllers, visit rainbird.com/esp-lxivm. To learn more about the company’s extensive line of residential and commercial irrigation control solutions, visit rainbird.com/professionals/TakeControl.