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Solutions Bulletin Describes Use of RACO GUARD-IT Autodialers in a Large Pennsylvania Egg Laying Facility

Emeryville, Calif., July 14, 1999 ­ A new Communications Solutions Bulletin from RACO tells how a large Pennsylvania egg producer is using RACO GUARD-IT Autodialers to ensure that environmental requirements in its hen houses are reliably maintained - around-the-clock, 365 days a year. Because precise temperature control is the key to profitability in egg production, the producer is using GUARD-IT systems to monitor key functions in its operation.

The most critical alarm monitoring function is temperature. The autodialers report an alarm condition if the temperature goes above a high setpoint or below a low setpoint. They also report loss of pressure in the water distribution system, and loss of power to the air ventilation systems, water pumps, and feed conveyor motors. The autodialer itself has battery backup so that it will operate if power goes out.

If an alarm condition is detected, the autodialer begins calling a list of preprogrammed phone numbers until it gets an answer. It then reports the location and the nature of the fault. Supervisory personnel can immediately take corrective action.

A GUARD-IT system can call or be called over the standard landline or cellular telephone networks. No special lines or expensive control system equipment required. The system can call standard phones, cellular phones, numeric or voice pagers, or voice mail systems. And at any time, the user can call in for a status report from any remote phone.

GUARD-IT systems sense most types of digital inputs and/or analog signals. They accept information coming from level and temperature sensors, float switches, flow meters, pumps, compressors, or other devices being monitored.

GUARD-IT's simple, low-cost design provides an alternative to expensive SCADA and DCS systems. In addition, RACO systems are activated on exception only. They do not have to be polled. They can also be used with a RACO Cellularm for wireless communications.

About RACO

For over 50 years, RACO Manufacturing and Engineering has been the leading manufacturer of automatic dialing and remote monitoring systems. Located in Emeryville, California RACO's Verbatim®, Verbatim Gateway®, Guard-It, Chatterbox®, Cellularm, Responder and SCADA Systems are the industry's first choice in municipal water/wastewater, industrial water/wastewater, energy production, and facilities monitoring applications. RACO's partners include Rockwell Automation, Gorman-Rupp, AEG Schneider, Trihedral Engineering and more.

For more information contact RACO at 1400 62nd St., Emeryville, CA 94608; Ph: 800-722-6999; Fax: 510-658-3153; email: sales@racoman.com, or visit us at: www.racoman.com


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