Bringing added operational and recording features to its Rainstar reel irrigators, Bauer recently introduced its Ecostar 6000 controller to its irrigation suite of tools.
Ecostar 6000 has been developed as an alternative to the standard Ecostar 4000S, which features a four-line display to show the status of the irrigator and can be used to input set-point or retraction speed settings. An optional Ecostar 4200 controller can also be specified, which adds automatic stop/start, working hour records and variable speed operation, plus a remote access option via SMS.
Ecostar 6000 brings with it more advanced electronic control with new features such as water usage records. It has a 4.3in LED touch-screen for entering and adjusting settings, although basic functions, such as ‘start’, ‘stop’ and reel-in speed or precipitation input can also be handled by a set of dedicated buttons.
The controller can be switched between retraction speed and precipitation amount operating modes, and a defined pipe length can be programmed to activate a signal light when the hose has been pulled out by the required amount.
Users can store up to 12 different irrigation programmes which define retraction speed, pre-irrigation, post-irrigation and speed zones, and then retrieve them at any time to save having to enter individual parameters for every irrigation session.
Remote access via SMS on a mobile enables managers to stop and start the irrigator, adjust retraction speed, check on the status of the machine and receive error messages – as well as a ‘run finished’ message – on up to four phones.
Via a digital input on the irrigator’s water meter, the Ecostar 6000 controller also records the quantity of water used since the last start, since the beginning of the irrigation session and the running total, with data transferred to farm records software using a USB memory stick.
The new controller can be installed on Bauer Rainstar reel irrigators in the compact Rainstar T Series, which starts with the T32 handling Bauer PE pipe in 65-85mm diameters, and the full-size E Series, which tops out with the E55 XL carrying pipe diameters of 125-140mm.