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Toro Sentinel User's Manual
SENTINEL FIELD CONTROLLER
User Guide
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1: SENTINEL CONTROL MODULE................................... 4
I. CONTROL MODULE OVERVIEW ......................................................................... 4
II. USER INTERFACE OVERVIEW (KEYPAD & DISPLAY) ................................. 5
Sentinel Control Module Keypad ......................................................................................................... 5
Sentinel Control Module Display ......................................................................................................... 6
III. PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW & NAVIGATION............................................... 8
CHAPTER 2: BASIC CONTROLLER PROGRAMMING .................. 10
I. CONTROLLER SETUP........................................................................................... 10
UTILITY → Time & Day → Edit Mode............................................................................................ 10
UTILITY → Day Change Hour → Edit Mode ................................................................................... 12
UTILITY → Unit Code → Edit Mode ............................................................................................... 12
UTILITY → Station Count → Edit Mode.......................................................................................... 13
UTILITY → N/O Master → Edit Mode ............................................................................................. 13
II. SCHEDULE SETUP .............................................................................................. 14
SCHEDULE DATA → Run Days → Edit Mode ............................................................................... 14
III. PROGRAM SETUP .............................................................................................. 15
PROGRAM DATA → Start Times → Edit Mode ............................................................................. 15
PROGRAM DATA → Slot-Stn-Time → Edit Mode ......................................................................... 16
PROGRAM DATA → Percent Scale → Edit Mode .......................................................................... 18
PROGRAM DATA → Repeats → Edit Mode ................................................................................... 18
PROGRAM DATA → Repeat Dly Time → Edit Mode..................................................................... 18
PROGRAM DATA → Continuous Run → Edit Mode ...................................................................... 19
PROGRAM DATA → Water Window → Edit Mode........................................................................ 19
PROGRAM DATA → Selected Schedule → Edit Mode................................................................... 19
CHAPTER 3: ADVANCED PROGRAMMING ..................................... 22
I. OPERATIONS MENU............................................................................................. 22
Manual (Manual Station) .................................................................................................................... 22
Auto Slot/Stn (Manual Program Start)................................................................................................ 22
Rain Off Days ..................................................................................................................................... 23
All Manuals Off (Manual Stations Off) .............................................................................................. 23
All Autos Off (Manual / Auto Programs Off)..................................................................................... 23
Stn Days Off ....................................................................................................................................... 23
II. UTILITY MENU..................................................................................................... 23
Program Clear ..................................................................................................................................... 23
Wireless Group ................................................................................................................................... 24
Map Unit Precode ............................................................................................................................... 24
Two-Wire / Irritrol Mode.................................................................................................................... 24
III. FLOW MENU ....................................................................................................... 24
K Factor .............................................................................................................................................. 24
Offset Factor ....................................................................................................................................... 24
Current Flow ....................................................................................................................................... 25
Expected Flows................................................................................................................................... 25
Maximum Flows ................................................................................................................................. 25
Flow Processing .................................................................................................................................. 25
Read Flow Totals ................................................................................................................................ 25
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IV. ALARMS MENU ................................................................................................... 26
Master Minimum ................................................................................................................................ 26
Unexpected Flow ................................................................................................................................ 26
Over Flows.......................................................................................................................................... 26
Over Currents...................................................................................................................................... 27
Clear Flow Alarms.............................................................................................................................. 27
Clear Fuse Alarms............................................................................................................................... 27
Clear Map Alarms............................................................................................................................... 27
Clear Power Fail ................................................................................................................................. 27
V. ZONE / ET DATA MENU ...................................................................................... 28
Plant Factor:........................................................................................................................................ 28
Application Rate: ................................................................................................................................ 28
Default ET........................................................................................................................................... 28
Maximum ET ...................................................................................................................................... 28
Program ET Toggle............................................................................................................................. 29
Station Type........................................................................................................................................ 29
Map Stations ....................................................................................................................................... 29
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CHAPTER 1: SENTINEL CONTROL MODULE
I. CONTROL MODULE OVERVIEW
Your Sentinel Controller Interface has three main elements to use throughout the
programming process. These are:
Program Instructions
Card
Display
Keypad
The display, keypad and program instructions card are located on the front panel of the
satellite control module. Programming as covered in this User’s Guide will be through
the keypad and display (not through the central software). The Program Instructions card
is provided as a quick-reference of Main Menu and Submenu elements for controller
programming.
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Other visible elements of the satellite control module include the radio antenna
connector, the station output ports (up to four 15-pin connectors), and the red “power on”
light, all located on the bottom front side of the control module.
The back side panel of the control module is where the serial port (9-pin connector), data
retrieval port (9-pin connector) and two fuse sockets are located. A red LED light is
provided next to the fuse socket to indicate a blown fuse.
Sentinel satellite controllers are available in various station output configurations in 12station increments, including 12-, 24-, 36-, and 48-stations.
II. USER INTERFACE OVERVIEW (KEYPAD & DISPLAY)
Sentinel Control Module Keypad
The Sentinel Control Module has a 24-button keypad for use as the programming
interface:
This keypad includes numeric buttons 1 – 9 and 0 used for numeric data entry. Also used
in programming and operations are:
ON/YES & OFF/NO Keys
ESC (Escape) Key
ENTER Key
Arrow (Navigation) Keys
Used for manual operations
as well as entering ON /
OFF or YES / NO in
programming.
Used for exiting menus or
Edit Mode and returning to
normal operations (default
screen)
Used for functions like
entering a selected submenu
or saving information.
Used for navigating in
Menus, Submenus, and Edit
Modes, as well an
incrementing values in
programming.
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CLUSTER / SCHEDULE
SELECT Key
PROGRAM SELECT Key
This button will be
described in more detail in
later parts of this guide.
Used for selecting Clusters
(groups of 4 programs) or
schedules (run days) when
programming.
This button will be
described in more detail in
later pars of this guide.
Used for selecting the
Program (1-4) associated
with a Clusters when
programming.
Also included are four F-keys provided on the control module keypad to conveniently
perform the following functions:
F1 Key
- Displays the time.
F2 Key
- Displays the status of the automatic programs.
F3 Key
- Shuts down anything that is running (panic button).
IMPORTANT: The F3 key is not functional while in the Edit mode.
F4 Key - Displays context sensitive help while in the Edit mode.
Sentinel Control Module Display
The Sentinel Controller has a two-line LCD for display of information. When you first
walk up to your Sentinel controller, the display should be in its standard mode showing
current time, day, week (of schedule), actual flow (if anything running) and expected
flow. This display should look something like the following:
This display (as shown) indicates:
Upper Line
Time – 07:18 P (7:18 PM)
Day – MO (Monday)
Week (of schedule) – W1 (Week 1)
Sensor – No current sensor indication
Remote – L (Locked)
Lower Line
Actual Flow – 00000 (0 GPM)
Expected Flow – 00000 (0 GPM)
Flow Status – No current flow indicator
Alarm Status – A (Alarm Exists)
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The standard indicators in the display are as follows:
TIME
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Hours : Minutes (12-hour format)
AM
PM
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Week 1 (one) of Schedule
Week 2 (two) of Schedule
Week 3 (three) of Schedule
Week 4 (four) of Schedule
Week 5 (five) of Schedule
Week 6 (six) of Schedule
Sensor Activated - Switch sensor is in
alternate of its Normal condition. E.g. If
Normally Open, then 1 = Sensor
Closed.
Dry contact (switch) sensor is Open
Dry contact (switch) sensor is Closed
Field Unit is in remote “Locked” mode.
Hand held radio will not activate
watering functions within this unit.
Field Unit is programmed for “All
Call” handheld radio operation.
Controller will respond to any and all
handheld commands transmitted.
Field Unit is programmed for “Secure”
handheld radio operation. Controller
will respond only to handheld
commands addressed to its unit code.
5-digit numeric indicator of current
flow through connected flow sensor
5-digit numeric indicator of expected
flow based on current stations operating
and their expected flows.
Actual > Expected (Overflow)
-:)
A
A
Actual < Expected (Underflow)
Actual = Expected (Flow is happy)
Flow Alarm Exists
Alarm Exists – Blank Otherwise
SENSOR
HH:MM
A
P
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
W1
W2
W3
W4
W5
W6
1
REMOTE
O
C
L
DAY
WEEK
A
S
ACTUAL
FLOW
EXPECTED
FLOW
FLOW
STATUS
ALARM
STATUS
00000
00000
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III. PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW & NAVIGATION
The Sentinel Controller is programmed by navigating through a Main Menu which
includes seven options: Operations, Utility, Alarms, Flow, Schedule Data, Program
Data, and Zone/ET Data. Each of these Main Menu options has a Submenu for entering
and changing data. This structure is detailed below as well as being shown on the
Program Instructions Card on the control module itself.
MENU
SUBMENU
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Manual
Auto Slot / Station
Rain Off Days
All Manuals Off
All Autos Off
Station Days Off
Time & Day
Day Change Hour
Unit Code
Station Count
Program Clear
N/O Master
Wireless Group
Map Unit Precode
Two-Wire / Irritrol Mode
Master Minimum
Unexpected Flow
Over Flows
Over Currents
Clear Flow Alarms
Clear Fuse Alarms
Clear Map Alarms
Clear Power Fail
K Factor
Offset Factor
Current Flow
Expected Flows
Maximum Flows
Flow Processing
Read Flow Totals
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Run Days
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Start Times
Slot-Station-Time
Percent Scale
Repeats
Repeat Delay time
Continuous Run
Water Window
Assigned Schedule
Plant Factor
Application Rate
Default ET
Maximum ET
Program ET Toggle
Station Type
Map Stations
The controller normal mode (default) screen looks like:
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To enter the Main Menu from this default screen, you need to hit any of the arrow
keys on the keypad: , , , or . This will bring up the OPERATIONS option
of the Main menu.
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To navigate through the Main Menu, use the right or left arrow keys:
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To enter a submenu for any of the Main menu options, use the up or down arrow
keys:
or .
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When the desired submenu is reached, press the enter key
in the submenu.
or
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to view or change data
IMPORTANT: When entering data into one of the submenus, the controller is in the
Edit Mode. The controller will not begin any scheduled operation until you have exited
the Edit Mode. Programs that are running prior to entering the Edit Mode will
continue running. Any time you enter or change any data, you must press the
ENTER
key to save the data. Otherwise, the newly entered data will not be saved.
To exit the Edit Mode, press the ESC
Escape) key once or twice as necessary
to return to normal mode (default) screen. If you forget to press the ESC key, the
controller will automatically revert to normal mode after two minutes.
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CHAPTER 2: BASIC CONTROLLER PROGRAMMING
This section will provide the information on how to program the basic elements for
automatic irrigation to occur. The following Menus and Submenu items will be used in
this programming:
Menu
Submenu
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UTILITY
Time & Day
Day Change Hour
Unit Code
Station Count
Master Valve
SCHEDULE DATA
• Run Days
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PROGRAM DATA
Start Times
Slot-Station-Time
Percent Scale
Repeats
Repeat Delay Time
Continuous Run
Water Window
Assigned Schedule
I. CONTROLLER SETUP
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Time & Day
Day Change Hour
Unit Code
Station Count
Master Valve
UTILITY → Time & Day → Edit Mode
The controller setup functions are accessed through the Utility Menu. When starting from
the normal mode (default screen) as shown below:
Hit any of the Arrow Keys (
Menu on OPERATIONS:
Hit the Right Arrow Key (
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), once. This should bring up the Main
), once to bring up the UTILITY menu:
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Hit the Down Arrow ( ), once to access the Utility Submenu and the first submenu
option of Time & Day:
Hit Enter (
) to access the Time & Day Edit Mode:
You are now in the Edit Mode and can change the Time, Day, and Schedule Week in the
controller. As in the example display above, the first digit of the hour should be have the
cursor under it, indicating you can change this value. Use the Numeric keys to change the
Time. The cursor will automatically advance to the next digit, or you can use the Right
and Left Arrow keys ( , or ), to move the cursor.
Use the Up or Down Arrow keys ( , ) to change from AM (A) to PM (P) as
necessary, when the cursor is on the A/P.
Use the Up or Down Arrow keys (
cursor is on the day.
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) to change the Day of the week when the
Use the Up or Down Arrow keys ( , ) to change the Week (schedule week) when the
cursor is on the week position. When initially programming the controller, set it to Week
1 (W1).
When all changes are made, hit the ENTER key (
) to save changes.
Hit the Escape key to exit to the Utility Submenu, Time & Day option:
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Hit the Down Arrow (
), once to access the submenu option of Day Change Hour:
IMPORTANT: From this point forward in the User’s Guide, we will not show step-by
step the navigation through the Main Menu and the Submenus and into the Edit Mode
for each submenu. Navigation, editing, cursor movement, etc, works the same for all
functions in controller programming.
Note: You must remember to hit ENTER (
changes will not be saved.
) after changes have been made, or your
UTILITY → Day Change Hour → Edit Mode
Sentinel allows you to choose the hour you want the controller to advance to the next
day. As an example, the day would change from Monday to Tuesday at midnight. You
can command the controller to wait until 8 AM Tuesday before it changes to Tuesday.
This way, the controller will have until 8 AM Tuesday to finish all watering cycles on the
Monday schedule.
To set the Day Change Hour, position the cursor under the item to be changed and edit as
desired using the numeric keys on the keypad. Use the Up and Down Arrow keys ( ,
) for the AM/PM toggle field. Press the ENTER key (
) to save after editing.
UTILITY → Unit Code → Edit Mode
Every controller must have a three digit code assigned to it. This is known as the
controller’s address. You may select any three digit code from 000 to 999. This is the
identifier that is used when selecting an individual field controller with the hand held
radio or from the central controller.
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Position the cursor using the Right and Left Arrow keys (
, or
) under the digit being
edited. Use the numeric keys on the keypad to edit. Press ENTER key (
editing.
) to save after
IMPORTANT: The unit code is required for Central Control operations. Even if most
of the satellite programming will be from the central software, you need to set the Unit
Code.
UTILITY → Station Count → Edit Mode
Use this menu to inform the controller the number of stations it has. The Sentinel
controllers typically have station counts in 12-station increments (12, 24, 36, or 48).
Use the Up and Down Arrow keys (
,
) to scroll through the station count options
and specify the number of stations in the controller. Press the ENTER key (
after editing.
) to save
UTILITY → N/O Master → Edit Mode
This menu item allows you to configure the master valve/pump start output for either
normally open or normally closed operation.
Use the Up and Down Arrow keys (
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) to toggle between Normally: CLOSED and
Normally: OPEN options. Press the ENTER key (
) to save after editing.
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II. SCHEDULE SETUP
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Run Days
Schedule refers to the days of the week you want a program to run. Up to 16 unique
watering day schedules can be defined in the Sentinel Controller. For identification, each
schedule has a number assignment ranging from 1–16. In the Display of the controller,
the schedules will be indicated by “S” and then the two-digit schedule Number (01, 02,…
16). For example, Schedule 12 would be shown as “S12.”
Each schedule is six weeks long with any combination of watering days and may be
assigned to any of the sixteen programs (covered in Program Setup). You must assign a
schedule to a program to activate it. The current Schedule Week was set in Time & Day
as part of controller setup (example was set to W1). When the controller reaches the end
of Week 6 (w6) it loops back and starts again with Week 1 (W1).
SCHEDULE DATA → Run Days → Edit Mode
Use this Submenu Edit Mode to configure the sixteen independent schedules (water
days):
The second line of the display indicates as follows:
S01 = Schedule 1
WK 1 = Week 1 of Schedule
SU
= Sunday
ON
= On (active watering day)
Use the CLUSTER/SCHEDULE SELECT key
to select the schedule desired
(S01…S16). Position the cursor using the Right and Left Arrow keys ( , ) under the
WK digit and use the Up or Down Arrow keys ( , ) to select the week desired.
Position the cursor under the day of the week and use the Up or Down Arrow keys (
) to select the weekday (SU, MO, TU, WE, TH, FR, SA) desired.
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Position the cursor under the ON (or OFF) indication and use the OFF/NO or ON/YES
keys (
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) or the Up or Down Arrow keys (
watering day (ON) or a non-watering day (OFF).
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) keys to designate the day as a
Press ENTER ( ) to save the status of the day. Continue this process to set up the
entire schedule or to view the status of the other days.
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As example, a Visual Representation of an every other day schedule follows:
WK1
WK2
WK3
WK4
WK5
WK6
SU
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
MO
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
TU
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
WE
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
TH
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
FR
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
SA
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
Summary:
16 Schedules: S01, S02,….S16
6 Weeks per Schedule: WK1, WK2, WK3, WK4, WK5, WK6
7 Days per Week: SU, MO, TU, WE, TH, FR, SA
If you did not set current week in Time/Day – go back and do it.
III. PROGRAM SETUP
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Start Times
Slot-Station-Time
Percent Scale
Repeats
Repeat Delay Time
Continuous Run
Water Window
Assigned Schedule
Sentinel controllers have sixteen independent Programs. They are divided into four
Clusters (A through D) with four Programs (1 through 4) within each Cluster. For
example, Cluster A Program 3 (CAP3) is one program and Cluster C Program 3 (CCP3)
is another. When you are entering or changing data, always make sure the desired Cluster
and Program are selected on the display. When needed in the Edit Mode, the desired
cluster and program can be selected by using the CLUSTER / SCHEDULE SELECT key
and the PROGRAM SELECT key
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PROGRAM DATA → Start Times → Edit Mode
A Start Time initiates the automatic watering cycle. Each program can be assigned to
start up eight times within a 24-hour period.
Note: All start times must occur within the defined Water Window time frame.
When multiple start times are used, they must be spaced far enough apart to enable the
program irrigation cycle to be completed.
The controller offers eight start times per program. If more than eight start times are
needed, see Repeats and Continuous Run below. Use this submenu item to display/edit
any one of the eight start times.
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Use the CLUSTER/SCHEDULE SELECT (
) and the PROGRAM SELECT (
)
keys to select the desired cluster & program, respectively. Use the Left and Right Arrow
keys ( , ) to position the cursor under the field being edited and edit as desired.
Use the Up and Down Arrow keys (
ST 8).
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) to select the Start Time to edit (ST 1, ST2,…
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) to toggle to the A (AM) or P (PM).
Use the Numeric Keys to set the time.
Use the Up and Down Arrow keys (
To eliminate a start time, press the OFF / NO key (
Press ENTER (
).
) to save the Start Time.
PROGRAM DATA → Slot-Stn-Time → Edit Mode
One of the most unique and powerful programming features of the Sentinel Controller is
the method used to organize and control satellite station outputs within each irrigation
program. This method is referred to as “Program Slots.” Program Slots are organized in a
sequential matrix from Slot 1 to Slot 48, for a total of 48 slot positions.
The program operating sequence begins at Slot 1 and ends at Slot 48. Stations are
assigned to a slot and given a run time duration ranging from 0 to 4 Hour and 15 Minutes.
Station numbers range from 0 (inactive) to 48. Stations can be assigned to slots in any
order and as many times as preferred (that is, one station can appear multiple times in the
48 Slots of one program, if desired.
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When an irrigation program is running, any slot with 0 (or blank) run time is ignored. A
slot with an assigned run time duration ≥1 minute, but without a station assignment, will
create a pause in the watering cycle for the assigned duration.
Sentinel programming allows you to reconfigure the operating order of the stations by
enabling any station to be assigned to any slot.
Visually, the Slots can be represented in a matrix as follows:
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Slot-Stn-Time Submenu Edit Mode:
The second line of the display indicates as follows:
CAP1
= Cluster A, Program 1
01-01-0:10
= Slot 1 - Station 1 – 10 Minutes
From the factory, the Slot and Station numbers are set to be the same; i.e., Station 1 is
assigned to Slot 1 and will run first. Station 2 will run next in Slot 2, etc. Use the
CLUSTER/SCHEDULE SELECT key
select the desired cluster program.
Use the Right and Left Arrow keys ( ,
Use the Up and Down Arrow keys ( ,
and the PROGRAM SELECT key
to
) to position the cursor under the slot field.
) to select the slot desired.
Use the Right Arrow key ( ) to position the cursor under the Station field. Use the Up
and Down Arrow keys ( , ) to select the desired Station to run
in the slot shown.
Press the Right Arrow key ( ), again, to position the cursor under the time field. Enter
the desired run time using the Numeric keys from 0:00 to 4:15 (4 Hours and 15 Minutes)
Press ENTER ( ) to save the Slot details. Continue this process to set up all the Slots
or to view the status of the other Slots.
Note: This feature (The Slots in a Program) allows the user to run any station in any
order desired and even repeat the desired station within the same program. Keep in mind
that the controller will run the slots sequentially. Stations can be assigned to slots
allowing any order of programming.
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PROGRAM DATA → Percent Scale → Edit Mode
Percent Scale Adjusts the run time of all stations assigned to the program by percentage
ranging from 0 to 255% (100% = no change).
Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to select the desired
cluster program. Position the cursor under the field being edited and edit as desired. Press
ENTER to save.
PROGRAM DATA → Repeats → Edit Mode
Repeats enables the watering cycle to be repeated from 1 to 250 times per start time.
Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to select the desired
cluster program. Position the cursor under the Repeat field and edit as desired. Press
ENTER to save.
PROGRAM DATA → Repeat Dly Time → Edit Mode
Repeat Delay Time places a delay period, ranging from 0 to 255 minutes, between
program repeats. Use this menu item to display/edit the repeat delay time for any one of
the 16 programs.
Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT to select the desired cluster
program. Position the cursor under the field to be edited and edit as desired. This is used
in conjunction with Repeats above. Press ENTER to save.
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PROGRAM DATA → Continuous Run → Edit Mode
Selecting Continuous Run will automatically repeat the program cycle continuously for
the defined Water Window duration.
The controller is capable of running any one or combination of programs continuously.
To manually start the desired cluster program, use the same procedure as in Auto
Slot/Stn. Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to select the
desired cluster program. Use the ON and OFF keys to turn continuous run on and off.
Press ENTER to save. Use Water Windows below to set up continuous run start and stops
automatically.
PROGRAM DATA → Water Window → Edit Mode
The Water Window is the period of time in a 24-hour day that automatic watering can
occur. Selecting a From and To time defines the Water Window start time, duration and
end time. A program that is running at the end of the Water Window is automatically
terminated.
Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to select the desired
cluster program. Position the cursor under FROM or TO and toggle using the Up and
Down arrow keys. Use the Right and Left arrow keys to position the cursor under the
time digit to be edited and edit as desired. Use the Right arrow key to place the cursor
under the A (AM) or P (PM) field. Press ENTER to save. Pressing the OFF key will clear
the water window entry. Press ENTER after any change to save.
PROGRAM DATA → Selected Schedule → Edit Mode
Up to 16 unique watering day schedules can be defined in the controller. For
identification, each schedule has a number assignment ranging from 1–16. each program
must be assigned a schedule in order to run.
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Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to select the desired
cluster program. Use the Right and Left arrow keys to position the cursor under the field
to be edited and edit as desired. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select from schedule
1– 4. Press ENTER after any change to save.
Visually, the information and data input into a program includes the following:
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IMPORTANT! At this point, you have completed the required steps for
Automatic Irrigation to occur. The remaining instructions in this user
guide deal with advanced operations and functionality not yet covered.
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CHAPTER 3: ADVANCED PROGRAMMING
This section covers Menus and Submenus not covered as part of Basic Programming.
I. OPERATIONS MENU
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Manual
Auto Slot / Station
Rain Off Days
All manuals Off
All Autos Off
Station Days Off
Manual (Manual Station)
To manually operate stations, select Manual and press ENTER. Use the Up or Down
arrow key to select the desired station number. Use the ON/YES key to turn the station
On and the OFF/NO key to turn the station Off. A 30 minute run time is automatically set
for the selected station. To change the run time, position the cursor using the Left or
Right arrow key under the digit you wish to change, use the number keys to select the
desired time (1 minute to 4 hours and 15 minutes), then press ENTER. You can repeat
this procedure to run up to six stations at one time. When finished, press the ESC key
twice.
Note: Exceeding the maximum allowable output current when turning on multiple
stations will cause the controller to automatically turn off the station that caused the
condition and flag the station so that it will not run again. This is a safety feature that
prevents an over-current condition from exceeding the output capacity of the satellite. If
the station is checked and found to be electrically safe, remove the disable flag through
the Over Currents (Alarms) menu item.
Auto Slot/Stn (Manual Program Start)
Auto Slot/Station - To manually start or stop any program, open the Auto Slot/Stn menu.
Use the CLUSTER SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to choose the desired
cluster program you want to run. You may start the program from any slot. It will start
with Slot #1 unless you choose otherwise. Use the Right and Left arrow keys to
maneuver to the slot field in the display. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the
desired slot. Use the Left arrow key to place the cursor under the ON/OFF status. Use the
Up or Down arrow keys to toggle the program status. When the ON/OFF
status of the program(s) have been changed as desired, press the ENTER key to confirm.
Press the ESC key twice to exit the Edit mode and allow the internal computer to change
the program status. Allow up to 60 seconds for the changes to take effect.
Note: To stop the manually started Program, use the “All Autos Off” function under the
OPERATIONS Menu. The “All Manuals Off” function stops only stations individually
manually started, not stations started as part of a program.
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Rain Off Days
This menu item allows you to disable any program for a specific number of days. Select
the Rain Off Days menu using the Right and Left arrow key. Use the CLUSTER
SELECT and the PROGRAM SELECT keys to select the desired cluster program. Use
the Right and Left arrow keys to place the cursor under the digit being changed (the
number of days you want to activate rain shut down). Use the number keys on the keypad
to edit the digit as desired. Press the ENTER key to save the new rain day value.
All Manuals Off (Manual Stations Off)
Selecting this from the menu system provides a quick way to turn off any stations that
have been turned on manually without having to select each station individually. If more
than one manual station is on, the controller will turn off one station at a time every five
seconds to prevent the possibility of water hammer. Select All
Manuals Off from the main menu using the Right and Left arrow key. Press ENTER to
activate.
All Autos Off (Manual / Auto Programs Off)
Selecting this menu item will provide an automatic method to turn off any automatic
programs (or manually started programs) that may be running. To activate, select this
item from the main menu and press ENTER. One program will be shut down every five
seconds. The display will show DONE when the process is complete.
Stn Days Off
Station Days Off - Selecting this menu item allows you to disable individual stations for
the number of days desired. Choose Stn Days Off from the main menu. Select the station
number by placing the cursor under the station number.
Specify the amount of days off by entering it under the three digit rain days. Press the
ENTER key to save the new value. The rain days will automatically decrease by one each
day until the days off is zero. The station will then resume normal operation.
II. UTILITY MENU
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Program Clear
Wireless Group
Map Unit Precode
Two-Wire / Irritrol Mode
Program Clear
This menu allows you to set all of the slot/station times within a selected program to zero.
Select the cluster program to be cleared using the CLUSTER SELECT and the
PROGRAM SELECT keys. Clear the selected program by toggling to ON and pressing
the ENTER key. This function is helpful when clearing all 16 programs.
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Manually clearing the station times in all 16 programs can be time consuming without
this option.
Wireless Group
Function Not Used – Removed in Firmware Version 1.42
Map Unit Precode
Function Not Used – Removed in Firmware Version 1.42
Two-Wire / Irritrol Mode
The default/standard setting for this option is OFF. Set this option to ON if the Sentinel is
connected to an Irritrol MC via RetroLink Card or if connected to a Two-Wire system.
Press ENTER to save your selection.
III. FLOW MENU
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K factor
Offset Factor
Current Flow
Expected Flows
Maximum Flows
Flow Processing
Read Flow Totals
Note: If a flow meter is connected to the satellite sensor terminals, the controller will
read and react to flow.
K Factor
This menu allows you to enter/edit the K factor associated with the flow metering device
being used. The K factor may be found in the specification sheet for the flow meter. Edit
the K factor by positioning the cursor under the desired digit and using the number keys
of the keypad. Press ENTER when editing is complete.
Offset Factor
This menu allows you to enter/edit the Offset Factor associated with the flow metering
device. The offset factor may be found in the specification sheet for the flow meter. Edit
the offset factor by positioning the cursor under the desired digit and using the number
keys of the keypad. Press ENTER when editing is complete.
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Current Flow
Selecting this menu item will display the current flow meter reading in gallons per
minute. Press ENTER to update the display as often as desired.
Expected Flows
This menu allows you to enter/edit the Expected Flow values (in gallons per minute) for
individual stations. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select stations and the Right and
Left arrow keys to position the cursor under the digit being edited. Edit as desired and
press ENTER to save the flow value. The controller will use expected flow values to
calculate and provide a display of expected flow next to the actual flow in the controller
display.
Expected flow values will be displayed even if there is no flow meter to collect and read
actual flow values.
Maximum Flows
This menu allows you to specify/enter the maximum flow values in gallons per minute
for each individual station. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the station and the
Right and Left arrow keys to position the cursor under the digit being edited. Edit as
desired and press ENTER to save the flow value. The maximum flow may be obtained
(as a suggestion) by adding a percentage to the expected flow value. The percentage
added will vary with system design, size and personal preferences. This maximum flow
value will be used by the controller to check for flow-violating stations and to prevent
their operation if an unacceptable flow condition occurs.
Flow Processing
This menu allows you to turn the flow processing functions off or on. After choosing this
menu, toggle the Up or Down arrows to off or on and press ENTER.
Note: Do not turn on flow processing if it is not properly set up.
Read Flow Totals
To look at the current month’s water usage, previous month’s water usage or the previous
year’s water usage. Select Read Flow Totals from the menu and toggle the Up and Down
arrows and the Left and Right arrows to view the desired information.
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IV. ALARMS MENU
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Master Minimum
Unexpected Flow
Over Flows
Over Currents
Clear Flow Alarms
Clear Fuse Alarms
Clear Map Alarms
Clear Power Fail
Note: The controller is capable of posting alarms when it detects excessive water flow or
excessive current.
Master Minimum
Selecting this menu item will display the status of the minimum flow alarm. The normal
status of this flag is off. It may be toggled on or off by using the Up and Down arrow
keys. If this flag displays ON, there has been a minimum flow alarm. Correct the problem
and set the flag to OFF. The minimum flow is necessary when the pump station requires
a minimum flow for cooling purposes. This alarm will turn off the master output to save
the pump from damage. The programs will continue to run. This alarm is operated by the
central system.
Unexpected Flow
Selecting this menu item will display the status of the unexpected flow alarm. The normal
status of this flag is off. It may be toggled to on or off by using the Up and Down arrow
keys. If this flag displays ON, there has been an unexpected flow condition. Correct the
problem if necessary and set the flag to OFF. This flag is set when the controller detects
flow while no station is running in the field controller.
Over Flows
Selecting this menu item will display the flow alarm status of the individual stations.
There must be a flow meter installed at the data retrieval port on the controller for this
feature function. If flow values have been properly set, the controller will watch the flow
as programs run. If there is a problem with a station such as broken line, broken heads,
etc., the controller will set the alarm for that station. If there are numerous stations
running at any one time and there is a flow problem with one station, the controller will
shut down the stations one at a time and check flow. This process will continue until the
malfunctioning station or stations are detected and disabled. Other stations that were
running will return to normal operation one at a time.
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to step through the stations and view or edit the ON or
OFF status of the flow alarms. The normal status is OFF. If the alarm status of a station is
ON, the station will not run in automatic mode.
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Clear the alarm by selecting the desired station and pressing the OFF key. A station may
be disabled or eliminated from auto operation by manually turning the alarm status to
ON. This is useful if the station is in need of repair or if disabling is desired for a single
station.
Note: Disabling a station by setting its alarm status to ON does not change the length of
time a program runs. The program will still reserve a time slot during operation, but will
not energize the station.
Over Currents
Selecting this menu item will display the over current status of individual stations. Over
current alarms are set to ON if a station has an electrical problem that can cause a fuse to
blow if allowed to continue running. The status of the over current alarms may be
changed by selecting the desired stations and pressing the ON/OFF keys.
Even when a station has been electrically disabled, the time management is left in the
control of the operator.
Note: Over current protection does not operate while in the Edit mode.
Clear Flow Alarms
Clear Flow Alarms - Selecting this menu allows global clearing of all flow alarms on all
stations. Pressing ENTER will execute the command and display WAIT. When the
alarms are cleared, DONE will be displayed. Normal program operation will then
resume.
Clear Fuse Alarms
Clear Fuse Alarms - Selecting this menu item allows global clearing of all fuse alarms on
all stations. Pressing ENTER will execute the command and display WAIT. When the
alarms are cleared, DONE will be displayed. Normal program operation will then
resume.
Clear Map Alarms
Select this option to clear all remote output alarms. This includes all mapped output
communication alarms. They may be MapTo Universal, Two-Wire, or wireless outputs.
Pressing ENTER will execute the command and display WAIT. When the alarms are
cleared, DONE will be displayed. Normal program operation will then resume.
Clear Power Fail
Clear Power Failure - Selecting this menu item allows clearing of the power failure
alarm. Whenever power is lost, the power failure alarm is activated. Select Clr Power Fail
from the menu and press ENTER to clear the alarm.
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V. ZONE / ET DATA MENU
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Plant Factor
Application Rate
Default ET
Maximum ET
Program ET Toggle
Station Type
Map Station
Note: The controller is capable of running irrigation programs based on ET
(evapotranspiration). When the ET functions are activated, the controller automatically
adjusts program run times according to the ET data. A weather station or ET gauge
needs to be connected to the sensor input terminals of the controller or at the central to
provide ET data.
Plant Factor:
This menu item enables you to assign a percentage factor to any zone for the type of plant
material that the zone is irrigating. For instance, you may assign a bluegrass turf zone a
factor of 100% and a ground cover zone that needs less water a 50% factor. Use the Up
and Down arrow keys to get to the station desired. Use the Right arrow to place the
cursor under the percentage field and edit as desired. Press ENTER to save.
Application Rate:
This is the amount of water a zone applies in inches per hour. For example, a zone of
fixed spray heads may apply the water at the rate of 2" per hour while a rotary sprinkler
zone may apply water at the rate of 0.50" per hour.
You can determine a zone's application rate by multiplying its gallons per minute by 96.3
and dividing that figure by the square feet covered by the zone. To enter the application
rate, use the Up and Down arrow keys to get to the station desired.
Use the Right arrow key to move the cursor under the application rate field and edit the
data. Press ENTER to save.
Default ET
This is the minimum ET figure (in inches) that is used as the default ET regardless of the
weather conditions or if data is missing from the ET gauge or weather station. ET can
vary depending on the time of the season and weather. Generally, daily ET can be from
0.00" to 0.50". Use the Up or Down arrows to toggle the value up or down. Press ENTER
to save.
Maximum ET
Set this to the maximum ET value that can be accumulated between watering days. This
value is the maximum value that a program will ever replace in a single day. Typically
choose a value that is your maximum daily ET multiplied by the number of days between
watering.
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Program ET Toggle
Set to ON for any programs you wish to run based on ET values, for time-based watering
set to OFF.
Station Type
The following station types are available:
UNIVRSAL – Use this option to turn on outputs locally and on a universal map to (when
mapped) (this is the default option)
LOCAL – Use this option to turn outputs on locally (out the front of the satellite).
BL-FL/PR – Not currently utilized. Baseline Flow & Pressure.
BL-SENS2 – Not currently utilized. Baseline Sensor.
BASELINE – Use this option to turn output on locally and on Baseline two-wire system.
TORO-2WD – Use this option to turn output on locally and on Toro two-wire system.
WIRELESS – Choose this option to run outputs on a wireless output board.
Map Stations
Each station can be mapped, or associated with hardware other than the Sentinel
controller output board. This setting relates to “Station Type” as set above.
Version 1.41 Firmware:
MAP 01 to 000:00
MAP SS to CCC:NN
LOCAL output:
No mapping necessary, any values entered are ignored.
UNIVERSAL output:
Setting for MapTo Universal,
Set PPP = 000
Set CCC = unit code of map to universal field unit
Set NN = map to universal output number
Version 1.42 Firmware:
01 -> 000/000:00
SS -> PPP/CCC:NN
Each station can be mapped, or associated with other hardware by way of the 8 numbers
to the right of the arrow. The fields labeled SS are the Sentinel station to be mapped (0196). The rest of the fields depend on the station type selected:
LOCAL output:
No mapping necessary, any values entered are ignored.
UNIVERSAL output:
Setting for MapTo Universal,
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Set PPP = 000
Set CCC = unit code of map to universal field unit
Set NN = map to universal output number
BASELINE:
SS corresponds to the Baseline decoder address, mapped in the Baseline setup software
to a physical decoder
Set PPP = 000
Set CCC = 001 (address of Baseline gateway connected to Sentinel serial port)
Set NN = Baseline decoder output number 01-04
TORO-2WD:
Set PPP/CCC = 0 + 5 digit decoder address
Set NN = decoder output number 01-04
WIRELESS Output:
Set PPP/CC to 000/00
The last C digit is the board number.
NN is the output number (01-12)
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