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MANUAL
Pavement-Mounted Snow and Ice Sensor
SNOW SWITCH® MODEL SIT–6E
For Use With any APS series
or EUR–5A Control Panel
Installation and Operation Manual
The Snow Switch® Model SIT–6E Pavement-Mounted Snow and Ice Sensor reliably detects snow and ice conditions on pavement
surfaces when used with any APS series or EUR–5A Control Panel. This ensures that deicing heaters operate only while needed which
minimizes energy costs without sacrificing snow melting effectiveness. As part of a snow melting system, an SIT–6E sensor will
signal for snow and ice melting at pavement temperatures below 38°F (3.3° C) while moisture in any form—including water, snow,
sleet or ice—is present. Operation in the 32° to 38°F (0° to 3.3°C) temperature range speeds the process, eliminating otherwise
slow melting. A built-in hold-on timer keeps heaters operating for an hour after snow stops to help ensure complete snow melting.
The SIT–6E sensor accurately measures pavement temperature by compensating for its internal heating. This eliminates the
cost and complexity of a separate pavement temperature sensor. For improved efficiency, products mount close to the deicing
heaters to ensure that pavement and sensor become dry at about the same time.
Packing List
Item description
SIT–6E Assembly (with 60' leads)
Installation Manual (this document)
Duct Seal, 1 lb.
Screw, Set, Hex Socket, 3/8-16, 0.25" L (Qty 3)
Screw, Machine, S-BH-SS, #8-32, 0.375 L (Qty. 3)
Hex L-Key, 3/16
NOTE: The SIT–6E Sensor requires Pavement Sensor Housing with its
accompanying installation sheet .
Sensor Housing
General Guidelines
1. For the greatest installation flexibility, use extra pavement sensor housing
units per paved slab. NOTE: not all pavement sensor housing units will
contain an actual sensor.
2. Prior to paving, make sure the sensor housing units are clear of the heating
coil. Do not locate a sensor housing box on top of any portion of the actual
heating coil.
3. Because there are two ports on the bottom of each sensor housing unit,
dig a little trench slightly deeper underneath each of the housing units to
accommodate those ports.
4. Read all enclosed product information sheets for additional information.
Height
Adjustment
Ring Cap
Pavement Sensor
Housing Unit
Height
Adjustment
Ring
Pavement Sensor
Housing Unit: Height
Adjustment Ring cap
removed for sensor
mounting
Two ports at bottom
of Pavement Sensor
Housing Unit
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Snow Switch Model SIT–6E
Installation Instructions
Sensor Retaining
Screws (3)
Sensor
Knockout Port
(6 locations)
Height
Adjustment
Ring
Height Adjustment Screws (3 Places)
(shown with protective Allen-head set
screws removed)
1. Lay out the sensor housing units or floor boxes according to your plan for the size and
shape of the pavement area and traffic overflow area.
2. Using a screwdriver or similar tool, remove the desired knock-out seal(s) from the floor
boxes. (Not all are used.) Knock out one of the two bottom seals in each floor box as
well for greater stability as described in step 6 below.
3. With the cap off, rotate each of the three height adjustment screws to the left to raise
the height adjustment ring between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch. Refer to Figure 1.
4. Once the adjustment ring has been raised, apply a layer of grease to the outside of
the sensor housing body underneath the height adjustment ring. Also apply grease to
the adjustment ring itself. Applying plenty of grease ensures the continued and proper
operation of the height adjustment ring after the pavement sets up and cures.
5. Rotate each of the three height adjustment screws to the right to lower the height
adjustment ring to lowest setting. Put caps back on housing units using the three
retaining screws from the accessory kit.
6. Run PVC conduit between the floor box ports opened in step 2, as well as one for the
control box wiring. Use PVC glue to secure the PVC conduit in place inside each housing
unit port. If not being used for wiring – and unless prohibited by a high water table – ETI
recommends using one of the two bottom ports as a drain with a short piece of
conduit extending down past the concrete into sand or gravel to promote draining
and to provide greater stability for each floor box.
7. As the paving material is poured and sets up, make sure the caps of all of the housing
units are flush with the pavement. There must be no paving material on the caps
of the housing units. Adjust the height flush with the pavement by using the height
adjustment ring.
8. To install a sensor into a housing unit, first select the sensor housing unit to be fitted
with the sensor. If more than one housing unit has been placed as part of the installation,
it is best to select the one it is believed will be closest to the center of the traffic or
snow build-up pattern(s).
9. Remove the sensor housing cap from the housing unit by removing the three screws
securing it in place. Make sure to retain the cap someplace at the facility in case the
location of the sensor needs to be changed in the future and the current housing has
to be closed and covered up again.
10. Connect the wires from the power cable inside the conduit to the sensor. Once the
sensor is wired, apply duct sealant to protect the installation inside the housing, leaving
room for the sensor to be placed down inside the housing. Refer to wiring table below
for connections.
Table 1. CABLING CONNECTIONS
Figure 1.
Sensor Housing Adjustment Points
Rotate Height
Adjustment
Screws
to the left to
raise the ring
or to the right
to lower it
Figure 2.
Rotate Height Adjustment Screws
CABLE LEAD
DESIGNATION
WIRE COLOR
WAS
CURRENT WIRE
COLOR IS
Sensor 24V
Sensor Ground
Sensor Signal
Red
Black
White
Red
Black
Blue
NOTE: Any designation to sensor white lead applies now to the sensor blue lead.
11. Once the wires are connected, place the sensor down into the housing with the sensor
top resting on the top of the housing. Verify that the top of the sensor is flush with the
pavement around it. The top of the sensor has three protective set screws, under which
are located three access holes to reach the height adjustment screws. As needed, rotate
the three adjustment screws (Figure 2) to the left to raise the height adjusting ring or to
the right to lower the ring, and then replace the three Allen-head protective set screws
(Figure 3). Install retaining screws into the sensor to secure it to the housing.
Conduit
Use individual 3/4" (20 mm) rigid conduit for the entire installed length of the sensor
cable, taking care to ensure that all embedded or outdoor couplings and terminations
are made watertight. Do not share conduit with other wiring. Do not route conduit across
pavement expansion or control joints. For sensors embedded in slab on grade, conduit
should be depressed under these joints, as necessary.
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Snow Switch Model SIT–6E
Wiring
General Guidelines
1. It is critically important to use water-tight wiring connections to the sensor.
2. A three-wire cable is required to connect the SIT–6E sensor to the control panel. Ensure
that a direct-burial, wet-environment cable is used. The 60' of cable supplied by the
manufacturer meets these requirements. Longer or extension cable is not supplied
by the manufacturer.
3. Failing to ensure a suitable environment for the connection cable run – by correctly
using conduit, water tight connections and a direct-burial, wet-environment cable –
may greatly decrease the life of the sensor and void the manufacturer warranty.
4. Install all cables leads through conduit as indicated in Conduit section.
5. Make sure that all cable runs greater than 60' are spliced together either in the junction
box or in some other water-tight location.
Figure 3.
Protective Screws
Replace Allen-head protective set screws once
height is adjusted.
Installation Instructions
The SIT–6E sensor is furnished with 60' #18 AWG leads. The red, black, and blue wires
connect to the Control Panel via user supplied cable. For proper wiring connections of the
SIT–6E sensor to APS–3C, APS–4C, or EUR–5A controls, consult the Installation Instructions
for the appropriate Control Panel while referring to Table 1 in this document (page 2).
After wiring the sensor, knead the supplied duct sealant until it is pliable. Pack duct
sealant into the sensor housing, leaving enough space for the sensor electronics and
wiring. Properly used, the duct sealant will minimize the accumulation of water and ice in
the housing and protect against possible ice damage.
Place wiring and electronics into the housing. Check for alignment between the sensor
and pavement surfaces. If the sensor and pavement are not aligned, remove the sensor
from the housing and adjust the housing flange. The housing flange can be raised up to
0.63"(16 mm) to allow the sensor surface to be aligned with the pavement surface. A low
sensor will pool water and not function properly.
Testing
Should paving material or other residue be adhered to the sensing elements, clean the
surface with a Scotch™ Brite Pad. Do not use metallic or course abrasives or detergents.
Thoroughly check the system before placing it in service. Our experience shows that
installation errors cause the majority of problems. Frequently encountered problems include
wiring errors and improper waterproofing. Simple electrical tests and visual inspections
can discover potential concerns.
Independent of weather conditions, the functional operation of an installed SIT–6E
sensor may be determined using a digital voltmeter (DVM) and a ten pound (4.54kg) bag
of crushed ice, in the following manner:
1. With the DVM set the 100 VAC range, verify the sensor supply voltage by connecting
the negative (-) test lead to the sensor black wire and the positive (+) test lead to the
sensor red wire. Depending on the controller used, a DVM reading between 11-12
VAC or 24-28 VDC is acceptable. An AC component less than 28 VAC is allowed with
a DC voltage in the proper range.
2. With the negative (-) test lead remaining in place, reconnect the positive (+) test lead
to the sensor blue wire and confirm there is a similar voltage present (may be 1 to 2
volts less).
3. Place the entire supply of crushed ice atop the sensor and allow a time lapse in excess
of 20 minutes before observing that a low voltage (2 volts or less) is indicated by the
DVM. (A nominal temperature below 38° F (1° C) must be detected before the sensor’s
normally-open contact is closed. If the sensor surface temperature was excessive
prior to commencing this procedure, it will be necessary to extend the cool down time
interval by as much as an additional 20 minutes.)
4. With satisfactory results, disconnect the DVM and restore all sensor wiring connections.
We recommend the SIT–6E sensor’s power supply to operate continuously even though
you may elect to de-energize the snow/ice melting system heaters at the season’s end.
The heat energy dissipated from the internal heater, although modest, will enhance
the long-term reliability of the SIT–6E sensor.
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Snow Switch Model SIT–6E
Sensor to top mounting screws
on Height Adjustment Ring:
EQUILATERAL POSITION
(cap to be replaced by sensor)
Sensor to top mounting screws:
EQUILATERAL POSITION
Sensor height adjustment
screws: ISOSCELES POSITION
For demonstration
only: the sensor height
adjustment screws
are shown without the
sensor-mounted Height
Adjustment Ring
Sensor height
adjustment screws:
ISOSCELES POSITION
(cap removed)
For demonstration
only: the sensor
height adjustment
screws shown in
position beneath the
sensor without the
Height Adjustment
Ring attached
Helpful Hint
The positions of the mounting screws for cap and sensor attachment to the Height
Adjustment Ring form the points of an equilateral triangle.
The positions of the height adjustment screws, which level the surface of the
sensor to the surface of the pavement, form the points of an isosceles triangle.
These positions promote correct assembly of sensor to the height adjustment ring
and the pavement sensor housing unit.
LIMITED WARRANTY
ETI’s two year limited warranty covering defects in workmanship and materials applies. Contact Customer Service for complete warranty information.
DISCLAIMER
Environmental Technology, Inc. makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents of this publication
or the products that it describes, and specifically disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.
Environmental Technology, Inc. reserves the right to revise this publication, and to make changes and improvements to the products described in this
publication, without the obligation of Environmental Technology, Inc. to notify any person or organization of such revisions, changes or improvements.
The ETI logo, We Manage Heat, Snow Switch and SIT are registered trademarks of Environmental Technology, Inc.
Copyright © 2013 Environmental Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in USA.
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MANUAL
PAVEMENT SENSOR ROUGH-IN KIT
GENERAL GUIDELINES
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. To provide the greatest installation flexibility, it is advised to
use at least three or four sensor housing units per paved slab,
even though not all housing units will contain an actual sensor.
2. When the pavement heating coil is laid out prior to paving,
make sure the sensor housing units are clear of the heating
coil. Do not locate a sensor housing box on top of any of the
actual heating coil.
3. Because there are two ports on the bottom of each sensor
housing unit, dig a little trench slightly deeper underneath
each of the housing units to accommodate those ports.
4. Read all enclosed product information sheets for additional
information.
5. For applications using asphalt paving, it is necessary to use
a concrete pill box. Ideally, conduit and the pavement sensor
housing should be installed as normal. At this time, the sensor
should not be installed and the plastic cap should be installed
in the pavement sensor housing. Frame an 8” x 8” or larger
box, level with the final pavement height. Fill around the
pavement sensor housing with concrete. Allow the concrete
to cure as per the concrete manufacturer’s instructions before
laying asphalt. This installation method can also be used with
other pavement applications where it may be difficult to form
the paving material to the pavement sensor housing; e.g.,
paver block driveways and patios.
1. Lay out the sensor housing units or floor boxes according to
your plan for the size and shape of the pavement area and
traffic overflow area.
2. Using a screwdriver or similar tool, remove the desired knockout seal(s) from the floor boxes. They won’t all be used. Knock
out one of the two bottom seals in each floor box, as well, for
greater stability as described in step 5 below.
3. With the cap off, rotate each of the three height adjustment
screws to the left to raise the height adjustment ring between
an 1/8 and a 1/4 of an inch. Put caps back on housing units
using the three retaining screws from the accessory kit.
4. Once the adjustment ring has been raised, apply a layer of
grease to the outside of the sensor housing body underneath
the height adjustment ring. Also apply grease to the
adjustment ring itself. Applying plenty of grease ensures the
continued and proper operation of the height adjustment ring
after the pavement sets up and cures.
5. Run PVC conduit between the floor box ports opened in step
2, as well as one for the control box wiring. Use PVC glue to
secure the PVC conduit in place inside each housing unit port.
If not being used for wiring, it is recommended one of the two
bottom ports be used as a drain with a short piece of conduit
extending down past the concrete into sand or gravel. This
promotes draining and provides greater stability for each floor
box. Refer to Figure 1.
6. As the paving material is poured and sets up, make sure the
caps of all of the housing units are flush with the pavement.
There must be no paving material on the caps of the housing
units. Adjust the height flush with the pavement by using the
height adjustment ring.
7. To install a sensor into a housing unit, first select the sensor
housing unit to be fitted with the sensor. If more than one
housing unit has been placed as part of the installation, it
is best to select the one it is believed will be closest to the
center of the traffic or snow build-up pattern(s).
8. The next step will be to remove the housing cap and install
the actual sensor. Refer to the documentation accompanying
the sensor for further instructions.
See Sensor Controller
instructions for more
details
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LIMITED WARRANTY
ETI’s two year limited warranty covering defects in workmanship and materials applies. Contact Customer Service for complete
warranty information.
DISCLAIMER
Environmental Technology, Inc. makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents
of this publication or the products that it describes, and specifically disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability or
fitness for any particular purpose. Environmental Technology, Inc. reserves the right to revise this publication, and to make
changes and improvements to the products described in this publication, without the obligation of Environmental Technology,
Inc. to notify any person or organization of such revisions, changes or improvements.
No part of this manual may be reproduced or translated in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including
photocopying and recording, for any purpose without the express written consent of Environmental Technology, Inc.
The ETI logo and We Manage Heat are registered trademarks of Environmental Technology, Inc. Copyright © 2013 Environmental Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.
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