Grundfos unveils groundwater pump controller

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Increased monitoring capabilities and greater connectivity are the key differences in this new device.

The controller provides reliability and flexibility to control submersible borehole pumps for irrigation, extraction, and agricultural water supply and transfer

Pump systems manufacturer Grundfos has developed a Bluetooth-enabled groundwater pump controller it says will help make water supply more reliable and more flexible.

With the new LC232 Controller and Grundfos' GO remote app, farmers will be able to monitor their submersible borehole pumps remotely, and also to control and schedule water use from their smartphone or tablet device when in Bluetooth range. 

The system can run pump diagnostics as well as sending alerts either via email or to the GO Remote app to signal potential issues with the water system including overheated pumps, dry-run or high-water levels. 

The LC232 is designed for water supply and irrigation applications with one or two pumps and is ideal for water intake application on private installations or smaller waterworks, Grundfos says.

Other uses for the system include tank emptying or filling applications with float switch or analogue travel transmitters which support up to five control levels to avoid over pumping. 

With farmers increasingly using smart technologies to meet new challenges, Grundfos country director for Australia Rick Holland says the LC232's monitoring system will extend the lifespan of submersible borehole pumps while reducing downtime and maintenance costs for farmers.

"With the LC232 Controller, we have created an industry-first that empowers them with greater control and functionality on their groundwater systems, so that they can focus their time and energy on other agricultural processes and help drive agricultural productivity to greater heights," he says. 

The product is currently available in Australia through the Grundfos dealer network. 

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