- Check for cell service. Attach solar panel cable, plug in the internal Altrac battery. When the modem is searching for cell service the led will blink green. Once it has connected the modem led will turn solid green light, afterwards, the light will flash to a light blue color. The light will no longer be on once it has connected to the cloud. Also, another option for checking cell service is to check the Altrac app. If you do not have cell service contact email@example.com you may need to add a directional antenna.
- Find a good spot to install the valve station and the valve buddy. You should avoid electrical wires, PVC pipes, hand wheels, or spouts on the pipes. Keep a good distance from hand wheels or spouts coming off from the pipe.
- When installing the post and valve buddy, find a location where the flow meter wires and the PT wires are able to reach each other. Make sure the post is not in the way of hand wheels, spouts, or any other objects coming out of the pipe.
- Dig a 1' hole, pound the galvanized pole 2' down, pour concrete and mix with water, let the concrete set.
- Cover up the hole with soil. Pat soil evenly.
- With a hammer, install the post for the valve buddy.
- Trench from the valve station to the valve buddy.
- Using a 3/4 hole saw, drill 2 holes on the bottom of the valve buddy. Insert a 3/4" cable gland (3 hole cable gland) into one hole and a PG-13.5 cable gland into the other hole.
- Using the provided screws, install the valve buddy to the mounting plate on the post. Arrange the junction box so that the cable glands are facing the ground.
- The valve station is mounted on a gateway pole (fiberglass, 2 segments tall).
- Measure the 4 conductor cable from the Altrac valve box to the valve buddy at the post. Once you have your measurement cut the wire.
- Feed the wire through the Altrac box and connect the wires.
- Zip tie slack beneath the Altrac box, run the wire inside the pole, and out the bottom hole.
- Stand the station up with 2 hose clamps to the galvanized pole. Be sure the solar panel is facing South.
- Place the 4 conductor wire inside the trench and run it up into the valve buddy.
- Inside the valve buddy, connect the flow meter and the PT to the 4 conductor wires
- Wrap up excess wire, secure it with zip ties, and place it inside the junction box.
- Close the lid of the junction box.
- Secure excess wire from the t-post with a zip tie.
- Cover up the trench with soil and pat the area evenly.
Flow Meter Wiring and Programming
Seametrics AG90 and AG3000
- Flip white face cover open and unscrew the green lid.
- Use a micro screwdriver to unscrew 3 face mount screws and set aside in a safe location. Newer models: unsnap display assembly from hard plastic anchors.
- Pull out meter face and expose battery pack.
- Unscrew cable gland plug “Power/Output Cable 2” located closest to the terminal strip (left hand side). You may have to use a wrench and/or pliers to remove it.
- Insert Seametrics cable gland and screw into opening.
- Using a 2.5mm Allen wrench, loosen the metal clamp. Insert the cable through Seametrics gland and through metal clamp.
- Strip the wires back on the cable, black and white wires only.
- Using pliers, remove the "Pulse" side of wire strip. Clamp down on it with needle nose pliers and pull it out gently.
- Use the eyeglass screwdriver/micro screwdriver to tighten the black (left) and white (right) wires into the wire strip.
- Press/snap terminal strip back in place.
- Re-install the battery and digital face. Carefully use the micro screwdriver to get 3 screws back in. WARNING: If the screw drops, it will be stuck in the belly of the meter. Newer models snap display back into place.
- Screw green lid back on and close white face cover.
- Seametrics cable gland nut must be sealed with tape or sealant. Secure the nut to ensure water intrusion is not possible, keep in mind that too much force may break the seal. A proper watertight seal is crucial to flowmeter longevity.
- Check programming on flow meter to ensure pulse output is set up correctly. Using instructions below navigate through the menu to adjust 'SET P'. Flow meters should be set to 100 gallons per pulse. If another gallons/pulse setting is needed, you will need to adjust the default flow meter pulse calibration in the Altrac app.
- If flow meter is already attached to a VFD, DO NOT change "Set P" settings. Contact tech support for further instructions. firstname.lastname@example.org
- On the TechnoFlo PS32, press any button to wake up the flow meter. Press any arrow button to navigate the menu. Press arrow button to navigate to "Set P". Press check button to enter "Set P". Confirm "Set P" is set to 100 gallons per pulse.
- Contact tech support and begin test procedures.
TechnoFlo PS 32 Wiring Detail
The adapter bare wires connect to the Technoflo PS32 as follows:
- Ensure the battery packs are inside the ML255.
- Plug in the battery pack connectors into B1 and B2 sockets on the main board.
- Wait one minute.
- Flip on the small switches that are located right below the B1 and B2 sockets.
- Before the ML255 can output any readings the time and date need to be setup.
- Press the Enter button to open the Quick Start menu
- Navigate to the Main Menu using the Up and Down arrow keys, press enter
- Enter your level 2 access code (default is 000002) then press enter
- Navigate to 9-Data logger with the Up and Down arrow keys, press enter
- Press enter to edit the date and time
- Using the Right and Left arrow key to navigate and the Up and Down arrow key to change the data, enter the date and time, press enter to accept the date and time
- Long press the Enter key twice to return to the main menu.
- Connect the ground cable to 17. This will either be black or blue.
- Connect the counter cable to 15. This will either be white or red.
Setting the Pulse on the ML255
- Cut red tamper proof seal.
- Using the 4mm allen wrench screw off the top of the meter.
- Using a flathead screwdriver pry off the top portion, this may or may not be necessary.
- Using the wrench remove the cable gland.
- Find the connector cable coiled inside cap, connect the M12 cable, and twist on the cable gland.
- Reassemble the meter face.
- Connector the wire (M 12 connector). If we don't use the M12, which wires would connect to Altrac Flow + and Flow -? What is the part number for the pigtail?
- Unscrew the 4 hex screws on the top lid with a #10 hex key.
- Unscrew the Seametrics gland off the side of the top portion and slide the wire through the gland.
- Locate the "Pulse" output connectors on the bottom portion of the meter.
- Secure the white wire into the "+" side and the black wire into the "-" side.
- Give a very gentle tug to ensure the wires are secure.
- Secure the top portion of the meter back onto the bottom.
- Screw in the hex screws and secure with hex key.
- Tighten the Seametrics gland. Do not over tighten.
- Check the waterproof tubing to ensure that the meter is water tight.
- Connect the other end of the wire to the Altrac box.
Setting the Pulse
- Get into the main menu.
- Use the > arrow button to move across the menu to the "Exit" tab.
- Use the ^ arrow button and press it 4 times.
- Scroll to where it says "OutP", click the check mark.
- Scroll to where it says "Set P2".
- Set this to:
- Scroll to the "Exit" tab, click the check mark.
- A "Pulse Reed Switch" module must be installed on the register to get pulse output.
- Connect the wires, black to black and red to white.
- Secure the wires together.
Setting the Pulse