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User Guide: Capricorn FLX™ Weather Station

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The Capricorn FLX Weather Station offers modular design for sensor selection and optimal sensor location with:

• Proven, reliable mechanical wind sensors
• Temperature and/or humidity in self-aspirating radiation shield
• Many other meteorological sensor options
• Two additional general-purpose analog channels
• Low power consumption
• One-year warranty

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User Guide: Capricorn FLX™ Weather Station

  1. 1. TM Capricorn FLX Weather Station User Guide
  2. 2. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 2 Introduction Components Monitoring Mounting Options Installation Calibration Operation Maintenance Support Index 3 5 10 16 21 22 25 26 27 28 Section Page
  3. 3. Introduction Designed around a Control Module that is housed in a compact, utility grade enclosure. The Capricorn FLX offers serial communication over RS-232 or RS- 485 to various monitoring options including display console, software, Internet and industrial protocols. Features: • Modular design for sensor and location selection • Proven, reliable mechanical wind sensors • Temperature and/or humidity in radiation shield • Meteorological sensor options • Two additional general-purpose analog channels • Low power consumption • One-year limited warranty W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 3
  4. 4. 4 Additional Info This presentation is intended to provide a quick overview of the Capricorn FLX™ Weather Station. Additional detailed information and specifications are provided on the website and in the User Manual. User Manuals are provided with each weather station, and are also available on our website. User Manual and Website W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com
  5. 5. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 5 Components Control Module: • Internal Barometric Pressure Sensors: • Temperature Sensor • Relative Humidity Sensor • Wind Speed and Direction Sensor • Optional Sensors (Rain, Solar Radiation, additional temperature) Monitoring Device(s): • WeatherMaster Software • Weather MicroServer • Display Console
  6. 6. Components The Control Module includes an internal Barometric Pressure Sensor, 12 channels for sensor connections, a serial communication port, a grounding lug and a power input connection. The Control Module may be housed in an optional weatherproof enclosure and include an internal power supply and an optional wireless transceiver or MicroServer. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 6 Control Module
  7. 7. Components The combined, mechanical Wind Sensor installs in minutes and will provide accurate, long term, continuous monitoring. A heated, heavy-duty wind sensor is available for extreme environments. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 7 Wind Speed & Direction Sensor Features: • Long field life • Durable aluminum and stainless steel construction • Low starting threshold • Stainless steel bearings • Low power consumption • Easy maintenance
  8. 8. Components W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 8 Standard systems include one each temperature and humidity sensors with 50 feet of cable and a quick disconnect connector pair. These are installed in the Self-Aspirated Radiation Shield. Up to three additional temperature sensors can be connected to the Control Module. Options Include: • Soil/Water Temperature • Panel Temperature • Ambient Temperature Sensors Temperature & Humidity Sensors
  9. 9. Components W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 9 Additional Optional Sensors Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge: The automatic rain gauge incrementally measures rainfall accumulation while draining water from the housing. It comes with a standard 50-foot cable and a quick disconnect connector pair. Solar Radiation: Measures global hemispherical solar radiation under all weather conditions. The solar radiation sensor comes with a standard 50-foot cable, a quick disconnect connector pair and a leveling plate for obtaining more accurate measurements.
  10. 10. Monitoring W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 10 Monitoring A complete weather station includes one or more monitoring options. While based on the most common requirements, CWS proprietary monitoring options can all be customized for specific applications. Monitoring Options: • WeatherMaster Software • Weather MicroServer • Weather Display Console • 4-20 mA Signal Interface
  11. 11. Monitoring Weather Master is a professional-grade weather software for robust meteorological calculations and interoperability with computer models. Features: • Real-time monitoring + calculated parameters • Data logging and reports • Multi-station monitoring • Alarm notification and relay control • Email/text weather reports to multiple recipients • Automatic CAMEO/ALOHA interface • Automatic interface to Weather Underground™ W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 11 WeatherMaster Software™
  12. 12. Monitoring A hardware component that provides Internet and industrial protocols for automated reporting via web browser or industrial automation systems. Features: • FTP output (XML and CSV) • XML web service Internet browser user interface • SNMP, Modbus/OPC and RTU, DNP3 and BACnet • Compatible with popular weather network websites such as CWOP and Weather Underground • Datalogging capability • Optional monitoring with Weather Master, Display • Two general-purpose analog channels • Additional sensors: Snow level, Solar, UV, PAR, Visibility, Particle Concentration, CO2 W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 12 Weather MicroServerT M
  13. 13. Monitoring Real-time web monitoring included free with the Weather MicroServer to access weather data from any Internet-enabled device. Features: • For one or multiple weather stations • Data is automatically uploaded every 5 seconds • A security solution for customers who are unable to upload data (via FTP) to their website or implement port forwarding for the MicroServer • A no-hassle weather website for your organization • Customization available. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 13 Cloud-based Weather Server
  14. 14. Monitoring W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 14 Touchscreen Weather Display “The Display Console was easy for evaluators to read. Graphs and settings were easy to use. The touch- screen was a positive feature.”* Features: • Touchscreen operation displays current conditions, trend graphs, min/max • Secure, direct connection to a weather station • Network option via Weather MicroServer allowing multiple display consoles in different locations • Alarm notification • Visible from a distance • Available in a Desktop, Panel Mount, and 19” Rack Mount chassis *SAVER PWS Assessment Report, US Department of Homeland Security
  15. 15. Monitoring W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 15 4-20 mA Signal Interface The Capricorn FLX can be outfitted with 4-20 mA signal converters for industrial interfaces such as: PLC, DCS, and SCADA systems. Utilizes customer- supplied cable from PLC to weatherproof enclosure. Features: • 4-20 mA current output for all parameters • Weather-proof enclosure • Serial interface for use with additional monitoring options including Weather Display, WeatherMaster Software, and Weather MicroServer
  16. 16. Sensor Mounting Due to the wide variety of applications, installation mounting hardware and masts can be purchased separately. Mounting Options: • Universal Mast Mount to your own mast • Roof Mount • Wall Mount • Portable (Tripod) • Vehicle Mount W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 16
  17. 17. Mounting Attaches to existing towers or alternate masts, even those with multiple instruments. Can be used vertically or horizontally. It comes with three clamp rings. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 17 Universal Mount
  18. 18. Mounting Roof Mount: The Roof Mounting Kit is suitable for either slanted or flat roof installation. Mast sold separately. Wall Mount: The Wall Mounting Kit consists of two 4-inch Mounting Brackets with screws. Mast sold separately. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 18 Roof & Wall Mounts Roof Mount Wall Mount
  19. 19. Mounting • Sturdy construction supports up to 60 pounds. • Legs insert easily into body and fasten securely with stainless steel retainer pins. • Guy wires clip quickly to feet for increased stability. Fixed: The Tripod Mast can be used for a fixed installation on ground or roof. Portable: A tote bag is available for portable applications. The Pegasus FLX™ Portable Weather Station comes standard with a Tripod Mast which can be assembled and disassembled quickly for rapid deployment. It also includes transceivers for wireless communication and battery power pack. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 19 Tripod Mast Tripod Pegasus FLX
  20. 20. Mounting A 9-foot telescoping mast and brackets mount permanently to the side of the vehicle. Note: The sensors should be stored securely unless in use. An optional storage case is suggested. The Capricorn FLX Vehicle-Mount Weather Station includes this mounting system as well as the necessary cables for mobile applications. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 20 Vehicle Mount
  21. 21. Options Wireless Transceivers • 2.4 GHz for one mile line of site • 900 MHz for up to 20 miles line of site Weatherproof Enclosure • For corrosive environments indoors or outdoors Solar Power • Optimizes power supply during ideal conditions Battery Backup • Provides continuous power during electrical outage W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 21
  22. 22. Installation W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 22 Place the Capricorn FLX Control Module in a clean, dry location. After powering the control module connect the Chassis Ground terminal to a good earth ground. Control Module
  23. 23. Install the temperature and relative humidity sensors in a sheltered location. The Self-Aspirated Radiation Shield mounts to a mast and protects the sensors from incident radiation from either direct sunlight or proximate surfaces. Both sensors are supplied with a standard 50-foot cable. Once the sensors have been placed, route the cables and attach to the Control Module. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 23 Humidity & Temperature Sensors Installation
  24. 24. Installation Assemble the sensor components and install on the mast, aligning to north. Route cable and connect to Control Module. Capricorn FLX comes standard with 50 feet of wind sensor cable. Additional cable lengths are available up to 200 feet. Options are available for longer distances. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 24 Wind Sensor
  25. 25. Calibration W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 25 Sensors All sensors are calibrated at the factory. No field calibration is required except for the altitude on the barometric pressure sensor. The barometric pressure sensor is sensitive to changes in elevation of as little as 10 ft. (3 m). Adding the local altitude for automatic pressure adjustment is easily accomplished through the monitoring device.
  26. 26. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 26 Operation Once set up, the Capricorn FLX will operate automatically by immediately recording and sending data to the desired monitoring configuration. Reviewing data, updating sensor parameters, and checking station operation status can all be done either remotely or on-location through the monitoring options. Monitoring Options: • WeatherMaster Software • Weather MicroServer • Cloud-based Weather Server • Weather Display Console • 4-20 mA Signal Interface
  27. 27. Maintenance Sensors and Cables The Capricorn FLX requires very little maintenance. Troubleshooting and detailed support information are available in the User Manual. Sensors and cables should be periodically checked for abnormalities and debris depending on the environment. Control Module The Control Module contains sensitive electronic components and should not be serviced by the user. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 27
  28. 28. Support The User Manual is a comprehensive source of information with detailed instructions. Personal, technical support is free via phone and/or email. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 28
  29. 29. W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com 29 Trusted By:
  30. 30. Thank You We make professional weather monitoring easy so you can do your job more effectively with the right weather station for your requirements and budget. Call or email today! 30 “Professional Weather Stations. Professional Weather Monitoring.” W: ColumbiaWeather.com P: 503-629-0887 E: info@ColumbiaWeather.com

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