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Post at 26 Jul 2017

PKM Solutions Designs and Installs Cost-Effective Water Management Solution That Sees Allen-Bradley Micro830 PLCS Texting Each Other For Instructions

Background

Woburn Golf Club is one of the most famous golf centres in the UK – if not the world. Officially opened in 1976, the Duke’s Course, which hosted the 1979 British Masters, was eventually joined by the Duchess’ Course in 1978 and, in 2000, by the Marquess’ Course. Each course has its own personality and foibles and all three are well respected by the local and international golfing community

Located at Little Brickhill, near Milton Keynes in England, the three courses are nestled amid mature woodland on the Duke of Bedford’s Woburn Abbey estate. The woodland setting gives the courses much of their appeal; but the stunning fairways and greens also add to the overall picture.

Like all golf courses, the work behind the scenes to keep the courses looking this good is staggering, with a full army of grounds-keeping staff working around the clock to maintain the courses’ immaculate appearance. As well as traditional mowers and hand tools, the ground staff also rely on technology to help them in their day-to-day jobs. One particular new installation saw PKM Solutions and Routeco work together to deploy technology from Rockwell Automation and one of its Encompass Product PartnersProSoft Technology, in a very interesting and novel configuration.

Challenge
  • Woburn Golf Course needed a robust automated solution for its irrigation infrastructure, one that three geographically dispersed nodes speak to each other in any condition
Solutions
  • Three Allen-Bradley Micro830 PLCs
  • Three ProSoft Technology ILX800- SMSG, Micro800 SMS Plug-in Modules
  • Three ProSoft Technology A081904 Magnetic Mount Dual Band Antennas
Results
  • Lower cost than Ethernet-based solution
  • Expandable and flexible
  • Incredibly simple, but does exactly what is required
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