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User Manual for how to run boomerangs using the GO-1 Network Controller.

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1. Go-1 Boomerang Manual

2. Copyright © 2007 Greenhouse Technology Inc.

18. CHOOSE A BOOMERANG XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOMERANG XX BOOMERANG 02 BOOMERANG 03 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 CHOOSE A CROP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX CROP 02 CROP 03 CROP 04 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 CROP 01 The ‘Choose-a-Crop’ Screen The ‘Choose-a-Boomerang’ Screen Press ENTER STEP 4 STEP 5 Press ENTER BOOMERANG 01 CROP 01

16. Joe wants to tell his GO-1 when to water Boomerang 1’s Crop 1 (or rather, he wants to tell his GO-1 when to tell the Boomerang to water). But first he needs to get to the ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ screen for Crop 1: Example, part 3 Press as many times as it takes to get back to the ‘Plant Master’ Screen. EXIT The Plant Master Screen PLANT MASTER XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX EVENT LOGS ALARM LOGS MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 G G e e t t t t i i n n g g t t o o B B O O O O M M E E R R A A N N G G S S T T A A T T I I O O N N S S E E T T U U P P STEP 1 EVENT LOGS

12. BOOMERANG CROP INFO BOOMERANG CROP INFO XX:XX:XX XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX XX/XX/XX BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NAME: CROP XX CROP NAME: CROP XX VALVES: 1 VALVES: 1 WATER TIME: XX SEC WATER TIME: 03 SEC SPEED 12 SPEED 12 ENTER TEXT. ENTER TEXT. The ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ Screen 0 3 , STEP 3 STEP 2 Type NEXT Press 00 00

17. Get to the ‘Main Menu-Boomerang Network’ screen (see the beginning of the manual for instructions). MAIN MENU - BOOMERANG NETWORK XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX SETUP BOOMERANGS EDIT VPD ADD NEW BOOMERANGS EDIT FERTIGATE MAKE A SELECTION. PAGE 1 of 1 Main Menu–Boomerang Network SETUP BOOMERANGS MAIN MENU - BOOMERANG NETWORK XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX SETUP BOOMERANGS EDIT VPD ADD NEW BOOMERANGS EDIT FERTIGATE MAKE A SELECTION. PAGE 1 of 1 Main Menu–Boomerang Network Press NEXT STEP 3 STEP 2 EDIT VPD

6. Get to MAIN MENU – BOOMERANG NETWORK MAIN MENU - BOOMERANG NETWORK XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX SETUP BOOMERANGS EDIT VPD ADD NEW BOOMERANGS EDIT FERTIGATE MAKE A SELECTION. PAGE 1 of 1 The ‘Main Menu–Boomerang Network’ Screen The ‘Choose-a-Boomerang’ Screen SETUP BOOMERANGS CHOOSE A BOOMERANG XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOMERANG XX BOOMERANG 02 BOOMERANG 03 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 Example Joe Smith studiously follows the following steps Joe Smith wants to program his first boomerang using his brand new GO-1. He wants Boomerang 1 to have two (2) crops, one on the top tier, and one on the bottom. STEP 1 T T e e l l l l i i n n g g t t h h e e G G O O - - 1 1 W W H H E E R R E E T T O O W W A A T T E E R R Press ENTER BOOMERANG 01

11. You should still be at the ‘Crop Info’ Screen, but if you aren’t, you know how to get there. Joe wants to tell it how much to water. Once again, Joe scrupulously follows the direc- tions: BOOMERANG CROP INFO XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NAME: CROP XX VALVES: 12 WATER TIME: XX SEC SPEED 12 ENTER TEXT. The ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ Screen Example, part 2 STEP 1 T T e e l l l l i i n n g g t t h h e e G G O O - - 1 1 H H O O W W M M U U C C H H T T O O W W A A T T E E R R Press NEXT 1

22. After using Manual Watering for a few days while he fine-tuned the volume of water dispensed at each watering, Joe wants to use the Timed Normal Watering setting. He wants to schedule a watering for 6:00 AM every Morning. Start at page 1 of the ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ screen S S c c h h e e d d u u l l i i n n g g I I r r r r i i g g a a t t i i o o n n F F R R O O M M T T H H E E G G O O - - 1 1 BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX WATER: NORM TARGET MODE: FIXED WATER MAIN: MAIN XX WATER MODE: TIMED DISABLE: INACTIVE PAGE1OF2 USE ARROW KEYS TO SELECT Press NOTE: The highlighted field may say “VPD”. If it does, press either of the arrow keys to change it to “TIMED” three times NEXT XX:XX:XX BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX WATER: NORM TARGET MODE: FIXED WATER MAIN: MAIN XX WATER MODE: TIM DISABLE: INACTIVE PAGE1OF2 USE ARROW KEYS TO SELECT The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 1 The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 1 Example, part 5 STEP 1 NORM VPD

7. CHOOSE A CROP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX CROP 02 CROP 03 CROP 04 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 The ‘Talking to Boomerang’ Screen The ‘Choose-a-Crop’ Screen CROP 01 READING BOOMERANG DATA PLEASE WAIT.... STEP 2 STEP 3 Disregard the fourth crop in the menu. The GO-1 does not currently support four crops. Press ENTER Press ENTER CROP 01

8. BOOMERANG CROP INFO BOOMERANG CROP INFO XX:XX:XX XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX XX/XX/XX BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NAME: CROP XX CROP NAME: CROP XX VALVES: 12 VALVES: 12 WATER TIME: XX SEC WATER TIME: XX SEC SPEED 12 SPEED 12 ENTER TEXT. ENTER TEXT. The ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ Screen The ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ Screen 1 STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 Wait 5 seconds Press NEXT Press Joe should press [2] for the second crop, Crop 2, since it’s on the bottom tier CROP 01

23. Look at the highlighted field; if it doesn’t say “TIMED” press BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX WATER: NORM TARGET MODE: FIXED WATER MAIN: MAIN XX WATER MODE: TIMED DISABLE: INACTIVE PAGE1OF2 USE ARROW KEYS TO SELECT Press ENTER BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX TIMED WATERING: XX:XX:XX CROP MODEL: NONE TARGET: INACTIVE DISABLE MODEL: NONE PAGE2OF2 ENTER TIME IN HRS:MIN:SEC FORMAT 00:00:00 The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 2 The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 4 TIMED

3. P ROGRAMMING B OOMERANGS FROM THE GO–1 This guide is more of a tutorial than a manual. It is designed to get you, the GO-1/ Boomerang user, comfortable using some of the basic features of your new system. Everything begins at the screen INTRODUCTION To work with Boomerangs on the GO-1, you first need to know how to get to the screen called MAIN MENU – BOOMERANG NETWORK PLANT MASTER Press The Plant Master Screen PLANT MASTER XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX EVENT LOGS ALARM LOGS MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 Boom– erang EVENT LOGS STEP 1 G G e e t t t t i i n n g g t t o o M M A A I I N N M M E E N N U U - - B B O O O O M M E E R R A A N N G G N N E E T T W W O O R R K K

13. , BOOMERANG CROP INFO XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NAME: CROP XX VALVES: 12 WATER TIME: XX SEC SPEED 12 ENTER TEXT. The ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ Screen 1 2 STEP 4 STEP 5 Type NEXT Press Press ENTER STEP 6 CROP 01

14. CHOOSE A CROP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX CROP 02 CROP 03 CROP 04 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 CROP 01 The ‘Choose-a-Crop’ Screen Now the GO-1 knows how much to water, because Joe just specified: The GO-1 knows to move the baskets at speed 12, and keep the water running for 3 seconds as the basket moves under the nozzle ( = how fast the basket is moving) ( = how long the water flow stays on) The Example will be continued... Speed  Water Time  Programming watering voiume for the second crop follows exactly the same process, except that Joe may enter different values DONE CROP 01

19. The ‘Talking to Boomerang’ Screen READING BOOMERANG DATA PLEASE WAIT.... BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX WATER: NORM TARGET MODE: FIXED WATER MAIN: MAIN XX WATER MODE: TIMED DISABLE: INACTIVE PAGE1OF2 USE ARROW KEYS TO SELECT Press ENTER The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 1 STEP 6 STEP 7 DONE Wait 5 seconds This is the screen you use to tell the GO-1 when to water. NORM

4. The Boomerang Login Screen BOOMERANG LOGIN XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX ENTER PASSWORD: XXXX ENTER PASSWORD. PRESS ENTER. Type the default 4-digit password 2 4 2 9 , , , Press ENTER MAIN MENU - BOOMERANG NETWORK XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX SETUP BOOMERANGS EDIT VPD ADD NEW BOOMERANGS EDIT FERTIGATE MAKE A SELECTION. PAGE 1 of 1 Main Menu–Boomerang Network SETUP BOOMERANGS STEP 3 STEP 2 DONE

20. Joe wants to use Manual Watering on Boomerang 1’s Crop 1 Get to the ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ screen. a.k.a., using the Manual Watering setting T T e e l l l l i i n n g g t t h h e e B B o o o o m m e e r r a a n n g g t t o o w w a a t t e e r r n n o o w w F F R R O O M M T T H H E E G G O O - - 1 1 BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX WATER: NORM TARGET MODE: FIXED WATER MAIN: MAIN XX WATER MODE: TIMED DISABLE: INACTIVE PAGE1OF2 USE ARROW KEYS TO SELECT BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX WATER: NORM TARGET MODE: FIXED WATER MAIN: MAIN XX WATER MODE: TIMED DISABLE: INACTIVE PAGE1OF2 USE ARROW KEYS TO SELECT Example, part 4 The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 1 The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 1 STEP 1 Press TellingtheBoomerangtowater now FROMTHEGO-1 4 NORM MANUAL WATER

24. Type , , , ,, 0 0 0 6 0 0 BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX TIMED WATERING: XX:XX:XX CROP MODEL: NONE TARGET: INACTIVE DISABLE MODEL: NONE PAGE2OF2 ENTER TIME IN HRS:MIN:SEC FORMAT 06:00:00 Press ENTER CHOOSE A CROP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX CROP 02 CROP 03 CROP 04 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 CROP 01 The ‘Choose-a-Crop’ Screen The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 2 STEP 4 STEP 6 DONE Telling the GO-1 when to water Crop 2 is identical. Also, each crop may have a differ- ent watering setting, i.e. one manual, one timed. CROP 01

21. Press ENTER Press ENTER CHOOSE A CROP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX CROP 02 CROP 03 CROP 04 MAKE A SELECTION PAGE 1 of 1 CROP 01 The ‘Choose-a-Crop’ Screen Boomerang 1 should be watering Crop 1 momen- tarily, if it hasn’t started already. BOOMERANG STATION SETUP XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM: UNIT XX CROP: CROP XX TIMED WATERING: XX:XX:XX CROP MODEL: NONE TARGET: INACTIVE DISABLE MODEL: NONE PAGE2OF2 ENTER TIME IN HRS:MIN:SEC FORMAT 00:00:00 The ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ Screen, page 2 STEP 2 STEP 3 DONE CROP 01

10. How much water gets into a basket depends on two things: So we have two parameters for you, the grower, to set: We’ve dealt with where to water, now we have to tell the GO-1 how much to water: H H o o w w M M u u c c h h t t o o W W a a t t e e r r How long the water flow stays on  The Example will be continued... Water Time  Speed  How fast the basket is moving  Even though we talk about baskets here, keep in mind that the GO–1 thinks about crops, so any settings we enter apply to every basket in the crop fast basket + short water time = not much water in the basket slow basket + long watering time = lots of water in the basket fast basket + long water time = not much water in the basket, lots of water on the floor

15. W W h h e e n n t t o o W W a a t t e e r r We’ve dealt with where to water, and how much to water; finally, the last thing we need to tell the GO-1 is when to water. There are several ways to use the GO-1 to tell the Boomerang when to water. We deal here with just two of them– the most basic and essential: We have two settings corresponding to these two uses: But before we can work with ways of timing watering, we need to get to the right screen- the ‘Boomerang Station Setup’ screen. Using the GO-1 to tell the boom to water right now  Using the GO-1 to schedule the boom to water at some future time  Manual Watering  Timed Normal Watering  If you want the Boomerang to water only when you personally tell it to (through the GO-1), use Manual Watering Sometimes you want to schedule the Boomerang to water when you aren’t in the greenhouse (or at the GO-1). That’s what Timed Normal Watering is for

9. BOOMERANG CROP INFO XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX BOOM NAME: UNIT 01 CROP NUMBER: 01 CROP NAME: CROP XX VALVES: 12 WATER TIME: XX SEC SPEED 12 ENTER TEXT. The ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ Screen By following the instructions thus far, Joe has just finished telling the GO-1 where to water by telling it: By selecting a Boomerang on the ‘Select-a-Boomerang’ screen By selecting a Crop on the ‘Select-a- Crop’ screen By selecting Valve 1 ( = top tier) in the ‘Boomerang Crop Info’ screen. So now the GO-1 knows that it needs to talk to Boomerang 1 about Crop 1, and that Crop 1 is located on Boomerang 1’s first tier. DONE Which Boomerang to talk to  Which crop to talk about  Where this crop is  Valve 1 = top tier Valve 2 = bottom tier Programming the location of the second crop would be identical except that Joe would select Crop 2 in the Choose-a Crop screen, and Valve 2 in the Crop Info Screen, since Crop 2 is on the second tier of Boomerang 1. 1

5. MAIN MENU - BOOMERANG NETWORK XX:XX:XX XX/XX/XX SETUP BOOMERANGS EDIT VPD ADD NEW BOOMERANGS EDIT FERTIGATE MAKE A SELECTION. PAGE 1 of 1 If we want to use the GO-1 to control boom- erang watering, there are three things that we need to tell it. Where to water, how much to water, and when to water. Here’s the way things are set up: So to tell the GO-1 where to water, we must tell it: We will try to use an example to make things clearer. WATERING W W h h e e r r e e t t o o W W a a t t e e r r Each GO-1 has several boomerangs  Each Boomerang has 1 or 2 crops  Each crop has a specific location on its boomerang: top tier, bottom tier, or both  Which Boomerang to talk to  Which crop to talk about  Where this crop is  The GO-1 doesn’t think about indi- vidual baskets; it thinks about crops : A crop is a group of baskets on one Boomerang that all get the same amount of water, at the same time. Baskets with similar water needs should be combined into one crop. Working with the GO-1 is easier if you also mentally group baskets this way.

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