Underhill’s Novo 2Wire Converter is a new solution for expanding or renovating multi-wire irrigation systems. Compatible with all major controllers, Novo installs alongside the host multi-wire controller as part of a hybrid system and can manage up to 32 new two-wire stations.
In a hybrid plan the host controller continues to activate the original, multi-wire stations, while the Novo converter manages the newly-added two-wire valves.
Underhill says hybrid systems with Novo converters have become increasingly popular on large residential and commercial landscapes that are undergoing renovations.
A built environment, for example, may require the addition of new trees, lawns or low-volume planting areas, along with new hardscape, such as parking lots and ramps. Rather than digging up the existing landscape to connect a multi-wire system, installers can now set up a compatible Novo hybrid system by connecting a single pair of properly-sized wires from the last existing multi-wire valve to new two-wire valves with decoders. No grounding or special wire is required.
For freeways or other linear sites, two-wire can provide longer wire runs at less expense than multi-wire systems, according to Underhill. In addition, two-wire troubleshooting is a quick procedure with a Novo system, the company says, because it’s less time-consuming to find and repair two troublesome wires rather than a bundle of broken field wires in a multi-wire set-up.
Headquartered in Mission Viejo, California, Underhill makes water-saving irrigation products for golf courses, sports fields, commercial and residential installations.