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A Powerful Solution for Shared Flow

The FlowStation is a powerful shared flow controller that allows up to 20 BaseStation 3200 irrigation controllers to share water resources in the cloud or by local area network. Whether you have one large mainline across a property, or you are combining controllers across multiple mainlines, the FlowStation offers the features and flexibility to tackle the job.

With the FlowStation, you can share up to 20 separate water sources and 20 separate control points with each control point assigned to one of 40 shared mainlines. The FlowStation will intelligently manage each mainline and allocate water resources among the connected BaseStation 3200 controllers.

Features

Advanced Features for Irrigation Water Management


Flow Monitoring: With the FlowStation, you have the ability to monitor for high and unexpected flow events. The FlowStation will take action when a flow fault is detected and discontinue use of the faulted control point.

Flow Management: The FlowStation maximizes the number of valves and controllers that can operate at once based on the amount of water that is available which dramatically reduces water windows.

Site Management: The FlowStation supports advanced features such as program priorities, start, stop and pause conditions, and water budgets.

Remote Control: With the FlowStation App you can remotely configure and manage your FlowStation from a desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

Get quick access to program controllers, share flow between them, and then manage the entire scope of hydraulics.

The FlowStation App is a cloud-based, shared-flow configuration and programming app that allows you to easily:

  • Design flows for Water Sources, Control Points, and Mainlines
  • Define operational delays based on time or pressure for system stabilization
  • Assign Zones to Mainlines for optimized flow resolution

To access the FlowStation App, you must have an AppManager account and an active FlowStation App subscription (part number: BL-APPMGR-FL).

Specifications

FlowStation Specifications


FlowStation Display Features

  • High contrast 3.25” backlit mono LCD screen
  • Screen resolution 128×64 pixels
  • Screen LCD brightness of 250 lumens for easy viewing in direct sunlight

FlowStation Features

The FlowStation can share:

  • Water resources with as many as 20 BaseStation 3200 irrigation controllers
  • Up to 20 separate water sources
  • Up to 20 separate control points
  • Up to 40 separate mainlines

FlowStation Programmable Features

You can assign the shared water sources, control points, mainlines, and BaseStation 3200 irrigation controllers from the FlowStation main display or from Baseline’s FlowStation App™ (with a paid subscription).

Note

For more information about the FlowStation App, refer to Baseline’s Central Control Technical Specification.

Water Sources

You can set up the water sources from the FlowStation main display or from the FlowStation App.

  • Enable/disable each water source
  • Set a priority for each water source. The priority setting controls how water is allocated to controllers.
  • Set a water budget limit for each water source and set the water source to shut down if the water budget is exceeded
  • Set up an empty condition for the water source. Water sources have empty conditions monitored by moisture sensors, event switches, and pressure sensors
Control Points

You can set up the control points from the FlowStation main display or from Baseline’s FlowStation App.

  • Enable/disable each control point
  • Set a target flow for each control point
  • Set flow limits for each control point
    • Set a limit for high flow through this control point
    • Set the control point to shut down if the high flow limit is exceeded
    • Set a limit for unscheduled flow through this control point
    • Set the control point to shut down if the unscheduled flow limit is exceeded
  • Set up pressure limits for each control point
    • Set a high pressure limit on this control point
    • Set the control point to shut down if the high pressure limit is exceeded
    • Set a low pressure limit on this control point
    • Set the control point to shut down if the low pressure limit is exceeded
Mainlines

You can set up the mainlines from the FlowStation main display or from Baseline’s FlowStation App.

  • Enable/disable each mainline
  • Set a maximum flow limit for each mainline. The flow is dynamically allocated to the controllers.
  • Set a priority for each mainline
  • Specify the pipe fill stabilization for each mainline in seconds or by pressure (PSI)
  • Set basic and advanced flow variance parameters for each mainline
  • Set delays for zones on each mainline
Hydraulic System Configuration

In the FlowStation, you can assign the following hydraulic system components:

  • Water source to a control point
  • Control point to a mainline
  • Mainline to a mainline
  • Mainline to a control point


FlowStation Reports


Controller Status
  • Status of each connected controller
  • Controller number
  • Controller serial number
  • Controller MAC address
  • Requested/Assigned Flow (alternates every 30 seconds)
  • Requested/Assigned Concurrent (alternates every 30 seconds)
  • Controller description
Controller Mainline Status
  • Status of each controller mainline
  • Controller mainline number
  • Requested/Assigned Flow (alternates every 30 seconds)
  • Requested/Assigned Concurrent (alternates every 30 seconds)
Booster Pump Status
  • Status of each booster pump
  • Booster pump number
  • Booster pump description
Control Point Status
  • Status of each control point
  • Control point number
  • Control point reported GPM flow rate
  • Control point reported usage in gallons
  • Control point reported PSI
  • Control point description
Water Source Status
  • Status of each water source
  • Water source number
  • Total usage reported from all assigned control points
  • Water source description


FlowStation Messages

Messages notify you when something in your system needs your attention, such as an error on the controller that affects all programs, a disconnected controller, or a flow fault.

BaseStation 3200 Features for Shared Flow

Note

Complete details for the BaseStation 3200 V17 irrigation controller are found in the BaseStation 3200 Technical Specification – V17 Firmware.

Operating Features for Shared Flow
  • When a start condition is met for any one of the BaseStation 3200’s shared schedules, the controller requests water from the FlowStation. If the FlowStation determines there is adequate water available, it will allocate the water to the requesting controller’s schedule. If water is not available, the schedule will wait until the FlowStation allocates water before it begins.
  • The FlowStation allocates water based on the priority setting for the shared water sources.
  • Booster pumps that are configured on the BaseStation 3200 and assigned to the FlowStation can be started when water is used from the shared control point.
  • If a shared control point has a high flow or high pressure shutdown event, the controller will shut down the control point and notify the FlowStation immediately.
  • If a configuration change is made to the BaseStation 3200, the change will be sent to the FlowStation.
  • When a control point is assigned to the FlowStation, it maintains all the settings that were assigned on the BaseStation 3200 except priority and rationing.
Programmable Features for Shared Flow
  • In the BaseStation 3200, the user can assign any/all of the following hydraulic components to the FlowStation:
    • Water sources
    • Control points
    • Mainlines
  • When the hydraulic component is assigned to the FlowStation, it is known as a “shared” resource and is labeled with “Managed by the FlowStation.” When the hydraulic component is assigned to the BaseStation, it is known as a “local” resource and is labeled with “Managed locally.”


FlowStation System Backup & Restore

  • You can export all FlowStation data to a USB flash drive or to BaseManager (with a paid subscription).
  • You can also restore all FlowStation programming information directly from a USB flash drive or from BaseManager.

Communication Requirements

  • The FlowStation requires a static IP address on the network, and each BaseStation 3200 will need to have an IP address on the network.
  • The BaseStation 3200 can be assigned a static IP address, or it can operate in DHCP mode.
  • Each BaseStation 3200 is assigned to a FlowStation by programming the IP address of the FlowStation into the controller.
  • Where an existing network is not available, a radio network can be set up using Baseline Ethernet radios or Wi-Fi communication modules. Access to the Internet is not required. Please see the Ethernet Radio Technical Specification and the Wi-Fi Module Technical Specification for more information.

Information Security Controls

The FlowStation includes information security controls that enable secure networking with other Baseline products.

To learn more about the FlowStation security controls, refer to the Baseline Security Controls Technical Specification.


Electrical Specifications


Power Specifications

The FlowStation comes standard with a 120 VAC transformer, which has apparent power of 12 VA.

Surge

  • Up to 5 levels of surge protection built into the controller boards
  • Minimum surge response time of 1 picosecond

Enclosure Options

 “X” Cabinet—Wall Mount Enclosure

  • Dimensions: 15.50” x 12.38” x 6.40”
  • 16 Gauge, powder-coated

“XS” Cabinet—Wall Mount Enclosure

  • Dimensions: 15.50” x 12.38” x 6.40”
  • 16 Gauge, 304-grade stainless steel

“P” Pedestal Enclosure

  • Dimensions: 17.38” x 36.25” x 12.63”
  • 16 Gauge, 304-grade stainless steel

“PSS” Super Strong Pedestal Enclosure

  • Dimensions: 16” x 38” x 15.5”
  • 16 Gauge, 304-grade stainless steel

Enclosure Notes

  • FlowStations in the “X” and “XS” enclosures are large enough to hold the controller and a communication module. The communication module will be built into the enclosure by the factory when ordered together.
  • Baseline recommends that “X” or “XS” enclosures be specified when a wall-mount enclosure and communication modules are required.
  • The FlowStation is not available as a stand-alone unit in a pedestal enclosure. It can be installed as an add-on module in a BaseStation 3200 pedestal enclosure.
  • When adding a FlowStation into the enclosure of a BaseStation 3200 pedestal, the communication module should be specified as part of the controller. Refer to the BaseStation 3200 Configuration and Specification Guide for more information.
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How to Specify

FlowStation Shared Flow Controller

Share up to 20 separate control points and assign each control point to one of 40 shared mainlines. Water can be managed and allocated among 20 BaseStation 3200 irrigation controllers. Specify one FlowStation for each shared flow group.

Part Number: BL-FLOWSTN


FlowStation App

The FlowStation App is a cloud-based, shared-flow configuration and programming application within the AppManager framework.

Part Number: BL-APPMGR-FL