Grundfos introduces new groundwater pump controller to advance APAC’s smart agricultural future

The controller provides reliability and flexibility to control submersible borehole pumps for irrigation, extraction, and agricultural water supply and transfer.

The LC232 Controller from Grundfos.

Grundfos has launched the LC232 Controller in four markets in the Asia-Pacific region, namely Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. The LC232 Controller utilises smart technology to bring ease of use, monitoring capabilities, and greater connectivity.

Increasing, smart agricultural solutions aim to optimise productivity and meet the key challenges farmers face, including regular equipment maintenance, being labour intensive to keep track of operations, and ensuring resources are used precisely and efficiently. A key area where smart technology needs to play a bigger role in is groundwater intake, which is becoming increasingly important in agricultural production.

The LC232 Controller allows for remote monitoring and access of submersible borehole pumps, enabling intelligent control right at user’s fingertips. The Bluetooth-enabled solution allows users to monitor, control, and schedule water use from their smartphone with the intuitive Grundfos Go Remote app, which is available for both iOS and Android operating systems. Users can manage tasks anytime when in range, reducing the need for manpower and lowering operational costs.

The Grundfos Go Remote app also alerts the users via a series of alarms that indicate issues such as pump overheating, dry-run, or high-water levels. Users can access pump diagnostics, create, and e-mail reports on-site from the app. This ensures users can address operational issues, reducing unnecessary downtime and maintenance costs, and ultimately extend the lifespan of their submersible borehole pumps.

Commenting on the launch of the new solution, Rick Holland, senior regional sales director, water utility – Asia-Pacific and county director Australia, said: “Agricultural is an important industry across Asia-Pacific, but it is also rightfully considered to be one of the most resource and labour-intensive industries. Grundfos believes that intelligent technology and connectivity can help address some of the more pertinent operational and manpower challenges.

“With the LC232 Controller, we have created an industry-first that empowers them with greater control and functionality on their groundwater systems, so that they can focus their time and energy on other agricultural processes and help drive agricultural productivity to greater heights.”

Designed for applications with one or two pumps, the LC232 Controller is also ideal for water intake applications in private installations or smaller waterworks, as well as water lowering on construction sites. Other applications include tank emptying or filling applications with float switch or analogue travel transmitters. Supporting up to five control levels for both analogue level transmitter or float switch operations, the LC232 Controller allows users to avoid over pumping their borehole in water intake or irrigation applications.