Electric fence technology is taking another giant step forward with the scheduled launch of Gallagher’s i Series Fence Energizer Systems at National Fieldays.
Featuring advanced fence monitoring technology, the i Series Energizers are another
world-first for Gallagher and highlight their ongoing commitment to solve the daily challenges of farming.
Gallagher Animal Management Marketing Manager, Mark Harris describes the i Series as the “biggest advancement in electric fencing since the launch of SmartPower in the mid-1990s”.
“These Energizers deliver so much more information into the hands of the farmer. It’s like having six people out on your farm constantly measuring the current and voltage of your fence and reporting the information back to you.”
Available in three models - M1200i, M1800i and M2800i - the new Energizers are a classic example of practical products offering brilliant simplicity.
Each model comes with an Energizer Controller that enables the user to monitor the condition of the fence and performance of the Energizer. This controller can be used to turn the Energizer on or off, set alarm thresholds, and make adjustments to the target output voltage. Mark says the ability to locate the controller away from the Energizer is a major bonus.
“Energizers are often hidden away in the back of a shed where they are not easily monitored and this can lead to uncertainty about whether saved pastures are safe or one stock class is being kept away from another. But a key advantage of an i Series Energizer is that the controller can be positioned in a separate more conveniently-accessed location where it is easy to view.”
Incorporating high efficiency components that deliver outstanding performance and stock control, i Series Fence Energizers make it easy for farmers to find and fix faults quickly and efficiently. Fence monitors compatible with the M1800i and M2800i units can be placed in strategic locations along the fence line, dividing a fence system into zones to make it quicker and easier to locate a fence fault.
To improve functionality even further, i Series Energizers are available with a range of optional features, including an SMS Energizer Controller module that enables fence performance to be monitored and controlled from anywhere with cell coverage. This means if a serious problem with a fence is detected; the farmer is notified immediately via a text message to your mobile phone.
The ability to control the M1800i & M2800i Energizer remotely with a Remote and Fault Finder means farmers don’t have to waste time returning to the Energizer to turn it on or off when they want to fix a fault. “If you are at the back of the farm fixing a fault, the last thing you want to do is drive all the way to the front of the farm just to turn the Energizer off.”
Mark says i Series Energizers will give farmers peace of mind that their fences are being constantly monitored for optimal performance.
Extensively trialled and virtually bullet-proof, all Energizers feature a rugged, water and insect resistant casing that’s designed to ensure many years of use in the toughest of rural conditions.
The flagship M2800i (28 stored joules) is the “mains-powered heart” of the new intelligent fence system, incorporating the Energizer, Energizer Controller unit and a host of compatible accessory products to make this the ultimate combined energizing, monitoring and fault-finding system.
It features a high efficiency adaptive control output, with alarms to indicate when fence or earth problems occur. An additional advantage of the M2800i is that the Energizer Controller can be installed up to 50m from the Energizer.
”All i Series Energizers have been designed to cope with greater extremes in temperature and are extremely tolerant of the wide range of mains-power fluctuations that can occur in rural locations.”
As well as ensuring consistent and high quality fence performance, the new Energizers also have applications for farm security.
When connected to the optional alarm controller and SMS accessory products, “If someone opens up an electrified gate or section of fence, the system will notify you straight away, even if you are away from the farm.”
He says the information provided by i Series Energizers will give farmers more confidence in the performance of their electric fencing systems.
“Good electric fencing is critical to the successful operation of any pastoral farm, so the whole aim of i Series Fence Energizer Systems is to give farmers the assurance that their fences are doing the job they were put there to do.”