We don’t like boundaries. So when we developed Rapid Fire automation technology we dared to be different; unleashing the world’s first wireless, battery operated, solar charged and ‘cloud-based’ automation technology.
With Dual Vector snowmaking technology + Rapid Fire automation, you’ll increase production by up to 30%, open more terrain with the best possible snow surface & maximize efficiency in all temperatures.
Plus, all Dual Vector snowmaking technology is ‘auto-ready’ so you can automate FIXED and MOBILE units without fixed infrastructure, anytime.
Rapid Fire Automation Hardware
Portable 'Black Box' Actuator
The Black Box is the world’s first wireless, portable, battery operated & solar charged actuator. Requiring no fixed infrastructure, Black Boxes automate Dual Vector snowmaking units & Fuse Air + Water Hydrants in minutes.
The simple, robust design includes a PCB board, battery, gear motor, solar panel and high gain antenna. Enclosed in a watertight housing, the PCB board includes GPS, motor controller, microprocessor, 900Mhz radio, and Blue-tooth technology.
Built to withstand the toughest conditions with military tested hardware, the Black Box eliminates field maintenance and down time. If repairs are required, simply swap out module, Black Box or operate manually by reinstalling the STEP control handle to the snowgun or hydrant.
The modular, portable system is designed to move from trail to trail if required to maximize production, run time and ROI.
Rapid Fire is the first automation to semi or fully automate FIXED & MOBILE snowmaking units to maximize the production, efficiency & snow quality of your entire snowmaking fleet.
|BLACK BOX ACTUATOR||SPECIFICATION|
|Operation||Actuations and step changes can be adjusted manually or via the ‘cloud-based’ UI; units can be controlled from any device with Internet connectivity and login credentials|
|Power Source||Black Box actuators operate with a battery that is charged with a flexible, military tested solar panel Black Boxes can also operate with existing mains power / communication line if preferred|
|Communication||Cellular modem or LAN, radio 900MHz mesh network.|
|Range||4-10 mile / 6-16 km|
|Control||Web-based / cloud software; customized UI + REPORTS. Responsive UI design can be accessed from any device with an internet browser and login credentials.|
|Temp. Rating||All components; -40°F/-40°C|
|Service + Maintenance||No downtime or field maintenance; simply swap out module, Black Box actuator or operate manually by reinstalling STEP control handle to the snowgun or hydrant.|
|Production Efficiency||Increase production by up to 30%. Programmable adjustments; know how much snow is made at each location / no over production|
|Versatility||Black Boxes automate SL snowmaking units + Fuse hydrants. Easily retrofitted to units already in field enabling you to automate your equipment at any time and without fixed infrastructure. Heavy duty, water tight Black Box enclosures are easily transported with flush mount handles and interlocking stacking ribs|
|Operation||Manual or automatic, can also operate all third-party snowmaking technologies|
|Max. Operating Pressure||1000 psi / 68.94 bar|
|Configuration||Above ground pipeline, buried pipeline + in-ground pits|
|Hydraulically Balanced||Low torque: effortless and safe to manually open and close|
|Construction||Modular air + water valves; easily customized to suit any system / operation|
|Pressure Regulation||Easily regulate desired water pressure. Optional wireless pressure transducers can be fitted to air / water for pressure and medium temperature readings. Transducers can be relocated when Black Boxes are moved|
|Auto-Drain||On shut down, the Fuse Hydrant depressurizes hoses; no springs, balls or o-rings - prevents clogging and freezing. If required, Fuse Hydrants can be configured to flush water and air lines to clear debris/moisture prior to operation|
|Servicing||Fuse hydrants installed to buried pipelines and in-ground pits are easily serviced from the surface|
|Distance / Location||Snowmaking units can be operated at ANY DISTANCE ABOVE or ADJACENT to the hydrant location|
|Hose||Hard hose is recommended|
‘FUSE’ Air + Water Hydrant
The cornerstone of Rapid Fire technology is a new hydraulically balanced air + water hydrant. Manual or automatic, Fuse Hydrants optimize snowmaking efficiency and capacity by streamlining start up and shut down procedures.
The Fuse Hydrant modular design can be customized to any configuration including;
Air + water
Above ground pipeline
Fuse Hydrants installed to buried pipeline and in-ground pits are easily serviced from above ground. Plus, you can operate Dual Vector snowmaking units and all third-party technologies at any distance above or adjacent to the hydrant location without a pit.
Hydraulically balanced, Dual Vector technology is safely operated at high water pressures (up to 1000 psi / 68.94 bar) boosting production and snow quality to new heights.
Portable Weather Station
An aspirated weather station is positioned close to a group of Dual Vector snowmaking units & Fuse Hydrants so step actuation is based on localized wet bulb temperature in real-time.
Weather stations continually communicate with the gateway and operate with the same wireless battery, solar & GPS technology as Black Boxes.
Radio communication is most effective within line of sight; portable repeaters maintain signal strength over mountains, in gully’s and built up areas where disturbances may occur.
A survey is conducted to establish the location and number of repeaters required for each system. Repeaters are built with the same enclosure, battery & solar panel as Black Boxes so they can be located anywhere on the mountain without fixed infrastructure.
Powered Gateway & Repeater
The powered gateway is the central communication hub between Rapid Fire cloud software Black Box actuators, repeaters & weather stations. Each gateway contains a cellular modem with 2 x telecom provider SIM cards & Ethernet / LAN to communicate with the cloud server.
Gateways communicate with repeaters, weather stations & Black Box actuators via a 900Mhz mesh radio network. The mesh network connects directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to Black Boxes to efficiently route data to / from the gateway. Mesh networks self-organize and self-configure, which increases reliability and fault tolerance while minimizing down time and maintenance. One gateway can communicate with a large number of portable weather stations, repeaters and Black Box actuators.
Compact powered repeaters are installed to lift stations and accessible outlets to create a robust communication network in all conditions and locations across the mountain.