Underhill introduces Sapien 2-wire controller

Sapien, a dedicated two-wire controller that operates up to 63 stations, is now available from Underhill International, the company that pioneered two-wire technology in the U.S.

Two-wire allows the contractor to install an entire control system with just two wires (power and signal) running from the controller to decoder/receivers in each valve. The decoders respond to “on-off commands” from the controller.

Sapien, known as a “decoder-based” controller, also uses the same valve decoders that are installed in a Hunter ICC two-wire system and in Underhill’s Universal 2Wire modules.

Designed for flexibility, Sapien works in multiple applications: new irrigation systems, a multi-wire conversion or a two-wire (or multi-wire) expansion. No special wiring or field grounding is required.

With an easy-to-read backlit display, Sapien’s features an exclusive LightTouch™ screen that “talks” the user through the set-up with buttons that light up sequentially.

Sapien offers ABCD and manual programs, seasonal adjust by percentage and 12 start times per day. It is radio-control ready and rain/wind/frost sensor compatible. The controller measures just 6.3” high x 7.33 “ wide x 1.78” deep. Stainless steel wall mounts, water-proof enclosures and pedestal models are available.

Two-wire systems are typically more cost effective than multi-wire because they require only two wire runs, saving installation time and materials.

Underhill has more than 150,000 decoders at work in the ground worldwide and has expanded two-wire use in the U.S. The technology has been popular in Europe for decades for residential and large commercial installations, including sports fields, parks and public areas.

For more information about the Sapien, visit the Underhill website at: www.underhill.us