Controlling a Pool Cover with EnOcean® Enabled Wireless Devices

July 11, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Problem

Recently I got a tech support call from a homeowner asking if they could use our RIB® relays to control a swimming pool cover. The customer wanted to control their pool cover from multiple places throughout the house. There was no switch or sensor on either end of the pool, so there was no end-stop limit.

Solution

With the large amount of wiring that would be involved, we started looking at wireless options. A few decora-style two-position wall switches (WWS-EN3) and two EnOcean® enabled wireless RIB® relays (RIBW01B-EN3) allowed for an easy application.

The wireless switches would be tied to the clockwise and counterclockwise legs of a reversible motor, so only one direction of the pool cover could be powered at a time. For example, the top position of the switch could open the cover, and the bottom position of the switch could close the cover. Because the switch is programmed as momentary, a bonus is that no end switch needs to be installed, and the cover can be stopped anywhere the owner wants.

The wiring for the WWS-EN3 switch is also very simple – it has no wires or batteries and does not require solar light. That’s right! Just stick it or screw it to your wall and you’re done. The relay transceivers are simple to wire up, too. Take a look at Fig. 1 below which illustrates the application.

Fig. 1

If you own a pool, you may consider using our wireless products to make controlling your pool cover a breeze. We would be happy to walk you through the application. If you have any questions or need support for our other products, feel free to send us an email or give us a call.


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David Mackey is an Engineer for Functional Devices. He is a husband of one, a father of three, and a servant of Christ Jesus. David graduated from Purdue University with an Electrical Engineering Technology degree. He enjoys working with his hands on things like woodworking, cars and, of course, electronics. He is 5′ 13″ and wears glasses, unless he wears contacts. He is also a self-made hundredaire.