Compact Snow Detector

Compact Snow Detector

-Automatic Activation means Lower Deicing Costs
-Reliable Rain and Snow Detection
-Full 30A @ 240VAC Control
-Field Strap for 100-120/200-240 VAC Operation
-Replaceable Precipitation Sensor
-Easy Installation, Full Access to Electronics
-Adjustable Temperature Trigger Point
-Adjustable Delay Off Cycle
-Selectable Low Temperature Cutoff
-Smart "Manual On" Operates for One Delay Off Cycle

The unit is housed in a two gang PVC enclosure. The overall dimensions of the control/sensor unit are 4"(120) x 7"(178) x 2"(70). The unit weighs 2 pounds. The user may access all electronics by removing the four front cover screws.

Wiring is performed by terminating your existing wiring to the pre-installed pigtails. The enclosure is mounted by either attaching the mounting hub to a rigid " or " conduit or by installing screws through the four mounting tabs provided.

The control can be powered from either a 100-120 VAC or 200-240 VAC 50/60Hz source. Peak power consumption is 15 watts. Voltage selection is performed by installing provided jumpers onto the printed circuit board. The unit provides a single 240VAC @ 30A normally open load contact set. This contact set is paralleled with a low power contact set to provide remote activation monitoring. Operational temperature range is -40C to +85C.


An environmentally sealed control switch is provided. The "Manual On" function activates the controlled equipment for testing and special operational conditions. The "Automatic" position allows the controller to handle all detections and control. The "Standby/Reset" position disables triggering and can also be used to clear the delay off timer from true or test activation. Remote control and monitor up to 1000 feet away is also available when the optional C/M cable listed is installed.


A new feature has been added to the SD-10728-1A. If the switch is placed in "Manual On" for less than 2 seconds, then switched back to "Automatic" the controller will execute one delay off cycle. The delay off cycle is determined by the DEL switch setting and the DEL adjustment, i.e., 2 minutes in "sensor" mode, 30-90 minutes in "controller" mode. This can be used to clear surfaces with a frost or hail buildup without the danger of leaving the system in a continuous "Manual On" condition. "Standby/Reset" can still be used to clear this delay off cycle.

Operating Modes


The table below outlines the operating modes for the unit. Trigger Temperature (TT) is adjustable from 34F-44F using an on-board control. When ambient air temperature (AT) is below this trigger point precipitation is assumed to be snow or freezing rain. When above the trigger point, precipitation is assumed to be rain.

"Delay Off" refers to the internal drying cycle timer. The timer is used to allow the control to dry the heated surface through evaporation once precipitation has stopped. The drying cycle reduces the chance that moisture left behind by the melting process will refreeze into ice. This timer is restarted by each precipitation detection. Therefore, the snow detector will continue to operate as long as precipitation and trigger temperature is detected, then for the "Delay Off" time once rain or snow stops. It is assumed that, when operating as a sensor, the unit is supplying an activation signal to an external control system. All "sensor" modes provide a minimum 2 minute closure to reducing cycling of the external controller. When in a "controller" mode the Delay Off time can be adjusted from 30-90 minutes. Proper adjustment assures drying without excessive runtime.

The Low Temperature Cutoff (LTC) option is typically used on deicing or snow melting systems with limited output capacity. If selected, the sensor will not trigger if precipitation is detected below 15F. However, if the deicing system has been activated, precipitation continues, and the ambient temperature drops below 15F, LTC will be ignored. This assures that water left behind on the surface during the heating cycle will not immediately refreeze into ice as a result of deactivating the deicing system.


Function Ambient Temp (AT) Delay Off Suggested Application
Snow sensor w/o LTC AT < TT 2 Min. Snow and ice alert, sensor for external deice/snow melt controller (unlimited heat)
Snow sensor w/ LTC TT > AT > 15F 2 Min. Sensor for external deice/snow melt controller (limited heat)
Snow controller w/o LTC AT < TT 30-90 Min. Stand-alone controller for satellite antenna/tower deicing and electric/hydronic snow melting
Snow controller w/ LTC TT > AT > 15F 30-90 Min. Stand-alone controller for satellite antenna/tower deicing and electric/hydronic snow melting
Precipitation Sensor N/A 2 Min. Snow, ice and rain alert, Ku band rain and snow diversion
Precipitation Controller N/A 30-90 Min. Snow, ice and rain alert, Ku band rain and snow diversion
Rain Sensor AT > TT 2 Min. Rain alert, Ku band rain and snow diversion
Rain Controller AT > TT 30-90 Min. Ku band rain diversion


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