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 Device offers fast and convenient access to most Rain Bird controllers, saving contractors both time and money

AZUSA, Calif. (July 13, 2010) — Rain Bird’s residential and commercial controllers have set the industry standard for efficient, sophisticated and intuitive irrigation control. Because savvy specifiers and landscape architects are always on the lookout for additional ways to save their clients both time and money, Rain Bird is introducing a new product that makes implementing these controllers an even wiser choice—the Landscape Irrigation and Maintenance Remote (LIMR).

The LIMR Wireless Remote gives grounds maintenance professionals the ability to access many Rain Bird controller devices without having to gain physical access. The LIMR consists of two primary components—a receiver and a handheld transmitter with an LCD screen and key pad. The receiver attaches to the Rain Bird controller and relays information sent by the grounds maintenance professional through the remote device, effectively telling the controller what to do. According to Scott Rottler, product manager for Rain Bird controllers, the LIMR will virtually eliminate the need for two people to perform system maintenance.

“Without this type of remote device, it can take two employees to perform tasks like system winterization, for example—one person to activate the zones and another to blow out the system,” Rottler explained. “With the LIMR, one person can do both tasks without having to walk back and forth. The same goes for any maintenance service call. In this way, the LIMR reduces business operating costs by utilizing fewer employees to handle the service call and decreasing the total amount of time spent on maintenance.”

The LIMR can also speed up system checks and sprinkler head alignment during installation. Grounds maintenance professionals can turn zones on or off manually and jump from zone to zone with no need to go through each zone sequentially. A “system test” function allows the user to specify the number of minutes, the starting zone and the ending zone. Unlike other controller remotes, the LIMR features 2-way communication. After the receiver is installed, the receiver is able to transmit information such as time remaining during a system test back to the remote, which then displays this information on its LCD screen. The information on the backlit LCD screen can be displayed in English, Spanish or French, making the remote easy to understand and use regardless of the contractor’s primary language.

Able to operate up to 255 zones, the LIMR Wireless Remote is well-suited for both residential and commercial use. The device can store the addresses of up to 128 receivers, and contractors can create custom names for up to 20 different receivers, making operation even faster and more simplified.  The LIMR is compatible with many of Rain Bird’s most popular controllers—the ESP-Modular, ESP-SMT, ESP-LX Modular, STPi and the ESP-LX+. “In fact, the LIMR Wireless Remote is the only remote available that is compatible with the ESP-SMT and the STPi,” Rottler added. “That makes it an invaluable tool for grounds maintenance professionals using those particular controller models.”

The LIMR Wireless Remote is another example of Rain Bird’s continued dedication to helping grounds maintenance professionals save money by enabling them to accomplish more in less time. For more information about the LIMR Wireless Remote or any of Rain Bird’s other quality irrigation products visit or call 1-800-RAINBIRD.

Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 450 patents worldwide, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, France, and Mexico

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