What are the maintenance items and operational checks I should perform on an annual basis for my Carmanah beacon system or radar speed sign?

This article provides a checklist of items to cover when performing annual maintenance or operational checks for your Carmanah systems.

Product applicability

The following products are discussed in this article:

  • E Series: R920-E, R820-E, R829-E and R247-E
  • F Series: R920-F, R820-F, R829-F and R247-F
  • G Series: SC315-G, R820-G, R829-G and R247-G

Please see the list below for items to check and verify when performing your annual system maintenance and checks.

Description E/F/G Series SpeedCheck
Ensure solar panel is clean X X
Ensure solar panel is facing south X X
Ensure solar panel is not obstructed by new objects, like trees X X
Clean exterior of solar engine or cabinet X X
Clean exterior of radar speed sign   X
Check for vandalism or damage X X
Ensure Ambient Brightness Sensor (ABS) cover is intact - https://support.carmanah.com/ambient-brightness-sensor-cover-inspection X  
Clean interior of solar engine or cabinet X X
Check on-board user interface (OBUI) or charge controller to ensure solar panel is producing voltage - https://support.carmanah.com/navigating-on-board-user-interface X X
Check battery voltage and note age of battery for potential replacement X X
Use battery tester on battery, if available X X
Ensure all fuses are in tact X X
Ensure power supply is producing 15 VDC to system (AC only) X X
Ensure beacon/RRFB is facing oncoming traffic or in the correct orientation for your application X  
Clean exterior of beacon/RRFB X  
Push the button and ensure all systems light up at crossing. Perform the same for all buttons at crossing X  
Ensure 24-hour beacon is flashing continuously X  

Ensure school zone beacon systems:

  • Have up to date schedule loaded
  • Have accurate date/time set
  • Have their beacon(s) turn on only during scheduled times

See - https://support.carmanah.com/school-zone-calendar-operation. End user may need to update schedule as required

Run a BIST - https://support.carmanah.com/built-in-self-test X  
Radar speed sign is picking up traffic at desired range   X
Display is showing proper speed and digits are functional (Run Test Sequence)   X

Some items or actions may not be applicable based on your application.