3 Reasons you’ll love our Geofence function. Help deciding Which Antenna to Order

Installation of SolarTrak trackers is simple.

You will need a screwdriver and a wrench, perhaps a socket set. Because of the wide variety of equipment that can use SolarTrak, we can only give basic instructions here, and show examples of current installations. For more help installing trackers, download our Complete Installation Guide below.

Tracker Installation Guide for trackers with Internal antenna

NewConnector-WhitebkgdEnsure that the unit has clear view of the sky and the label with the serial number is facing down for proper GPS reception.

Installing the Tracker
Unit should be attached to your equipment with provided hardware, or another similar method to ensure a secure mounting.

  1. Install the tracker – label down. Make sure it will be within reach of the battery connection.
  2. Connect the tracker’s power wires to the equipment’s battery to provide 12 to 24 VDC to SolarTrak. The wire with the fuse holder MUST be attached to the Positive (+) battery terminal.
  3. Last, connect the tracker to the battery using the gray waterproof connector.

Download Quick Install Guide for Internal Antenna PDF. Follow the “After Installation” instructions to start using SolarTrak.

Tracker Installation Guide for trackers with External antenna

AntennaTypes200pxThere are two types of external antenna: chose from magnetic or screw mount.

With a tracker using an external antenna, you can mount the tracker sideways, upside down, under cover… only the antenna needs to have access to the sky.

Installing the Tracker
Unit should be attached to equipment with provided hardware, or another similar method to ensure a secure mounting.

  1. Choose a location and attach the tracker. Make sure it will be within reach of the battery connection.
  2. Install the antenna with clear access to the sky. Coil any excess wire loosely.
  3. Connect the tracker’s power wires to the equipment’s battery to provide 12 to 24 VDC to SolarTrak. The wire with the fuse holder MUST be attached to the Positive (+) battery terminal.
  4. Last, connect the tracker to the battery using the gray waterproof connector.

Download Quick Install Guide for External Antenna PDF. Follow the “After Installation” instructions to start using SolarTrak.

InstallGuideCoverComplete Installation Guide

Download this complete guide, showing actual in-the-field installs on specific rental and construction equipment. You’ll see actual installs for Trackers with both internal and external antennas, and get ideas for the best way to install on your equipment.

 

After Installation – Both Methods

  1. Tell your company’s SolarTrak Administrator which SolarTrak unit (using the unit’s serial number) has been installed on which piece of equipment. Tell your administrator the Manufacturer, the Model number, number of Engine Hours plus any company identifier (like your inventory number). Download a the Tracker Assignment Worksheet template.
  2. Once installation is completed, the equipment will appear in SolarTrak online in the “Trackers” view as “Unassigned”.
  3. Once your company’s SolarTrak Administrator assigns a specific SolarTrak unit to a specific piece of equipment, the equipment will appear online in the Map View and List View and can be tracked.

DingoShovel500TIPS AND HINTS from our Install Crew:

Be creative! Take a moment to consider your options for various wiring paths. You can install the battery connection, then the tracker, and plug them together as the final step.

You can pass wires through pipe openings, vents, door crevices, and other grooves and indents to protect the wiring. Look for existing brackets to install the tracker (or antenna). We’ve mounted a few trackers on the roof brackets for lights on top of equipment.

It may be easier to create a metal plate and attach the tracker to it, rather than to drill through the hood or roof of your equipment. This also applies if your mounting surface is plastic or fiberglass (when mounting magnetic antenna).

Here’s help on choosing between internal and external antenna.

Need advice? Call us at 484-223-4994. We’ve installed SolarTrak trackers on lots of different equipment. We’d love to help.

 

 

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