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SBE 55 ECO Water Sampler
Configuration Details

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Part # Description Notes
55 ECO WATER SAMPLER, Includes: Electronic Control Module (ECM) with programmable auto-fire function & real-time sea cable interface, 600 m plastic housing  with anodized aluminum end cap & standard XSG connectors, one 3-position lanyard release array, stainless steel guard frame with six integral bottle mounting brackets, three 4-liter ECO sample bottles, ECM to computer cable, & complete documentation. Real-time operation requires SBE 33 Deck Unit (sold separately). Order optional 6-bottle system & CTD integration in addition to basic configuration if required. ECO is shipped fully assembled.

ECO can be used with following systems:

  • Autonomous operation (no conducting wire; bottles close based on pre-programmed pressures or times) ‑ for use with SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, or 25plus CTD; or no CTD

  • Real-time data acquisition & water sampler control (requires SBE 33 Deck Unit, slip-ring equipped winch, & single-conductor cable) -- for use with SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, or 49 CTD; or no CTD

 

Notes:

  • Optional auxiliary sensors on CTDs not shown.
  • (real-time system) Computer, slip-ring-equipped winch, conductive cable, & NMEA 0183 navigation device not supplied by Sea-Bird.
  • (real-time system) Seasave also supports acquisition of data from a NMEA device connected directly to computer (instead of deck unit) for all CTDs shown.
See SBE 32, 32C Compact, or 32SC Sub-Compact Carousel Water Sampler for samplers with more bottles, and/or samplers that are compatible for use with SBE 9plus / 11plus CTD (SBE 32 or 32C only).

Note: See SBE 55 and SBE 32 Change Notice for information on latch changes that were implemented in 2011.

SBE 55 6-Bottle Option
55-1 Upgrade to 6-bottle system add one 3-position lanyard release array, cable, & three 4-liter ECO sample bottles

Note: Shown with titanium wet-pluggable connector (see 55-3a & 55-3b) and with optional titanium side bars on latches (see SBE 55 and SBE 32 Change Notice)
Standard ECO comes with 1 lanyard release module (latches for 3 bottles) & 3 bottles. You can add a second lanyard release module to provide 6-bottle capability. Additional release module can be ordered with ECO, or can be ordered later & easily added to ECO in field. Each lanyard release module is cabled to a separate connector on Electronics Control Module (ECM).

55-1 includes lanyard release module, cable to connect it to ECM, three 4-liter bottles, & band clamps to attach bottles to mounting brackets.

SBE 55 Wet-Pluggable Connector Options (aluminum ECM end cap)
55-2a 3-bottle system with aluminum ECM end cap: Wet-Pluggable connectors instead of Standard connectors on 55 & cables

Standard Connector (Impulse XSG)
on lanyard release module

Wet-pluggable connector (MCBH)
on lanyard release module
Note: Both shown with optional titanium side bars on latches (see SBE 55 and SBE 32 Change Notice)

Wet-pluggable connectors may be mated in wet conditions. Their pins do not need to be dried before mating. By design, water on connector pins is forced out as connector is mated. However, they must not be mated or un-mated while submerged. Wet-pluggable connectors have a non-conducting guide pin to assist pin alignment (exception: 6-pin connectors) & require less force to mate, making them easier to mate reliably under dark or cold conditions, compared to our standard (Impulse XSG/RMG) connectors. Like standard connectors, wet-pluggables need proper lubrication & require care during use to avoid trapping water in sockets.

If planning to use SBE 55 for autonomous operation (no conducting wire; bottles close based on pre-programmed pressures or times), we strongly recommend wet-pluggable connectors. You must connect to SBE 55 on deck after each deployment to re-arm auto-fire mechanism. Wet-pluggable connectors provide better reliability given potential for rain, wave splash, etc.
(If cost is an issue, an alternative is to use a jumper cable, with a standard connector at SBE 55 end and a wet-pluggable connector at other end, to plug into a wet-pluggable data I/O cable. This allows you to mate / unmate a wet-pluggable connector to arm system. Contact Sea-Bird for quote for jumper cable.)

These options include substituting aluminum wet-pluggable connectors for all connectors on Electronics Control Module (ECM) & on lanyard release module(s), as well as compatible cable(s) from ECM to lanyard release module(s).

55-2b 6-bottle system with aluminum ECM end cap: Wet-Pluggable connectors instead of Standard connectors on 55 & cables
SBE 55 Titanium End Cap & Connector Upgrade Options (better corrosion resistance, less maintenance)
55-3a 3-bottle system: Titanium ECM end cap with Wet-pluggable connectors (ECM, release array, & cables) instead of aluminum ECM end cap
ECM with standard aluminum end cap & standard connectors
Standard Electronics Control Module (ECM) has an aluminum end cap (as shown at right). This upgrade provides:
  • titanium end cap for ECM,
  • titanium wet-pluggable connectors on titanium end cap & on lanyard release module(s), &
  • compatible cable(s) from ECM to lanyard release module(s)
55-3b 6-bottle system: Titanium ECM end cap with Wet-pluggable connectors (ECM, release array, & cables) instead of aluminum ECM end cap
SBE 55 CTD Integration Options
55-4a CTD integration (Standard Connectors), SBE 19/19plus/19plus V2, includes CTD mount brackets & CTD to ECM cable CTD integration options provide appropriate mounts & interface cables for system.
  • 55-4a: SBE 19 / 19plus /19plus V2 with pump is mounted to ECO wire mesh.
  • 55-4b: SBE 25 / 25plus main housing (with modular pressure sensor mounted to SBE 25 main housing), temperature & conductivity sensor pair, & pump are each mounted to SBE 55 wire mesh.
  • 55-4c & -4d: These are same as 55-4a & -4b respectively, except they include wet-pluggable connectors on interface cables. Applicable if wet-pluggable connectors selected for SBE 55 (55-2a, 55-2b, 55-3a, or 55-3b).
These options determine mounts & interface cables for CTD, but do not include cost of CTD. Order CTD separately.

Note regarding auxiliary sensors: These integration options do not include mounting auxiliary sensors (for example, dissolved oxygen, fluorometer, turbidity, etc.). For mounting auxiliary sensors, contact Sea-Bird.

55-4b CTD integration (Standard Connectors), SBE 25/25plus, includes CTD main housing mount brackets, T-C & pump sensor mounts, & CTD to ECM cable
55-4c CTD integration (Wet-pluggable Connectors), SBE 19/19plus/19plus V2, includes CTD mount brackets & CTD to ECM cable
55-4d CTD integration (Wet-pluggable Connectors), SBE 25/25plus, includes CTD main housing mount brackets, T-C & pump sensor mounts, & CTD to ECM cable
SBE 55 Spares & Accessories
801511 9 NiMH cells in rechargeable drop-in pack (10.8V/8 Ah)
ECO's Electronics Control Module (ECM) comes standard with alkaline batteries, but can be powered with rechargeable NiMH batteries instead. Batteries are easily accessed by unscrewing battery end cap.
90504 NiMH battery charger for 6, 9, or 12 cells / 8 Ah D-cell packs. Provides full recharge in 2 hours, includes AC power cord & battery charging cable
17088 Cable, ECM to release latch array, Standard connectors, 1.1 m (DN 30567) From Electronics Control Module (ECM) to latch release module; 1 cable required for each 3-position latch release module.
  • 17088 -- For ECM & latch release module with standard connectors
  • 171792 -- For ECM & latch release module with wet-pluggable connectors
171792 Cable, ECM to release latch array, Wet-Pluggable connectors, 1.1 m (DN 32810)
172302 Data I/O extender cable for SBE 55, Standard connectors, 0.7 m (DN 33233) 6-pin female end connects to Electronics Control Module (ECM) end cap; 4-pin male end connects to data I/O cable. Leave extender cable connected to ECM, & make connection to data I/O cable at end of extension (instead of at end cap, which is crowded with a number of connectors & may be difficult to access).
  • 172302 -- For ECM with standard connectors
  • 172303 -- For ECM with wet-pluggable connectors
172303 Data I/O extender cable for SBE 55, Wet-pluggable connectors, 0.7 m (DN 33234)
801436 Data I/O cable, Auto Fire Module or 55 ECM, Standard connector (RMG-4FS) to DB-9S, shielded, 20 m (DN 32808) From data I/O extender cable to computer, for setting up system & downloading data.
  • 801436 -- For ECM with standard connectors
  • 801460 -- For ECM with wet-pluggable connectors
Note: Several early production models of ECO were sold without an extender cable, & were supplied with 6-pin to DB-9S data I/O cable [801695 (standard connector) or 801696 (wet-pluggable connector)]  instead of 801436 or 801460.
801460 Data I/O cable, Auto Fire Module or 55 ECM, Wet-pluggable connector (MCIL-4FS) to DB-9S, shielded, 20 m (DN 32861)
172259 Cable, ECM to CTD (19/19plus/19plus V2/25/25plus), Standard connectors, 1.2 m (DN 33191) From Electronics Control Module (ECM) to SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, or 49 CTD.
  • 172259 -- For ECM & CTD with standard connectors
  • 172260 -- For ECM & CTD with wet-pluggable connectors
172260 Cable, ECM to CTD (19/19plus/19plus V2/25/25plus), Wet-Pluggable connectors, 1.2 m (DN 33192)
17120 2-pin sea cable extension, Standard connectors, 2 m (DN 30588) Female end connects to Electronics Control Module (ECM) end cap; male end connects to sea cable. Many users leave extension connected to ECM, & make connection to sea cable at end of extension (instead of at end cap, which is crowded with a number of connectors & may be difficult to access).
  • 17120 -- For ECM with standard connectors
  • 171743 -- For ECM with wet-pluggable connectors
171743 2-pin sea cable extension, Wet-Pluggable connectors, 2 m (DN 32763)
50496 Spare latch assembly - plastic side bar (standard from 2012)  
801714 4-liter ECO water sample bottle (spare) ECO water sample bottle is uniquely designed for ECO Sampler.

Several early production models of ECO were sold with Ocean Test Equipment (OTE) bottles instead of PN 801714 ECO 4-liter bottles. PN 50424, 50425, 50426, 50427, & 50430 cannot be used with OTE bottles. For bottle repair kit for OTE bottles, order PN 50135 OTE bottle repair kit instead of PN 50427.

Note: Each bottle comes with materials needed for lanyards (nylon monofilament line, brass hook, nicopress sleeves, & plastic lanyard ball).

  • For bottles that come with ECO, Sea-Bird puts ECO together, mounts bottles, & rigs lanyards appropriately. Therefore, lanyards are already rigged when customer receives order.
  • However, when spare bottles are ordered, Sea-Bird cannot rig lanyards because we do not know precise lengths required. Customer is responsible for mounting bottles to ECO & rigging lanyards appropriately, using provided lanyard materials. Note that a tool (such as pliers made for crimping on soldered electrical connections) is needed to crimp nicopress sleeves; order PN 65001, Crimping Tool for Nicopress Sleeves, if needed.

 

50427 Bottle repair kit, for Sea-Bird ECO Sampler bottles (includes O-ring kit, 2 end plugs, latex rubber power cord (1.2 m), drain valve assembly, air vent, monofilament (6.1 m), brass hook, nicopress sleeves, 2 polyethylene balls)  (document 67185)
50424 Drain valve assembly, for PN 801714 ECO Sampler bottle (document 67182)
50425 Air vent valve, for PN 801714 ECO Sampler bottle (document 67183)
50426 O-ring kit, for PN 801714 ECO Sampler bottle (document 67184)
30988 ECO Sampler bottle clamp (order 2 per bottle)
50430 ECO bottle mounting and lanyard kit for one PN 801714 ECO Sampler bottle (document 67194)
50422 Mounting Bracket Kit, ECM or 19/19plus/19plus V2/25/25plus CTD to SBE 55 (document 67179) For mounting on SBE 55 mesh panel:
  • SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, or 25plus CTD, or
  • Electronics Control Module (ECM)

 

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Additional cables, mount kits, and spares may be found at: Cables, Mount kits for Sea-Bird sensors, Mount kits for Third Party sensors, Spare parts

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