SBE 55

SBE 55 ECO Water Sampler

Small, lightweight, robust water sampler package with magnetically activated lanyard release latch is compatible with most Sea-Bird CTDs. Three or six 4-liter bottles, real time or autonomous operation.
 
Two 3-position lanyard release assemblies
(for 6 bottles)

The SBE 55 is the ideal small-boat water sampler for coastal, estuarine, and large lake ecological monitoring. The SBE 55 is light and economical and can be integrated with an SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, or 49 CTD. It is available in a three- or six-bottle configuration with 4-liter sample bottles uniquely designed for the SBE 55.

The SBE 55 can operate autonomously on internal batteries and be programmed to close bottles at selected depths, allowing deployment using non-electrical wire or line. It also can be used with an SBE 33 Carousel Deck Unit for real-time CTD data acquisition and water sampling. Real-time operation requires an electro-mechanical cable and slip-ring equipped winch.

FEATURES

  • Small, lightweight, robust water sampler package with open structure for better flushing and less drag.
  • Three or six 4-liter bottles; easy do-it-yourself expansion from a three- to a six-bottle system.
  • Easy integration with Sea-Bird profiling CTDs.
  • Autonomous (pre-programmed) or real-time data acquisition and water sampling; bottle firing in any order.
  • Depths to 600 m.
  • Seasoft© V2 Windows software package (setup, data upload, real-time data acquisition and keyboard control of bottle firing, data processing).
  • Five-year limited warranty.

COMPONENTS

  • Electronics Control Module (ECM), one or two lanyard release assemblies, three or six 4-liter ECO sample bottles mounted in saddle brackets and fastened with band clamps, stainless steel guard frame with integral lifting bail, and mesh panels for mounting ECM, CTD, and other sensors that may be integrated with CTD (e.g., dissolved oxygen, fluorometer, turbidity, etc.).
  • CTD mounting brackets and interface cable, auxiliary sensors, and (for real-time operation) SBE 33 Carousel Deck Unit are ordered separately.

AUTONOMOUS OPERATION (no electromechanical cable required)

The Electronics Control Module provides power to and programmable control of the water sampler:

  • With a CTD ( SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus), the SBE 55 monitors pressure data and fires bottles at user-programmed pressures or depths, and records bottle number, firing confirmation, and 5 scans of CTD data for each bottle.
  • With no CTD, the SBE 55 fires bottles at user-programmed elapsed times, and records bottle number and firing confirmation for each bottle.

Data from the CTD and the SBE 55 are uploaded at the end of a cast. Alkaline D-cells provide several months of daily operation (rechargeable Ni-MH batteries available).


Photo by Paul deRoos

REAL-TIME OPERATION (via electromechanical cable)

Connect the winch cable to the Electronics Control Module and connect the SBE 33 Deck Unit to AC power and the winch slip rings to enable real-time CTD data acquisition and water sampler control from your computer keyboard or Deck Unit panel controls:

  • With a CTD (SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, or 49), the SBE 33 provides power and real-time control to the SBE 55, and power and real-time telemetry for the CTD and auxiliary sensors.
  • With no CTD, the SBE 33 provides power and real-time control to the SBE 55.

Depth Rating 600 m
Materials 316 stainless steel, titanium, anodized aluminum, plastic
Weight (in air) Without CTD or bottles - 30 kg
With SBE 19plus* & three 4-liter bottles - 51 kg empty
With SBE 19plus* & six 4-liter bottles - 60 kg empty, 84 kg full
*Note: 19plus and 19plus V2 weights are identical.
Winch Cable Compatibility Single or multi-core armored cable up to 10,000 m long with an inner core resistance of 0 - 350 ohms

The list below includes (as applicable) the current product brochure, manual, and quick guide; software manual(s); and application notes.

For older SBE 55 product manuals, organized by instrument firmware version, click here.

Title Type Publication Date PDF File
SBE 55 Brochure Product Brochure Monday, April 29, 2013 55BrochureApr13.pdf
SBE 55 Manual Product Manual Tuesday, February 10, 2015 55_008.pdf
Seasave V7 Manual Software Manual Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Seasave_7.23.2.pdf
SBE Data Processing Manual Software Manual Tuesday, March 18, 2014 SBEDataProcessing_7.23.2.pdf
Seasave V7 Quick Guide Software Quick Guide Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Seasave_ReferenceSheet_001.pdf
AN57: Connector Care and Cable Installation Application Notes Tuesday, May 13, 2014 appnote57Jan14.pdf
AN68: Using USB Ports to Communicate with Sea-Bird Instruments Application Notes Friday, October 19, 2012 appnote68Oct12.pdf
AN71: Desiccant Use and Regeneration (drying) Application Notes Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Appnote71Jan14.pdf
SeatermAF© is a terminal program for setup and data upload of Sea-Bird instruments that include Auto-Fire capability for operating a water sampler autonomously on non-conducting cable. SeatermAF is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 2.14 released September 17, 2013
SeatermAF_V2_1_4.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7


Seasave V7© acquires, converts, and displays real-time or archived raw data from Sea-Bird profiling CTDs and thermosalinographs, as well as the SBE 16 family of moored CTDs. Seasave V7 is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 7.23.2 released March 18, 2014
SeasaveV7_23_2.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7


SBE Data Processing© consists of modular, menu-driven routines for converting, editing, processing, and plotting of oceanographic data acquired with Sea-Bird profiling CTDs, thermosalinographs, and the SBE 16 and 37 families of moored CTDs. SBE Data Processing is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.
Version 7.23.2 released March 18, 2014
SBEDataProcessing_Win32_V7_23_2.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7


How often do I need to have my instrument and/or auxiliary sensors recalibrated? Can I recalibrate them myself?

General recommendations:

  • Profiling CTD — recalibrate once/year, but possibly less often if used only occasionally. We recommend that you return the CTD to Sea-Bird for recalibration. (In principle, it is possible for calibration to be performed elsewhere, if the calibration facility has the appropriate equipment andtraining. However, the necessary equipment is quite expensive to buy and maintain.) In between laboratory calibrations, take field salinity samples to document conductivity cell drift.
  • Thermosalinograph — recalibrate at least once/year, but possibly more often depending on the degree of bio-fouling in the water.
  • DO sensor —
    — SBE 43 — recalibrate once/year, but possibly less often if used only occasionally and stored correctly (see Application Note 64), and also depending on the amount of fouling and your ability to do some simple validations (see Application Note 64-2)
    — SBE 63 — recalibrate once/year, but possibly less often if used only occasionally and stored correctly and also depending on the amount of fouling and your ability to do some simple validations (see SBE 63 manual)
  • pH sensor — recalibrate every 6 months
  • Transmissometer — usually do not require recalibration for several years. Recalibration at the manufacturer’s factory is the most practical method.

Profiling CTDs:

We often have requests from customers to have some way to know if the CTD is out of calibration. The general character of sensor drift in Sea-Bird conductivity, temperature, and pressure measurements is well known and predictable. However, it is very difficult to know precisely how far a CTD calibration has drifted over time unless you have access to a very sophisticated calibration lab. In our experience, an annual calibration schedule will usually maintain the CTD accuracy to within 0.01 psu in Salinity.

Conductivity drifts as a change in slope as a result of accumulated fouling that coats the inside of the conductivity cell, reducing the area of the cell and causing an under-reporting of conductivity. Fouling consists of both biological growth and accumulated oils and inorganic material (sediment). Approximately 95% of fouling occurs as the cell passes through oil and other contaminants floating on the sea surface. Most conductivity fouling is episodic, as opposed to gradual and steady drift. Most fouling events are small and mostly transitory, but they have a cumulative affect over time. A severe fouling event, such as deployment through an oil spill, could have a dramatic but only partially recoverable effect, causing an immediate jump shift toward lower salinity. As fouling becomes more severe, the fit becomes increasingly non-linear and offsets and slopes no longer produce adequate correction, and return to Sea-Bird for factory calibration is required. Frequently checking conductivity drift is likely to be the most productive data assurance measure you can take. Comparing conductivity from profile to profile (as a routine check) will allow you to detect sudden changes that may indicate a fouling event and the need for cleaning and/or re-calibration.

Temperature generally drifts slowly, at a steady rate and predictably as a simple offset at the rate of about 1-2 millidegrees per year. This is approximately equal to 1-2 parts per million in Salinity error (very small).

Pressure sensor drift is also an offset, and annual comparisons to an accurate barometer to determine offset will generally keep the sensor within specification for several years, particularly as the sensors age over time.

Do I need to remove batteries before shipping my instrument for a deployment or to Sea-Bird?

Alkaline batteries can be shipped installed in the instrument. See Shipping Batteries for information on shipping instruments with Lithium or Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries.

Should I collect water samples (close bottles) on the downcast or the upcast?

Most of our CTD manuals refer to using downcast CTD data to characterize the profile. For typical configurations, downcast CTD data is preferable, because the CTD is oriented so that the intake is seeing new water before the rest of the package causes any mixing or has an effect on water temperature.

However, if you take water samples on the downcast, the pressure on an already closed bottle increases as you continue through the downcast; if there is a small leak, outside water is forced into the bottle, contaminating the sample with deeper water. Conversely, if you take water samples on the upcast, the pressure decreases on an already closed bottle as you bring the package up; any leaking results in water exiting the bottle, leaving the integrity of the sample intact. Therefore, standard practice is to monitor real-time downcast data to determine where to take water samples (locations with well-mixed water and/or with peaks in the parameters of interest), and then take water samples on upcast.

What are the recommended practices for connectors - mating and unmating, cleaning corrosion, and replacing?

Mating and Unmating Connectors:

It is important to prepare and mate connectors correctly, both in terms of the costs to repair them and to preserve data quality. Leaking connectors cause noisy data and even potential system shutdowns. Application Note 57: Connector Care and Cable Installation describes the proper care and installation of connectors for Sea-Bird instruments. The Application Note covers connector cleaning and cable or dummy plug installation, locking sleeve installation, and cold weather tips.

Checking for Leakage and Cleaning Corrosion on Connectors:

If there has been leakage, it will show up as green-colored corrosion product. Performing the following steps can usually reverse the effect of the leak:

  1. Thoroughly clean the connector with water, followed by alcohol.
  2. Give the connector surfaces a light coating of silicon grease.

Re-mate the connectors properly — see Application Note 57: Connector Care and Cable Installation and 9-minute video covering O-ring, connector, and cable maintenance.

Replacing Connectors:

  • The main concern when replacing a bulkhead connector is that the o-rings on the connector and end cap must be prepared and installed correctly; if they are not, the instrument will flood. See the question below for general procedure on handling o-rings.
  • Use a thread-locking compound on the connector threads to prevent the new connector from loosening, which could also lead to flooding.
  • If the cell guard must be removed to open the instrument, take extra care not to break the glass conductivity cell.

How do instruments handle external power if internal batteries are installed?

Most Sea-Bird instruments that are designed to be powered internally or externally incorporate diode or'd circuitry, allowing only the voltage that has the greater potential to power the instrument. You can power the instrument externally without running down the internal batteries. This allows you to lab test using external power that has higher voltage than the internal batteries, and then deploy using internal power, knowing that the internal batteries are fresh.

For the SBE 25plus, if external power of 14 volts or higher is applied, the 25plus runs off of the external power, even if the main battery voltage is higher.

Do you recommend a particular brand of alkaline D-cell batteries?

For Sea-Bird instruments that use alkaline D-cells, Sea-Bird uses Duracell MN 1300, LR20. While rare, we have seen a few problems with cheaper batteries over the years: they are more likely to leak, may vary in size (leading to loose batteries causing a bad power connection), and may not last as long.

Family Model . Pylon (Electronics Control Module) Housing ECM Endcap ECM Connectors
55 P – Pylon . 1 – Plastic (600 m) 2 – Aluminum 1 – XSG/AG
      2 – Titanium (3500 m) 3 – Titanium 2 – MCBH

Example: 5P.122 is an SBE 55 pylon (order frame separately) with plastic ECM housing, aluminum endcap, and MCBH connectors.

 

Family Model . Connectors
(on lanyard release array)
# Bottle Positions Maximum Bottle Size
(order botles separately)
55 F – Frame . 1 – XSG/AG 1 – 3 bottle positions (1 lanyard release array) 3 – 4 liter
      2 – MCBH 4 – 6 (2 lanyard release arrays)  

Example: 5F.213 is an SBE 55 frame (order pylon separately) with MCBH connectors, 3 bottle positions, and 4 liter bottles. See table below for description of each selection for both Pylon and Frame:

PART # DESCRIPTION NOTES
55

ECO WATER SAMPLER, Includes: Electronic Control Module (ECM) with programmable auto-fire function & real-time sea cable interface, 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 (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 Pylon ECM Housing Selections — MUST SELECT ONE
55P.1xx 600 m plastic Electronics Control Module housing Latch array and frame are rated to 3500 m, so deployment depth is limited by depth rating of Electronics Control Module (ECM).
55P.3xx 3500 m titanium Electronics Control Module housing (requires titanium ECM endcap)
SBE 55 Pylon ECM Endcap Selections — MUST SELECT ONE
55P.x2x Aluminum ECM endcap

ECM with aluminum end cap & XSG/AG connectors
Shown at right is Electronics Control Module (ECM) with aluminum endcap. Upgrade to titanium endcap requires titanium end cap for ECM & wet-pluggable connectors on both ECM & frame.
55P.x3x Titanium ECM endcap (better corrosion resistance, less maintenance; required for titanium 3500 m ECM housing)
SBE 55 Pylon ECM Connector Selections — MUST SELECT ONE
55P.xx1 XSG/AG connectors on ECM See SBE 55 Frame Lanyard Release Array Bottle Positions & Connectors Selections below for recommendations on connector selections. Note that if titanium endcap on ECM selected, wet-pluggable connectors are required.
55P.xx2 Wet-pluggable (MCBH) connectors on ECM
SBE 55 Frame Lanyard Release Array Bottle Positions & Connector Selections — MUST SELECT ONE
55F.113 3-bottle system - one 3-position lanyard release array, cable, and three 4-liter ECO sample bottles, with XSG/AG connectors on lanyard release array

Shown with titanium wet-pluggable connector (see 55-3a & 55-3b) and custom titanium side bars on latches (see SBE 55 and SBE 32 Change Notice)

Number of Lanyard Release Arrays: Base price for 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. Each lanyard release module is cabled to a separate connector on Electronics Control Module (ECM). Ordering 6-bottle system provides an additional lanyard release module, a cable to connect it to ECM, three additional 4-liter bottles, & band clamps to attach additional bottles to mounting brackets.
 

Additional release module can be ordered with ECO, or can be ordered later & easily added to ECO in field.

 

 

Connector selection: 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 XSG/RMG/AG connectors. Like XSG/RMG/AG 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 AG 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.)
Note that if titanium endcap on ECM selected, wet-pluggable connectors are required.


XSG connector on lanyard release module

Wet-pluggable connector (MCBH)
on lanyard release module
Note: Both shown with custom titanium side bars on latches (see SBE 55 and SBE 32 Change Notice)
55F.213 3-bottle system - one 3-position lanyard release array, cable, and three 4-liter ECO sample bottles, with Wet-pluggable (MCBH) connectors on lanyard release array
55F.123 6-bottle system - two 3-position lanyard release arrays, cables, and six 4-liter ECO sample bottles, with XSG/AG connectors on lanyard release arrays
55F.223 6-bottle system - two 3-position lanyard release arrays, cables, and six 4-liter ECO sample bottles, with Wet-pluggable (MCBH) connectors on lanyard release arrays
SBE 55 CTD Integration Options
55-4a CTD integration (XSG/AG 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. Applicable if XSG/AG connectors selected for SBE 55 pylon & frame (55P.xx1 & 55F.1xx).
  • 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. Applicable if XSG/AG connectors selected for SBE 55 pylon & frame (55P.xx1 & 55F.1xx).
  • 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 pylon & frame (55P.xx2 & 55F.2xx).
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 (XSG/AG 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 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, RMG 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 XSG/AG 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, AG/RMG 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 XSG/AG 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, 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 XSG/AG 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), AG/RMG 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 XSG/AG 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, RMG 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 XSG/AG connectors
  • 171743 — For ECM with wet-pluggable connectors
171743 2-pin sea cable extension, Wet-Pluggable connectors, 2 m (DN 32763)
802040 SBE 55 3-position release latch array, AG/RMG connector  
802039 SBE 55 3-position release latch array, Wet-pluggable connector  
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.

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)

 

Cables

  • 17088 To latch assembly from Electronics Control Module (RMG connectors), 1.1 m, DN 30567
  • 171792 To latch assembly from Electronics Control Module (Wet-pluggable connectors), 1.1 m, DN 32810
  • 172302 Data I/O cable extension (RMG/AG connectors), 6-pin to 4-pin, 0.76 m, DN 33233
  • 172303 Data I/O cable extension (Wet-pluggable connectors), 6-pin to 4-pin, 0.76 m, DN 33234
  • 801436 To computer COM port from data I/O cable extension (RMG connector), 20 m, DN 32808
  • 801460 To computer COM port from data I/O cable extension (Wet-pluggable connector), 20 m, DN 32861
  • 172259 To SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, 49, or 50 (RMG/AG connectors), 1.2 m, DN 33191
  • 172260 To SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, 25plus, 49, or 50 (Wet-pluggable connectors), 1.2 m, DN 33192
  • 80915 To SBE 33 (from SBE 55 with XSG connector) (test cable), 10 m, DN 31314
  • 801587 To SBE 33 (from SBE 55 with Wet-pluggable connector) (test cable), 10 m, DN 32695
  • 17120 Sea cable extension (RMG connectors), 2 m, DN 30588
  • 171743 Sea cable extension (Wet-pluggable connectors), 2 m, DN 32763

Mount Kits

  • Electronics Control Module mounted to SBE 55
    50422  SBE 55 Universal CTD / Electronics Installation Kit (document 67179)
  • PN 801714 ECO bottle mounted to SBE 55
    50430  SBE 55 Bottle Mounting and Lanyard Kit (document 67194)

Spare Parts

Frame & Electronics

  • 60021 Battery end cap hardware & O-ring kit for SBE 16/16plus/16plus-IM/16plus V2/16plus-IM V2, 17plus, 19/19plus/19plus V2, 25, 26/26plus, 53, 54, 55, or AFM (document 67042)
  • 50421 Frame assembly hardware kit for SBE 55
  • 50429 Jackscrew kit for SBE 55
  • 50422 SBE 55 Universal CTD / Electronics Installation Kit (document 67179)

Latches

Bottles & Bottle Hardware

  • 801714 ECO 4-liter water sample bottle
  • 50430 SBE 55 Bottle Mounting and Lanyard Kit for PN 801714 ECO Sea-Bird 4-liter water sample bottle (document 67194)
  • 50427 Bottle repair kit for PN 801714 ECO Sea-Bird 4-liter water sample bottle (document 67185)
  • 50424 Drain fitting kit for PN 801714 ECO 4-liter water sample bottle (document 67182)
  • 50425 Air bleed kit for PN 801714 ECO Sea-Bird 4-liter water sample bottle (document 67183)
  • 50426 O-ring kit for PN 801714 ECO Sea-Bird 4-liter water sample bottle (document 67184)
  • 50135 Bottle repair kit for OTE water sample bottle (includes O-ring kit, 2 end plugs, latex rubber power cord (0.9 m), drain valve, air vent, brass hook, Nicopress sleeves, monofilament (6 m), 2 polyethylene balls)
    Note: Several early production models of SBE 55 were sold with Ocean Test Equipment (OTE) bottles instead of PN 801714 ECO 4-liter bottles. This repair kit is only for OTE bottles.

Compare Water Samplers and CTD Configurations

Water Sampler Number of Bottles Bottle Size (liters) CTD Control Deployment Depth
Real-Time
Configuration
Self-Contained Configuration 
(auto bottle firing)
SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler
(full size)
12 1.7 - 30 SBE 9plus SBE 11plus V2 Deck Unit SBE 17plus V2 Searam Recorder & Auto Fire Module

6800 m (aluminum), 7000 m (titanium)

24 1.7 - 12
36 Consult Factory
12 1.7 - 30

SBE 19 SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT
SBE 25 Sealogger**
SBE 25plus Sealogger

SBE 33 Carousel Deck Unit
(can also be used with SBE 49 FastCAT CTD Sensor)
Carousel Auto Fire Module (AFM)
(can also be used with SBE 50 Digital Oceanographic Pressure Sensor)
24 1.7 - 12
36 Consult Factory
SBE 32C Carousel Water Sampler
(compact)
12 1.7 - 8 SBE 9plus SBE 11plus V2 Deck Unit SBE 17plus V2 Searam Recorder & Auto Fire Module

6800 m (aluminum), 7000 m (titanium)

SBE 19 SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT
SBE 25 Sealogger**
SBE 25plus Sealogger

SBE 33 Carousel Deck Unit
(can also be used with SBE 49 FastCAT CTD Sensor)
Carousel Auto Fire Module (AFM)
(can also be used with SBE 50 Digital Oceanographic Pressure Sensor)
SBE 32SC Carousel Water Sampler
(sub-compact)
12 1.7 or 2.5

SBE 19 SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT
SBE 25 Sealogger**
SBE 25plus Sealogger

SBE 33 Carousel Deck Unit
(can also be used with SBE 49 FastCAT CTD Sensor)
Carousel Auto Fire Module (AFM)
(can also be used with SBE 50 Digital Oceanographic Pressure Sensor)

6800 m (aluminum), 7000 m (titanium)

SBE 55 ECO Water Sampler 3 or 6 4

SBE 19 SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus SeaCAT**
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT
SBE 25 Sealogger**
SBE 25plus Sealogger

SBE 33 Carousel Deck Unit
(can also be used with SBE 49 FastCAT CTD Sensor)

Built-in auto bottle firing, no additional equipment required 600 m

Notes:
1. Operation of all SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler models with the SBE 33 Deck Unit requires serial interface in the Carousel.
2. See Application Note 45: Guide to SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler Configuration Options for information on selecting the appropriate Carousel options for your application.
3. ** Products are no longer in production. Follow the links above to the product page to retrieve manuals and application notes for these older products.