Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) --
FAQs have been organized into the following categories:
|Manufacturing questions (this page)|
|General instrument questions
|General oceanographic questions
|Data analysis and processing
Our Glossary page is another good source of information.
We pressure test each Sea-Bird instrument to the smaller of:
Note: Sea-Bird does not pressure test auxiliary sensors supplied by Third Party Manufacturers that are to be integrated with Sea-Bird instruments.
Your entire system is assembled and tested prior to leaving our facility, with software configured to your specific setup. All Sea-Bird manufactured instruments/sensors are calibrated in-house. Sensors from third party manufacturers are calibrated by their manufacturers prior to integration with the CTD system.
There are a number of classes of products that are excluded from the EU requirement for CE certification; underwater sensors and equipment are among the types of products that do not require CE certification. However, Sea-Bird decided to obtain CE certification to ease concerns of customers in the EU.
In 2009 Sea-Bird obtained CE certification for almost all of our instruments; we have CE labels on these instruments and provide the required documentation. There is a CE label on the manual front cover for each certified instrument; see our Model List page to download the manual for a specific instrument to check for the CE label.
Sea-Bird instruments do not have ISO certification. ISO certification does not certify that a manufacturer is producing a high quality product; it merely certifies that a company has a quality control plan that complies with the quality control models adopted by the ISO organization. This does not mean that other quality control systems are inferior. Sea-Bird has intentionally not become ISO-certified, because the ISO quality control model interferes with our own and would make it much harder, slower, and more expensive to remain at the leading edge of oceanographic instrument technology and serve the best interests of ocean scientists.
Last modified: 02 May 2013
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