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The SBE 37-IM MicroCAT is a high-accuracy conductivity and temperature sensor/recorder (pressure optional) with internal battery, non-volatile memory, and built-in Inductive Modem.
The Inductive Modem (IM) system provides reliable, low-cost, real-time data transmission for up to 100 IM-enabled instruments using plastic-coated wire rope (typically 3 x 19 galvanized steel) as both the transmission line and mooring tension member. IM instruments clamp anywhere along the rugged mooring wire. Expensive and potentially unreliable multi-conductor electrical cables with fixed position underwater connectors are not required. IM moorings are easily reconfigured for changing deployments (positions changed or instruments added or removed), by sliding and re-clamping instruments on the cable. IM systems are much less expensive and more power-efficient than acoustic modems, and offer reliable communication over greater distances.
In a typical mooring, an Inductive Modem Module (IMM) or Surface Inductive Modem (SIM) housed in the buoy communicates with underwater IM instruments and is interfaced to a computer or data logger via an RS-232 serial port. The computer or data logger (not supplied by Sea-Bird) is programmed to poll each IM instrument on the mooring for its data, and send the data to a telemetry transmitter (satellite link, cell phone, RF modem, etc.). The MicroCAT saves data in memory for upload after recovery, providing a data backup if real-time telemetry is interrupted.
SENSORS AND INTERFACE ELECTRONICS
The MicroCAT retains the temperature and conductivity sensors used in our time-proven SeaCAT and SeaCATplus products. Calibration coefficients are stored in EEPROM, allowing the MicroCAT to transmit data in engineering units. Sea-Bird’s unique internal-field conductivity cell permits the use of expendable anti-foulant devices. The aged and pressure-protected thermistor has a long history of exceptional accuracy and stability.
Temperature is acquired by applying an AC excitation to a hermetically sealed VISHAY reference resistor and an ultra-stable aged thermistor (drift rate typically less than 0.002 °C per year). The ratio of thermistor resistance to reference resistance is determined by a 24-bit A/D converter; this A/D also processes the pressure sensor signal. Conductivity is acquired using an ultra-precision Wien-Bridge oscillator.
The optional strain-gauge pressure sensor is available in eight ranges, from 0 - 20 meters to 0 - 7000 meters. Compensation of the temperature influence on pressure offset and scale is performed by the MicroCAT’s CPU.
User-selectable operating modes include:
The MicroCAT is supplied with a powerful Windows 2000/XP software package, Seasoft© V2, which includes:
DATA STORAGE AND BATTERY ENDURANCE
Temperature and conductivity are stored 6 bytes/sample, time 4 bytes/sample, and optional pressure 5 bytes/sample; memory capacity is in excess of 530,000 samples. The MicroCAT is powered by a 10.6 Amp-hour (nominal) battery pack consisting of twelve AA lithium batteries (Saft LS14500) which, when removed from the MicroCAT, can be shipped via commercial aircraft. The pack provides sufficient internal battery capacity for more than 300,000 samples for a typical sampling scheme.
to 7 S/m
(0 to 70 mS/cm)
± 0.0003 S/m
|-5 to 35||± 0.002||0.0002 per month||0.0001|
20 / 100 / 350 /
1000 / 2000 / 3500 / 7000 m
(Expressed in meters of deployment depth capability)
|± 0.1% of full scale range||0.05% of full scale range per year||0.002% of full scale range|
Dimensions: in millimeters (inches)
Clock Accuracy: 5 seconds/month
Power Supply: 10.6 Amp-hour (nominal) battery pack
Quiescent Current: 120 microAmps
Communications Current: 2.5 milliAmps
Communications Time: 0.5 seconds/sample
Acquisition Current: 13 milliAmps
Acquisition Time: 1.8 - 2.6 seconds/sample, dependent on sampling mode and inclusion of pressure sensor
Housing, Depth Rating, and Weight (with standard mooring guide & clamp, without pressure sensor):
|Housing Material||Depth Rating||Weight|
|Standard||Titanium||7000 m (23,000 feet)||
4.0 kg (8.8 lbs) in
2.4 kg (5.3 lbs) in water
|Optional||Plastic||350 m (1148 ft)||
2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) in
1.3 kg (2.9 lbs) in water
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / LINKS:
Documentation -- manual, photos, technical papers, application notes, etc.
Sales Information -- options, accessories, cables, mount kits, spares, etc.
Software -- components of Seasoft V2
Links to Other Instruments of Interest
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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