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for deployment in orientation shown (connector end down) for proper operation
The SBE 37-SMP MicroCAT is a high-accuracy conductivity and temperature (pressure optional) recorder with Serial interface, internal battery, non-volatile Memory, and integral Pump. The MicroCAT is designed for moorings or other long-duration, fixed-site deployments. Constructed of titanium and other non-corroding materials to ensure long life with minimum maintenance, the MicroCAT's depth capability is 7000 meters (23,000 feet); it is also available with an optional 250-meter (820-feet) plastic ShallowCAT housing.
Calibration coefficients are stored in EEPROM, allowing the MicroCAT to output data in ASCII engineering units (decimal or XML format); raw output is also available. The data includes Conductivity, Temperature, Pressure (if optional pressure sensor is installed), and time. If desired, the MicroCAT can calculate and output salinity and sound velocity (Chen-Millero).
The MicroCAT retains the temperature and conductivity sensors used in our time-proven SeaCAT and SeaCATplus products. Electrical isolation of the conductivity electronics eliminates any possibility of ground-loop noise. The 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.
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.
The integral pump runs for 1.0 second each time the MicroCAT samples, providing the following advantages:
COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERFACING
The MicroCAT communicates via standard RS-232 interface. Data can be uploaded at up to 115.2K baud. Real-time data can be transmitted up to 1600 meters (5200 feet) at 600 baud, simultaneous with recording. The user can upgrade firmware through the external connector, without opening the housing. There are two optional interfaces:
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 exceeds 530,000 samples. The MicroCAT is powered by a 7.8 Amp-hour (nominal) battery pack with 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 380,000 samples for a typical sampling scheme. *
to 7 S/m
(0 to 70 mS/cm)
|-5 to 35||0.002||0.0002 per month||0.0001|
20 / 100 / 350 /
1000 / 2000 / 3500 / 7000 m
(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|
Clock Stability: 5 seconds/month
Quiescent Current: 30 microAmps *
Sampling and Communication Current:
Communication 4.3 milliAmps
Sampling (excluding pump)
9.1 milliAmps if transmitting real-time data;
7.9 milliAmps if not transmitting real-time data
* Power consumption / battery endurance values are for standard RS-232 interface; for optional interfaces, see corresponding manual.
Pump Current: 0.025 Amp-seconds/sample
Acquisition Time: 1.9 - 2.9 seconds/sample, dependent on sampling mode and inclusion of pressure sensor
Power Supply: 7.8 Amp-hour (nominal) battery pack
Optional External Power: 0.25 Amps at 9 - 24 VDC
Housing, Depth Rating, and Weight:
|Housing Material||Depth Rating||
(with standard mounting clamp and guide)
|Standard||Titanium||7000 m (23,000 feet)||
3.7 kg (8.3 lbs) in
2.2 kg (4.8 lbs) in water
|Optional (ShallowCAT)||Plastic||250 m (820 ft)||
3.4 kg (7.5 lbs) in
1.6 kg (3.5 lbs) in water
Dimensions in millimeters (inches)
RS-232 or optional RS-485 Interface
Optional SDI-12 / RS-232 Interface
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.
Last modified: 22-Apr-2013
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