Securing Devices to Sensor Mooring Line

    Devices may be secured to 3/16″ vinyl-coated stainless steel mooring lines using MC-600 Instrument Mooring Clamps. 1. Identify the location on the mooring line where the clamp will be placed. Note: The clamp/sensor assembly should be positioned so that there is slack in the sensor cable when the instrument is secured. The entire weight of the assembly […]

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    Install Ballast Weight

    Proper ballast weight is essential to prevent buoy overturning. Carefully consider the site-specific ballast requirements prior to deployment. A 25 lb. ballast weight is available for installation to the bottom of the instrument cage for additional balance. 1. Begin installation by inserting the 9-3/4” threaded rod section through the ballast weight and bottom of the […]

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    Install Deployment Pipe

    Deployment pipe extensions are easily fitted to the built-in sensor deployment pipes on CB-series buoys to provide extra protection for sensitive monitoring equipment. The 912M deployment pipe is a 2” Schedule 80 PVC pipe section that attaches to the sensor pass-throughs of the CB-150 data buoy. The 914M deployment pipe is a 4” Schedule 80 PVC […]

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    Test SP5 Solar Power Pack

    The SP5 solar power packs used with MB-300 and MB-400 data buoy systems should be evaluated if the voltage drops below 11V while deployed or if the packs have been in storage for an extended period of time. 1. Clean off any debris or buildup from the face of the solar panels. 2. Disconnect two […]

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    Attaching an Instrument Cage to a Buoy

    Install Instrument Cage CB-series data buoys allow for an instrument cage to be installed on the bottom for stability and/or mounting of sensors.   1. To install the cage, first remove the 3/4”-10 x 4” bolt, 3/4” lock washer and 3/4”-10 castle nut from the cage or buoy frame. 2. Run the bolt downward through […]

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    Testing a Solar Panel

    Solar panel kits may be connected to iSIC data loggers to recharge the 12V A01 iSIC battery. Solar charging kits are equipped with a charge regulator to prevent overcharging of the A01 battery and damage to the data logger or connected devices. Use the following process to identify and troubleshoot suspected issues with a solar panel kit. 1. […]

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    Securing Devices to Buoy Cage

    Devices may be secured to the buoy cage using neoprene rubber strips, cable ties and CM-600 Cage Mount clamps.   1. Begin by cutting a strip to fit the mount clamp and place it on the side that will sit on the cage. Locate where the mount clamp will go and set it in place. […]

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    Batteries, Solar, and AC Power

    Two common questions that come up when deploying environmental monitoring systems are “How much power do I need?” and “What type of power do I need?” These questions arise because an under-designed power supply could result in data loss, and an over-designed power supply could add an enormous cost to the system and require a considerable […]

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    Primary and Secondary Cell Batteries

    Overview Typically, environmental monitoring systems are battery-operated. This is because they are usually in remote locations or need to record data when other forms of power are unavailable. The focus of this article is on battery systems, specifically alkaline batteries and other cell-type batteries. Required Battery Capacity The first step in determining an appropriate battery […]

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    MB-100S Safe Deployment

    Personnel safety should be the number one priority when deploying a buoy. It is essential to use the proper equipment (work boat, lifting rig, etc.) to deploy any buoy system. Buoy systems are heavy and personnel can quickly become entangled with mooring lines and anchors. Safety and flotation gear should be worn at all times […]

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