Tech Tip: Cable Search
Consider this hypothetical situation: you find a loose cable with a 6-pin connector and a 4-pin connector – exactly what you need to connect an oxygen sensor to your CTD. However, just because the cable ends fit on the instrument connectors, you still don’t know if this is the appropriate cable. At best, you’ll get lucky and communications will flow between the two instruments. At worst, this mysterious cable could divert electrical current to the wrong pin, potentially damaging your sensor. There are a lot of cables out there, and it’s not always easy to determine what’s what. Fortunately, The Sea-Bird Scientific Cable Search tool is here to help.
Searching by Cable or Drawing Number
Each cable should have a label printed somewhere along its length. Take the “SBE” number (this is the cable’s part number, 17032 in the example below) or the “DWG” number (this is the cable’s drawing number, 30582 in the example below) and enter either into the “Drawing/Part Number” tab of Cable Search to obtain the cable drawing.
Searching by Sensor Type
In some instances, you may need a replacement cable and don’t know the SBE or DWG number. In this case you can utilize the “CTD to Sensor” tab to define the two instruments that you are connecting, and Cable Search will provide you with a list of options.
Searching by Connector Ends
Furthermore, the “Data I/O Cables” and “Advanced Search” options allow you to specify the types of connectors on each end of the cable, providing a list of cable drawings that match that description.
A New Paradigm for Ocean Color Satellite Calibration The HyperNAV program is part of the NASA PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem) Mission, set to launch in 2024. The NASA PACE Mission is an initiative aimed at helping scientists understand how carbon...
At Sea-Bird Scientific, our ultimate goal is to help scientists and researchers better understand our oceans so they can help policy makers make informed decisions about ocean conservation policy, ocean resource utilization, and more, through accurate and quality...
Celebrating and honoring our LGBTQIA+ communities At Sea-Bird Scientific, we are proud to stand with members of the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month 2022. This year, you may have noticed we changed our logo on social media to feature a rainbow throughout the...