Sea-Bird Scientific Newsletter
  December 2015  

International Calibration Centers

Sea-Bird Europe: European Calibration and Repair Center

In 2011, Sea-Bird opened a European calibration and repair center in Kempten, Germany to provide European customers with more rapid turn-around time, reduced shipping costs, and billing in euros. Sea-Bird recently added the following instruments to the extensive list of Sea-Bird Electronics (SBE) instruments already serviced by Sea-Bird Europe:

  • SBE 25plus Sealogger CTD
  • SBE 56 Temperature Logger
  • CTD for Ocean Science UnderwayCTD.

For a complete list of instruments currently supported see the Sea-Bird Europe website.

Sea-Bird China: Repair and Validation Center

In September 2015, Sea-Bird launched a repair and validation center in partnership with Laurel Technologies in Beijing, China. Technicians trained by Sea-Bird can currently service and repair most SBE instrumentation, including the SBE 9plus/11Plus, SBE 25, SBE 16plus, SBE 19plus, SBE 37, SBE 39, SBE 56. Sea-Bird reference CTD & dissolved oxygen sensors are used in test baths to validate repairs and verify sensor performance and accuracy.

The validation center cannot perform calibration of Temperature, Conductivity, Pressure or Oxygen sensors. These sensors must be returned to the factory in the USA for calibration. However, the validation center can coordinate calibration services for the customer, if desired.

Sea-Bird at International Conferences

Hydro2015 - Cape Town, South Africa

Sea-Bird's representative, Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd., exhibited in November at the Hydro2015 conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The Hydro2015 conference attracted approximately 300 delegates from 40 countries, with 50 booths in the accompanying exhibition.

International Symposium on the Indian Ocean - Goa, India

The IO50 conference celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE). The conference was held from Nov 30 – December 3 and over 450 participants from around the world participated. Sea-Bird Scientific was honored to participate as a Diamond Sponsor and exhibitor at the symposium.



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A Look Back at 2015

2015 was an exciting year at Sea-Bird Scientific with many new products, services and strengthened partnerships. In terms of new optical instruments, we introduced an updated family of PAR sensors as well as the completely new SeaOWL Oil-in-Water family of instruments. On the chemical/physical side, we introduced SeapHOx and Deep SeapHOx Ocean CTD-pH-DO sensor as well as the Float Deep SeaFET pH sensor for integration with the Navis profiling float. With the Deep SeaFET technology, we participated in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE and were honored to be able to donate our award to the University of Washington to help further ocean acidification research. We continued to serve some of the worlds' major ocean observing programs such as Argo and OOI to help investigate some of the world's most significant ocean-related issues.

In terms of services, we were pleased to launch a new Sea-Bird Scientific web-site with online shopping capability for our USA and Canada customers, providing the ability to purchase Sea-Bird products 24/7. In partnership with our Chinese representative, we launched a new Calibration and Service Center in Beijing, China. We continued to travel across the globe to participate in conferences and meetings, and hosted our international representatives meeting and Sea-Bird University at home in Bellevue.

We would like to take this time to thank you all for a rewarding year and wish everyone a happy holiday season as we look forward to continuing the journey with you in 2016.

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Tech TipTech Tip: Repairing Scratched Anodization

During the service and retrieval of some sensors and systems, it is possible to scratch the exterior of anodized aluminum housings. Most include a working anode as a preventive measure against corrosion of the aluminum housings, along with a hard black anodization to limit the amount of corrosion when in seawater. All instruments are thoroughly inspected for surface coverage of the hard anodization, and are shipped with protective sleeves to prevent any surface wear of the anodization. A visual inspection of the housings should be performed when receiving the sensors to make sure no scratches occurred during shipping and handling. Look for small scratches that expose the silver aluminum of the body. If small surface scratches of the black hard anodization occur, the following procedure can be used as a quick repair.

Following is a list of supplies needed for repair. All of these products can be bought from a grocery store or pharmacy.

1. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) > 90%
2. Cotton balls
3. Black enamel paint*

* Sea-Bird Scientific recommends an enamel paint marker (; Part Number 2547C). Any black enamel paint will work - fingernail polish or model paint.


1. Prepare and clean the scratched area
2. Paint the scratched area

Read detailed directions with illustrations [PDF]


Meet Our People
Greg Ikeda
Technical Support Technician

Greg received his B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. His prime areas of interest are Chemical Oceanography and the impact of human activity on the ocean and climate. Greg joined Sea-Bird as a Technical Support Technician in January, 2015. Greg's role is to help our customers with Sea-Bird equipment, ranging from explaining basic operations to interpreting data.

Much of his time at Sea-Bird is spent remotely troubleshooting equipment and helping customers obtain the highest quality data with our instruments. Field work conducted during his undergraduate studies, along with his experience at Sea-Bird, contribute to Greg's effectiveness in assisting customers deploying a wide range of Sea-Bird instruments.

Surfing, rock-climbing, biking, and hiking, are some of the outdoor recreational activities that you'll find on Greg's weekend agenda.

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