Campbell Scientific OBS500 Smart Turbidity Meter with Antifouling Features

Design features of the OBS500 include the combination of a backscatter sensor (better at measuring high turbidity) with a second sidescatter sensor (better at measuring lower turbidity). It has a shutter that is opened only during measurements, which reduces the time that algae or other organisms can cling to its optics.

To prevent biofouling and ensure better measurements, the OBS500 incorporates the ClearSensor® Method (Patent No. 8,429,952). This method uses a shutter/wiper mechanism to protect and clean the optics. With the ClearSensor® method, a chamber is also filled with a biocide that continuously leaches out over the optics while the probe shutter is in the closed position.

OBS® is a registered trademark of Campbell Scientific.