Simrad EK60

The Simrad EK60 is a scientific echo sounder. For several years the EK60 has been the ‘de facto’ world standard system for fishery research applications.

Based on more than 50 years of research and development in close collaboration with leading marine scientists this echo sounder became an international standard for fish stock assessment.

The EK60 has now been replaced with the Simrad EK80 Wideband scientific echo sounder.

The screen capture below shows a typical configuration with the Simrad EK60 set up with three different frequencies.

Simrad EK60

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Key facts

The Simrad EK60 can operate seven echo sounder frequencies simultaneously ranging from 18 to 710 kHz. A wide selection of high quality accurate transducers is available.

  • High dynamic range
  • Raw data recording
  • Low self noise
  • High ping rate
  • Multi frequency application for species identification
  • Simultaneous transmission of all frequencies
  • Several frequencies covering same sampling volume
  • Remote control
  • Store and reload personal settings
  • Data server interface for raw data recording

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System description

The Simrad EK60 is a split-beam Windows(TM) operated echo sounder with built-in calibration. It can operate seven echo sounder frequencies simultaneously ranging from 18 to 710 kHz. The EK60 is specifically suited for permanent installation onboard a research vessel. It is still compact and a natural choice for portable use. The portable version Simrad EY60 is provided in a rugged case.

EK60 Scientific echo sounder for fishery research applications

The Simrad EK60 is modular, and you can assemble any combinations of transceivers and transducers to fit your research purposes.

Real time echo integration and target strength analysis in an unlimited number of layers is provided as well as storage of raw data for replay or analysis in one of several post-processing software packages. Several post-processing alternatives are available for rapid survey analysis and reporting.

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System diagram

The basic Simrad EK60 scientific echo sounder system consists of one transducer, one transceiver unit and one processor unit (computer). In addition to this, the system is provided with the ER60 echo sounder software.

The complete Simrad EK60 system comprises:

  • Simrad EK60 hardware
  • Simrad ER60 scientific echo sounder application

Additional post-processing software applications may be provided from third party suppliers.

A typical system diagram is provided. This system comprises:

  1. Display
  2. Processor Unit (personal computer)
  3. Commercial Ethernet switch
  4. One or more General Purpose Transceivers (GPT)
  5. Transducers

Simrad EK60

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Current software version

The current software version for the SImrad EK60 is v2.4.3 released 8th April 2013.

All applicable information related to this software release can be found in the Software Release Note.

We always recommend that all users keep their products upgraded with the latest software version.

Whenever applicable, contact your local dealer for instructions. He can provide the software, and he will install it for you. He can also provide other relevant advice related to the EK60 and the installation.

You can only download the main product software applications from this website if you are one of our registered dealers or distributors. To download, log in through the Simrad Dealer Club.

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End user and technical documentation

A collection of end user manuals and technical drawings is provided. The manuals are provided on several formats.

Drawings are provided on PDF format, and wherever applicable the source DWG file is stored as an attachment to the PDF. Download the PDF; and use the functionality provided by Adobe to extract the DWG.

Page for downloading end user manuals and installation drawings:

EPUB format:

End user manuals provided as separate websites:

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