USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
Water Data for the Nation
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Programs at the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
Project: Electric Reel Drive
The Electric Reel Drive was designed to replace and improve on the standard USGS ‘Jack & Heintz’ electric reel drive. The new drive allows the user to set a vertical transit speed, and the drive will then regulate itself to run at the selected speed in both the up and down directions. This is intended to meet the needs of USGS personnel using depth-integrating samplers to gather sediment or water-quality samples.
HIF Engineers verifying transit rates on an electric reel drive.
The initial production run of approximately 45 units was very well received. Unfortunately, some of the electronic parts used in the design are no longer available, and a considerable amount of redesign was needed to update the design so that we could build more units. As of late March 2010, this work is nearing completion.