In deep ice-coring, as in many other disciplines, a winching system is involved in the overall operation of the drilling activities. The need to efficiently store the cable on the winch drum is well recognized, and the ‘orthocyclically wound’ approach is often used. This is accomplished by means of a ‘Lebus groove’, along with a level winding scheme of some description. The level wind is usually implemented in one of several ways using some mechanism to synchronize the position of the level wind with the point where the cable meets the winch drum. A novel method using a feedback control system is presented in this paper, introducing a virtually error-free approach to the surprisingly difficult task of level winding.
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