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Smeal Aerial Product & Technology Showcase

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AL-11 Aerial Information System

The Smeal 100' midmount platform on display featured Smeal's AL-11 Aerial Information System. A 7" multiuse screen located at the turntable control console and, in this case, the platform basket displays live data for aerial ladder extension, rotation, elevation, ladder load, and hydraulic oil pressure. Also shown here is a joystick control for basket positioning.

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Smeal 100′ Midmount Platform

This Smeal 100' midmount platform, shown without cab or chassis, features a five-section aerial structure, 99' horizontal reach, and 10'2" minimum travel height.

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Attendees Get Behind the Controls

Attendees were permitted to take the controls and operate the 100' midmount aerial platform.

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Smeal Platform Basket Bifold Door

The 100' midmount platform on display at the Smeal Aerial Product & Technology Showcase featured Smeal's bifold door design for accessing the basket.

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Smeal 100′ Midmount Platform Bucket

Smeal platforms are available with single and dual monitors, with flow capacities ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 gpm.

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Aerial Weight Test

The apparatus used for the aerial weight test demonstration was a 2014 Smeal 105' aerial ladder built on a Smeal S-600 MFD cab and featuring a Waterous CSU 1,500 pump, 300 gallon tank, and formed aluminum body.

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Aerial Weight Test

The apparatus used for the aerial weight test demonstration was a 2014 Smeal 105' aerial ladder built on a Smeal S-600 MFD cab and featuring a Waterous CSU 1,500 pump, 300 gallon tank, and formed aluminum body.

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LTC 65′ TeleSqurt

Also outside, LTC representatives demonstrated this 65' Telesqurt and its electronic over hydraulic controls.

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LTC 65′ TeleSqurt

Also outside, LTC representatives demonstrated this 65' Telesqurt and its electronic over hydraulic controls.

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Smeal #4, Wilber (NE) Fire Departent

Smeal #4 is a 1968 Ford F-600/Smeal 65' ladder. This unit does not have a pump or tank. It has a formed steel body and is still in service.

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Smeal #3, Snyder (NE) Fire Department

Smeal #3 is a 1969 International Harvester/Smeal 65' aerial ladder with a 500-gpm pump, 300-gallon tank, and formed steel body. This rig is still in service.

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Factory Tour, Aerial Assembly

For the factory tours, Smeal enlisted its employees from the factory floor to tell its story vs. having sales representatives make the presentations. They know their business better than anyone, and the company felt it was important for them to tell its story.

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Captain Buddy Caldwell, Charlotte (NC) Fire Department

Captain Caldwell explained how the Charlotte Fire Department has been a customer since 2000 and how the department is preparing to sign its third five-year contract. According to Caldwell, customer service and reliability are two reasons the department went with Smeal. “In my opinion, they excel in both areas,” he said.

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Smeal Apparatus at the Finishing Stages of Manufacture

One of the last stops on the factory tour was to see various types of apparatus as they neared completion.

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Smeal Apparatus at the Finishing Stages of Manufacture

One of the last stops on the factory tour was to see various types of apparatus as they neared completion.

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Smeal Apparatus at the Finishing Stages of Manufacture

One of the last stops on the factory tour was to see various types of apparatus as they neared completion.

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Smeal QL-12 Electrical System Demonstration

Mike Hansen, Electrical Engineering Manager, explains the evolution of Smeal's electrical systems, culminating in the current Smeal QL-12 Electrical System.

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Mark Huber, President

Mark Huber took the stage to welcome attendees and to talk a little about the Smeal culture, which he broke down as the following: treat people with dignity; stand behind what we build; maintain the company's honor; and protect the company's profitability to protect its mission.

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Smeal “Node Pocket”

This "Node Pocket" can be found behind the cab. It is a hub for the vehicle's QL-12 Electrical System.

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Smeal OMNI™ Control System

The OMNI Control System packages electric valve controls into a compact module, that can be plugged in almost anywhere on an apparatus.

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Smeal OMNI™ Control System

The OMNI Control System is user-defined and allows personnel to predetermine incident, icons, which take the user to a control screen that provides quick selection of a department's most preferred discharges.

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OMNI™ Control System

Among its capabilities, the OMNI Control System allows the user to monitor and control discharge valves; control warning lights; turn a generator on or off; monitor water and foam tank levels; montiro engine and transmitoin operating data; and pump discharge pressure.

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OMNI™ Control System

The OMNI Control system uses the J1938 CANBUS electrical system. It interfaces wtih Class 1® ES-Key® and Weldon® V-Mux electrical systems.

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LTC 65′ TeleSqurt Controls

The LTC 65' TeleSqurt on display featured electronic over hydraulic controls, and the rear control station provides for one-person. Options for the controls include boom and monitor controls, high idle, boom lighting, and pump operations.

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LTC 65′ TeleSqurt Controls

The LTC 65' TeleSqurt on display featured electronic over hydraulic controls, and the rear control station provides for one-person. Options for the controls include boom and monitor controls, high idle, boom lighting, and pump operations.

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LTC 65′ TeleSqurt Waterway

The remote control nozzle on this LTC 65' TeleSqurt rotates 200 degrees vertically and 90 degrees horizontally to direct water up, down, or to sweep a broad area.

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Jeff Wegner, Vice President, Sales

Jeff Wegner opened the Smeal Aerial Product & Technology Showcase by welcoming the crowd and sharing information about Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.

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Aerial Weight Test

The apparatus used for the aerial weight test demonstration was a 2014 Smeal 105' aerial ladder built on a Smeal S-600 MFD cab and featuring a Waterous CSU 1,500 pump, 300 gallon tank, and formed aluminum body.