that if I hit a car under water, I don’t
care. In the streets, there are cars,
debris, telephone poles — there’s
everything all over the place that
you’ve got to deal with.”
Giljam said that in the aftermath of
a severe storm, rescue vehicles often
face downed trees as well as power
and telephone poles. Fire trucks aren’t
designed to drive over those large
objects, and often heavy equipment
is needed to remove the obstacles
before the fire trucks can proceed.
“We made the amphibious respond-
er able to climb over telephone poles
— we put 17 in. of suspension travel
on all the axles so you can literally
drive up to a telephone pole, put the
vehicle in low gear, and drive over it.”
Locking differentials in both the
front and rear mean there is always
power to the wheels even if you have
one or two off the ground, he said.
According to CAMI, the responder’s
modular construction means it will
fit within a standard shipping container and can be trucked, shipped
or flown worldwide. The vehicle also
incorporates CAMI’s patented use of
Flotation Foam, approved by the U.S.
Coast Guard and used in all amphibious vehicles CAMI manufactures,
The amphibious search and rescue
vehicle has a rated capacity of 2785
lb. It is 9 ft. 7 in. high, 25 ft. long and
98 in. wide. The vehicle can achieve
speeds of 70 mph on land and 7 knots
on water. dp
CAMI manufacturers several amphibious vehicles, including the Hydra-Terra, a tour bus
designed to carry up to 49 passengers.
dp PRODUC T PIPELINE
A low-level sensing reservoir system from Dymax
Corp. prevents empty material reservoirs from introducing air into dispensing
lines, thereby eliminating
contamination during the
The system utilizes an
adjustable sensor for use
with pressurized reservoirs
and features an SB-100
controller that activates a
warning when the material
in the reservoir reaches a specified low level. The controller also
features an external PLC connection that allows for a total line
shutdown, saving time and money by stopping the dispense
system when material reservoirs are empty, Dymax said.
The sensor configuration is adjustable, allowing operators to
set specific levels of material to signal warning and automatic
shutoff options. The low-level functions include remote visual
beacon, audio buzzer and auto shutdown. There are no wetted
components; the sensor does not contact fluids, so it’s compatible with a wide range of materials.
EnerSys has introduced
the NexSys 12NXS120
and 12NXS158 thin plate
pure lead (TPPL) batteries
designed for small traction
The Reading, Pa., company
said that because the TPPL
construction has high power
density, the NexSys batter-
ies typically occupy 30% less
space than equivalent lead calcium products. NexSys batteries
allow for rapid charging during shift breaks, with extended bat-
tery runtimes beyond conventional batteries, the company said.
Applications include floor care and cleaning machines, pallet
trucks, shuttle personnel carriers and industrial utility vehicles.
The TPPL construction includes compressed absorbed glass
mat (AGM) plate separators, which are designed to offer high
electrolyte absorption and stability to enhance cyclic capability
and provide extreme vibration resistance, the company said.
The NexSys 120-AH battery is 13. 31 in. long, 6.81 in. wide,
10.71 in. high and weighs 94.8 lb. The NexSys 158-AH battery
is 17. 9 in. long, 6.66 in. wide, 10.75 in. high and weighs 117 lb.
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