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( July 24, 1997)
SDSM& T PROVIDING R& D ASSISTANCE TO SOUTH DAKOTA FIRE TRUCK COMPANY
A South Dakota company which produces custom- made fire trucks is receiving research and development assistance from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). Luverne Fire Apparatus Co., Ltd. of Brandon, South Dakota, recently entered into a contract with SDSM& T for Dr. Srinivasa L. Iyer, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to conduct research and development of an aluminum sub- frame for the firm’s custom- made fire trucks.
Luverne Fire Apparatus currently uses a steel sub- frame for its fire trucks which are sold throughout the United States and in overseas markets. The firm recently completed an order from Turkey for 35 fire trucks. Due to a changing market, the company is interested in manufacturing aluminum sub- structures to expand its market.
Dr. Iyer is overseeing the design, testing and building on the South Dakota Tech campus of a prototype aluminum sub- frame. The steel sub- frame is designed to pull 60,000 pounds. Phase 1 of the project will test both the aluminum and steel sub- frames. The final results of SDSM& T’s product testing will be provided to Luverne Fire Apparatus officials, who will then decide whether to make the switch to an aluminum sub- frame.
The NASA- funded South DakotaTechnology Reinvestment Program helped to facilitate Luverne Fire Apparatus Company’s utilization of SDSM& T’s expertise for this R& D project. Dr. Iyer is being assisted by Sam Berta, Guy Erlenbusch, Christy Heuer, Carl Osberg, and Kent Reimann, who are senior civil engineering students at Tech.
“ This project demonstrates the research capabilities and expertise available which SDSM& T can offer the private sector,” said Dr. Iyer. “ Our good working relationship with Luverne Fire Apparatus is promoting economic development for South Dakota and helping this South Dakota company stay competitive in the national and international marketplace.”
Luverne Fire Apparatus has been manufacturing quality fire and rescue equipment since 1912. The company originated as Luverne Wagon works of Luverne, Minnesota, in 1896. During those early years, Luverne manufactured quality horse drawn wagons, buggies, ands some of the very first hand built automobiles. It made the first motorized funeral coaches, as well as the first truck with a hydraulic tilting dump box. In 1912, Luverne began producing fire
- 2- In 1985 the company moved to a new plant facility in Brandon, South Dakota. With new, modern facilities and increasing customer acceptance, Luverne Fire Apparatus has become a strong leader in the fire service industry by utilizing customer feedback, detailed engineering techniques and staying ahead of industry standards. When new requirements of the fire service industry were recently introduced via NFPA 1901, Luverne Fire Apparatus was already meeting those standards.
For additional information about the technical assistance which SDSM& T can offer to business and industry, contact Lori Litzen, SDSM& T Industrial Assistance Coordinator, at
( 605) 3
[ Photo caption: Dr. Srinivasa Iyer and his student assistants look over the aluminum sub- frame prototype which they designed, built and tested for Luverne Fire Apparatus Co., Ltd. Pictured left to right are: Christy Heuer, Sam Berta, Kent Reimann, and Dr. Iyer.]
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