Rail Technology & Manufacturing Solutions
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As communities strive for more efficient and sustainable mass transit solutions, rail transportation is experiencing a renaissance in cities all over the world. Today’s railway designs are lighter, faster, more aerodynamic and energy efficient than ever, with lighter weight materials and sleek designs. 3M rail technology & manufacturing solutions can help maximize operational efficiencies, while lowering costs and improving long-term performance.
3M Rail products include:
- Films & Substrates
- Industrial Abrasives & Finishing
- Industrial Adhesives & Tapes
- Personal Protection Equipment
- Traffic & Vehicle Safety
Rolling Stock Manufacturing
3M science aids in rolling stock manufacturing more efficiently, more cost effectively and above all, more competitively. With innovative solutions ranging from adhesives to graphic films, 3M industrial design solutions help to meet the challenges of light-weighting, noise and vibration issues.
Bonding and Assembly Solutions
Our experts have created a huge variety of adhesive and tape solutions that can enable sturdy, lightweight design options and make assembly more efficient. From attaching composite materials to bonding two (or more) dissimilar substrates, 3M has innovative solutions to help rail operators meet bonding and assembly challenges head on.
Graphic & Window Films for Rail
Crowded platforms are an ideal place to capture the attention of your target. Daily commuters and the travelling public can be easily reached using dynamic, bold and exciting graphics. 3M graphic & window films for rail are high quality, durable and warrantied, ensuring your message lasts on this high impact medium. 3M is helping rail operators overcome some key industry challenges efficiently, cost effectively and above all, more competitively.
Overhaul & Maintenance of Rolling Stock
When it comes to the overhaul and maintenance of rolling stock, rail operating companies face many different demands but they all share the same needs – to reduce turnaround times and refurbishment costs, while achieving exacting quality and safety standards. The 3M unique portfolio gives you the edge providing you with a continually evolving range of innovative, world-class rail rolling stock refurbishment solutions.
Abrasives for Rail Manufacturing
Whether you are manufacturing or refurbishing, with 3M abrasives for rail you are buying into over 100 years of expert heritage. Our cutting edge proprietary technology such as the revolutionary 3M™ Precision Shaped Grain ceramic mineral used in 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives is designed to withstand the toughest substrates. We also have efficient solutions to give you the right finish while keeping the shape intact, from matching and blending, final blending or even paint preparation.
Repair and Masking Solutions for Rail Maintenance
Be it for smaller or larger repairs, 3M offers a wide range of repair and masking solutions for rail maintenance, from masking tapes to films, to allow working just on the area to be repaired while protecting adjacent surfaces. With purpose designed rectification materials, it also is fast and easy to remove any paint imperfections with 3M™ Trizact™ technologies. The 3M color coded finishing system then allows you to achieve a final high quality appearance.
Industrial Adhesive and Tape Solutions for Rail Maintenance
When it comes to industrial adhesive and tape solutions for rail maintenance, 3M bonding solutions support interior and exterior designs. 3M has adhesive bonding technologies ranging from sprayable adhesives, structural adhesives, hot melt adhesives, bonding tapes and adhesive sealants. Our solutions help speed up your assembly process, increase durability, increase productivity and lighten the load by reducing the number of mechanical fasteners needed.