Umeco Structural materials (Warwickshire, UK) has developed two composite-based solutions for the rail sector that promise to slash processing time and part weight. They will be on display at the InnoTrans Rail Exhibition in Berlin, Germany, between September 18 and 21, 2012.
A rail demonstrator panel fabricated by the company can reportedly reduce manufacturing times by as much 50% when compared to traditional composite materials. The panel adopts a sandwich construction manufactured using the company's BPS240 format 1 body-panel system. This system also offers class 'A' compatible stable surfaces and can, in many instances, be painted straight from the mold without any reworking according to Umeco. Using Umeco's ZPREG rapid deposition technology, which comprises a stable, high-temperature structural fabric and integrated surface film, BPS240 format 1 offers excellent surface quality, even from vacuum-only cures, says the company....