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Production, design, repair and maintenance – how to improve productivity and reduce costs. For example, instead of replacing scratched panes, you can use a 3M four-layer protective film that you can remove at any time, revealing a non-scratched surface. In addition, 3M VHB acrylic tape technology enables noise reduction inside the vehicle. 3M can provide complete solutions to paint shops. 3M offers abrasives, tapes and personal protective equipment to help aid the process. Take advantage of the widest portfolio of products that comply with the EN 45545 standard!


Other Transportation

  • Bus

    Learn how to reduce production costs, optimise manufacturing time and improve the quality of the paint booth.

  • Truck

    Learn how to reduce production costs, optimise manufacturing time and improve the quality of the paint booth.

  • Boat and yacht

    An aluminuim boat or carbon fibre catamaran? We know how to work with resins and have perfectly smooth surfaces.

  • Plane

    Discover the largest portfolio of 3M products for manufacturers and suppliers of the aviation industry.


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Surface preparation

The surface of the material to be processed is machined. The goal is usually to prepare it for the next process, such as painting, bonding, etc. This process may involve chemical, mechanical (abrasive) treatment, anodisation, corona treatment, etc.

  • Flattening of welds, levelling the surface on the train body and frame, preparation of welding

    Preparation for welding, post-weld processing, grinding/cleaning to prepare for smoothing and bonding, cleaning and grading after plasma cutting.


    Why 3M?

    • Patented, triangular-shaped Cubitron™ II grains enable quicker and more efficient cutting and grinding.
    • Higher output with shorter grinding time and longer tool life. Cubitron™ II grains remain sharp and can easily cut metal for a long time.
    • Consistent finish and quality, great work comfort, lower employee fatigue. Thick metal cut by Cubitron™ II = less volatile dust. Overall reduction of process costs with 3M abrasive technology.
    • Lower consumption of abrasives and reduction of production costs.

  • Preparing for painting, cleaning welds, removing defects, smoothing, shaping – finishing stainless steel, preparing stainless steel for polishing. Preparing for chromium plating.


    Why 3M?

    • Wide range of technologies and solutions
    • Innovative solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for touch-ups
    • High-quality products
    • Reduced consumption of abrasives and production costs

  • Grinding involves removing material and preparing surfaces to shape and finish components made of metals and other materials.


    Why 3M?

    3M Personal Protective Equipment offers compatibility, comfort and protection as well as the possibility of boosting protection and comfort with forced air systems.


Painting and coating

Materials are coated to provide protection against corrosion or other factors (abrasion, UV, etc.) or to achieve the desired surface appearance.

  • Filler/putty shaping, post-primer smoothing

    Why 3M?

    • Wide range of technologies and solutions
    • Innovative solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for touch-ups
    • High-quality products
    • Reduced consumption of abrasives and production costs

  • For all applications in the marine industry and the specialty vehicle segment where customers currently use a spray gun with a cup. If spraying the gelcoat, we recommend using the Accuspray™ HGP Pressurized Spray Gun.


    Why 3M?

    3M™ Accuspray™ system with replaceable 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 heads, working with PPS™ cups. A single gun is compatible with all head sizes. Simply replace the head and use it for the next job. Documented cost savings: Accuspray™ reduces solvent and paint waste as well as the time needed for cleaning and servicing. Versatile applications: The system can be used for any coating application (don't wait, just paint!). Very thick coating can be applied using the Accuspray™ HG Pressure model with a pressurised hard cup with soft PPS™ liners in mini, standard and 850 ml sizes.

  • Protect your paint booth walls and floors while reducing the amount of airborne contaminants that could damage the paint coat. Apply the products on walls and floors using the dispensers to reduce paint booth maintenance time.


    Why 3M?

    3M™ Dirt Trap™ Protection Material is used to protect paint booths and surfaces which reduces the amount of dirt, dust and splatter, and limits the contamination of the painted surface, and the supplied dispensing tools in order to shorten the time required for booth maintenance and reduce maintenance costs. This protection material can be used as temporary surface protection both inside and outside the booth. The material is available in various widths. The protection material is also available in grey for use on the floor.

  • The protection material is perfect for protecting surfaces and keeping them clean. Used mainly for floors instead of paper or cardboard that require a masking tape (fixing to the floor or substrate) and which can create a tripping hazard.


    Why 3M?

    Protective material for cabins and surface protection limits the amount of dirt, dust and spatter, while at the same time reducing and facilitating the replacement of protection by using self-adhesive material. This protection material can be used as temporary surface protection both inside and outside the booth. The material is available in various widths. The protection material is also available in grey for use on the floor.

  • Non-organic surfaces: metallic surfaces that have been anodised but have not been painted or primed.
    Organic surfaces: paint or primer have been applied, but not the final coat.


    Why 3M?

    • Filters that reduce the number of particles that cause craters and other inclusions. Filters are adjusted to specific pigments.
    • Improved contaminant capture, higher filter capacity, compatibility with a wide range of chemicals.
    • Larger surface, longer filter life, less frequent filter replacement, less waste.
    • Higher efficiency, less corrective work caused by contamination, minimised downtime.

  • Drawing self-adhesive templates with a cutting plotter


    Why 3M?

    • thin cut-off line
    • removable no-residue adhesive

  • Replacing varnish coats with self-adhesive films applied on the whole surface or on some parts only


    Why 3M?

    • lower costs of the whole process
    • shorter and simpler process
    • possibility of conducting work outside the paint shop
    • reduction of energy consumption, emission of harmful substances and worker exposure
    • 3M products meet the railway standards (EN 45545-1)

  • Application of protective coating in the form of colourless self-adhesive film


    Why 3M?

    • significantly longer durability of 3M film vs varnish coat
    • 3M products meet railway standards (EN 45545-1)

  • Preparing complete external marking of vehicles


    Why 3M?

    • very high product durability
    • considerable reduction of time needed to prepare vehicle marking
    • reduced costs due to reduced labour time
    • 3M products meet railway standards (EN 45545-1)

  • Spray painting is a technique that involves device-assisted atomising of coating (paint, ink, coat, etc.) on a surface. The most popular types of equipment use compressed gas, usually air, to atomise and direct the paint particles.


    Why 3M?

    • Respiratory protection systems with compressed air units provide more effective respiratory protection and thermal comfort for workers, increasing their efficiency.
    • 3M paint coveralls include an air-permeable, breathable SMS layer.
    • 3M fall protection harnesses offer maximum comfort, free movement and ease of use with innovations such as the D-Ring connection or the Revolver to adjust strap length.


Assembly/bonding

Following one of the previous processes, substrates/elements are bonded. The joint may be mechanical (rivets, screws), but also welded, glued, bonded, heat-treated, etc.

  • Floor assembly/bonding

    Bonding of floor covering
    Lamination of large surfaces
    Resistance to moisture/sealing
    Longer lifetime


    Why 3M?

    • Speed up the process
    • Ensure durability of the joint during use
    • One supplier for a complete fastening system

  • Sealing joints
    Preventing moisture contamination
    Enabling movement of the floor components
    Ensuring smooth connection of floor elements


    Why 3M?

    • Complete product portfolio and proven applications for the largest manufacturers
    • High impact resistance
    • No need for multi-layer application (e.g. cementing)
    • One supplier for the whole floor assembly process

  • Bonding of panels and structural elements
    Replacing mechanical fasteners
    Fast installation
    Vehicle noise reduction


    Why 3M?

    • Accelerating the process, reduce the mass by eliminating mechanical fasteners
    • Improving resistance to impact and noise reduction
    • Suitable parameters – speed, density, etc.
    • One supplier for the whole floor assembly process

  • Assembly of windows/panes
    Sealing
    Fast installation
    Window replacement option


    Why 3M?

    • Accelerating the process – the vehicle may be transported to the next production stage more quickly
    • Small number of complaints
    • Lower assembly costs

  • Panel-frame, sealing joints
    Replacement of mechanical fasteners
    Faster installation


    Why 3M?

    • Faster assembly
    • Strength of joints
    • Solutions meeting EN 45545 standard
    • One supplier for the whole system for the assembly and sealing

  • Interior
    Replacement of mechanical fasteners
    The use of classic polyurethane adhesives
    Shorter and simpler assembly process


    Why 3M?

    • Faster assembly and greater fastening performance
    • Optional use of removable connections
    • Possibility of preparing components before their assembly

  • Insulation assembly
    Replacement of mechanical fasteners
    Fast installation
    Elimination of volatile organic compounds


    Why 3M?

    • Faster assembly
    • Adhesives enabling bonding of various materials
    • 3M provide a complete system – panel assembly, noise reduction, insulation assembly, etc.

  • Masking during grouting
    Protection during grouting of the body and other surfaces


    Why 3M?

    • Smaller number of adjustments – no adhesive left, straight cut-off line, no soaking or leakage of the tape. Excellent final effect.
    • Equal tape unwinding – easier and faster work, and thus higher quality.
    • Wide variety of tapes to adhere to various surfaces.

  • Welding of joints (of metallic parts or components) by heating the surfaces to melting temperatures and joining them by compression etc.


    Why 3M?

    3M 9100XXi filter enables you to more readily recognise colours that may help the welder focus on the equipment, welding technique, precision grinding, inspection, etc.


Finishing

In the next step, the nearly finished product is sealed, labelled, customised, polished, and, if there are any production defects, corrected.

  • Sealing of the vehicle

    Sealing of the vehicle
    Externally
    Internally


    Why 3M?

    • Complete portfolio – wide variety of tapes and adhesives
    • Possibility of accelerating the process using boosters (550FC)
    • Possibility of repair in case of defect (4411N)
    • Possibility of sealing large, hard to access surfaces (320)

  • Why 3M?

    • Wide range of technologies and solutions
    • Innovative solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for touch-ups
    • High-quality products
    • Reduced consumption of abrasives and production costs

  • Removal of painting defects from the finished coating using fine-grained abrasive discs (P600–P3000) (removal of inclusions, scratches, dust, uneven paint lines and “orange peel”), followed by polishing for shine using polishes and pastes with foam pads or wool pads.


    Why 3M?

    • Innovative solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for touch-ups
    • High product quality ensures very good and consistent results in a short time or in fewer operations. User-friendly products which do not require much experience.
    • Reduced consumption of abrasives and production costs. Product lines dedicated for many types of paint (2K paints, 1K paints, clearcoats, PU paints, single-coat paints).

  • For the finishing of paint coats or composite materials, we recommend using the Perfect-It™ EX system to achieve perfect shine. Used with Trizact™ abrasive discs (1500, 2000, 3000, 5000), Perfect-It™ and Trizact™ offer customers the fastest surface finishing with the highest quality and easy cleaning.


    Why 3M?

    3M™ Trizact™ abrasives are used for removing paint defects and paint finishing, which shortens the polishing process. The abrasives consist of precisely shaped three-dimensional pyramids, distributed uniformly on the disc. As the pyramids wear out, new, sharp surfaces are exposed. 3M™ Perfect-It™ is designed to provide optimum performance in conjunction with the Perfect-It™ EX system. Remove polishing marks from painted surfaces, even from dark paints. The 3M™ Quick Connect adaptor makes it easy to change pads.

  • General application: Removes scratches from 800 grit sanding paper. Gelcoat to mould application: Removal of defects and sanding paper scratches, surface smoothing. Finishing: Removes sanding paper scratches and leaves a shiny surface in one step, especially on white gelcoat.


    Why 3M?

    • Faster defect removal, greater efficiency during both lamination and finishing (white gelcoat)
    • Innovative formula for shiny gloss, many surfaces do not require any further polishing
    • Longer-lasting humidity, which translates into lower consumption (lower costs!), easier cleaning and less dust, operating at higher temperatures.
    • Complimenting Perfect-It™ EX Gelcoat Finishing system

  • Preparing complete internal marking of vehicles


    Why 3M?

    • very high product durability
    • reducing the risk of complaints resulting from application
    • reduced costs due to reduced labour time
    • 3M products meet railway standards (EN 45545-1)

  • Protecting internal surfaces exposed to the risk of graffiti and scratches.


    Why 3M?

    • significantly longer durability of 3M laminates vs alternative solutions
    • 3M products meet railway standards (EN 45545-1)
    • 8991RW laminate is the only one that is 100% transparent

  • Renovation and execution of internal surfaces of passenger carriages


    Why 3M?

    • lower costs of the whole process
    • shorter and simpler process
    • standardisation of the finish
    • possibility of performing renovations in a quick and simple way
    • 3M products meet the railway standards (EN 45545-1)

  • Anti-slip protection


    Why 3M?

    • easy application at any production stage
    • possibility of use just after application
    • possibility of delivering finished impressions
    • variety of colours and sizes
    • 3M products meet the railway standards (EN 45545-1)

  • Application of the interior film – anti-burglary, UV and infrared radiation protection of the outside film – sun control (also with thermal and anti-burglary function)


    Why 3M?

    Easy application of the film on the pane, easy removal after a long time, possibility of securing the interior against burglary, reduced heating of the interior, no visibility of the film from inside, "premium" effect from outside, no fading of interior elements, reduces reflections


  • Safe film application

    Safe film application – inside and outside the vehicle


    Why 3M?


    • Easy application of the film on the window pane, easy removal after a long time, compliance with EN 45545 standard
    • UV radiation blocking (even up to 99%)
    • Thickness 150 um (unique on the market), S40 film – very fast application. Transparent, fully safe.

  • Primary personal protective equipment used in the marine industry and the specialty vehicle segment.


    Why 3M?

    • 3M Safety Goggles offer the most effective anti-fog coating on the market.
    • 3M fall protection harnesses offer maximum comfort, free movement and ease of use with innovations such as the D-Ring connection or the Revolver to adjust strap length.
    • Our range of hearing protection products includes various noise-reducing earplugs, both disposable and reusable. 3M PPE ensures compatibility of all pieces.


Storage and transport

The final stage is to secure the surface, packaging and preparation for shipment or storage in a warehouse. Every manufacturer wants to ensure that their product reaches the customer in an unchanged condition.

  • General personal protective equipment

    Why 3M?

    • 3M Safety Goggles offer the most effective anti-fog coating on the market.
    • 3M fall protection harnesses offer maximum comfort, free movement and ease of use with innovations such as the D-Ring connection or the Revolver to adjust strap length.
    • Our range of hearing protection products includes various noise-reducing earplugs, both disposable and reusable, and earmuffs. 3M safety helmets can be integrated with eye and hearing protection.


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