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Rail Technology & Production Applications


3M has over 200 products that meet Network Rail’s Parts and Design System (PADS), and London Underground approvals (LUL) which have become the de facto standards for the UK rail industry. Keeping pace with the rapid changes taking place in rail technology is more difficult than ever. Using 46 technology platforms with 80 years of experience our integrated team of scientists and researchers work with customers to create breakthroughs and help you stay one step ahead of the changes. Today’s railway designs are lighter, faster, more aerodynamic and energy efficient than ever, with lighter weight materials and sleek designs. 3M technologies can help maximise manufacturing and operational efficiencies, while lowering costs and improving long-term performance.

Increased productivity
From abrasives that cut and finish surfaces quicker, smoother and easier, to paint shop solutions that reduce material usage, clean-up and waste, 3M solutions can help to make your rolling stock manufacturing, maintenance and refurbishment processes faster, cleaner and ultimately, more cost-effective.

Improved energy efficiency
Our lightweighting solutions include industrial tapes and adhesives which remove the need for heavy mechanical fixings, while our solar window films help to reduce heat gain and energy costs.

Prolonged asset life
From infrastructure, including bridges, stations and gantries, to rolling stock and its components, 3M™ Scotchkote™ liquid coatings help provide long-lasting corrosion protection and finishing, while also helping to minimise downtime.

Enhanced passenger experience
Our vinyl films and anti-graffiti solutions help keep trains looking smart, while our noise insulation technologies help make journeys quieter.

Protected worker safety
Our range of comfortable, carefully designed personal protective equipment (PPE) offers your workers the effective protection available, with products that they feel good about wearing.

View the Applications where 3M can help improve product performance and optimize manufacturing efficiencies.

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    Rolling stock manufacturing

    3M’s science aids in building rolling stock 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 lightweighting, noise and vibration issues.

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    Rolling stock maintenance and refurbishment

    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. 3M’s unique portfolio gives you the edge providing you with a continually evolving range of innovative, world-class rail rolling stock refurbishment solutions.

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    3M products help to protect and provide reliability in key places both on the network, providing leading edge electrical and coatings technologies for overground and underground rail applications, through to cost-effective protection of the station building itself via our corrosion solutions.

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    Worker safety

    Any organisation should not take safety for granted. The health and welfare of your workforce depends on it. By working in association with skilled safety practitioners, partners and customers, we are committed to ensuring that we help you create an environment that protects your workforce – effectively, efficiently and economically.
    We offer ranges in respiratory, head, eye, hearing, skin and fall protection that not only offer optimal protection functions, but excel in comfort too.

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