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4th August 2017, Cornwall

Composite flooring for German trains

Germany’s ICE fleet trains use SMT’s new lightweight infused flooring made using Alan Harper Composites’ reusable vacuum membranes to replace previously installed heavy wooden panels. The fire resistant, structural composite sandwich replacement flooring are said to bring excellent weight savings allowing new air-conditioning, seating and entertainment system additions.

SMT in Forst, Germany, is the exclusive supplier to Deutsche Bahn AG producing 25,000 m2 for the 66-train fleet comprising eight carriages each. The company gained an advantage with the system for its simplicity and closed mould characteristics ideal for worker ease and safety, according to the company’s membranes supplier.

SMT in Forst, Germany, is the exclusive supplier to Deutsche Bahn AG producing 25,000 m2 for the 66-train fleet comprising eight carriages each. © Alan Harper Composites

“Workers are able to gain great efficiency in moulding by the basic infusion process and clean extraction after infusion. Very little waste resin is evident and the cost and waste management savings over unsound traditional consumable bagging are significant gains for the company.”

Alan Harper Composites is a specialist closed moulding technology innovation and production house. “We have designed and produced a world class reusable silicone membrane closed moulding system that removes permanently the need for costly and environmentally unsound use and disposal of one-time-use composite consumable membranes and waste,” the company explains.

www.alanharpercomposites.com

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