The interiors of railroad, subway and trolley cars have changed significantly in recent years. What was uniform and often uncomfortable has become stylish and highly functional, with state-of-the-art lighting concepts, comfortable seating and spacious aisles. Increasingly, rail operators are also discovering interiors for their own purposes, using special colors and surface structures to ensure their vehicles convey a distinctive image to their customers.
Bayer MaterialScience supports its rail industry partners in producing cutting-edge interior designs with its range of customized polycarbonates, polycarbonate blends and the sheets made from them.
Bayblend polycarbonate blend sheets are a key focus at InnoTrans 2014. Bayblend MTR sheets meet the fire protection requirements of the North American and Chinese markets, while Bayblend MTX sheets are aimed at the requirements of the European EN45545 standard. Both grades are available in a countless number of colors and can also be used to produce textured surfaces. The two product ranges boast eco-friendly flame retardance and can be processed highly efficiently using thermoforming.
The method used to process is particularly efficient and versatile. The semi-finished products are heated until they soften and shaped into the desired form in the mold by bending or drawing. This makes it possible to manufacture wall and ceiling coverings, window frames and backrests for seating in small to medium quantities.
Flame-retardant Makrolon FR DX polycarbonate sheets that meet the requirements of the EN 45545-2 R4/HL3 fire safety standard are new to the range. Their outstanding light diffusion makes them particularly well suited for LED lamp covers, where they ensure bright, consistent illumination. They are thus also the material of choice for slimline design solutions.
Bayer MaterialScience also offers polycarbonate grades for manufacturing components in accordance with EN45545-R22. These are designed for injection molding and extrusion applications.
Products made from Makrolon and Bayblend can be recycled on reaching the end of their useful lives, thus saving money and protecting the environment.
Rail interiors with Bayer polycarbonates