Safe and metal-free railway industry

June 22, 2016

Safe and metal-free railway industry

The railway industry is among the most active in the process of replacing metal and many thermosetting plastics.
The purpose is to gain lightness, compatibility with the environment and, of course, performance.

LATI has long since decided to believe in this innovation, and has expanded its range of EN 45545 and NFF16 101-102 certified materials also including compounds especially designed for highest mechanical, electrical, and flame resistance performance, such as LATAMID 66 H2 G/50-V0HF1.
Based on PA66 and with 50% glass fiber reinforcement, this compound provides a tensile strength of nearly 2,000 kg/cm2 without, however, becoming brittle, is UL94 V0 certified up to 0.75 mm, and provides excellent resistance to creeping currents, with a certified CTI of 600V.

The body of the new rotary switch manufactured by SPII, a leading Italian company in the design and manufacture of integrated driver desks and components for trains and subways, is made from LATAMID 66 H2 G/50-V0HF1.
Switch body and actuating lever requirements are drastic, as properly imposed by the sector of use. Static mechanical performance is to be associated to reliability over time, with a specifically high resistance to creep and fatigue.

Thermal requirements should consider operating temperatures from -40°C to +70°C, a range that is easily manageable by the selected LATAMID 66.
Certification of compliance with EN 45545 standard was also successfully obtained by LATAMID 66 H2 G/50-V0HF1 with a HL3 classification for the set of requirements R22 and R23.

This ensures absolute material reliability and safety as regards self-extinguishing properties and dangerous fumes for use both inside and outside the car body.
The innovative proposal by SPII becomes a new element of pride for the production of LATI, and confirms the common will to continue along the path that leads to the sale of increasingly high-performance and safe products for the customer and the environment.

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