Our team here at FDB Panel Fittings have recently explained that they focus much attention on the transportation industry where sales partners DIRAK have developed individual solutions for railway applications over the last few decades.
This has called for the highest levels of safety and vibration resistance at fast/high speeds coupled with consideration for the lifespan of rail vehicles which require high-quality, durable, and long-lasting products that always guarantee a secure connection in every environment of rail applications. This includes the need for clear visual indication of locking status which increases security and saves time on additional checks. The FDB team therefore advise locks in railway vehicles that provide clear displays for the train operators and passengers so they can easily and quickly confirm all products’ locked status.
In particular many rail installations call for exceptional weather resistance, since all products installed on the exterior of rail vehicles are exposed to extreme weather conditions including dirt and pollution, temperature changes, UV radiation.
These external factors demand high-quality materials and durable construction so they can offer solutions that can withstand the conditions of each respective environment and guarantee/ensure safe functionality. For example, Fire Protection in accordance with DIN EN 45545-3 since the most common causes of rail vehicle fires are arson, negligence, or defects in the electrical systems. A test scenario was developed for these types of emergency cases by exposing multiple products in various applications to temperatures up to 1,000°C for different lengths of time. It was explained that a variety of products have undergone this test and have received a certificate for meeting the requirements of classification E60 (equivalent to 60 minutes at 1,000°C).
Hardware products with compression as a feature are often called for in railway applications since they offer users maximum convenience while simultaneously applying uniform pressure, and ensuring your application is perfectly sealed. They can protect the critical infrastructure from the ingress of dirt, dust, and water. While offering vibration and shock resistance. This is especially important since the long lifespan of rail vehicles requires high-quality products with special properties that can withstand high vibration and shock environments. A requirement that calls for great emphasis on shock and vibration resistance and testing to ensure that they comply with basic standards such as DIN EN 61373.