Armaflex Rail SD has been officially launched in the UK at the Railtex exhibition, at the NEC in Birmingham.
The product is manufactured by flexible technical insulation market leader Armacell and is the first closed-cell insulation material to offer greater fire safety for railway passenger vehicles.
The product is the first to meet the Hazard Level 2 classification according to EN 45545.
When railway vehicles are designed and constructed, the safety of passengers and staff is of the highest priority. The level of safety has been increased successively over the past years and today all materials used must fulfil the highest fire protection requirements. The introduction of EN 45545-2 sees the legislation being further tightened and standardised throughout Europe.
Using Armaflex Rail SD on refrigerant pipework and air-ducts makes an important contribution to the high level of fire safety required in rail vehicles. The closed-cell insulation material with anti-microbial Microban® technology protects pipes against energy losses and condensation, and because it is so flexible, the material is extremely fast and easy to install.
The newly launched product is a completely new synthetic rubber achieving HL 2 according to the new European standard EN 45545-2, a hazard level previously unattained by flexible insulation materials. The highly flexible elastomeric foam has very good fire properties and extremely low smoke density, achieving an excellent Euroclass Bs1 D0 rating for insulation tubes. The smoke development of Armaflex Rail SD is 10 times lower than that of a standard elastomeric insulation products and the material is self-extinguishing, does not propagate fire or produce burning droplets.
Further information on the company can be found at: www.armacell.com