With rail transportation rapidly gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to road transportation, the demand for (technically) durable rail vehicles is also growing. So too, are these so-called « Shimmns » for steel coil transport.
Why choose the SolidskinTec printing process?
By applying our SolidskinTec printing process to the technical textile used for these wagons, not only unique eye-catchers on the track have been created, but the material (and the print!) can also withstand the heavy mechanical stresses typical for this application.
After all, the coated prints are flexible, colorfast for years, and dirt-repellent. Because of this, even graffiti can be easily removed…something that is, unfortunately, a common concern with rail transportation.
SolidskinTec on the rail
The exposure of materials on trains requires extreme robustness. Besides the challenging conditions the textiles are exposed to, such as rain, wind, and UV-radiation, they must also withstand the copper deposit created by the grinding of the current train collector against the overhead contact line. Very aggressive cleaning methods are needed to remove this deposit from the materials. Our printing technology is dirt resistant and does not break in this challenging cleaning regime.