Silicone Engineering’s low smoke, low toxicity silicone has recently been tested to meet the new European fire safety standards, applied in the rail industry. The step comes after changes are being made to the way the regulations are classified.

Currently, a number of national regulations and market led standards are in place such as the British BS 6853, French NF 16101 and the German DIN 5510. To ensure continuity and a high level of safety for European rail travel, the national standards are soon to be replaced with a new European standard, EN 45-545.

The new fire and smoke regulation aims to guarantee the safety and evacuation of passengers and staff in the event of a fire. UK figures show that the most common cause of death from a fire is being overcome by smoke and toxic fumes, which accounts for over 60% of all deaths. This high percentage shows the importance of low smoke/toxicity silicones and the benefits they provide in such an event.

Our LCH silicone has a number of benefits:

– Excellent fire resistance

– Low smoke emissions

– Non-toxic and non-corrosive smoke

– Thermally stable at extreme temperatures

LCH has been tested for the use in window and door seals within rail carriages. It is used in applications on the London Underground and by other global OEM’s and train manufacturers. It can be produced in various Shore-A hardness’s and is produced in multiple forms including: Sheeting, Extrusion and Mouldings.

For more information on our low smoke, low toxicity silicone or any of our other materials, please call us on 01254 261321.

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