Lightweight rail components

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  • Proven lightweight solutions for transportation
  • Classic sandwich panel lay-up: operational since 2009
  • Smart sandwich panel lay-up: best performance by best cost optimization
  • Complete product solutions
Lightweight rail components
Lars Rosenbaum
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Proven lightweight solutions

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) has been manufacturing lightweight tramway floor panels since 2009. EFW’s sandwich panel lay-up has been accordingly optimized for interiors and load carrying structure of rail and road transportation.

Application areas of lightweight rail components:

  • Floor panels
  • Lining
  • Walls in sanitary facilities
  • Partition walls
  • Heated sandwich panels

Classic lay-up: successfully established
in tram floor panel design

EFW Classic lay-up
Classic sandwich panel lay-up
Graphic design: Heinrich & Hannot GmbH

Smart lay-up: competitiveness through composite innovation

EFW Smart lay-up
Smart sandwich panel lay-up
Graphic design: Heinrich & Hannot GmbH

Why should you use composites in transportation?

  • Functional integration
  • Substitution of wooden floor panels and reduction of load carrying metallic structures
  • Outstanding thermal insulation and noise absorption
  • Excellent fire safety properties
  • Customization by system integration
  • Heating systems
  • Provisions for electrics, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical applications

Lightweight rail components: together from idea to ready-to-install product

EFW provides turnkey solutions in manufacturing of highly integrated sandwich panels for transportation:

  • Concept development with focus on customers‘ requirements
  • Research and development of customized composite product solutions
  • Design
  • In-house testing
  • Certification
  • Industrialization and large scale manufacturing
  • Permanent product optimization
EFW Turn key solutions
Complete value-added chain of composite manufacturing at EFW
Graphic: Heimrich & Hannot GmbH

Turnkey lightweight solutions

EFW covers the entire value added chain of composite manufacturing:

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