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3M Rail Technology & Manufacturing Solutions

Advanced technologies for rail car design and production.


As communities strive for more efficient and sustainable mass transit solutions, passenger trains are experiencing a renaissance in cities all over the world. Today’s rail car designs are lighter, faster, and more aerodynamic and energy efficient than ever, with lighter weight materials and sleek designs. 3M technologies can help maximize manufacturing and operational efficiencies while expanding design options and flexibility.

  • Products for Rail

    Keeping pace with the rapid changes in rail technology, 3M offers a wide range of products that can help maximize manufacturing and operational efficiencies, while lowering costs and improving long-term performance.

  • Applications for Rail

    From design to delivery, 3M innovation is helping tackle your toughest application challenges, from expanding design flexibility to improving product performance and optimizing manufacturing efficiencies.


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Featured Solution Session

How Can 3M™ VHB™ Tapes Help With Rail Car Production?

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  • 3M Applications Engineers Brent Bystrom and Rebecca Johnson discuss rail applications for 3M™ VHB™ Tapes
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    Global Solutions for the Future of Passenger Rail Car Design and Production: 3M™ VHB™ Tape

    Learn more about how 3M™ VHB™ Tape can help you design and produce passenger rail cars. Click below to Register and watch the full video (17:12) – if you’re registered we can also notify you about future solution sessions as they’re available. You can watch a short preview of the video at left, or see below for brief snippets covering demos and discussions of specific topics.

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  • Video still of 3M Application Engineers discussing bonding of dissimilar materials

    Bonding Dissimilar Materials (2:54)

    3M Application Engineers demonstrate bonding acrylic to aluminum with 3M™ VHB™ Tape, showing the ease, immediate handling strength and very high bond strength of the tape.

  • Video still of a 3M Applications Engineer showing the strength of 3M™ VHB™ Tape when bonding two pieces of metal

    Bonding Strength (0:34)

    3M Application Engineers demonstrate the strength of 3M™ VHB™ Tape bonding together aluminum I-beam pieces.

  • Video still showing a gasket seal made with 3M™ VHB™ Tape to prevent fluid migration

    Closed-Cell Technology (0:52)

    3M Application Engineers show the sealing properties of the closed-cell 3M™ VHB™ Tape against liquid migration.

  • Video still of 3M Applications Engineers discussing fatigue resistance and the viscoelasticity of 3M™ VHB™ Tape

    Fatigue Resistance (1:10)

    3M Application Engineers use a demonstration piece to show the viscoelasticity and fatigue resistance of 3M™ VHB™ Tape.

  • Video still of 3M Applications Engineers discussing bonding painted and powder-coated surfaces

    Paint and Powder-Coated Surfaces (1:53)

    3M Application Engineers discuss the ability of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes to withstand the pre-treatment and bake cycles of paint processes.

  • Video still of 3M Applications Engineers discussing viscoelasticity

    Viscoelasticity (1:36)

    3M Application Engineers talk about viscoelasticity and how applying pressure to 3M™ VHB™ Tape facilitates wet-out.

  • Video still of a passenger car showing a door that can be bonded with 3M™ VHB™ Tape

    Rail Car Applications (1:16)

    3M Application Engineers discuss various locations and applications for 3M™ VHB™ Tape in a passenger rail car.

  • A selection of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes
    Featured Product: 3M™ VHB™ Tapes

    As the video shows, 3M™ VHB™ Tapes offer many benefits to rail car manufacturers, including:

    • Bonding strength
    • Bonding and sealing
    • Viscoelasticity

    Learn more about 3M™ VHB™ Tape

    View all 3M™ VHB™ Tape products

    Other benefits of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes include:

    • Immediate handling strength
    • Fatigue resistance
    • Bonding before or after a paint process
    • Uniform stress distribution
    • Bonding dissimilar materials
    • Separating dissimilar metals to help resist bimetallic corrosion
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Resources for Rail

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We offer a wide range of resources from technical and safety documents to training videos.

  • Featured resources

    Interactive Floor Bonding Guide (PDF, 16.25 MB)

    Start with adhesion basics or go right to the substrate selector. This handy tool offers general recommendations based on your substrates to narrow your selection, which you can then explore in greater detail.

    Adhesives and Tapes Design and Production Guide (PDF, 12.14 MB)

    Learn more about replacing mechanical fasteners with adhesives and tapes, the ASPEC system for choosing the right product, the most common assembly types and ways 3M products can address your production challenges.

    Technical data sheets

    Search the 3M Technical Database for technical data on our tapes and adhesives.

    Find Technical Data

Flame, Smoke and Toxicity (FST) Testing

FST tests set the standard for which products you can use for a given application. Use the tool below to retrieve FST test results for specific 3M products, or enter a test standard to view a list of 3M products which meet that standard.

Don't see an FST test report for your product?

Our list of tested products constantly changes. If you don’t see results for a specific product use the Ask a 3M Expert link below to submit a request and tell us which product you’re interested in. We’ll let you know whether that product is scheduled for testing. If not, we’ll get in touch to discuss your needs further and determine whether we can arrange to have it tested for you.

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