It’s time for cleaner trains, whatever the weather
One of the latest sectors to get excited about the potential of the cutting-edge products that Millidyne has developed is rail, in the shape of the VR Group.
Icing is a very real problem during the Finnish winter and VR is always on the look-out for new ways of dealing with it. After VR was put in contact with Millidyne and milliCLEAN through the Nanotechnology Cluster Programme and realised the potential that nano coatings offer here, it launched a series of trials in 2012 to test what Avalon® products could achieve on the exteriors and interiors of its InterCity and Pendolino trains.
The exterior trials concentrated on the windows, front windscreens, bodywork, and the front and side skirts of Pendolino trains. One Pendolino bogie was also coated with an Avalon® product to evaluate its potential for reducing the build-up of snow and ice close to the track. Internally, Avalon® 25, 27, and 29 were used in the disabled toilets on an InterCity double-deck sleeping car.
The benefits compared to untreated surfaces were pretty clear. Windows stayed cleaner for significantly longer and staining proved less of a problem than normal; less ice and dirt build-up was encountered; and toilets were not only easier to clean but also stayed cleaner, a big plus for passengers on long journeys.
All in all, the results of the VR trials echoed the benefits that Millidyne coatings are already delivering in industrial, automotive, and marine applications.
Avalon® coatings deliver long-lasting protection and easy-clean surfaces, cutting manpower needs and overall maintenance costs. For optimum performance, coatings should be reapplied every 12 to 24 months.
Making it easier for everyone to access Finnish nano expertise
The Nanotechnology Cluster Programme plays an important part in promoting the growth of nanotechnology-based business and supporting the introduction of nano- and micro-technologies and future materials in Finland. Activities involve eight local Centres of Expertise and cover more than 90% of activities and stakeholders in the fields concerned.
These local Centres of Expertise offer services ranging from partnering and information transfer to project development and promotion of the benefits of nanotechnology in industries such as mechanical engineering, energy, environment, chemicals, living, health and well-being, ICT, and electronics. In addition to serving Finnish companies, the Nanotechnology Cluster Programme also acts as the prime gateway to Finnish nanotechnology expertise for international stakeholders.
Culminatum Innovation is responsible for facilitating the Nanotechnology Centre of Expertise in the Helsinki Region, which is home to more than half of Finland’s nano-related activities and stakeholders. A non-profit development company owned by academia, municipalities, and the business sector, Culminatum runs all the local Centres of Expertise within the Helsinki Region and coordinates three focus areas (nanotechnology, living business, and digibusiness) at national level.