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Aluminium outside panels refurbished with DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes for Exterior at dutch railway station

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The typical railway station Sloterdijk is dominated by the famous “tubes”, the transparent tunnels among which the upper railway tracks run. The lower part of these tubes is composed of aluminum panels. After about twenty-five years’ of outside exposure, the panels were quite rightly weathered and were no longer complying to the quality standards from NS anymore.

The DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes were presented to the Dutch Railways. They were immediately convinced: the panels covered with DI-NOC appeared again as new. Moreover it means much less time and much less money in comparison with the replacement of the old aluminium plates with new ones. The cost proved not to be the only reason for choosing DI-NOC Architectural Finishes. Another important argument in favor of DI-NOC finish was the warranty and life expectancy.

"3M could quickly respond to our request. The film application must be carried out above a number of tracks. That means that those tracks must be made “out of service" and this has major implications for the timetable, so that those types of work are already planned well in advance. When the decision for DI-NOC was taken, there was already a week out of service in the planned timetable for other maintenance work. This was also the week in which the film application should happen, but 3M took that well. We were under the impression that 3M could within such a short time frame bring such a large team of night- workers together!"

Ron Buck, Maintenance Coordinator, NS Operational Estate Management