LRM Industries LLC (Rockledge, Fla.) reported on Dec. 11 that it has been selected by Eastern Rail Corp. (Miami, Fla.) to manufacture thermoplastic composite infrastructure components for the nation's electric railways. LRM's proprietary, automated TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming process will be used to mold long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite components for a durable replacement of aging or damaged railway structures made of wood, steel or traditional fiberglass.
Mold production has been commissioned by Eastern Rail for the first contracted program phase, and LRM will commence with component manufacturing in early 2009. This first program will be safety cover boards and side plates for the third or "hot" rail on electric rail systems.
LRM's TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming technology allows for part production with very little trim and waste, and all excess material is recycled back into part production. This closed-loop process extends to final products produced, which are totally recyclable.
Mickey Morales, president of Eastern Rail, commented, "LRM is an innovative, leading-edge company with unique technology and a state-of-the-art facility. They are the ideal partner for providing us with strong, durable infrastructure components for our country's railway systems." LRM and Eastern Rail are in the design phase for additional major programs to be produced in 2009.
LRM Industries LLC is a joint venture company of NOVA Chemicals Inc. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and Envirokare Tech Inc. (New York, N.Y.). LRM was established to commercialize TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming technology.