Miles Fiberglass & Composites, Inc has been producing composite interior component parts for refrigerated and insulated railcars since 1990. These parts include interior door panels for the large plug doors of the railcars, as well as ceiling and false ceiling panels, sidewall panels, deflectors, trim strips, and drain pans. Virtually every visible part on the inside of a insulated and reefer car, except the floor is composites. We have worked very closely with our customers as well as manufacturing partners to develop new and more durable products for the railcars and have been able to assist them in taking advantage of the lightweight yet strong nature of composites. This has allowed our customers to realize decreased cost in fuel savings and maintenance budget, as well as increase in revenue by hauling larger payloads.
Miles can customize the look of each city’s streetcar to add flair and individuality to your light rail system. Graffiti resistant and scratch resistant finishes are also available.
Using new materials and processes, complete end caps and interior fiberglass component parts are being manufactured at our Portland facility. Working with the company that built light rail cars for Portland, Oregon’s rapid transit system, MFC manufactured rail car components for use in St. Louis, Missouri and San Juan, Puerto Rico to efficiently link central business districts with residential and employment areas.
Miles Fiberglass & Composites produces refrigerated railcar liners and ceiling panels for over 25 years. We helped engineer and design the refrigerated products which are tested for their airflow properties. Produced from Polystrand, a polypropylene co-mingled with fibers producing a high impact resistance/low weight panel. This durability helps with the loading and unloading of refrigerated products.
Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer that is widely used in many different industries. It is a synthetic material that is made from the polymerization of propylene monomer.
Polypropylene is generally considered to be microbial-resistant or antimicrobial, which means that it has properties that inhibit or prevent the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.
This property makes polypropylene a popular material for use in the production of medical and laboratory equipment, as well as for food packaging and storage, where the prevention of bacterial growth is important to maintain the safety and quality of the product.
Today, refrigerated railcars are an important component of the global supply chain for perishable goods. They are used to transport a wide variety of products, including meat, poultry, seafood, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and pharmaceuticals, among others. The technology has continued to improve, with advanced refrigeration systems that can maintain precise temperature control and monitor the conditions inside the car in real-time.
Miles Fiberglass offers free quotes for all custom orders. Request you personalized quote for any Miles composite product today!
Photo(s) by David Bohrer / National Assoc. of Manufacturers and Miles Fiberglass by Brian House
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