The EMS Mass Transportation marketing team recently returned home after a busy week of exhibiting our silicone material products at the InnoTrans show in Berlin.


The event, a leading international trade fair for transport technology, was well-attended with approximately 140,000 visitors spending time with over 3,000 exhibitors from 62 countries. Occupying all 41 exhibition halls at the venue, the show was divided into 5 major segments: railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors, and tunnel construction. In addition to all the activity inside the show, outside there was a large outdoor area that offered vehicle manufacturers an opportunity to exhibit electric busses on a Demonstration Course and in a nearby static display area.

We had a wonderful time speaking with everyone who came by our booth to find out more about our BISCO, PORON, and ARLON product families.

innotrans_blog2_smPart of the BISCO product family, MF1 Foams are well-suited for use in rail applications due to their durability, fire resistance properties, and low compression set. In addition, our HT-200 silicone material is commonly used as an acoustic barrier in rail cars, while our HT-800 series silicone is often found used in floating floors as it has been proven successful in significantly reducing interior cabin noise. Our ARLON silicones, are well-known in the rail industry as well, widely-recognized as efficient problem solvers for gaskets and seals, coil insulation, and self-fusible tapes. For more information on Rogers’ complete line of silicone materials please visit our web site

We’re looking forward to another great show in 2018!

Commuters in major metro areas choose trains as their mode of transportation because trains allow them to enjoy a safe, comfortable ride and avoid driving through rain or snow. When train cars lose power, though, it causes delays for the affected train and others caught behind it on the track. Even worse, trains without electrical power lose their ability to regulate the internal temperature of the cars. During the summer, temperatures inside the car can reach 38° C (100° F) if not cooled. In the winter, lost power can result in passengers facing below freezing temperatures inside the cars.

rail_app_noteA commuter train operator was facing this challenge on a regular basis because their electrical panel, located on the external surface of the car, was failing. The extruded rubber gasket that filled the space between the electrical panel and the car was not holding up to the harsh weather conditions. It hardened over time, producing gaps where wind, rain, and sun damaged the electrical panel. The result was loss of power.

Rogers’ BISCO® BF-1005 extra soft silicone foam material provided the right solution.

The compression set resistance of the BF-1005 silicone material made it the right material to fill the spaces created by the inadequate seal of the extruded rubber gasket. In addition, the softness of BF-1005 silicone material allowed it to easily fill the difficult geometries needed to maintain a good seal and keep the elements from shorting out the electrical panel. What’s more, the commuter train operator did not need to waste man-hours removing the old, dried out rubber gasket before installing the BF-1005 silicone foam. A Rogers Preferred Converter provided a precut peel and stick ready-to-use solution, which saved the customer time and money on installation. BF-1005 silicone foam meets ASTM E162, ASTM E662 and SMP 800C standards for flame, smoke, and toxicity requirements on trains.

Rogers’ BISCO® product family offers a wide range of multi-functional silicone-based elastomeric foam and solid materials for use in rail interior applications such as seals, gaskets, floor isolation pads, thermal insulation, sound barriers and anti-squeak / rattle pads. These materials are offered in continuous sheet form, enabling ease of fabrication whether slitting, die-cutting, or laminating with adhesive. In addition, Rogers offers a highly durable silicone seat cushion foam, supplied in bun stock form or as a fabricated cushion shaped to the customer’s design requirements.

innotrans_logoOur high temperature BISCO® silicone materials for rail will be on display at InnoTrans 2016, the place to be for anything and everything rail and public transportation: railway technology, infrastructure, public transport, interiors, and tunnel construction.

InnoTrans 2016
September 20-23, 2016
Messe Berlin
Hall 3.1 / 513

At the show, we’ll be featuring the BISCO MF1® 35 (35 IFD) and MF1® 55 (55 IFD), high quality silicone foam materials designed for seat cushion applications. They feature exceptional flame, smoke, toxicity (FST) characteristics, superior weather and UV-resistance, and low compression set to ensure safety, long-term comfort, and durability. They are available in slab form or may be fabricated to customer specifications.

Engineers and designers can quickly find the material that’s right for their application by downloading the BISCO Silicones Rail Interior Solutions Application and Material Guide.


InnoTrans 2012 is less than a week away and we’re ready to leave an impression on the show!

Our booth is waiting, our information is fresh, and our team of talented engineers and marketers is ready to go.

So what can you expect from us there? Well…

  • A booth that will let you not only see our products, but also experience them
  • Sound barrier solutions that increase passenger comfort by creating a quieter cabin
  • Seating that rewards riders and OEMs alike with a minimum life of 10 years and minimum decreases in both indentation force deflection (IFD) and height.
  • Flooring solutions to keep things running smoothly by lowering natural frequencies and passing even the most stringent flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST) standards.

Find more information and show specifics including where to find our booth here. Hope to see you there!