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Custom Anodizing & Corrosion Protection of Aluminum Train Headlights

Custom Anodizing of Aluminum Train Headlights
Custom Anodizing of Aluminum Train Headlights
  Corrosion Protection Coating Services
Corrosion Protection Coating Services
  Anodizing of a Small Transportation Headlight
Anodizing of a Small Transportation Headlight
Connecticut M8 Commuter Train
Connecticut M8 Commuter Train

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We were recently contracted by a train manufacturer to provide anodizing services and a corrosion resistant coating to these train headlights. Destined for use on the new M8 trains, which would be running on Connecticut's New Haven line, these coatings had to provide protection against the all kinds of weather elements. In addition, they had to be durable enough to last as the leading edge of a high use commuter train.

This project consisted of two parts; the larger of the two lights we applied a black anodized finish on its rear section, while the smaller light was bright dipped and clear anodized. The bright dip method allowed for high reflectivity, making the light brighter when used, while adhering MIL-A-8625F, Type II - Class 1 & 2 standards. The components are composed of 6061-T6 aluminum for the outer housing, with a 3003-H34 high purity sheet. Anodizing of these 10" x 8" parts was completed using our dedicated rack anodizing process, this advanced process provides superior anodizing with a more durable finish. For more information see the table below or contact us directly.

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Highlights of this Custom Anodized & Corrosion Protection Coating Project

Product Description
  • These headlights are used on the new M8 trains in the transportation industry.
Custom Anodizing Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Primary:
    • Aluminum Anodizing
    • Bright Dipped Anodizing
    • Bezel
    • Corrosion Protection Coating
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
  • Dedicated Rack Anodizing Line
Overall Part Dimensions
  • 10" x 8"
Tightest Tolerances
  • Meets Mil-Spec Tolerances
Material Used
  • Aluminum 6061-T6 (Outer Housing) & 3003-H34 (High Purity Sheet)
Material Finish
  • Matte Black Finish & Bright Dipped Clear Finish
In process testing/inspection performed
  • In Process Testing & Final Visual Inspection
Industry for Use
  • Transportation - Railroad
Delivery Location
  • Connecticut
Standards Met
  • Customer Specifications
  • MIL-A-8625F, Type II - Class 1 & 2
Product Name
  • Headlights Used for M8 Trains

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