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Henkel has introduced Loctite LM416, a lubricant for railway maintenance applications. The product has been primarily developed to lubricate slide chairs, part of the fixing mechanism that allows the movement of the switch rail from the closed to the open position and vice versa.

According to Henkel, the application of Loctite LM416 saves energy costs as switch-rail actuation requires more power if the slide chairs are dry. It also minimises delay by ensuring greater reliability and can be used on other worn or damaged components too.

Loctite LM416 was originally developed for the SNCF and underwent stringent tests to demonstrate its efficiency in temperature extremes and very wet conditions. This process spanned three years.

Key information

  • In preparation for applying Loctite LM416 to the slide chair for lubrication, Henkel recommends the use of its Loctite 7063 solvent-based cleaner and degreaser.
  • Loctite LM416 is then applied by a long-handled brush, a process that requires 6ml of the product per chair.
  • The lubricant is also available in aerosol form for difficult-to-access applications.
  • The product gained its Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance in September 2012 following track trials at Norwich, Banbury and Penzance.

Henkel is the world market leader in state-of-the-art industrial adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products for a wide variety of engineering applications. Its leading brands for the industrial market are Loctite, Bonderite, Teroson, Aquence and Technomelt.

Strong customer focus, research and innovation, consistent quality and sustainable business practices have contributed to its record of success, as has continuous improvement in both its products and methods of manufacture.

The company applies its expertise to the entire value chain across the engineering sector. Whatever you build, manufacture, assemble or repair, its technical consultancy service will provide all the assistance and training you need to ensure you have the best product and the skill to apply to its best advantage.

Henkel brands are internationally renowned for their proven reliability and performance and the scope of the company’s product programme extends from cleaning and pre-treatment through to bonding, sealing, filling and protecting, coating and lubricating. 

Henkel is the only adhesive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of products that are hazard-label free. Its Loctite Health and Safety series is suitable for the lion’s share of engineering applications and includes thread lockers, thread sealants, gasketing adhesives, retaining compounds and instant adhesives.

As both the product and its method of application dictate the quality of process, Henkel also has considerable expertise in the supply of dedicated dispensing equipment that, if necessary, can be bespoke to the application. This equipment ensures the product is applied quickly, cleanly, accurately and economically.

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