One-piece, structural VARTM honeycomb floor for lightweight HEV transit bus.
Innovations in composite flooring.
Faroex Ltd. is the progenitor of composite flooring for transit buses in North America. In 1999, the engineering team at Faroex successfully commercialized its patented 3-D structural shear plate technology for the manufacture of unitized composite flooring for New Flyer's innovative Invero™ low-floor bus. This revolutionary flooring is an innovative and cost-effective alternative to traditional plywood panels for both transit OEMs and aftermarket re-fitters.
The basic system – supplied as a unitized molded assembly - consists of two glass-reinforced polyester resin face sheets (1) encapsulating a core of honeycomb (3) filled with closed-cell polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foam (2). The benefits are substantial; on the OEM side, a 30% reduction in floor weight, unmatched durability, simplification of the chassis, component consolidation, a reduction of installation labour, and improvement in production throughput.
Floors installed in 2000 are still in service today - there has never been a warranty or repair claim made against a Faroex composite floor.
On the re-fit side, Faroex's floor replacement panel kits are configured for fast, easy, and permanent repair of rotting plywood bus flooring.