The Force 8 Decadence range of contemporary composite doors has now achieved PAS 24 and is document Q compliant. The stringent test was carried out at ERA’s new state of the art factory in Wolverhampton. One of the new Force 8 Zermatt doors was used for the test, fitted with the auto lock system and thumb turn.
“As far as we are aware, this is the first time a door of this kind has been tested for PAS 24 with the auto lock system” comments Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8. “We wanted to test a door that was straight off the production line, and is one of the most popular, which happened to be the auto lock system fitted with a long stainless steel handle”.
Before the test started while the door was set in the test rig, it was adjusted by Force 8 as it would be during a normal installation, to make sure the door opened a closed with ease. “We wanted to make sure the test would be as authentic as possible, the door was opened and closed as normal and the thumb turn locked as it would be in any household before the test commenced”, comments Dennis.
The PAS 24 test was carried out to a stringent set of rules in ERA’s custom built test facility. The first part of the test consisted of pressure being applied to the corners and weak points at the front of the door by hydraulic rams. At the same time an opposing pulling force is applied from the back, the intention is to try and twist or warp the door to create a gap. The next part of the test consists of repeated blows from a steel ram to the same points on the door, pre-weakened by the pressure testing. The final part is the physical attack carried out by one of the test team. All the usual burglary tools were used from crow bars to chisels. In the past this has always been some concern with other composite doors as the skin is only 2mm thick, and can be scored with a knife and lifted to look for weak spots. The new Decadence range from Force 8 comes with a 4mm skin as standard, and this made a significant difference in the test. The door fails if the tester can cut a 50mm hole that is large enough to get an arm through and open the door within the time limit.
Although looking a bit battered and bruised after the test, the door still held its structural integrity, and passed with flying colours. “We are extremely pleased with the result and how well the Zermatt performed in the test”, comments Dennis.
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