We were lucky enough to be asked by Halspan to collaborate with them to fabricate two quite complex and possibly the most difficult type of postformed doorsets possible. These Shield doors were postformed in Kydex PVC, 2.2m tall and double swing, double doors with flush vision panels, radius frames and lots of complex hardware, which is a very tricky set of specifications. Our goal was to pass both a cold smoke test as well as an EN rated 60 min fire test. The EN test is much more stringent than the current British Standard.
Fire Doorset Testing
The first of the doorsets went through the smoke tested very successfully, which was a great start. The next stage was for the doorset to go through the fire test. Our goal, was to surpass 60 minutes. We are always nervous during the test, especially when the timer to the side approaches the 60 minutes, as we never want it to fail at the final hurdle. However, the door managed to achieve 69 minutes before integrity failure. This is a rare result on an EN test of this nature.
It was now time to test the second doorset in the same way. Again, this doorset passed the smoke test with ease, giving us more confidence for the upcoming fire test. During the fire test, this doorset exceeded the 60 minute mark, only reaching integrity failure after an impressive 74 minutes. A great result for our Shield fire doors. We are also very proud of our skilled team members from CAD through to manufacturing who worked hard to design and build these complex fire doors.
This type of extensive fire door testing allows us as a fire door manufacturer to continually build our scope and capabilities to not only offer our customers a wider range of Shield – fire door services but for them to have the trust in us that our products are surpassing the strict independent test requirements.