We advise clients and contractors on physical intruder resistance and can also manufacture, supply and install all the intruder-resistant products that are needed in accordance with the applicable specifications. If you wish, they can also be offered in combination with ballistic, blast and fire resistant properties.
When testing windows and doors, it is important to ensure that there is no weak point in the total construction (frame, glazing, door leaf, edge, lock).
Australian standard AS3555 stipulates that humans are used to carry out the test. This enables the attacker to test, analyse and adapt his method and focus of attack to exploit apparent weaknesses, as he would in a real attack. The introduction of the ‘human factor’ may have some advantages but makes comparison of test results very difficult.
USA standard ASTM and European standard EN employ test methods that can be consistently duplicated using mechanically controlled materials having specific weight, material, force, frequency and duration criteria in a controlled laboratory environment.
- Test Standard: AS3555
- Test Standard: ASTM F1915-05
- Test Standard: EN 1627 : 2011
- What is a Test Failure?
|One man manual attack with handtools||tools as listed in standard||Duration (minutes) as stated in standard|
|Two men manual attack with handtools||tools as listed in standard||Duration (minutes) as stated in standard|
|Two men attack with powertools||tools as listed in standard||Duration (minutes) as stated in standard|
|ASTM F1915-05 (2012) – Glazing for Detention Facilities||Tools||Duration and Number of Impacts = Grade 1-4|
|Physical Attack||Mechanically controlled Simulated Fireman’s Axe and Sledge Hammer||As specified in Standard|
|Fire Test Exposure||Laboratory controlled Propane Torch and simulated Ball Peen Hammer||As specified in Standard|
|Resistance Class: EN1627||Glazing DIN EN 356||Perpetrator and method||Manual Test Time DIN V ENV 1630:|
|RC1||Composite glass recommended||Vandalism:
Kicking, pressing, jumping against. Little protection against levering
Bodily force, simple tools e.g. screwdriver, shim, pliers
|3 – 15 mins|
With add’l second screwdriver and crowbar
|5 – 20 mins|
|RC4||P6 A||Experienced perpetrator:
Add’l use of saw and tools such as axe and chisel, hammer, electric drill
|10 – 30 mins|
|RC5||P7 B||Experienced perpetrator:
Add’l use of electric tools, such as drill, jigsaw or saber saw
|15 – 40 mins|
|RC6||P8 B||Experienced perpetrator:
Add’l use of more powerful electric tools than WK5
|20 – 50 min|
Glass is tested separately in accordance with DIN EN 356, for so-called breakthrough resistance. Breakthrough resistance is principally tested using a mechanically operated axe. There is a discrepancy in both standards, if burglar resistance and breakthrough resistance are mixed together, as is the case with glazed doors and windows. Please ask us if you have any questions.
Marking of safety glass according to EN 356
Resistance against hand stroke (axe test).
|Class according to
|Resistant to axe strokes||Approx. Thickness
|P8B||>70||28 -: 50|
Exactly what constitutes a failure will be defined within each test standard – generally it be will the creation of a hole of a certain size.