Security Testing Consulting & Experience
Our range of approved and tested products are manufactured by Aluroll Ltd, based on Oswestry. Our team worked at and with Aluroll when the tests were carried out.
The Aluminium Garage Doors and shutters were tested in 2009, according to the LPS 1175 standard, version 6; while the steel security shutters were tested to LPS 1175 version 7 in 2014. .
The testing process began with an application period and the creation of technical files for the proposed test garage doors and shutters. A date was set for testing, and a team from LPCB arrived to carry out two days of physical security attacks on the shutters and doors which we had pre-installed at our premises.
The test engineers do their work to the LPS 1175 standard in two main ways: there is a limit to the amount of time a test can be carried out, and a limit on the simulated attack time; secondly, the tools to be used in the attack are specified and no other tools may be used. But, beyond this, the engineers use any means available to break into the shutter. There were no specified attack methods; setting out from a point where the attacker knows every element which composes the garage door or shutter, he then sets about to use initiative and experience to break in. Breaking in means making an aperture in the shutter sufficiently big enough for a torso shaped object to pass through.
We set up a test house of our specimens in advance of the engineers' arrival.
The pictures shown on this page show methods and tools employed in testing the Security Rating level 3 and 4. Security Ratings of 1 and 2 were also tested and attained. Our SR1 and SR2 security shutters and doors underwent the same rigorous testing, though with a range of lighter duty tools and lower test periods.
It is not to the advantage of end users for us to publicly announce the best methods of entry into a security shutter! However, it should be noticed that our shutters, those designated SR3 and SR4, faced attack from sledge hammers, wrecking bars, a felling axe, and various power tools, as used by attackers aware of all the potential weak points in common shutter design. The attackers did not simply follow a routine, but employed initiative in the same as any burglar or other person would when trying to get in.
Once the physical tests were concluded, technical files were updated by us, and then submitted to LPCB for approval. The technical files were verified by LPCB to ensure that the designs to be used in all future manufacture were the same designs which had been used to build the tested specimens.
Tests had been carried out on the widest and narrowest shutter sizes which the manufacturer wanted to proceed to sell or install. Any size in between those brackets, so long as it was built according to the verified Technical files, would now be able to withstand attacks in the field by attackers with the same amount of time, experience, and equipment as the tested specimens faced.
Once the Technical File verification was complete, the manufacturer was issued with instructions about using LPCB markings, logos, etc., and was thereafter able to market and sell the products. It should be noted that most manufacturers undergo either a Factory Process Control inspection or an ISO 9001 audit by a UKAS accredited auditor every six to twelve months in order to continue to market, make and sell the approved shutters.
Design and special manufacture
Shutter Design & Installation does not engage in the secondary manufacturing, as described below; rather, we take delivery of them from our valued quality managed suppliers. However, to make use of the shutters as installers, and to make decisions about their use for security, fire rating, insulation, and their style, we understand that knowledge of these things is often essential. The following information may be of interest to those thinking of buying a garage door or security roller shutter. Please see our Products page for examples of the shutters and doors which can be assembled from the products and processes described below.
Shutter Design & Installation employs steel and aluminium sections formed in plants both here in the UK, and in Germany. In the case of steel shutters, a flat steel sheet, usually of 0.7 or 0.9mm is passed through a series of carbon steel 'passes' or rollers. These form the thin flat plate, step by step. Usually, the assembly of rollers terminates in a guillotine which both cuts them to the exact size and punches them, ready for end-locking into a curtain. The final profile shape can be seen in profile on our Products pages.
Product Development: controls and hardware
PCB, software, and CAD development
We are also able to offer custom designed control panels; manufacturing software design; and computer aided design (CAD) products and services. Speak to us about a specific project requiring design and development and product realisation skills.