Glass & Metal

Security panels show might in the line of fire

October 2018

Technical Glass Products (TGP), a brand of Allegion, and the LTI Group, have launched a high-performance fire-rated glass and security solution for detention centres.

The Pilkington Pyrostop laminated to Smartgard Glass is fire-rated for up to 120 minutes and offers attack and containment ratings up to 60 minutes in compliant fire-rated and attack-rated doors and frames. For enhanced safety, it is available with up to Level Three bullet-resistance ratings.

Pilkington Pyrostop is a fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material that blocks radiant heat, helping protect people and valuables on the non-fire side of the glass where heat transfer might be a concern. The Smartgard Glass product line is designed to meet today’s security needs for ballistic, containment, blast, and signals defence.

“In detention centres, visibility and security go hand in hand. It’s important not to compromise on these safeguards for the sake of fire safety,” says Jeff Besse, president of LTI Smart Glass.

“By laminating Pilkington Pyrostop to Smartgard Glass, it’s no longer an either-or situation. The integrated assembly provides a high level of fire resistance and transparency for the ongoing safety of detention centre inhabitants and corrections officers. It also delivers the containment and attack specifications that are expected in these facilities.”

According to Devin Bowman, vice-president of sales for TGP, detention centre design teams face the challenging task of specifying glass that can withstand premeditated, sustained attacks while also meeting stringent fire and life safety criteria.

“By combining one of the industry’s top security glazing products with Pilkington Pyrostop’s proven fire performance, we provide a top-level solution that addresses both needs.”

The combined Pilkington Pyrostop and Smartgard Glass glazing assembly is classified and labelled with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for doors, windows, sidelites and transoms. It is available for interior and exterior use.

Allegion is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like Cisa, Interflex, LCN, Schlage, SimonsVoss and Von Duprin. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2.4-billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.

The LTI Group is a leading provider of innovative laminated glass and polymer products to a broad variety of industries, such as architectural, automotive, airline, marine, entertainment, security and industrial, among others, around the world.  

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