Prowler Proof ForceField® has passed every imaginable test…and a few you would never imagine. The standard security tests almost seem trivial compared to being hit by 5 steel balls less than a centimetre in diameter at 170 km/h plus. Or by a 4 kg timber block at more than 100 km/h. You are safe behind a ForceField® security screen.
ForceField® has been
through every security
test - and passed them
all with flying colours...Read more >>
The cyclone test is the toughest test a security screen can go through. ForceField® went a step further... Read more >>
Most bushfires pass within minutes. So why did we test ForceField® for one and a half hours? Read more >>
Energy & UV light
How can ForceField® help keep you cool in summer and warm
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Why is Prowler Proof
more corrosion-resistant than other security screens?
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Even tiny insects
like dengue fever mosquitoes can't get past ForceField®.
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Extra wide view
ForceField's stainless steel mesh allows a viewing angle of up
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ForceField® has been through every security test in the book – and passed them all with flying colours. The Australian Standards test consists of 6 separate tests that all have to be passed by the same test sample...so it adds up to quite severe punishment. Have a look at the results below – presented in the sequence in which the tests were carried out.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS TESTS (AS 5039)
|Dynamic impact test
The test: The dynamic impact test is designed to simulate an intruder trying to kick his way through a security door or window. The test is performed with a bag full of lead shot and sand, weighing more than 40 kg. The bag is smashed into the security screen with a force of 100 joules. The test is repeated 5 times. View video.
The result: Passed. The dynamic impact test is not much of a challenge for a ForceField® security door or window. During cyclone testing ForceField® has survived more than 16 times the force.
Your benefit: You will always feel secure behind a ForceField® security screen. It passes the Australian Standard for dynamic impact with ease – it has withstood forces that no human could apply.
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The test: The jemmy test is designed to simulate an intruder using a lever to get past the security door or window. The test is performed with a large screwdriver at all locking, hinging and fastening points. The force applied is up to 450 N (45 kg) for 20 seconds – way beyond the capability of most potential intruders. View video.
The result: Passed. The dynamic impact test left no gap to insert the screw-driver, so the jemmy test couldn’t even be performed on the ForceField® security window! All ForceField® security doors passed the test easily – all locking and hinging points were secure after the test.
Your benefit: Even armed with a large screwdriver or similar, potential intruders won’t get past a ForceField® security door or window. Back to top
The test: Imagine an intruder trying to pull out your security screen…that’s what the pull test is all about. The security door or window must be able to withstand pulling forces of up to 2 kN (200 kg) for 20 seconds at various positions.
The result: Passed. The mesh in a ForceField® security screen is so fine that there is nothing to grab. Even after the dynamic impact test and the jemmy test, there is no gap between mesh and frame on the ForceField® security doors and windows either. The test lab has nowhere to pull so the test is over before it begins.
Your benefit: Good luck with trying to pull out a ForceField® security door or window. If the test lab can’t find anywhere to pull, a potential intruder has no hope. Back to top
The test: The probe test simulates an intruder having created a gap and trying to get his hand inside to unlock a door or a window. A deflecting force of 1.5 kN (150 kg) is applied to each opposite side of the opening to increase the space enough to get a hand through.
The result: Passed. This test simply can't be performed on a ForceField® security door or window because the aperture in the mesh is less than 2 mm x 2 mm, far less than the test requirement of a 213 mm diameter probe.
Your benefit: The mesh in ForceField® security doors and windows won’t allow an intruder to get his hand inside to unlock a door or a window. Back to top
The test: Cutting pliers are popular tools among burglars. The shear test simulates a cutting plier attack on a security screen. The shearing tool applies increasing pressure until the sample strand breaks. The force required to break one strand must be at least 3 kN (300 kg).
The result: Passed. The test simply can’t be performed on a ForceField® security door or window because the mesh is too tightly woven for the pliers to get a hold. But – for the record – the average breaking point of a strand exceeds the standard by more than 60%.
Your benefit: A potential intruder armed with cutting pliers will be disappointed with your choice of security screen. There’s no way the pliers will get a hold. Back to top
|Knife shear test
The test: The knife shear test simulates a knife attack on your security screen. A heavy duty trimming knife is dragged along a
250 mm line with a force of 150 N (15 kg) vertically and up to 350 N (35 kg) horizontally. The test is repeated 3 times – each time with a new blade – along the same line.
The result: Passed. To pass this Australian Standards test, continuous penetration of less than 150 mm is required. The knife shear test hardly leaves a scratch in a ForceField® security door or window.
Your benefit: Even a strong burglar with a heavy duty trimming knife and 3 fresh blades won’t stand a chance of getting past a ForceField® security door or window. Back to top
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|Security testing – hinge door||Security testing – sliding door||Security testing – fixed window|
Whether or not you live in a cyclone-prone area, cyclone testing tells you a lot about a security screen. It’s the toughest test a security screen can go through and most security screens have not been cyclone tested at all. Those that have been tested, often skip the ballistics test and only pass the missile test at the relatively low impact speed of 54 km/h. ForceField® has passed the missile test at impact speeds of up to 104 km/h as well as the ballistics test at impact speeds of up to 178 km/h. Have a look at the results below…
Australian Standards test (AS/NZS 1170)
The test: The cyclone test consists of a missile test and a ballistics test. In the missile test, a 4 kg timber block is smashed at the security screen. View video. In the ballistics test, 5 steel balls with a diameter of 8 mm weighing two grams each are fired at the security screen. View video.
The result: Passed. During the missile test, ForceField® withstood a 65 km/h corner impact and centre impacts at speeds of up to 104 km/h. The force of the centre impacts reached 1,659 joules – 16 times more than what is required to pass the Australian Standards dynamic impact test! The steel balls in the ballistics test reached speeds of up to 178 km/h without penetrating the mesh.
Your benefit: The results of the cyclone test gives you confidence that the ForceField® security screen is the strongest residential security screen on the market. Few if any other standard residential security screens have passed this gruelling test. Back to top
|US Hurricane & pressure cycle test
(AAMA 506-06/ASTM E1996/ASTM E1886)
The test: The US Hurricane & pressure cycle test consists of a missile test and a pressure cycle test. The missile test (Level D) smashes a 4.1 kg piece of timber at the security screen at an impact speed of 54 km/h. The same security screen is then air pressure cycled – simulating various wind directions and wind speeds – 9,000 times at intervals of less than 5 seconds. View video.
The result: Passed. Neither test caused any problems for ForceField®. The missile test is less gruelling than the Australian Standards test, which was passed easily. The pressure cycle test report simply states that ‘the specimen showed no resultant failure or duress after cycle testing’.
Your benefit: The US Hurricane & pressure cycle test adds further evidence to the fact that the ForceField® security screen is the strongest residential security screen on the market. Back to top
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|Cyclone testing||Hurricane & pressure cycle testing|
The Australian Standard for construction of homes in bushfire prone zones (AS 3959) simply states that openable windows must be screened with corrosion-resistant steel, bronze or aluminium mesh with an opening of less than 2 mm x 2 mm. Consequently most security screens with stainless steel mesh can be used in bushfire prone areas. That doesn’t mean that they are all equally good. We decided to put ForceField® to the test.
Fire attenuation test no. FS 4302/3572
The test: Prowler Proof asked CSIRO to expose a ForceField® window screen to a radiant heat flux level of 60 kw/m2 for a minimum of 60 minutes. Most bushfires will create heat levels of around 40 kw/m2 and will pass within minutes. View video.
The result: After 91 minutes the window screen was still in position and it was decided to terminate the test. Throughout the test the heat level measured one metre behind the unexposed face of the window screen was approximately 10% of the level measured at the exposed face of the window screen.
Your benefit: Even during a bushfire ForceField® will protect you. It will not only stay in place. Just one metre inside your home, the heat will be reduced by approximately 90% compared to the heat outside at the surface of the screen. Back to top
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CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation): www.csiro.au
There are many advantages of having a ForceField® security screen. Ventilation is one of them – the 1.5 mm x 1.6 mm mesh openings let plenty of fresh air in. But did you know that the ForceField® mesh also keeps solar heat and UV light out during summer and reduces heat loss during winter? Few people would have thought that a security screen could make much difference so we decided to prove our point...
Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS)
The test: ForceField® is one of very few Australian security screens that has been WERS tested for both residential and commercial applications.
The result: Depending on application, ForceField® reduced solar heat gain and UV light by up to 67% (WERS rating 5 stars). Reduced heat loss was up to 28%, resulting in a 3 star WERS rating.
Your benefit: Prowler Proof ForceField® security screens will not only help you keep cool in summer, they will also help you stay warm during winter. Back to top
European Standard EN 14501
The test: The solar properties of ForceField® was tested to the European Standard EN 14501 at a testing facility in the UK.
The result: With a solar and ultraviolet transmittance of only 43%, ForceField® keeps 57% of solar heat and damaging UV light out of your home.
Your benefit: Decreasing solar heat gain by 57% means that you can keep your home cooler in summer, reducing the need for air conditioning as well as your power bill. Back to top
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|WERS Residential||WERS Commercial||Energy & UV light testing|
Whenever two different metals interact there's a risk of corrosion. So the fact that Prowler Proof is welded instead of being held together by screws or rivets makes it more corrosion-resistant than other security screens. ForceField® is one of very few complete security screens that has passed the 1,000 hour neutral salt spray test – most manufacturers only test the mesh. But we took it a step further. As one of only two complete security screens on the market – Prowler Proof Protec is the other – ForceField® has also passed the 1,000 hour acetic acid salt spray test. With a pH similar to vinegar, acetic acid salt spray is 10,000 times more acidic than neutral salt spray. ForceField’s 316 marine grade stainless steel mesh has survived a 10,000 hour neutral salt spray test as well. Prowler Proof is one of only 10 Qualicoat approved powder coating applicators in Australia.
|Acetic acid salt spray test (AS 2331.3.2)
The test: The 1,000 hour acetic acid salt spray test is pure torture for a security screen. Acetic acid salt spray is not only saltier than sea water, it's also 10,000 times more acidic. The test takes place in an enclosed chamber at a temperature of +35ºC with almost 100% humidity.
The result: Passed. ForceField® is one of only two complete security screens on the Australian market to pass the acetic acid salt spray test – Prowler Proof Protec is the other. ForceField's 316 marine grade stainless steel mesh has survived a 10,000 hour neutral salt spray test as well.
Your benefit: If you live in a coastal area or near industrial areas, corrosion is your security screen's worst enemy. Prowler Proof is your safe choice. No other brand of security screen has passed the 1,000 hour acetic acid salt spray test. No other brand is covered by a 10 year replacement warranty. Back to top
Neutral salt spray test (AS 2331.3.1)
The test: ForceField® has been tested to the Australian Standard 2331 which requires the product to survive a 1,000 hour neutral salt spray test. This test is an accelerated corrosion process that takes place in an enclosed chamber. The spray is saltier than sea water and the temperature is maintained at +35ºC with almost 100% humidity.
The result: Passed. ForceField® is one of very few complete security screens that have passed the test – most manufacturers only test the mesh. ForceField's 316 marine grade stainless steel mesh has actually survived a 10,000 hour salt spray test.
Your benefit: Prowler Proof is the most corrosion-resistant security screen on the market. Quite simply because it is welded instead of being held together by screws or rivets. Whenever two different metals interact there's a risk of corrosion. This risk is eliminated in a ForceField® security screen. Back to top
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| Acetic acid salt spray test Neutral salt spray test Qualicoat licence
Dulux Powder Coatings: www.dulux.com.au/specifier/our-brands/dulux-powder-coatings
ForceField® is a security screen and insect screen in one. The openings in the mesh measure 1.5 mm x 1.6 mm – big enough for you to enjoy your view, small enough to keep just about all small creatures outside where they belong. One small creature that is not only annoying but also potentially dangerous is the dengue mosquito. The ability to keep dengue mosquitoes out makes ForceField® extremely useful in the tropical parts of Australia. The test below is living proof that insect protection is another forte of ForceField®.
Mosquito protection test
The test: In the absence of a relevant Australian test, the test was conducted in Thailand with dengue fever mosquitoes – a species native to Australia. The security screen was measured by its ability to keep mosquitoes away from a food source.
The result: With 600 mosquitoes bred in a small cage, only one (1) managed to get through to the food source within 24 hours. At the completion of the test (72 hours) only two (2) mosquitoes had passed through the ForceField® screen.
Your benefit: ForceField® security screens keep almost everything out. Even tiny insects like dengue fever mosquitoes can’t find their way through the 1.5 mm x 1.6 mm openings in the mesh. Back to top
A ForceField® security screen won't interrupt your view. Looking straight at it, it seems almost invisible and visibility remains up to a viewing angle of 156º…almost completely side-on. ForceField® will give you better views and let more light into your home than almost any other security screen. Back to top