Independent Accredited Performance Test

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

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CSIR test report: DPVT-C/225

August 1992

SYNOPSIS: "This report discusses the evaluation of Safe-T-Punch™ , a commercial product that allows trapped people in a bus to easily shatter and remove the rear window or emergency exit. Findings from data collected show that the product can easily be operated by adults as well as children."

CONCLUSION: "From the evaluation it is apparent that the product “Safe-T-Punch™” does what it is supposed to do; provide an easy way to removing the emergency exit. The general design is simple and effective and could lead to a substantial saving of lives in an accident situation."

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South African Bureau of Standards

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South African Bureau of Standards (commercial testing division)

SABS test report: 2710/C 4734

28 March 2007

Description of the requirements:
The following criteria was provided by the customer:-

• Devices were to be fitted to clearly marked toughened glass conforming to SANS 1193

• The impact tip of such a device is to be made of material that is harder than the surface hardness of glass conforming to SANS 1193.

• The impact tip must have the ability to penetrate the glass to a minimum depth of 10% the thickness of the SANS 1193 marked glass.

• The force and ability required for penetrating and fragmenting the glass to be within the means of a 12 to 13 year old child.

• The devices must be fitted in their position of use and mounted in a secure manner. Such devices shall be fitted to the left or right or on the emergency exit window or hatch.

CONCLUSION: - SANS 20107: 2006 (Uniform provisions concerning the approval of category M2 or M3 vehicles with regards to their general construction) Annex 3 clause 7.6.8.2.2, requires a device to be provided for each emergency window, readily available to each person inside the vehicle, to ensure that each window can be broken. The results from the tests conducted confirmed that the device is capable of breaking windows, and the forces required is such that an average teenager would be able to operate the device successfully.

Wintech

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Wintech UK, Building envelope testing a UCAS Accredited testing facility

Wintech test report: - R13893

20 February 2014

INTRODUCTION 
Testing was conducted on two Safe-T-Punch™ products supplied by Safe-T-System limited. The STP30N and STP40N. The aim of the test was to establish the performance of both products being operated at a range of forces below and equal to that which can be achieved by hand. Two thicknesses of vehicular glass manufactured in accordance with BS857 were used as test samples for the Safe-T-Punch™ products. A Steel ball was dropped from varying heights to provide forces of 60N, 70N, 80N, and 90N on both Safe-T-Punch™ devices fracturing the glass samples, the results were recorded and analysed to further assess the Safe T Punch devices performance and durability.

CONCLUSION AND OBSERVATIONS 
During the test, all samples of STP30N and STP40N performed correctly and safely and all sheets of glass were broken with a maximum of 4 impacts regardless of the force used or glass thickness. After completion of testing the following observations were made: 

• The STP30N and STP40N both qualify as a “device” for the purpose of breaking toughened safety glass. 

• The STP30N and STP40N both meet the criteria extracted from clause 7.6.9.5 from UN ECE R 107 ‘’In the case of a readily-breakable hatch, a device shall be provided adjacent to the hatch, readily available to persons inside the vehicle, to ensure that the hatch can be broken’’.

• The STP devices are very reliable in terms of performance and mechanical durability.

• The impacts tips of the STP devices showed no signs of wear through the testing.

• The STP devices work very effectively at a range of forces below and equal to that which can be achieved by hand.

• Both of the STP devices performance is very similar when breaking both thicknesses of the glass samples.

• The STP40N achieved a 100% break rate at the 1st impact when testing at 80N.

• It is critical that the STP device is adhered to glass as well as possible as its performance is dependent on that factor.

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Wintech

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Wintech test report: - R14050

8 May 2014

INTRODUCTION 
Testing was conducted on a new design of Safe-T-Punch™ product supplied by Safe-T-System limited. The STP40F. The aim of the test was to establish the performance of the STP40F being operated at a range of forces equal to that which can be achieved by hand. 6.0mm thick vehicular glass manufactured in accordance with BS857 were used as test samples for this test. A Steel ball was dropped from varying heights to provide forces of 90N, 100N, 110N, and 120N on the Safe-T-Punch™ device fracturing the glass samples, the results were recorded and analysed to further assess the Safe-T-Punch™ devices performance and durability.

CONCLUSION AND OBSERVATIONS 
During the test, all samples of STP40F performed correctly and safely and all sheets of glass were broken with a maximum of 3 impacts regardless of the force used. After completion of testing the following observations were made: 

• The STP40F qualifies as a “device” for the purpose of breaking toughened safety glass.

• The STP40F meets the criteria extracted from clause 7.6.9.5 from UN ECE R 107 ‘’In the case of a readily-breakable hatch, a device shall be provided adjacent to the hatch, readily available to persons inside the vehicle, to ensure that the hatch can be broken’’

• The STP40F devices are very reliable in terms of performance and mechanical durability.

• The impacts tips of the STP devices showed no signs of wear through the testing.

• The STP40F worked very effectively at the range of forces used for this testing project.

• It was not critical that the STP40F device was adhered to glass for this method of testing due to the design of the test rig.

• Multiple uses of the STP40F device do not affect its performance and ability to break the glass.

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