The fixed-in-place emergency exit glass punch concept has been around for a very long time, but not nearly as long as the hammer - one of the first man made tools in history.
Safe T System first introduced the punch concept to UK OEM's in early 2009. The concept was warmly received by OEM's and operator companies alike in the UK and Europe. Now 12 years on, punch systems steadily gain market share of a giant the safety sector world wide. Referencing instructions sticker languages, we have equipment in service in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Spain & Latin America, China, Hong Kong, Egypt, Israel, South Korea, Germany, and any number of English-speaking countries.
SnapXit’s are very hard to steal or vandalise, can’t be used as weapons, and reliably straight forward and easy to use. They also need:
No emergency lighting
No security cabinet
No return cable
No skilled labour
In many regions, operators can retrofit SnapXit without needing to re-certify the vehicles in a like-for-like swap away from the older hammer systems.
Regulations & Testing
There are no regulations anywhere in the world that describe how a break glass tool or device should perform when used on ECE R43, AS1, CCC, or BS857 certified glass. The regulations only require a device with which to break the glass is nearby or adjacent the window.
We have self-imposed minimum performance standards that we test for independently with SGS CSTC regularly as part of our quality plan. Our main aim is to create products that reliably work on certified toughened glass between at drop-ball impacts of between 80N and 100N. Lower forces can be employed although multiple strikes will be successful as the impact tip strikes the same point repeatedly. Tiny variances in the toughening process also make the glass hardness inconsistent, changing the test results even within the same batch and force application.
Submerged tests were successfully carried out internally. The scope for SGS independent tests on submerged assemblies is currently being formulated for complete and partial submergence.
Re-testing every 12-24 months, or when we change a process or component supplier. Test reports are available on request of course.
Quality & Materials
All our component suppliers – springs, impact tips, adhesives etc – carry current ISO 9001:2015 quality certification while our contracted production partner carries the same plus various RoHS and EC production compliances. Continuity of our product quality is audited internally every year with reports provided on request.
All SnapXit’s carry a part and batch number (manufacture date) engraved and visibly displayed on the devices themselves for our own records and logistics.
SnapXit’s are made with non-corrosive, non-toxic, environmentally stable materials and are registered in the MDS for inspection or submission.
Innovation & Co-Operation
SnapXit and our other brands have largely been created and refined in close co-operation with our stakeholders and clients, reacting to client requests and allowing ourselves to be market driven has gifted us with a dynamic and exciting product development appetite.