Home Technology Heald’s award-winning Matador sliding bollard range excels in double crash tests

Heald’s award-winning Matador sliding bollard range excels in double crash tests

by Brian Sims

Heald has announced the success of two recent crash tests for Matador, the company’s award-winning sliding bollard system. The firm – which is based in Hornsea, East Yorkshire – designs and manufactures a range of products and solutions to protect high profile buildings and pedestrianised areas from the threat of vehicle-borne attacks.

Heald’s HT3-Matador 4, which had already been crash-tested to PAS 68 standards, has now achieved a new record with an IWA crash test against a 7.2 tonne N2A specification truck travelling at a speed of 80 kph (50 mph).

The IWA crash test is the world standard and has been prepared by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the BSI with input from the US Department of State and combines aspects of PAS 68 and the STM (ie the American standard) for crash testing requirements.

The latest configuration, the HT2-Matador 6, consists of four central moving bollards and two fixed bollards to accommodate access for large vehicles or tight turning circles and has succeeded in its PAS 68 crash test, halting a 7.5-tonne truck travelling at a speed of 64 kph (40 mph).

As Heald continue to innovate the patent-protected Matador range, which has recently seen the launch of an electro-mechanically operated range removing the need for oil for operation and yielding up to a 60% reduction in electrical running costs, the business has continued to invest in crash testing to provide the market with a trusted solution that mitigates the risk of vehicle attacks.

To date, Heald’s Matador solution has been crash-tested four times, with each test covering a variety of standards. After each test, the Matador continued to function, mitigating the risk of secondary attacks.

Due to its sliding bollard feature, the Matador range can be shallow or surface mounted making the product ideal for installations in those locations where excavation can be challenging due to existing infrastructure such as underground cabling and drainage. The surface mount option is ideal for short-term events such as festivals and Christmas markets due to its rapid installation time, while the product still provides the same levels of protection as its shallow mount counterpart.

Matador installations include a Government facility in Melbourne, the perimeter of one of Norway’s airports, the historic French Quarter in New Orleans and the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre in Greece.

Surface-mounted Matador’s have also secured the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield as well as the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commenting on the recent crash tests, Heald’s managing director Debbie Heald MBE told Risk Xtra: “As part of our commitment to providing products which push the boundaries, we’re committed to putting Matador up against some of the most stringent tests on the market to ensure we can provide products which protect from the most extreme threats. The latest crash tests cement Matador’s status as one of the world’s most effective HVM bollards.”

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