Posts Tagged ‘K-rating’

A Primer on Crash-Rated Fencing

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
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Crash-rated fencing is a critical security feature of many high-risk facilities.

The standards set for crash-rated fencing and security barriers were established by the Department of State (DoS) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The rating assigned to these high-security barriers is set by the DoS based on the crash test standards set by the ASTM. 

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Amp Up Security With K-Rated Barriers

Friday, February 25th, 2022
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K-Rated bollards and barriers protect an area from oncoming vehicles that fail to stop.

A k-rating is a crash rating that is assigned by the Department of State to fences and barriers that can stop a 15,000 lb vehicle within a certain distance of impact. K-ratings are given to many different security measures – barriers, barrier arms, and bollards are all subject to the k-rating system. Installing a k-rated barrier is an effective way to manage traffic flow and keep an area secure.

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High Security Fences For Many Different Prisons

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Prisons require a specific type of high security fence to effectively and efficiently keep people out as well as keep inmates in.

There is no denying the importance that high security fences play in prisons. In fact, prisons require a specific type of high security fence to effectively and efficiently keep people out as well as keep inmates in. The reality is, a prison security fence is typically designed from either mild or stainless steel. Ultimately, it’s this type of material that really provides the highest security protection. Here are some key things to understand when it comes to high security fences for prisons. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Fence and K Rating

Friday, February 1st, 2019

What You Need to Know About Fence and K Rating

The U. S. Department of State (DOS) uses the K-rating to define the strength level of a fence or gate.

Before installing your new security fence, there are many factors to consider. Fences boost aesthetic value and provide an added layer of security for your building. Whether it’s designed to frame your home or enhance commercial security, the durability of your fence is of high importance. Prioritize the K-rating of your fence to ensure your structure stands the test of time. (more…)

Crash Barriers: What Are K Ratings?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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K Ratings will tell you how strong your high security fence is against the impact of a vehicle.

If you own commercial property, you might be in the market to increase the security of your perimeter. As you begin doing your research on the most effective high security options available to you, you will learn to consider crash rated gates, fences, barriers and bollards. Crash rated material and products are not just common on commercial property, but industrial and government property as well. You may find yourself confused when you encounter a wide array of anti-ram options that include “K Rated” in the description of alongside different numbers. So, what is a K rating and what does all of this mean?

 

  • A ‘K’ rating is Crash Test Certification issued by the Department of State (DOS) to a barrier, fence, gate or bollard that indicates perpendicular impact by a 15,000 lb. (6810 kg.) vehicle.

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What are K-Ratings for Fences?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

At Hercules High Security, we take great pride in offering our customers k-rated anti-crash fences, designed to stop even the toughest vehicles from gaining unauthorized access to your property or facility. Today, we’ll explain exactly what the k-rating system is and what it means for you.

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What is a K-Rating?

A k-rating is a crash test certification, given out by the Department of state, that indicates how well a fence or other barrier will stand up to impact from a vehicle. Specifically, k-ratings are designed to provide a universal measurement system for a barrier’s effectiveness measured against vehicles of a certain weight, traveling at a specific speed. The k-rating system assumes the standard weight of a vehicle is 15,000 lbs, which is the weight of a typical semi-truck cab, and three times the weight of the average American car. In order to be certified with a specific k-rating, a fence or barrier must allow no more than 36 in of the truck bed to penetrate the barrier, when that truck is traveling at a certain speed.

  • A K4 rating means that a 15,000 lb truck, moving at 30 mph, will not penetrate the fence or barrier more than 36 inches pat the truck bed.
  • A K8 rating certifies a barrier for a vehicle moving at 40mph
  • A K12 rating certifies a barrier for a vehicle moving at 50 mph

People are often confused by the measurement of “36in past the truck bed,” assuming that if a truck can make it to the truck bed, the occupants will have gained entry into their facility. This is not the case. For a fence or barrier to achieve any k-rating, it cannot break. This means that even though a truck traveling at 50 mph could partially penetrate a K12-rated barrier or fence, to do so would completely destroy the vehicle and its occupants while leaving the barrier or fence intact.

K-rated fences and barriers are widely used in various fields, all over the world, protecting government facilities and private residences alike. The k-rating is the world standard for every known anti-terrorism crash protector made within the past 15 years, having become standardized in 2000.

Looking for K-Rated Fences and Barriers?

Call Hercules High Security! All high security fences designed and installed by Hercules Fence will provide great strength and design. Look around our website to get a corporate overview and tour of our Hercules Fence Facility. Our entire line of fencing comes with extended warranties to ensure you have superior high security products for years to come. Our high security fence contractors truly offer security in every job. We have provided excellent fence designs and exceptional customer service since 1955. Request an estimate today with us to start on your high security project.

We have six convenient locations and there is a Hercules Fence professional ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to North Carolina. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

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Stop Traffic with Crash-Rated Barriers

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Your top security facility needs all the safety precautions it can get, and in a high-traffic area, this becomes all the more important. While fences and bollards can certainly serve their purposes, you may need the additional help of a crash-rated barrier. Read on to discover more about this security measure and how it has been proven to stop traffic in its tracks!

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Depending on the specific level of security you think will best suit your needs, you have a wide range of crash-rated barrier options. Like crash-rated fences, barriers adhere to the K-rating system, a system created by the U.S. State Department which assigns different numbers to barriers of different strengths. These include:

K4 Barriers: These barriers can stop a vehicle weighing up to 15,000 pounds and traveling up to 30 miles per hour.

K8 Barriers: These barriers can stop a vehicle weighing up to 15,000 pounds and traveling up to 40 miles per hour.

K12 Barriers: These barriers can stop a vehicle weighing up to 15,000 pounds and traveling up to 50 miles per hour.

This standardized crash-rating system ensures that you are able to pick the right crash-rated barrier for your facility. Alternative options, such as barrier arms and anti-ram barriers, also work to keep out traffic and intruders using vehicles to infiltrate your facility. From military forts to government buildings, crash-rated barriers are an ideal way to provide an extra layer of security where you need it most.

All About Hercules High Security

All high security fences designed and installed by Hercules Fence will provide great strength and design. Look around our website to get a corporate overview and tour of our Hercules Fence Facility. Our entire line of fencing comes with extended warranties to ensure you have superior high security products for years to come. Our high security fence contractors truly offer security in every job. We have provided excellent fence designs and exceptional customer service since 1955. Request an estimate today with us to start on your high security project.

We have six convenient locations and there is a Hercules Fence professional ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to North Carolina. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Check out Hercules High Security Fence on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and YouTube.