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FINGER-EJECTING GUARD (ALUMINI)

Perfect for existing hinged doors, our surface-mounted finger guard that offers a maximum opening angle of 180° and has a patented finger-ejection system to keep wandering fingers safe.

The unique design sees the semi-circular aluminium body floating on two retracting fabric sections. When the door opens, it moves into the gap and the tear-resistant fabric covers any remaining gaps — as well as ejecting any fingers that may stray inside.  

It’s this clever semi-circular geometry – rather than fabric tension – that keeps fingers safe and uses extremely low force springs to maintain the door’s original opening force.  Its tough aluminium build can also withstand knocks and bumps and wipes clean easily.

 

   

Patented ejection system

As the door opens, the aluminium body floats into the gap and the taut fabric covers any other gaps.  The fabric’s patented finger ejection system makes it almost impossible to trap a finger

Unlike roller blind finger guards, which use fabric tension to keep fingers out, Alumini’s fabric has nominal impact on the opening resistance.  So your doors will still comply with Approved Document M and BS 8300.

Wide opening angle and clear opening width

Alumini’s clever design allows unrestricted door opening up to 180°, making it ideal for gym hall doors where you can’t use floor mounted stops.  

The aluminium profile floats into the hinge reveal gap when the door is open at 100° so it doesn’t block the doorway.  This allows a maximum clear opening width that’s ideal for wheelchairs and trolleys

Budget friendly

We know that budgets are often tight.  But with ALUmini, you can still enjoy a safe and durable solution.  And because it’s hard wearing it can save over £300 compared to plastic finger guards.

Durable

Unlike traditional rubber and roller blind finger guards, Alumini’s polyurethane-backed fabric is easy to clean and tear-resistant, reducing the risk of vandalism.

The hard-wearing aluminium profile is also designed to withstand any knocks in a high traffic environment.

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How it works

HOW IT WORKS

Rather than fabric tension, this retrofit finger guard uses semi-circular geometry to eject wandering fingers. The durable aluminium body floats into the hinge reveal gap, with tear-resistant fabric covering any remaining gaps.

As the door closes, the fabric retracts – ejecting any fingers.

Case study: Worcesters Primary School

 

WORCESTERS PRIMARY SCHOOL CASE STUDY

We initially supplied 20 integral finger guards to this school in 2014, as part of an extension built offsite by Portakabin.  They were so happy with the quality and sleek aluminium finish that, the following year, they ordered 80 retrofit surface-mounted finger guards for the existing building, to replace ineffectual and costly plastic guards. Together, our integral and retrofit finger guards now complement each perfectly, linking the existing building with the new extension and ensuring a continuous aluminium finish throughout.  

Client: London Borough of Enfield | Architect: Surface to Air Architects

 

Comparisons

LIMITATIONS OF CURRENT FINGER GUARDS

Plastic

Plastic


Plastic finger guards cover the gap, but in high traffic environments, like schools, hospitals, restaurants and retail environments, they’re simply not durable enough.

  • Typically require replacement every 6-24 months in schools
  • Once broken, the original danger is exposed, putting fingers at risk
  • Unsightly, rarely blending with the environment

PLASTIC FINGER GUARD VIDEO

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Rubber

Rubber

Developed to address the durability issues of plastic finger guards, these hard wearing and tough finger guards cover the complete gap, however fingers can still become trapped.

  • Wandering fingers can push the guard into the gap
  • Highly visible
  • Gathers dust and grime

Rubber finger guard video

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Roller Blind

Roller blind

The single roller blind uses fabric tension to resist fingers pushing into the gap.  But they cost almost as much as an integral finger guard, yet compromise on aesthetics.

Roller blind finger guard video

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Architectural considerations

ARCHITECTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

 

Installation on door

Alumini is suitable for new or existing timber doors.  These need to have standard butt hinges and a minimum of 90mm on the door face that the profile sits on.  This is measured in the closed position from the stop.  

180° opening angle

Alumini is practical and flexible thanks to its wide opening angle.  So even if Alumax is used elsewhere throughout a school, Alumini is perfect for the gym hall if the doors need to open right out.

Standard length

To keep things simple, Alumini comes in a standard 1925mm length.  It’s also prepared for 44mm doors as standard, so if you have 54mm doors you simply need some additional Size 2 spacers.

Acoustics, door closers and fire rating

As a surface-mounted product, it doesn’t alter the door’s performance at all — so the standard acoustics, door closers and fire rating still apply.

Maximum clear opening width

When the door is open at 100°, the aluminium body moves into the gap between the door and frame. This means it doesn’t obstruct your clear opening, offering easy access for wheelchairs.

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